italki /ˈaɪtɔːki/ 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] Students may also use it as a platform for mutual language exchange.[4]


  • 1 History
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


In 2007, Kevin Chen and Yongyue Jiang cofounded italki as an online language exchange community.[5][6] At the start, the site was focused on building free features for the community.[7][8][9]
In 2009, the site launched its teacher marketplace, allowing teachers to earn money by providing online tutoring services.[10][11] Teachers on italki set their own price and time schedule.[12]

In 2012, italki raised angel funding from independent investors.[13][14] In 2016, italki raised $3 million from Hujiang, a Baidu-invested Chinese education company with over 100 million users.[15][16][17][18]

As of July 2017, italki has more than 3 million users from more than 100 countries, and 5000 teachers.[19][20][21] English is the most popular language being studied, followed by Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. The site offers more than 100 languages,[22] including endangered ones such as South African Xhosa.[23]

See also[edit]

  • Language education
  • Online education
  • Community language learning
  • Online platforms for collaborative consumption


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  • ^ “Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students,” Nik Peachey, The Guardian,, July 5th, 2011
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  • ^ “ Free Skype VoIP and IM Language Partner Community,”,, 2007
  • ^ “Redes Sociales Para Aprender Idiomas” [Social Networks For Language Learning] (in Spanish). El Pais. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  • ^ “Social networking sites take language learning out of classroom”. South China Morning Post. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  • ^ “How to Successfully Learn a New Language This Year,” Benny Lewis, Lifehacker,, October 1st, 2010
  • ^ “Secrets of Learning a language – quickly,” Benny Lewis, BBC,, March 3rd, 2015
  • ^ “italki launches marketplace for language tutors,” Camille Ricketts, VentureBeat,, March 25th, 2009
  • ^ “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.
  • ^ “6 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home That You’ve Never Heard Of,” Bob Lotich, HuffingtonPost,, January 25th, 2014
  • ^ “Language Learning Marketplace italki Gets Seed Funding,” Steven Millward, Tech in Asia,, August 3rd, 2012
  • ^ “Six Years In, Language Learning Site Italki Finds Its Angels,” Hamish Mckenzie, Pando,, August 9th, 2012
  • ^ “Shanghai-based startup italki raises US$3M to help Chinese students find language tutors,” Yon Heong Tung, e27,, June 24th, 2016
  • ^ “China: Hujiang invests $3m in ed-tech startup Italki,” Anirvan Ghosh, Deal Street Asia,, June 23rd, 2016
  • ^ “China’s Learning Site Hujiang Now Has Over 100M users,”, TechNews,, January 14th, 2016
  • ^ “China Minsheng Investment Joins $157M Series D Round In hujiang.Com,”, China Money Network,, October 29th, 2015
  • ^ “The 10 best language products,” Samuel Muston, Independent,, May 9th, 2012
  • ^ “ITALKI: THE HUMAN CONNECTION,, PGLS,, July 17th, 2017
  • ^ “italki Kevin Chen:做语言学习的“淘宝”, 陆家嘴, Sina,, July 13th, 2017
  • ^ “I signed up for an Italki account to see why it’s a leading platform for online language learning”,Connie Chen, Business Insider,, September 26, 2017
  • ^ ”Shanghai-based startup italki raises US$3M to help Chinese students find language tutors,” Yon Heong Tung, e27,, June 24th, 2016
  • External links[edit]

    • italki official website


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