italki – Teach or Learn

italki is the best language tutor platform because there are teachers for every budget, it’s a safe and secure platform, and it has a lot of free features to enhance your lessons. Practicing with a native speaker is the best way to learn a language, and italki is the best place to find them!

Is the italki worth it?

italki is a legitimate language learning platform with a Trustpilot score of 4.8 out of 5. Founded in 2007, they have grown to become one of the world’s largest marketplaces for online language teachers, with 5 million students from 100+ countries being taught by over 5,000 italki teachers and tutors.


To apply as a teacher, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit an application on via only by a computer or laptop. Applicants will be notified of the result within 10 business days.
  2. Complete the following onboarding process within 15 calendar days upon receiving a pre-approval email.
  3. Upload your identity document (How to pass ID verification?)
  4. Watch the Teacher Success tutorial videos
  5. Complete the guided tutorials to set up your account
  6. Pass the quizzes.

After you have completed the onboarding process and finished setting up your account you are ready to go!  Before you apply, please check which teacher type you want to apply for. You can only choose one teacher type.

Difference between Professional Teachers and Community Tutors

If you first apply to become a Community Tutor, you can later upgrade to Professional Teacher

What are the technology requirements for teachers?

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  • Stable internet connection
  • Video communication tools

You can use one or more of the following video platforms to conduct lessons.

  • italki Classroom

italki Classroom is the default option and can be accessed by clicking the “Enter Classroom” button on the lesson page. Easy to use: Adding your students as friends are not required. italki Classroom will connect teachers and students automatically.

When a student requests a lesson with you, italki will provide you and your student with the contact details (such as Skype account/ID) or a link to italki Classroom or Zoom.  When a student books a lesson, they are required to select a communication tool they want to use for the lesson. italki will offer the student the option of selecting italki Classroom by default, the teacher does not need to select it.

For more information about setting up and using communication tools, click here.

Microphone and webcam

You must have a microphone and a webcam. Headphones are also recommended.  Using an external camera or microphone typically provides better audio/video quality than using your device’s built-in camera or microphone.

If you need help with preparing an introduction video, please check this page: How do I record and upload a video to italki?

Once you’ve become a teacher, you can update your profile such as your intro video, adding another teaching language, etc.

italki Classroom Guidance for teachers

italki Classroom is a video communication tool that is available to all italki students both on the italki website and the italki mobile app.

Check the video introduction of italki Classroom here.

The benefits of italki Classroom include:

  • Full-featured: File sharing and screen-sharing.
  • Convenient: App download is not required on PC as italki Classroom is a built-in italki interface. italki Classroom can be accessed by clicking the “Enter Classroom” button on the lesson page.
  • Easy to use: Adding your students as friends are not required. italki Classroom will connect teachers and students automatically.
  • Fair: italki can track system records in case there is a dispute over a lesson problem, ie. absence and being late.

For further information click here.

How long is an italki lesson?

Each teacher provides 60min single lessons. In addition, teachers can choose whether to provide 30min, 45min, or 90min lessons and Lesson Packages.

How do I get paid and what’s the withdrawal fee?

italki works with different Payment Providers to help you withdraw your money in USD. The main Payment Providers we use are:

PayPal –  

Hyperwallet – a service provided by PayPal

Payoneer –  

The minimum withdrawal amount is $30 USD in italki Credits.

Although italki does NOT charge any fee for your withdrawals, you may be subject to different fees depending on which method you use. Please be aware that different countries may have different transaction fees charged by the respective payment provider.

The chart below shows typical fees for each payment provider. Please consult your payment provider’s website for your particular country to see what fees apply to you.

For details about when you will get paid, please check the article: I’ve submitted my withdrawal request, when will I receive my payment.

As we have teachers in different time zones, we calculate the first and last date of the month according to UTC (+0) (Coordinated Universal Time).

For example, if you submit a withdrawal request via PayPal or Payoneer on the 12th, we will collect the request on the 15th (withdrawal deadline). Payment will be sent anytime between the 16th and 26th.


italki encourages pricing competition which means you can find some unbelievably cheap lessons on there if you use the pricing filter. This is positive if you don’t have much money to learn, but also negative because it has been known to lead to exploitation.