Italki

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italki
Italki logo 2017 3200x2025.png
Available in
Headquarters,
Founder(s)Kevin Chen, Yongyue Jiang
IndustryLanguage Learning
Websitewww.italki.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 5,085 (September 2017)[1]
Launched2007; 12 years ago (2007)
Current statusactive

italki /ˈtɔːki/ is an online language learning website which connects language learners and teachers through video chat. The site allows students to find online teachers for 1-on-1 tutoring, and teachers to earn money as freelance tutors.[2]

One can choose online language lessons taught by a professional teacher, who provides structured learning plans, or a community tutor. [3]

History[edit]

In 2007, Kevin Chen and Yongyue Jiang cofounded italki as an online language exchange community.[4][5] At the start, the site was focused on building free features for the community.[6][7][8] In 2009, the site launched its teacher marketplace, allowing teachers to earn money by providing online tutoring services.[9][10] Teachers on italki set their own price and time schedule.[11]

In 2012, italki raised angel funding from independent investors.[12][13] In 2016, italki raised $3 million from Hujiang, a Baidu-invested Chinese education company with over 100 million users.[14][15][16][17]

As of July 2017, italki has more than 3 million users from more than 100 countries, and 5000 teachers.[18][19][20] English is the most popular language being studied, followed by Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. The site offers more than 100 languages,[21] including endangered ones such as Native American Blackfoot and South African Xhosa.[22]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "italki.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  2. ^ "Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students," Nik Peachey, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/jul/05/online-english-language-learning-peachey, July 5th, 2011
  3. ^ https://support.italki.com/hc/en-us/articles/206352758-What-is-the-difference-between-a-Professional-Teacher-and-a-Community-Tutor-
  4. ^ "italki.com Free Skype VoIP and IM Language Partner Community," Freelanguage.org, https://freelanguage.org/learn/italki-com-free-skype-voip-and-im-language-partner-community, 2007
  5. ^ "Redes Sociales Para Aprender Idiomas" [Social Networks For Language Learning] (in Spanish). El Pais. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Social networking sites take language learning out of classroom". South China Morning Post. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  7. ^ "How to Successfully Learn a New Language This Year," Benny Lewis, Lifehacker, https://lifehacker.com/5974670/how-to-successfully-learn-a-new-language-this-year/, October 1st, 2010
  8. ^ “Secrets of Learning a language - quickly,” Benny Lewis, BBC, http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150225-secrets-to-learning-a-language, March 3rd, 2015
  9. ^ “italki launches marketplace for language tutors," Camille Ricketts, VentureBeat, https://venturebeat.com/2009/03/25/italki-launches-marketplace-for-language-tutors/, March 25th, 2009
  10. ^ "Professores deixam salas de aulas para ensinar línguas online" [Teachers Leave Classrooms to Teach Languages Online] (in Portuguese). Diario de Noticias. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ "6 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home That You’ve Never Heard Of,” Bob Lotich, HuffingtonPost, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-lotich/6-legit-ways-to-make-mone_b_4638907.html, January 25th, 2014
  12. ^ “Language Learning Marketplace italki Gets Seed Funding,” Steven Millward, Tech in Asia, https://www.techinasia.com/italki-seed-funding/, August 3rd, 2012
  13. ^ “Six Years In, Language Learning Site Italki Finds Its Angels,” Hamish Mckenzie, Pando, https://pando.com/2012/08/09/six-years-in-language-learning-site-italki-finds-its-angels/, August 9th, 2012
  14. ^ “Shanghai-based startup italki raises US$3M to help Chinese students find language tutors,” Yon Heong Tung, e27, https://e27.co/this-shanghai-based-startup-has-raised-us3m-to-help-chinese-students-find-language-tutors-20160624/, June 24th, 2016
  15. ^ “China: Hujiang invests $3m in ed-tech startup Italki,” Anirvan Ghosh, Deal Street Asia, https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/45301-45301/, June 23rd, 2016
  16. ^ “China’s Learning Site Hujiang Now Has Over 100M users,” technews.co, TechNews, http://technews.co/2016/01/14/chinas-learning-site-hujiang-now-has-over-100m-users/, January 14th, 2016
  17. ^ “China Minsheng Investment Joins $157M Series D Round In hujiang.Com," chinamoneynetwork.com, China Money Network, https://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2015/10/29/hina-group-joins-157m-series-d-round-in-hujiang-com, October 29th, 2015
  18. ^ “The 10 best language products,” Samuel Muston, Independent, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/further/the-10-best-language-products-7729087.html, May 9th, 2012
  19. ^ “ITALKI: THE HUMAN CONNECTION, pglsinc.com, PGLS, https://pglsinc.com/2017/07/17/italki-the-human-connection/, July 17th, 2017
  20. ^ “italki Kevin Chen:做语言学习的“淘宝”, 陆家嘴, Sina, http://finance.sina.com.cn/money/lczx/2017-07-13/details-ifyiakwa3999680.shtml, July 13th, 2017
  21. ^ "I signed up for an Italki account to see why it's a leading platform for online language learning",Connie Chen, Business Insider,http://www.businessinsider.com/italki-how-to-learn-a-new-language-online-2017-9, September 26, 2017
  22. ^ ”Shanghai-based startup italki raises US$3M to help Chinese students find language tutors,” Yon Heong Tung, e27, https://e27.co/this-shanghai-based-startup-has-raised-us3m-to-help-chinese-students-find-language-tutors-20160624/, June 24th, 2016

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