Released on: 31, December 1969
, Author: italki.com
, Audience: Internet related
SHANGHAI, China - December 10, 2007 - In the year since it wentlive, italki.com has transformed language learning for thousands of people acrossthe globe. The groundswell from word-of-mouth recommendations by italki 's 100,000users, empowered by the social network features on the site, has reached the tippingpoint. Now the site is pushing online learning to the next level with a majorrelaunch. "I took English for ten years, but could not say one sentence, " is a phrase thefounders, Yongyue Jiang and Kevin Chen, had heard from frustrated language learners.Fixing this problem was what drove them to create their language-learning socialnetwork, italki.com.The site 's relaunch, on December 10, carries forward their dream of harnessing Web2.0 technology to make language learning free for all, and to eliminate the timewasted on ineffective language learning methods.By creating a social network of language learners, italki established a platform forstudents to learn from and encourage each other. In a "language exchange, " studentspair up with their counterparts from other countries to teach each other theirnative languages. By using the latest video and voice-enabled instant messengers,students can start speaking, writing, and communicating with one another - at nocost. "Some sites focus on Western countries because their market research tells themthat 's where the money is. We 're interested in building a truly global communitywhere every language and country is represented, " says Chen.italki.com will support eleven languages (English, Chinese, Spanish, French, German,Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Korean), with more languages in thepipeline.Key aspects of italki are:* Member-to-Member Learning -- Students can find language partners from all over theworld to practice speaking a foreign language ( "language exchange "). Members canuse email, IM, voice, video, and text to communicate with each other.* Community -- Members can rely on the community for "answers " and help. Memberscan post a question about a language and get a response from other members.* Open-Source -- Members are able to download and upload free documents aboutlearning languages.
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