Italki is another social network that helps you learn foreign languages. It is different than LiveMocha.

While LiveMocha contains predefined lessons, italki allows people to use an instant messenger app to talk with others via text, voice, and video. Both sites are excellent; livemocha provides self-study lessons that are important for learning to speak a new language and italki allows you to talk with native speakers. To effectively learn a new language, I recommend using both sites.

Italki allows you to create groups, create a wiki or language pages, for example, you can post lesson information on a page and students can submit their homework via a comment box. The main difference between the wiki and the page is that anyone can edit a wiki whereas you control who edits your page or pages. Both are useful. The wiki option is great for coursebooks where everyone can share their knowledge.

Italki also allows you to upload files. I uploaded my ESL PowerPoint lessons that I use in class.

Within 15 minutes of joining italki, I made 2 friends. One initiated a chat session where I answered his English questions and I learned some basic Portuguese.


About acohen843

I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor ( who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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5 Responses to italki

  1. Toffler says:

    Thanks for the review of italki. I’m glad you enjoyed using the site and found it easy to chat with others online. If you have any other suggestions for how to make the site better, we’re always looking for feedback. Thanks!

  2. Both italki and livemocha are great language resources. Another one I stumbled upon and signed up for is Great site that is easy to use and they offer many great tools: Flashcards, videos, forums, social networking and Live tutoring via video chat.

  3. MMan says:

    It seems that some language learning sites are spam-commenting on blog posts about others. Hmmm.

  4. acohen843 says:


    Thank you. I recommend both italki and livemocha to my students. I’ll give you feedback as appropriate.

  5. none says:

    The best place to practice languages online using Skype, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and AOL Messenger

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