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Italki, Online Language Learning

What is Italki?

As a language learner who is looking to learn and practice one language through different media, applications, and YouTube channels, it’s good to get to know italki here if you don’t know it yet of course.

italki is the most flexible platform to find a tutor for the language you’re learning. They have a huge number of teachers offering classes to students of over 100 different languages. There is no doubt that you’ll find a tutor that fits your learning style, schedule, and purposes.

In other words, italki is a facilitator that allows the audience to search a massive database of teachers and practice opportunities in hundreds of languages. either You can book a private lesson or class, or practice your knowledge by chatting.

italki doesn’t offer any educational services of its own, and they are not responsible for the quality you expect from each session. You can read every teacher reviews and background information to make a better choice.


Italki Establishment Established in 2006, a networking platform for learning languages online. Italki was a small-sized Company based in Shanghai and employed no more than 13 people in 2009 but regarding the current estimates range is more than 20 employees. since 2009 the platform comprises an independent online marketplace to connect teachers and students worldwide for tutoring services rendered via online communication tools such as Skype or Messengers.

The Company’s main asset, potentially creating up to 10,000 part and full-time jobs for language tutors possibly being unemployed, the Company allows to learn over 100 languages including the most popular ones such as English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Italian, Swedish or Polish.

Italki business Model (Main features)

Italki platform is divided into three sections:

·        One-to-one paid to learn

·        Social learning

·        Free informal tutoring


Every user on italki can take over two roles: being a learner, and being a tutor, each of them will be assigned a separate profile. If you want to teach on italki, you must know there are community teachers and professional teachers. As a professional teacher, you have to provide an academic document of your career to italki; however, both community and professional teachers are free to decide upon learning methodology, schedule, lessons, and pricing.

Teachers can adjust their schedules automatically in the local time of the student, push notifications and reminders will be sent whenever any requests, upcoming lessons, and any latest news are shared on italki.


Social networking aspect

In italki social networking aspect, users have access to their inbox to check new unread messages and start chatting. As it is the case with Facebook or mySpace, for instance, users can have customized profile, they can add friends, and people can be followed.

Like a real online community, every user can ask different questions and issues by posting them, they can choose their learning partner to study together, write blogposts or share their material study with other members. This can help to increase user engagement, involvement, and motivation into learning a language.


All about pricing

In the pricing section, as a new learner, you can have a trial lesson in case of the teacher is confirmed. italki is functioning as an open resource center and tries to keep direct regulations by the site’s administrators to a minimum. After each learning session, the teacher and student will have to confirm them, students can pay via service providers such as PayPal that can be transferred to the teacher (10 italki credits equals 1$).

Teachers can set their prices, which can lead to huge differences in costs per learning session.

For example, you can find a few teachers charging over $50per hour for a specific language. Luckily, on the other side, there are currently 689 teachers charging between $4-$9 per hour. Also, consider that price is depending on the supply and demand of teachers for each language.

value proposition

Italki believes that everyone deserves to be learned enough and good, for its belief italki team provides an online platform so students can choose their teacher, learning style, and using tools to improve their language knowledge. So the most key points of the value proposition are:


·       Help learners learn a foreign language with native speakers.

As you must know, one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to be surrounded by native speakers. That’s why some people think that if you live in a country of the language you want to learn, you’re going to learn it faster. So if you can’t travel and live easily, why not staying at your own home and learn that with a real native speaker? That sounds like a plan!


·       Learner/Teacher convenience and flexibility

As a learner or tutor, you are free to choose your own time schedule, money budget, and session types. If you are a learner, you can also choose a tutor that fits your wills and wishes best. Whether you’re going to teach or learn, learning is simple and affordable.


·       Highly quality learning experience

Technology speaks here. With The constant development and testing of new features, the italki aims at providing their learners first with the most useful learning experience, and also with the most enjoyable practicing tools through highly innovative concepts so they can always remember their learning journey as one of an unforgettable experience with touchable effect.

·       Usermost possible freedom

Every user is free to choose the language learning system. There is no guarantee of any decision you made to get the expected outcome, it can be a professional tutor with a smart learning plan or an ordinary learning session, in both ways, there is a possibility to see your result. It all depends on your purpose and your choice. However, if italki would only hire qualified and examined teachers and impose community rules, the customer convenience, and social aspect, as a core part of its value proposition, would get lost.

Italki co-founders

In 2007, Kevin Chen and Yongyue Jiang cofounded italki as an online language learning community. In the beginning, the main focus of italki was on developing free features for the community. In 2009, the site launch edits teacher marketplace, give teachers an opportunity to earn money by providing online tutoring sessions. As we mentioned, Teachers on italki set their own prices and schedule.

In 2012, italki raised angel funding from investors. In2016, italki raised $3 million from Hujiang, a Baidu-invested Chinese education company with over 100 million users.

In July 2017, italki had more than 3 million users from more than 100 countries, and within 5000 teachers. As we all expected, English is one of the most popular languages to learn, which followed by Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. Italki offers more than 100 languages for students and teachers to choose from.

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