We have a new feature on italki called the Notebook. Now you can write short essays or a personal diary, and get corrections from other members of the italki community.

To help launch the Notebook, we’re holding a giveaway contest!

1. Giveaway Prizes:
The first 200 italki members who complete the participation requirements will receive a free SpeakENG Sampler!

2. What you have to do:
To qualify for the Giveaway, you have to submit at least four (4) qualifying notebook entries in the Learning English section. Each notebook entry must be at least 50 words in length, and it has to be for the purpose of improving your English. You can write about language learning, culture, history, sports, literature, music, business, etc. Obscene, inflammatory, or plagiarized Notebook entries are not acceptable and will be deleted.

3. Giveaway Dates:
The Giveaway will begin on April 22nd, 2010 0:01 GMT. The deadline for eligible notebook entries is May 22nd, 2010 23:59 GMT.

4. Selection of Winners:
At the conclusion of the Giveaway, italki will award 200 SpeakENG Samplers to the first 200 italki members who have met all of the requirements. italki has sole discretion in determining which notebook entries qualify. Winners will be announced within 1 week of the end of the Giveaway, and winners will receive their prizes within 3 days of this announcement.

Click here to write a notebook entry!

Good luck and best wishes from the italki team!

* italki reserves all rights related to this promotion.
* Prizes awarded cannot be converted into cash or ITC.

Have you ever wanted to write something and get help correcting it?
Now you can write a short post in your Notebook, and get other italki members to correct and comment on it.

Many of our users have been suggesting we create a feature like this for some time. One thing that we like about this idea is how you can use your notebook in a variety of ways. You can use it as a learning tool for writing — post a short essay or something you want help with. (Some of our users have already been using the answers section for this.) This can also be used as a way of expressing yourself (like a blog) or for taking notes about things that you’ve learned about a language.

When you view someone else’s notebook, you’ll be able to correct and comment on it. When you correct an entry, there will be a copy of the original text, and you’ll have HTML formatting tools like strikethrough and colors to help you point out errors and what are your comments.  If you’re just interested in giving an opinion, you can just leave a comment.

We hope you try using the Notebook (try writing a notebook entry right now!). If you’re a bit shy, you can at least help other users by correcting or commenting on their writings. It’s a great way to connect with other users.

Let us know your thoughts about how we can improve this feature, as well as other features that you’d like to see on italki. Let us know through feedback.

This is part of our planned improvements to italki. There will be more changes coming very soon, so please keep sending us your feedback and checking back here at the blog!

The italki team