My name is Sam Bleakly,

I’m the community manager at italki!  :)

In July I will be traveling to Japan for the first time….  and I know absolutely no Japanese!!!

As a solution, I will be taking 30 lessons on italki before my trip and documenting what I learn by making videos of me learning Japanese.

Here is my first video where i’m tired from a long day of work at italki and trying to remember all of the Japanese vocabulary that I’ve learned!!!!:

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Learning a language can be challenging, so here are 3 tips from one of our italki tutors on what to focus on in order to reach your goal!

3 Ways to learn a language

 

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Teacher of the Week: Melissa

April 17th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (0 Comments)

Hi Everyone!!!

Congratulations to Melissa our new teacher of the week.

A professional teacher with 11 years experience teaching all ages; Melissa teaches French, Spanish, English and Nepali.

In this  introduction video she speaks all of them!

When you’re ready to book a lesson with her, visit her profile by clicking here : http://www.italki.com/teacher/1168195

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This awesome video of Benny from Fluent in 3 Months, (speaking polish after one hour of practice!) features one of italki’s very own Professional Teachers; Ewelina.

Ewelina  has 38 students and 306 completed sessions.

Watch the video and book a lesson with her by visiting her profile here.

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Reuters –

Google Inc. of Palo Alto, CA has unveiled plans for a new invention at South By Southwest Music and Arts Festival. Called “Google VOX”, the device will be able to translate languages in real time, eliminating the need for interpreters completely.

Sarah Newtown, a Swedish interpreter for the United Nations was skeptical about the device, “You cannot replace a human being with an automated system, there are too many contextual references that a computer will not be able to decode or interpret.  I don’t think anyone in the interpretation community views this as a serious threat.”

Google Scientists are also determining the possibility of matching the sounds of animals to feelings, allowing your dogs and cats to talk to you through a limited vocabulary.  In theory, the device would yell “HUNGRY” if the dog’s pitch matched that of the sound it makes when it is hungry, and it would also yell “Outside!”  if the dog wanted to use the bathroom.

Google has not given a projected release date.

 

Edit: April Fools.

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