Job Opening at italki: Marketing Copywriter

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by ross in announcement - (Comments Off on Job Opening at italki: Marketing Copywriter)

italki is continuing to grow at lightning speed, and in order to support our 1million+ student community, we are looking to grow our Marketing team. If you are interested in joining one of the coolest edtech companies around, then read on!

Introduction to the role:

We are seeking an English speaker who is very strong in written communications for this position. We are a fast-growing tech startup looking for an individual who wants to be part of an exciting, yet relaxed working environment. We need someone who is focused, motivated & responsible with proper communications skills & who is ready to work now.

The position is based in Shanghai, China. Candidates from other locations need not apply.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

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How a Film Director Learns Arabic on italki

July 4th, 2013 | Posted by ross in tips - (Comments Off on How a Film Director Learns Arabic on italki)

We love to hear how our italki users are overcoming the challenges of learning languages, and Nicole Ballivian has quite a story to share with us.

Read on to learn about Nicole and her language learning experiences.

Nicole in Hebron

Nicole and an actor in Hebron

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If You Want To Speak A(ny) Language Don’t Learn It

May 31st, 2013 | Posted by ross in members | teachers | tips - (Comments Off on If You Want To Speak A(ny) Language Don’t Learn It)

From time to time I feel a great temptation to share my own learning and teaching experiences with other people. The way we learn something is critically important to the final outcome.

How do we learn languages? Normally, we memorize some basic words and phrases, then we learn some grammar rules and try to compose phrases using wrong words and making predictable mistakes since the interference from the native language is so strong. Why is it that after years of studies many still fail speaking fluently? Do they fail because they are stupid and lazy? Definitely not. At the very beginning of our lives we learnt our native languages perfectly well, so we are capable of learning languages. Probably, the way we acquire a new language is not the most efficient. Most likely, it is quite inefficient. We didn’t learn the native language as a sum of vocabulary and grammar rules. We never thought about the grammar at all, and yet we succeeded.

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Sam’s Language Challenge: Day Two!!!

May 29th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (Comments Off on Sam’s Language Challenge: Day Two!!!)

Day Two: We went over basics!!

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Sam’s Japanese Challenge: Day One

May 28th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (Comments Off on Sam’s Japanese Challenge: Day One)

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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