https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

italki along with duolingo

Hi people! Has anyone tried to use italki.com while using Duolingo? Are those courses helpful, are the teachers trustful? I would try to use it as Duolingo is not enough, especially at the speaking part. Waiting for opinions. :)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I use it. My teachers are very nice, but you have to prepare for your class and do your part. You can also try to get a language partner and that is free, sometimes it works others it doesn't.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

That's great! Speaking about language partners, well, I couldn't find any Turkish. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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You can try other websites such as conversationexchange, hellotalk and many more.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Thanks for the suggestion!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

I have used italki for over a year now, back when I could barely squeak out "bonjour". My teacher, the same one I still use, insisted on only speaking French. It was hard and I was frankly a bit terrified, but I knew that I had to try to speak from the beginning in order to have a rounded approach to the language. Unfortunately I do not live where there are many native French speakers, so italki was a good alternative for me. My tutor and I connect weekly through skype. I'm not afraid to make mistakes now (and I certainly make them!), but I can make myself understood to a native speaker. It's not eloquent yet, of course.

In other words, I highly recommend using italki. Try out a few tutors to see which ones are a good fit for you. Most offer a low rate as an introduction class.

Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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How much are the fees more or less?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AussieCraig

The prices for tutors vary according to qualifications, experience etc. and each price is set by the tutor. Italki takes a percentage for each completed 1hr session/lesson. Most prices seem to be from $8.00 US to $30.00 US per hour with greatly discounted 1/2hr sessions to trial tutors. - (Mod's, delete this post if it contravenes Duo guidelines, I was simply answering the question. I am not advertising, nor am I a current user of Italki.)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Thanks a lot! I might start doing Italki in the future. I like finding people to exchange for free but few people understand how teaching/learning works. At the end there's a lot of English involved and what's the point?!??!?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

As Craig said, the prices vary depending upon tutor. Some languages tend to be more expensive than others, which probably reflects the cost of living difference in the countries in which the various tutors live. Some tutors also offer significant discounts for buying packages of multiple sessions, mine does. Between $8.00 - $30.00 US per hour sounds about right. Many (most?) offer half hour sessions too. I'm not trying to advertise for Italki either; and I hope my post doesn't doesn't violate the guidelines. However, I do not see Duolingo and Italki in competition but rather complimentary. Duo doesn't provide the spontaneous oral practice with a native and Itakli doesn't provide the repetative grammar and sentence drills (or at least you'd be wasting your time using it for that).

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https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Good to know! I might go for only half hours at the beginning...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AussieCraig

I too am interested in what price level you went for with your tutor, and if he/she was found in the 'professional' or 'community' category of the site. I have watched many of the introductory videos from the teachers there, and have a fair idea of which I believe would be best suited to my needs, but I wonder if spending the extra dollars for a more expensive tutor is justified, when taking into account the negative exchange rate that exists between the U.S. and the Australian dollar. Also, is your tutor based in France, (Parisian/enne, or elsewhere), or from another French speaking country. I ask because I listen to a lot of Belgique french music, and when I begin to concentrate on speaking French, I won't know the accent that I've learned until it is pointed out by a native speaker. Cheers, Craig. :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CommeuneTexane

My tutor is Belgian, but living in Paris. She also teaches Dutch but French is her native language. She is a professional English teacher so her command and understanding of English is excellent. This is helpful in that she has an excellent grasp of grammar rules in both languages and can explain concepts clearly. However, unless I am hopelessly lost she does not use English at all. We often work together with a google doc open in front of us. After each lesson she sends a document reviewing the concepts we discussed and gives a homework assignment of worksheets, dictation, or grammar exercises which she reviews the next session. She charges from $16 for half hour to $26 for an hour. Tutor quality, experience, and rates vary significantly so I advise trying a variety.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Thanks for your opinion. I really need to get a speaking partner or a teacher, because in my district and near ones there isn't any Turkish speaker (or I haven't met him/her yet). :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Some of my friends have and it worked well for them. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Awesome :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyVu17

Nope.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Okay :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Garnetskull
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I use it for getting corrections in my writing from native speakers. I haven't scheduled any lessons with a teacher.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Thanks for the opinion :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu
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It is trustful but since you are dealing with people who are not employed by italki it can vary. Try it and find a teacher or tutor that fits your needs and preferences.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Thanks for the opinion :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul592108

Thanks for the idea!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

Welcome! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul592108

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria136469

:)

1 year ago
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