Learning English on italki: Simon

December 14th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in members - (0 Comments)

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll profile a few members, both students and teachers who’ve had success learning or teaching online.

The first is Simon, a mechanical engineer from Yancheng, China who is learning English.  Simon is a good example of someone who realized that taking lessons online was one of the best ways to learn a language.  Below is what Simon had to say about learning on italki.

Simon

Simon

[Translated from Chinese] I’ve been a member of italki for more than one year, but I only started using the paid online teaching service in May of this year.  I’ve had great luck in finding a very good teacher. She is a British national living in Brazil working as a professional English teacher.  Her professional ability, accent, and price, these three aspects, are in my opinion, ideal.  But more importantly, everyday she is happy, outgoing, and very open-minded toward all variety of topics–in my opinion, these things are even more important than teaching skills.  Of course, within the class, we also try to adjust to each other’s style and develop methods to help me understand the language and the culture behind it.  Overall, I’ve been enjoying my time learning with her.

From my perspective, the benefits of learning online are one-on-one lessons, saving money on each class, and saving time on each class.  In addition, it is very easy to find someone [online] who is a native speaker of the language and communicate with them.  One very small drawback is that communication is not just the language, over the internet you only get voice or video communication, which lacks the richness of face-to-face meetings.

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