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Caption Pop Mini-Review: Use The Free Version

Caption Pop – 4 

With Caption Pop you can use YouTube videos to pursue your language learning endeavours using subtitles in both your target language and native language. Tap a single key to repeat the last caption, slow down the playback speed, and bookmark subtitles to study with SRS interactive flashcards. The flashcards will not just have you memorize words, but practice dictations with immediate feedback on your accuracy. Unfortunately there are currently some bugs in the programming, and you may only hear part of the caption you are being asked to transcribe.

You can search for Youtube videos in your target language within the Caption Pop platform, but only those videos with subtitles in both your target language and your native language are available. This means that you will rely on captions translated and transcribed by the video’s creators, which improves your language learning experience but restricts the amount of available Youtube content. Nevertheless, there is a good amount of content from popular channels in more common languages.

The free version of the platform combined with self-made Anki cards may be a better option than subscribing to the premium version, as the bugs in Caption Pop’s programming don’t seem worth the monthly payment.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

Take Lessons Mini-Review: Use iTalki, Verbling, or Preply Instead

take lessons – 2.3 

At Take Lessons you can find in-person and online teachers for various topics, including language learning. This review is specific only to language learning.

Once on the site, you can filter teachers based on their location, availability, and price, then view the teacher’s profile to see their experience, student ratings, and basic bio. Most of the teachers have great ratings, so the quality of teaching is probably not an issue. However, Take Lessons takes about 40% of whatever the teachers charge. Obviously teachers need to charge a living wage, so can expect to pay 25% more than most language learning platforms whose teachers are of comparable quality.

Why 25%? Because most platforms (like iTalki and Verbling for example) only take a 15% commission, if not less. The only difference is that you could potentially have in-person lessons with Take Lessons, while the previously mentioned platforms are all online.

Take Lessons is probably a handy site for other types of services, but there are many more teachers and features specific to language learning available through the above mentioned alternative platforms.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

Altissia Mini-Review: May or May Not Be Modern

Altissia – 3.6 

Altissia is a language learning platform developed by academics at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium. The creators emphasize a humanistic vision, believing that people are at the centre of everything we do and that language empowers us.

A monthly plan gives you access to their unique platform, a social network, virtual classrooms, and professional modules. You can choose lessons that are most applicable to your learning goals and watch videos of native speakers interacting in realistic situations.

The courses will help you improve your pronunciation through recording your voice and comparing it to that of native speakers, improve your spelling through dictations, improve your listening comprehension through different exercises, and learn grammar through progressive exercises. Each month you can take a placement test to see where you stand on the CEFR scale (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

There does not seem to be a Spaced Repetition System within the program, but they have an interactive dictionary to help you review.

The publicity videos and webpage have a modern feel, but it seems like some of the content within the platform may date back several years. Additionally, it is very expensive compared to other products that offer similar content.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

Rassias Center Mini-Review: A Lively Learning Environment

Rassias Center – 4.3 

Originally an in-person school, the Rassias Center now offers online semi-intensive classes. The classes prioritize spoken language and understanding the culture of the language being studied.

The Rassias method aims to make students feel comfortable speaking a language within a short time frame. The teaching techniques are both dramatic and structured; you will find yourself in a creative, fast-paced, and enthusiastic environment with teachers who are passionate about your success and will positively reinforce your learning. You can be sure with the Rassias technique that you will quickly feel at ease no matter how hesitant you are to join a group class.

It should be noted that online classes may offer less opportunity to speak as there would be in a live setting.

The virtual courses are 3 weeks long, meeting 3 times per week for 1.5 hours and within groups of 5-12 students.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

Instant Immersion Mini-Review: No Longer a Good Investment

Instant Immersion – 2 

Instant Immersion offers programs in over 120 languages, narrated by native speakers. It claims to help you build your vocabulary, converse with ease, and perfect your pronunciation. It has interactive activities on the computer, interactive games you can play with your family on a DVD, and MP3 files for your car.

Their topics include food, shopping, restaurants, animals, numbers, etc. In other words, Instant Immersion will probably not help you if you are looking to have immediately applicable conversations

A common trend in many reviews is the lack of structure in these courses. While other courses build on what you have previously learned and help you learn vocabulary relevant to your everyday life, Instant Immersion seems to provide a large amount of information without transitions or a clear learning path. There is a lot of content, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you will learn a lot. Instant Immersion may have been a good investment several years ago, but now there are many other options for affordable, quality language learning.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

Rocket Italian Review – Better Than Expected

Quick Review

3.8 

Summary:

Rocket Italian is a good, comprehensive and easy-to-use course that’s ideal for beginners and lower-intermediate students. It’s an independent learning resource that can definitely teach you how to speak and write Italian on its own.

Quality

A well-designed and user-friendly platform with solid materials.

Thoroughness

There are lots of extra materials included in each lesson, but they’re too repetitive.

Value

It’s not cheap, but it’s still affordable for most.

Price

For a one-off payment, Level 1 costs $99.95, Levels 1&2 cost $249.90 and all three courses purchased as a package are $259.90.

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Italianpod101 Review – Solid But Has Room For Improvement

Quick Review

3.5 

Summary:

This online tool is useful for people who already have a basis in Italian. It can be a great way to improve vocabulary and pronunciation, but beginners might want to look for alternative resources when it comes to learning grammar and the basics. ItalianPod101 comes in handy as a complementary tool to a more structured learning plan.

Quality

The platform is easy to use and well designed, but the structure of the modules is not the best.

Thoroughness

It covers vocabulary and pronunciation in depth, grammar less so. There are no exercises aside from a vocabulary quiz.

Value

It’s useful, but there are better resources out there for the money.

Price

Free trial for 7 days. If you pay for one month at a time, the Basic plan costs $8/month, the Premium plan costs $25/month, and the Premium+ plan costs $47/month. There are varying durations with lower prices for longer commitments which extend up to two years.

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Readlang Mini-Review: A Must-Have For Language Lovers

Readlang – 4.5 

With Readlang as your Google Chrome Extension, you can have instant translations for words or sentences in over 45 languages at the tip of your mouse cursor (or fingertip)! Browse the internet and effortlessly click on unknown words to get a translation that stays on your screen until it is no longer needed.

If you can’t find anything to read on the internet, you can access a bank of public texts organized by word count and difficulty, browse the most popular websites for Readlang users, or upload your own text to study.

The best part is, Readlang will collect flashcards for you from words you have translated. It will only record the most useful words for you to practice based on word frequency lists, which could be either a pro or a con depending on your study goals. The flashcards follow a Spaced Repetition System that will prompt you to study words based on the natural forgetting curve, so you will be quizzed on the words you are about to forget. Each flashcard also includes audio pronunciation and the sentence from which the word was taken for reference. You can choose to reveal the flashcard to check your comprehension, or type in your response for more effective recall.

The free version provides enough for an average user, but upgrading to an affordable premium membership both supports this awesome resource and allows for unlimited phrase translations. Although there may be some problems with translations in beta languages, and sometimes it fails to recognize text, overall Readlang is an excellent resource for language lovers.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.

italki Review – The Good, The Bad, & The Just Alright

Quick Review

4.5 

Summary:

italki is the most flexible and affordable place 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. As a learner, you’ll be able to find a tutor that best fits your learning style, schedule, and personality. Teachers are able to set their own prices and make their own schedule.

Teacher Quality

You’ll find everyone from long-time professionals to brand new teachers.

Platform

The overall platform has tons of useful features but also some room for improvement.

Value

Huge number of teachers, low prices, and flexible scheduling.

Price

The prices vary by teacher and language with some being as low as $4 and others as high as $60 per hour. Most will fall somewhere near the $10 per hour range.

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It’s very rare for me to recommend a particular resource for everyone, regardless of the language that they’re studying. Usually each language will have their own unique resources that are great specifically for students of that language.

Italki is the exception to this.

Anyone studying any language would benefit from using italki.

And I do mean any language. You can find an online tutor for pretty much any language you would possibly want to learn. There are languages I’ve never heard of that have tutors on italki.

In nearly every case, italki will both be the cheapest and most convenient place to find a teacher.

This in-depth review will look at every aspect of what it’s like to use italki for your language lessons. It’ll be split into the following parts…

What is italki?
Languages and prices
Different types of teachers
Choosing a teacher and scheduling classes
Booking and paying for lessons
The lessons themselves
italki Community
Weaknesses & alternatives
Teaching on italki
Final thoughts

What is italki?

italki is essentially a platform where you can book language classes directly from a tutor. You’ll find thousands of independent teachers offering classes on italki. They set their own schedule, price, have unique qualifications and experiences, and come from all over the world.

A somewhat flawed analogy is that italki is similar to Airbnb, whereas typical language schools are more like traditional hotels.

italki itself doesn’t offer any classes, it’s simply teachers using their platform to facilitate the classes. Payment is made through italki and classes typically take place over Skype, but options such as WeChat, FaceTime, and others are often available.

Languages and prices

There’s no other place where you will find as many teachers or as many languages being taught. To give you a rough idea of just how many teachers there are on italki, here are the numbers of available teachers (at the time of writing) for several different languages.

Less Common Languages
Wolof? Xhosa? Yep, you can find a teacher on italki.

English – 4680
Spanish – 1916
French – 834
Mandarin – 855
German – 501
Portuguese – 389
Korean – 230
Greek – 76
Romanian – 47
Afrikaans – 36
American Sign Language – 9
Haitian Creole – 14
Belarusian – 4
Sinhala – 2

This list is far from complete. You can find a teacher for any of more than a hundred different languages – more than a few of which I’d never heard of before.

This abundance of language teachers available opens up a lot of options and lets you be pickier than you otherwise might be able to.

If you’d prefer your teacher be from a certain country, be within a certain age range, be a native speaker, or have experience teaching certain age ranges – this becomes possible on italki.

On italki, every teacher sets their own prices. Not surprisingly, this can lead to huge differences in costs per lesson.

As an example, for Spanish, you can find a few teachers charging over $50 per hour. Luckily, on the other side of the spectrum, there are currently 689 teachers charging between $4-$9 per hour.

The prices will also vary depending on the supply and demand of teachers for each language. In addition, teachers from economically developed countries will almost certainly charge more than teachers from a country without a lot of economic opportunities.

This huge number of teachers with varying schedules makes it possible to find your ideal teacher and to take classes online without spending a fortune.

Not only that, if your native language is a language other than English, you can likely find someone that teaches your target language and also knows your native language.

I didn’t really appreciate italki until I moved to Beijing. I was looking for classes to improve my Mandarin. I ended up realizing that taking online classes was actually cheaper than finding an in-person tutor.

This appreciation was amplified by the fact that I wouldn’t need to travel around the city to meet up with them. I could take the classes from home and schedule them when most convenient.

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Different types of teachers

There are two different types of teachers available – Professional Teachers and Community Tutors.

Professional Teachers have at least one of the following, verified by Italki staff:

  • Professional teaching experience in school, university or language institute
  • University degree in education
  • Teaching certificate

Community Tutors are either Native speakers or have an advanced level of the language they’re teaching.

Typically, though not always, you’ll find that the professional teachers are more expensive and have more experience teaching. They’re more likely to have extra materials or prepare lessons specifically for the student.

Community tutors would generally be a better idea if you’re more interested in casual conversation practice.

I’ve taken classes with Community Tutors who I’ve considered to be much more skilled than some Professional Teachers. Remember, these are just labels and each teacher or tutor is unique.

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Choosing a teacher and scheduling classes

Before even looking at the teachers, I’d suggest taking a few moments to think about what your ideal class would look like.

  • Do you want the teacher to explain things to you in your native language when you get stuck?
  • Do you want to focus on learning specific grammar points?
  • Would you prefer casual conversation practice?
  • Are there any specific materials you’d like to go through?
  • What else would you like or dislike in your lessons?

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Everyone will have different preferences and each person’s ideal class is a little different.

After you know what you’re looking for in a class, you can begin to look for the right teacher for yourself.

However, due to the sheer number of teachers available, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose one. Luckily italki has a few features to make it easier for you to figure this out.

You can see where each teacher is from. This helps if you’d prefer to practice a particular variation of the language. For example, if you’re planning a trip to Peru, it may make more sense to practice a Peruvian variation of Spanish.

You’ll also be able to see how many lessons they’ve taught, their ratings, schedule of availability, other languages they speak, and both a video and written introduction.

If you click on a teacher, you’ll be taken to their teacher profile which gives a bit more information.

One thing I’ve found to be really helpful when choosing my teachers has been to read through the reviews of other students.

It’s quite rare for people to give bad reviews (I know I hate doing so!). However, you can still get an idea of whether or not a teacher would work for you based on what others say.

For example, I hate when teachers try to teach me lots of vocabulary or come into the lesson and with a rigid plan that they are unwilling to stray away from. You can usually spot comments from other students related to these types of things in the review section.

You could easily spend hours reading through tons of teacher profiles, trying to find the perfect one for you.

Don’t do this!!!

While you can get an idea of whether or not a teacher will be a good fit, it’s impossible to know for sure until you actually have a class with them. The good news is that italki makes it easy for you to try out new teachers.

You’ll find that most teachers offer a 30-minute trial class, oftentimes for half the price or less than that of a regular lesson.

My recommendation would be to schedule trial lessons with several different teachers and then continue taking regular classes with one or two that best fit your learning preferences.

As we move forward, we’ll look at booking a lesson that fits into your schedule.

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Booking and paying for lessons

When you find a teacher that you’d like to schedule a lesson with simply click on the “Book Now” button. Alternatively, you can contact the teacher and ask them any questions you may have before beginning.

Often you’ll find that teachers have a few different types of classes that they offer. These may have different prices or all be the same.

Additionally, you’ll likely find a few different options available for the lessons. This may include different lesson lengths and sometimes the possibility to book a package of lessons at a discount.

Moving forward, you’ll need to select the time that you’d like the lesson to take place. This is easy to do because italki’s schedules show when the teacher is available according to your own time zone.

After selecting the time for your class, you’ll choose which platform you’ll use for your lessons and add your username.

The italki Classroom platform works well for video lessons and allows for easy messaging and screen sharing, but you can also elect to use a communication tool you’re more comfortable with.

You can also leave a message for the teacher before taking a lesson. This could give them a better idea of your language level, what you’d like to focus on, or just some things you may be interested in talking about.

Then, of course, you’ll have to pay.

In order to take lessons on italki, you can either pay for lessons with a specific teacher, or you can purchase italki credits. The credits carry the same value as USD and can be used to purchase classes with any italki teacher.

When you go to pay for a lesson, lesson package, or credits, you’ll also see a processing fee attached (ugh), depending on the payment method you choose. For $10 paid by debit card, it’s 69 cents. This fee shoots up to $8.40 if paying by bank transfer!

The percentage goes down a little if you purchase more credits. Buying $100 worth of credits will cost $4.44 extra if paid with a debit or credit card.

I imagine that the advantage of purchasing credits instead of lessons with a specific teacher is that you could potentially save some money on the processing fee by paying for more at once without being committed to one teacher.

The credits will basically sit in your account wallet until you use them. Unfortunately, you can’t get a refund on your purchase, so be sure to only purchase as many credits as you’ll need. Given the relatively minor savings in the processing fee for higher amounts, I’d suggest not adding too much money unless you’re certain you’ll use it.

Another thing to be aware of, from my understanding, is that if you go over 12 months without logging onto your italki account, you’ll lose the credits you’ve purchased. However, if you log on once in a year, even if you don’t take any classes, those credits will remain in your account indefinitely.

The lessons themselves

The lessons on italki are as unique as the teachers and what you’d like to focus on.

I’ve had lessons that are painfully slow where I’ve wanted nothing more than to end the lesson early and cut my losses.

I’ve also had lessons where time flew by and it felt more like I was chatting with a friend.

Everyone has different personalities and different learning styles. It’s very possible that one person’s dream teacher would be another’s least favorite. What I love in a teacher, you might hate.

For this reason, I strongly encourage you to take trial lessons with several different teachers. Everyone will offer a unique experience and it’s up to you to figure out which one is right for you.

The general format for most of the lessons I’ve taken has basically been the same. If it’s the first time I’ve taken classes with someone, usually they’ll add me on Skype a few minutes before the class begins.

Then, we basically just chat online with me getting feedback throughout for the majority of the lesson. Some teachers try to correct every mistake, others let the mistakes slide, others take notes and go over them at the end. It all just depends.

While I’ve never done it, if you’d like, you could bring a textbook, reading materials, writing homework, or anything else to go over during your lesson. Most teachers are very flexible and accommodating to your wishes.

italki Community

italki may be most well-known as a place to find affordable online language tutors, but it actually has a lot more to offer than that. There are several free “Community” features that you’ll find in the italki app. We’ll take a look at each of these now.

italki Community

Discover

Under the Discover tab in the italki app, you’ll find a bunch of content created by other members of the italki community, teachers and learners alike.

Topics and Posts

In the “For You” section, there are a bunch of posts that you might be interested in, categorized into topics. These posts include things like general language discussion, conversations on more specific topics like food or books, people asking specific questions about languages, and lots of learners looking for language partners to practice with.

Discover Tab

There are also some prompts on this screen for users looking to get writing or speaking practice, which other users can see in the Exercise section and then provide feedback.

Here’s a post I wrote about traditional Chinese banners (锦旗).

The posts really can be just about anything you can think of. Often times, teachers write posts as a means of helping promote their tutoring services.

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Exercise

italki Exercise

This section is my favorite and most used of italki’s free features. I think it’s the best place to improve your writing skills in your target language.

It works rather simply. You write about any topic you’d like to write about in the language you’re learning. Then, someone who’s proficient (usually a native speaker) will come in and read your writing, making corrections.

Just be sure that whatever you write, you’re comfortable having strangers on the internet read it. It’s public!

If you find this feature useful, be sure to return the favor and help correct other people’s writing. It’ll be appreciated!

You can also record yourself speaking about anything you like, which makes for a great way to get feedback on pronunciation.

Questions

This is another useful free part of the italki Community. Here, you can ask any of those language questions you’ve been wondering about.

This could be which word to use in a certain context, questions about grammar points, and whatever other random questions you come across while studying.

You’ll almost certainly find people are willing to help you with your question. Again, do the same and answer questions about your native language to pay it forward.

Language Exchange Partners

Although lessons on italki are generally rather inexpensive, if you’d prefer not to spend any money at all, you may enjoy using the resource as a way to connect with a language partner.

This is something that used to be a dedicated feature, and it was possible to search for language partners with handy filters such as native language, where they’re from, gender, etc.

Unfortunately, connecting with other users isn’t as simple as it once was. You can still message other language learners, but you’ll have to write a post stating that you’re looking for someone to connect. The biggest downside to this change might be that other sections of the app are flooded with people looking for language partners.

Still, the potential for useful language exchange is high. With such a large community of users, it’s easy to find someone to practice languages with. This is especially true if you’re a native English speaker.

By finding a language exchange partner, you’ll be expected to help them learn the language and they’ll help you. Both parties will help each other out.

When you find someone you think you’d like to chat more with, you can send them a message or add them as a friend. You’ll likely notice many of the teachers also take part in language exchanges.

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Weaknesses & alternativesprocessing fees

I’m a huge fan of italki. I personally use it and often recommend it to friends. However, nothing is perfect and there is plenty of room for improvement.

One of the areas in which I think there is the most room for improvement is with the Community features that are only available on the app. The ability to have your writing corrected and to correct the writing of others is great, but having to do it on your mobile device is not.

In a similar vein, it’s a shame that there’s no dedicated feature for finding language partners, even though so much of the italki community uses the resource for just that — other sections of the app are full of people looking for exchange partners.

It’s also never fun to find charges you weren’t expecting when you go to pay. Maybe they could be more upfront with the processing fee or include it in the cost of the credits or lessons. I’m not really sure the best way, to be honest.

Another thing that might be beneficial is a private rating system or a way to mark your favorite teachers. Most people, myself included, are hesitant to give someone a bad review. You don’t want to hurt their ability to earn money. This is especially true if they seemed like a good teacher but their style was a bad fit for yourself. If you use italki a lot, you may find yourself forgetting which teachers you preferred.

The other issues I have with italki are less about italki and more about my own personal study habits.

I’ve always had a hard time scheduling as many classes as I should take. In my mind, I may plan on taking three classes per week, but since I need to schedule each of them individually, I often put it off and don’t take as many lessons as I’d like.

This may just be because I hate scheduling anything in advance. I hate committing to things I guess.

I’ve found I’m much more likely to take classes when I can just decide in the moment that I want to study and schedule something last minute. For the most part, with italki, you’ll need to schedule lessons at least 12 hours in advance.

Another possible weakness, or perhaps it’s just something to be aware of, is that the quality of teachers and your chemistry with them will vary significantly. This is largely related to personality and learning style.

I don’t think there’s anything italki could or should do about this, but it’s something you need to be aware of before taking classes. A teacher who is a bad fit can kill your desire to study. Just be patient and try out lots of teachers. There will be someone that is a good match for you.

There are a few alternatives to italki.

Verbling is the biggest competitor to italki and they provide a platform that is similar in most ways, but with a few differences.

Verbling’s payment system and the overall platform is quite a bit better than italki’s, in my opinion. You’re able to pay for the class without the need of adding money into your account wallet first. Classes also take place within their platform so you don’t need to switch to Skype for the lesson itself.

The reason I prefer italki is that there are far fewer teachers available on Verbling and they’re generally more expensive. You’ll even find some of the same teachers on both platforms, but they charge a bit more on Verbling.

The other alternatives would depend more specifically on which language you’re learning.

Baselang, for example, is awesome if you’re studying Spanish. For $149 per month, you can take unlimited Spanish lessons. Besides being great value for serious students, the ability to schedule lessons at the last minute makes it much more likely for me to take as many classes as I feel I should.

It’s possible that there may be other similar platforms in other languages that could be worth using instead of italki but I haven’t discovered them yet.

Online language schools are another option but I would rarely recommend them.italki logo

If you search for online tutors in your target language, you’ll almost certainly find dozens or more of online “language schools.” You’ll find they mostly look very similar to each other and will give you a free trial class.

I’m sure there are some good ones, but I generally advise people to stay away from these. More often than not, they’re less of a school and more of a middleman.

You’ll pay a large markup to take classes from these online schools and give up a lot of flexibility. Instead of having hundreds of teachers to choose from, there will likely only be a few options. Additionally, you’ll find less flexibility in scheduling your lessons.

If you want lessons with a structured curriculum, you can find teachers on italki that offer the same thing. Alternatively, you could use your own materials to study from independently and ask your tutor for additional practice or help with confusing points.

Teaching on italki

If you’re looking to make a little extra money, teaching on italki may be worth considering.

The flexibility and convenience of working from home is a huge benefit. You can set your own hours, prices, and aren’t required to accept everyone who requests a class from you.

Additionally, teaching can be really enjoyable. You’ll get to speak with students from all over the world and learn about them and their lives and culture.

italki will take their 15% cut of your earnings, so plan ahead for that.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, you’ll need to apply online. The application process should take about two weeks.

You’ll need to include a picture of yourself, information about your language levels, along with a video and written introduction. If you’re applying as a professional teacher, you’ll also have to upload documentation proving your experience or educational background.

If all goes well and you’re accepted, you can then update your schedule and prices.

One thing that surprised me is that they’re not accepting new applicants for every language. My guess is that some languages may already have too many teachers compared to students. You can see which languages are accepting new teachers here.

Just because you get accepted as a teacher on italki, doesn’t mean you’ll instantly have lots of students looking to take classes from you. New teachers will almost always need to initially lower their prices until they get more reviews and students.

As a new teacher, I’d suggest being flexible to each student’s needs and really trying to do that little bit extra. This may be making notes on things they can work on, looking for materials they may enjoy studying, letting your lessons go a little bit longer, or anything else you can think of to help your students.

The easiest way to make good money on italki is by keeping your schedule full, and the best way to do that is by having lots of returning students.

Final thoughts

italki may be the most useful tool you’ll find for learning a language and is something that I highly recommend using.

Even though I live in Beijing, I still take lessons on italki as a means to improve my spoken Mandarin. I was initially surprised to find that it was not only more convenient than finding a local tutor but also cheaper.

Regardless of where you live or the language you’d like to learn, taking classes on italki will be extremely beneficial.

And if you don’t have money to spend on classes, that’s not a problem either. The potential for language exchange and other free extra community features are great. I’d suggest trying italki out for yourself.

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Sublearning Mini-Review: There Are Better Uses For Your Time

Sublearning – 1.3 

Sublearning is a very simple website that supposedly helps you learn languages through movie subtitles. You will be presented with 1 to 6 lines of subtitles from your chosen movie, and then you can reveal the translation after thinking about the response.

There are 62 source and target languages, which does make one wonder where the translations are coming from; be wary of Sublearning’s translation quality.

Just to clarify, the subtitles do not seem to be sourced from the most iconic phrases from your favourite movies; rather, they seem to be random lines from the movie, sometimes as simple as “I don’t think so”. If you’re just looking to reminisce about anything that was said in movies you have seen, you can go to Sublearning to pass some time. However if you’re interested in language learning, I recommend checking out some of the many resource reviews we have on this site.

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The current rating is our best estimate. We haven’t had the opportunity yet to more thoroughly evaluate this resource, as we do for our full reviews.