Italki - Learning Languages Online for Free

Overview

We think there is no better way to learn a language than meeting people and practising your speaking with them.That’s why we organise our language exchange events and private language lessons.

However for some people these things may not be possible: maybe no-one speaks the language or dialect you want to learn, or you are too busy to go the events.

For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to Italki – a website and app which connects language learners with online teachers so that you can learn any language from the comfort of your home – via Skype

How It Works

Sign up to Italki. They have agreed to give new registrations $10 free if you click through one of our links on this email.

Search through teachers by language and availability. 

Try different teachers until you find one you like.

What we Liked

Price: Italki offers the cheapest prices we have seen for private lessons. Professional teachers are normally available for ~$10 per hour, and community teachers from as little as $4 per hour. You can also click here to get $10 free.

Variety: Learners can choose between professional teachers (qualified and experienced), ‘community’ teachers (normally native speakers, but without qualifications), or ‘language partners’ (native speakers who are happy to do online language exchanges for free).

Language Options: There is a huge range of languages available, and because you choose who to learn with, you can find teachers with particular accents or dialects that you want to practice (Moroccan Arabic, for example).

Convenience: The ability to choose exactly when and for how long you want your lessons for – perfect for people with busy or unpredictable schedules.

What could be Better

The only real drawback for Italki is that there is no structured learning plan – you have to find the right teacher for yourself, and sometimes this can be a bit of trial and error

"A very good way of bringing language fans together. Thank you"
Audrey
French and German learner, Leeds - via meetup.com

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