A long time ago, in 2007, a bunch of friends had a crazy idea.
"People could learn languages without going abroad
and explore a new culture with someone from there?
And so, the italki language exchange community was born!
Our dream was to build the worlds best
community-driven language education platform.
We envisioned a world
where people could become fluent in languages
by connecting with people from other cultures.
In 2009, we launched our marketplace
and began transforming the language learning experience.
From one mind and heart to another,
people began achieving amazing things, like
The Japanese teacher who teamed up with his student
to create an awesome rock band,
and even released an album!
Or the student who learned Ukrainian
so they could communicate with their grandparents.
Or the student who reached conversational fluency
in 8 languages and travelled the world.
And so much more.
As technology evolved, so did we.
We pioneered student-centric learning
through 1-on-1 video chat with teachers,
so students wouldnt be limited by time,
distance, or even textbooks.
We created our own integrated platform
where learners could practice, share their knowledge,
and make friends from all over the world.
And when theyre stuck or confused,
they can reach out to a supportive Community
who can help with any question.
It is an experience you can enjoy anywhere.
So, that crazy idea we had?
It became true.
The world we envision,
the one where everyone can learn a language
in a personalized and authentic way
its happening because of you.
So on our 14th anniversary,
were inviting you to celebrate with us.
Because youre italki too.