We’re delighted to let everyone know that the first italki created book has been published!

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Italki Moderator/member Jura has published A Wolf at our Door based on her Notebook entries on italki. Jura has been with italki since 2008 and serves as one of our Community Moderators.  A Wolf at our Door  chronicles the survival feat of a Lithuanian great-aunt and her two daughters when abruptly exiled to Siberia in World War II for 37 years.

Jura’s book actually started off as a single italki Notebook entry in which she just posed a simple question to the italki community:

 

“My aunt in Lithuania left me her memoirs about her life in Siberia when she and her family were deported there by the Russians during World War 2. Is it worth my while translating her memoirs into English? What do people think?” http://www.italki.com/entry/140381

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Writing Your Way to Fluency

October 24th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips | Writing - (0 Comments)

Guest Post by Allison VanNest, Grammarly.com

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Even if your goal is just to be conversant in a new language, don’t neglect reading and writing in favor of speaking and listening. These four aspects of language acquisition all work together to forge new pathways in your brain. Incorporate daily writing practice into your routine to learn faster. Here’s how:

Be Social. Find a writing buddy who speaks the language you are learning, and offer to trade writing samples. italki’s notebook feature allows you to post short pieces of writing for correction by a community of native speakers. It’s a social way of learning that helps you develop your language skills at your own pace.

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At italki, we love to support language projects, and our friend, Brian Kwong, is running a fantastic language challenge, called the +1 Challenge!

As part of the +1 Challenge, one of the cool things he is doing is a Youtube video, which needs the help of our beloved Japanese teachers on italki, check out the message from Brian [in English and Japanese]:

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After 90 gruelling days the italki Language Challenge has ended!  This was our biggest language challenge to date as we had hundreds of participants who completed over thousands of sessions! (more…)

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I met my italki Tutor in Korea!

October 11th, 2013 | Posted by Jim in members - (0 Comments)
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Raven (and family) and Tutor Jee meeting up in Korea

When you create a community that spans the world, you’ll end up hearing lots of stories. What starts with strangers learning from each other, can ultimately lead to many unexpected experiences.

We recently received an email from Aadel, a mother who homeschools her children and is currently based in Korea.  She writes a popular homeschooling blog called These Temporary Tents.  Her daughter Raven actually learns Korean on italki.  Aadel actually wrote about her and her daughter’s experiences learning Korean on italki on her blog.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here.

She sent the following email to us:

“It was awesome to get to meet Raven and I’s italki tutor, Miss Jee Young, in person!  We met in Itaewon (Seoul, South Korea) and had dinner and coffee afterwards.”

She even sent us a photo :)

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