Dear italki users,

We have been getting a large amount of email about the changes that we’ve made over the last few days.

Most of the email has been constructive and necessary, and we want to sincerely thank all the users who have reported bugs through facebook and the support system.

italki is a community and you take an active part in shaping it.

We’d like to apologize for all of the inconveniences the new changes have caused.

We know that there will be many issues with the new version of the site. And we appreciate your patience and continued support as we continually work towards getting things fixed. The main reason for the changes were due to a migration of the specific technology that runs the site.

These changes will allow us to eventually have a much much faster site, after we get most of the blocks out of the way with coding and dns issues.

We understand what you are saying and are having many discussions behind the scenes as to which suggestions we can realistically implement at this time.

If you’d like to have a more in depth discussion, you can always email me at sam@italki.com

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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