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.

For italki users that are learning English, now you can purchase SpeakENG Online Courses on a levels basis. This gives you a clear sense of the range of SpeakENG Courses, as well as helps you choose a SpeakENG Online Course specifically for your English level. As your English improves, you’ll be able to see your progress: Beginner English (99), Elementary English (101, 102), Intermediate English (202), and Advanced English (301, 302, 303).

SpeakENG Online Courses have been designed to help people learn English anywhere with an internet connection. The content for SpeakENG’s Online Courses are based on Pearson’s English Language Learning and Instruction System (ELLIS). Every SpeakENG Online Course also comes with a 15-minute live tutoring session with an American certified professional teacher.

As before, you can purchase additional time with SpeakENG teachers or purchase a one-year subscription to SpeakENG that includes all Online Course levels. If you’re not sure which level is right for you, or are interested in getting an assessment level test of your English, we recommend looking at the SpeakENG Sampler.

italki is trying to find a price for learning a language that is accessible to everybody around the world. SpeakENG Online Courses use the same content that is being offered at much higher prices from expensive offline English training institutes.

As always, let us know through your feedback how we can improve italki and its partnership products.

The italki team

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

Unwrap the Joy of Learning

November 30th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in promotion - (0 Comments)

Throughout the month of December, italki is offering everyone, both teachers and students, the opportunity to Unwrap the Joy of Learning with special promotions.

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For Students – Give Yourself the Joy of Learning and Get a Bonus

When you buy 200 or more ITC in a single purchase during the month of December, italki will give you 10% bonus on that purchase.  This applies to each and every single purchase of 200 or more italki credits you make during the month of December.  So that means, Buy 200 ITC and you will receive a total of 220.  Buy 300 ITC and you will receive 330, and so on.  If you haven’t bought ITC yet or tried finding a teacher online, now’s the time to start! More learning, more lessons, more time with a teacher to improve your foreign language skills.

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For Learners of English – Give the Joy of Learning English to a Friend

When you buy the 1-year SpeakENG multimedia course, you can give the same 1-year package to a friend for free!  The SpeakENG 1 year course gives you full access to the premier online teaching program from our Marketplace Partner Eleutian.  Also included is one 15-minute videoconference with one of Eleutian’s American certified ESL teachers. Give a friend a gift this holiday season and let him or her learn English too!  Please provide the person’s email address when purchasing this package.

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For Teachers – Bring the Joy of Learning to New Students

No Commission on New Students:  For all *new* students you start teaching during the month of December, italki will waive its commission for those students. That means extra money in your pocket. That is, any students you’ve never taught before (for paid sessions) that begin lessons with you during December, there will be no commission on all of those lessons.  We highly encourage teachers to look for new students and try to get some lessons taught throughout the month of December.

These promotions are not exclusive and may be combined.  Promotions lasts from December 1, 2009 12:01AM until December 31, 2009 11:59PM China Time (GMT+8).

About 2 weeks ago we announced a sweepstakes in which we’d give away 20 1-month SpeakENG packages to italki members.  We had a lot of great entries to the contest, you can check them out here: Chinese speakers, speakers of other languages.  After receiving so many amusing and interesting entries, we had a difficult time narrowing down the list, but we did manage to choose 20 winners.

Congratulations to these members who’ve won a 1-month subscription to the SpeakENG course.

Eucilene     Brazil
Amanda     Brazil
Yingshine     China
Lucinda     China
Tony Feng     China
Lucky     China
Ahmed Elrazki     Egypt
Hery     Indonesia
Joy     China/Japan
Hamahamacchi     Japan
Queen Bees     Lebanon
CINTHYA     Peru
Ugly     Russia
Firuz     Tajikistan
Nao     Japan/USA
Sharanya India
Ozan Turkey
Sarah Iraq
Hasan Bangladesh

Winners should claim their prize by the 28th of September and then will have one month to use it.  Good luck to all the winners!  We have high hopes for your improved English ability and we look forward to hearing from you after you use this package.

For those of you who didn’t win, you can still buy the SpeakENG Online Course for either 1 year or 1 month.  Don’t forget the special introductory price of $16 for the 1-year course will be ending September 30.  So make sure you take advantage of the reduced rate and buy before the end of the month!