Here is our first in a weekly podcast series interviewing native speakers.  This week we feature Beatrice from Sweden.

 

Let us know what you think, and if you’d like to be interviewed, email sam@italki.com

Welcome back to our Teacher of the Week spotlight series.

Today we have a very special teacher, Jessica SkypEnglish4U

Here is a video of her introducing herself:

Jessica is a wonderful teacher with a great history of satisfied students.  She has also done a lot to promote italki and grow it to the community it has become today.  She is warm, kind, and fun.

Jessica has 1633 completed sessions on italki with 353 different students.

If you are looking to improve your English. Definitely book a lesson with her by clicking here.

To cater to our growing user base in China, we are looking to recruit a Chinese Online Marketing Assistant.

We are really excited about the growth of italki in China, and around the world, so if you are Chinese, love languages and online marketing, make sure to drop us your resume so we can consider you for our team!

Introduction to the role:

We are seeking a Chinese speaker strong in marketing and communications, who can drive traffic and increase sales in China. We are a fast-growing tech startup looking for an individual who wants to be part of an exciting, yet friendly working environment. The position is based in Shanghai, China. Candidates from other locations need not apply.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Managing social networking channels – Weibo
Copywriting for newsletters, website, PR, advertising
Co-ordination and implementation of email campaigns
Quality control of Chinese version of website
Assisting in other general marketing initiatives

Minimum Requirements: 

Native Mandarin speaker
2+ years online marketing experience
Outgoing and proactive personality
Very strong Chinese communication skills
Experience with Chinese social network platforms
Good organizational and planning skills
Fluent in English (speaking, reading)
A sharp mind with the ability to grasp concepts quickly and problem solve

Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience in social media marketing
Interested in technology, language learning
Experience living overseas or working with foreigners
Translation skills, experience with English translation
Degree in marketing or communications

Work Environment:

Salary is based on experience and education
5-day work week
Allowance for free online language lessons
Great opportunities for growth
Annual Performance Review

For interested parties, please email your resume to ross at italki.com.

Last month we launched Packages, multiple sessions booked together with one teacher.  As with any new feature, some people are a bit unsure how make good use of it, so we asked a few teachers to help us show off their best package offerings.  So far eight teachers have agreed to help.  (If you’re a teacher and would like to participate, please read this post.)

All of the offerings from these eight teachers are packages of 10 lessons, 1 hour per lesson, covering a certain course the teacher has agreed to teach.  These 10 lessons can be scheduled at the convenience of the teacher and student, 1 per week or even 1 per day!  Various topics include Japanese Conversation, British Current Affairs, and French Culture.  To book any of the packages with the teacher, first make sure you have enough ITC in your account for the whole package, and then just choose your favorite topic and favorite teacher.  The teachers listed on that page are all eager to help you learn their languages!

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bizsparkitalki was named Startup of the Day as part of the Microsoft Bizspark program. We’re excited to get the exposure, as we’re still trying to tell the world about italki and the potential for online language learning. You can read a short interview about us on the Startup of the Day page.

microsoft startup zoneBeing part of Microsoft Bizspark has helped us a lot. Through Bizspark, we’ve gotten access to the entire range of Microsoft development tools, from products like Visual Studio to licenses for SQL Server databases. Database licenses, in particular, can be a heavy cost for startups (Bizspark licenses can be used for production servers), and this has certainly helped us keep our burn rate low. Unfortunately, some companies in China do not pay for software licenses, and this reflects a larger problem with intellectual property here, including movies, TV shows, music, books, and more.

rackspace_logoGetting ourselves on Bizspark was easy, and for that, we also have to thank our hosting provider, Rackspace. We’ve been really impressed the service they provide. Running a development center far away from the servers themselves can be tough, and having a strong partner for managed hosting has made our lives much easier.

The italki Team