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Instant Tutoring Feedback

The past month we’ve been carefully gathering feedback from Student and Teachers about Instant Tutoring and wanted to ask the question, “How are students actually using Instant Tutoring?”


To answer this question, we turned to italki members to see how they are using it and here is what they said:

Instant Tutoring is great for getting a Teacher within Minutes:

watch“That was an excellent session, especially that it was an instant tutoring session and Polina didn’t have any time to prepare for the class. She met my needs as she adjusted to my level and learning style perfectly well. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!” - Ewelina

“This is my first time to have a instant session. Very good experience, book the lesson and then begin the lesson in a few minutes. Thank you Marie for the interesting lesson!” – eltonsong

“With this feature I can find 30 minutes at different points in my day and just use my smartphone.” – Luke

“Lauren is fantastic help if you need important text proofread! Available at the last minute (for “instant tutoring”) when I needed something last minute. A great chance to make your documents more professional and suitable for business/school as well as to learn a few things, as you see your recommended changes!” – Benny the irishpolyglot (more…)


OK… OK… we’re still getting more Public Video Pledges. When we received the first batch of Public Video Pledges we thought that was pretty cool as we really didn’t know if anyone would do it. We were pleasantly surprised when we received even more Public Video Pledges and put up the second batch. Even though we are approaching the second week of the Language Challenge, we received even more video pledges from Challengers. Take some time to watch these pledges below.

Again, we want to applaud those all our Challengers who were brave enough to publicly promising to finish the Challenge. There’s still time so you can make your Public Video Pledge and earn 50ITC as a bonus!(Click here for more details)

Let’s give the following Challengers a big round of digital applause by commenting on their Notebook Entrees! We also hope that these pledges serve as motivation for you to finish the Challenge!

Laura from Spain
Laura hails from Spain but is now living in Peru and has joined the Challenge to learn Korean. She is also one of our newest Professional Teachers teaching Spanish and English. If you’re taking the Challenge and learning any of these 2 languages, you should take some lessons with her. Teachers with her experience and credentials get their schedules booked very quickly so make a request now as she is new. Also make sure to thumbs up her notebook entry and give her some love for her efforts in the Challenge.



Fluent in 3 Months “The Book” – Pre-Order Begins Now!

January 26th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in announcement | promotion - (Comments Off)

Our good friend, Benny at Fluent in 3 months, has a new book coming out to help you hack your language learning. The book is currently available via pre-order  and Benny’s throwing in LOTS of language learning giveaways (including our very own italki Credits) if you pre-order the book.


Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the Internet.  Check it out here!


[This blog post originally appeared as a blog post on Koko the Polyglot's website.  Reposted with permission.]

It will be a week from tomorrow since the iTalki Language Challenge began (and if you still want to participate, remember you have until the 31st to sign up!)  After taking 4 sessions (2 don’t count because I started them before the challenge began.), I can already notice a difference in my ability to speak Japanese!

Now I’ve been learning Japanese (seriously) on my own since 2008 but one of the things I struggled with the most was actually speaking the language.  It seemed like when I was always hitting a plateau, especially when it came to speaking. I was going through a labyrinth trying to experiment with different language methods until I could finally find something that would be sufficient to work with.

So what has this challenge taught me so far?

Consistency Is Absolutely Vital

(X marks the spot!)

One of things that held me back from making progress in Japanese was not dedicating enough time to improve BOTH my active (speaking and writing) and passive (reading and listening) learning skills.  In the past, I would either focus on active only or passive only not realising that you would need both to truly make a breakthrough in the target language. (more…)


Hi everyone! I just finished my first week of the italki Language Challenge. Watch my video to hear my thoughts about the Challenge so far.(and you thought I didn’t speak English)