For italki users that are learning English, there’s now a new SpeakENG Sampler. The SpeakENG Sampler is a great way to get an assessment of your English level, and to try out all the different levels of SpeakENG Online Courses. With the Sampler, you get:

  • English Level Assessment Test
  • Access to the first lesson of every level of SpeakENG Online Courses

The English Level Assessment Test

The English Level Assessment Test is an adaptive online test that comprehensively assesses your English level. You’ll get scored on your grammar understanding, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and more. Since the test is adaptive, everybody who takes the test will see a different set of questions. Your test scores also correlate with an equivalent TOEFL and TOEIC score, which should be helpful if you are planning to take those exams.

Access to the first lesson of every level of SpeakENG Online Courses

The SpeakENG Sampler will get you access to the first lesson of every SpeakENG Online Course. This will give you an idea of the range of exercises and content that you’ll be exposed to in SpeakENG. In general, there are 15-20 lessons per full SpeakENG Online Course. If you’re not sure which level to purchase, the Sampler can ensure you choose the right level.

We think this is great choice for English learners that are new to the world of SpeakENG. You can get an objective assessment of your English level, as well as a direct view into what SpeakENG courses would be the best fit for you.

View the SpeakENG Sampler.
View the list of SpeakENG Online Courses.

The italki team

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中文版: 连到我们的中文博客: 中国银联在 italki.
China UnionPay
We’re excited to now offer China UnionPay on italki. China UnionPay is China’s largest interbank payment network, and almost every ATM card in China supports China UnionPay. For many Chinese, paying with their bank card is one of the most convenient methods of purchasing products and transfering money. By simply going to any ATM machine, a person can use their card to directly transfer money to another card.

When you use China UnionPay on italki – you’ll first be taken to China UnionPay’s payment gateway. Afterwards, you’ll be asked to choose which bank issued your card. Each bank will have its own payment process — most will let you transact online with your bankcard.

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We hope this allows more users in China to get access to italki teachers and italki marketplace partners. We also want to say keep paying attention to the blog, because we have many more improvements coming soon.

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Мы принимаем WebMoney (WMZ purse) в нашем Магазине при оплате онлайн-уроков с преподавателями и покупке курсов английскогоязыка. WebMoney является партнером Ukash, webmoney_logoчто делает онлайн-платежи еще более удобными и предоставляет более широкий спектр услуг.

Благодаря WebMoney любой участник italki может самостоятельно составлять расписание занятий с квалифицированными преподавателями прямо в нашем Магазине.  С WebMoney приобретение валюты на italki, а следовательно и доступ к услугам преподавателей  italki стали намного проще для жителей России, Украины, Европы и стран Средней Азии. Сейчас улуги могут быть оплачены посредством кредитных карт, WebMoney, Paypal, cashU, Alipay.

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italki can now accept payments through WebMoney (WMZ purse). WebMoney is a popular form of payment in Russia, CIS countries, and Europe.

Limited payment options act as a barrier for many users to transact with other people. Many countries do not have access to convenient forms of online payment like Paypal, and very few people have the ability to accept credit cards as a form of payment.

We hope that these payment options will make it easier for users to pay for teachers and language services on italki.  We are continuing to add more features and payment options to make italki even more useful for language students and teachers around the world.

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We just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Lantern Festival and Year of the Tiger. The Lantern Festival is traditionally the last day of the Chinese New Year Holiday (also known as the Spring Festival Chūnjié 春节), and it is a festival that is supposed to bring good luck and hope.

We hope that everyone’s 2010 is off to a great start. At italki, we’re really excited about this year, because there is so much to do. We’ll be putting a lot of effort this year into improving the site, and building features to make it easier for you to learn a language. Thanks again for being part of the italki community, and we’ll work to make the Year of the Tiger our best year yet.

The italki Team

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Teachers, if you’d like to participate in offering Spring Packages as we mentioned in this post, there are a few things you need to do.

1st: Set up packages on your profile.  You can create a new course linked with packages or transfer your 1-on-1 tutoring to a package offering.

2nd: Make sure the package consists of 10 sessions, 1 hour each.  Just for this Spring Packages, we’re trying to keep everything consistent.  Your other packages can be whatever combination you want.

3rd: Set the package price at around 20% discount off your per session price.  It doesn’t have to be exact, but it should be enough of a discount to make the package more appealing than per session booking.

4th: When that’s all set up, send an email to teacherhelp [at] italki.com, requesting to be included in the Spring Packages page.  If we approve your request, you’ll be added to the list of teachers offering packages.

And that’s it.  Please join us in giving students more choices of language learning packages.

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