Learning Chinese on italki: Ken

December 28th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in marketplace | members - (Comments Off on Learning Chinese on italki: Ken)

Here is another story of an italki member learning a foreign language with a teacher online.  Ken is from Osaka, Japan and spends a lot of time traveling for work, therefore he needs a flexible arrangement for learning Chinese.

[Translated from Japanese, original is below.] I joined italki almost 2 years ago. I started online lessons at the beginning of this year.

In Japan the fee of the language lesson is extremely expensive, and it is easy to forget everything if you have only one lesson a week, so I chose italki where I can learn everyday with local teachers.  I initially did the trial lesson with several teachers. Now I study with only one teacher. [I chose this teacher because] she is very kind when she teaches and she also generously spares her time, even very early in the morning.

[I started learning Chinese because] I wanted to talk more with my Chinese friends.  I feel that I progress day by day. Taking lessons everyday makes it easier to review the contents of the previous lesson and remember things more clearly.

[As for learning online,] recently, Skype has been working well, so there’s no such a big problem if you use it with video. I’m kind of an idle fellow, so it offers better condition to study continuously rather than to study by myself.  I’m hoping italki will continue to make a user friendly system,  and I expect them to succeed!

Original Japanese




最近のSkypeの状況はとてもいいので、カメラを使用しながらで あればさほど問題はないかと思います。怠け者の私でも、自習をするよりも毎日勉強する環境作りに役立ちます。これからも使いやすいシステム作りをがんばって下さい。期待しております。

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JCBカードがご利用いただけるようになりました! (italki now accepts JCB credit cards)

October 28th, 2009 | Posted by Kevin in marketplace - (Comments Off on JCBカードがご利用いただけるようになりました! (italki now accepts JCB credit cards))

メンバー様へのサービス向上を図るため、italkiでは JCBカード の取り扱いを開始しました。これまでのITCクレジットの購入ページからご利用頂けます。

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We just wanted to note that italki now accepts JCB credit cards. JCB (Japan Credit Bureau) is similar to Visa or Mastercard, and is widely used in Japan and other countries, including South Korea, China, Taiwan, and the United States. You’ll see the JCB option when you go to purchase italki Credits (ITC). We hope this makes it easier to purchase language products and services on italki.