Italki is a web platform and mobile app that allows users to “get 1-on-1 lessons from native language teachers and join a community of more than 5 million language learners.” Italki is a great language learning resource which allows students to find online teachers for 1-on-1 language tutoring. There are many friendly teachers to choose from. Their huge selection of teachers allows many choices between languages, price, schedule, and teaching style. Italki has an active community of language learners and offers some useful free features.
You can have conversations for free with other users over Skype or you can pay for 1-on-1 personalized language tutoring. The free conversation option is great if you can’t afford to get private lessons. A motivated native speaker will patiently listen to you and correct your mistakes. All you have to do in exchange is teach them your native language! The conversation is ultimately over Skype. The site just acts as a way to find these people. You could also search in other sites like Busuu and message them to connect on Skype. The forum on this blog also has an active language exchange board where people announce the language combination.
There’s no other place where you will find as many teachers or as many languages being taught. If you’d prefer your teacher be from a certain country, be within a certain age range, be of a certain gender, or have experience teaching certain age ranges – this is possible on Italki.