Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Learning languages via Skype

I've just finished talking to a lovely Polish woman on Skype. It was a trial session arranged via the iTalki site and I'm hoping that it will lead to more sessions. We seemed to get on well and she's only a few years younger than me, so I'm hoping she'll feel more comfortable with an older tutor.

Anyway, I thought I'd give iTalki a little plug. I've done a few sessions now with several different people and their system seems to work well. I actually heard about it via Benny the Irish Polyglot who used it recently when he was learning Egyptian Arabic whilst living in Brazil. (One of his crazier ideas!) I know that none of you are likely to want my services as an English teacher, but if any of you are currently learning languages, there are two ways that iTalki might be helpful to you.

Language buddies: If you are a native English speaker who is learning any other major language, you may be able to buddy up with a native speaker of your target language and practice speaking together totally free. If you just want a native speaker to chat to in order to improve your fluency, then this might be the answer.

Tutors: If you want a more structured session with a qualified and experienced tutor, iTalki also offers paid sessions. You buy iTalki credits which you then use to pay your tutor. Many tutors offer 30 minute trial sessions at a reduced rate so you don't have to commit to a whole hour with someone until you have had a chance to see whether you get on well together.

Anyway, I just thought I'd mention it because it's still quite new and so people may not be aware of its existence.

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