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Using Smartphone for video lessons here

I'm finally ready to begin using Italki for Spanish lessons (probably one lesson every week or so). I don't have a computer with a camera right now, though. I have a decent Samsung smartphone, though, and use it for video calls with family and friends all the time (through Skype or Duo). I'm wondering if others here have used their smartphones for lessons, or if most of you use computers. I guess I'm just concerned if using a smartphone instead of a computer would be seen as inconvenient/tacky by the teacher on the other end.

Thanks very much for reading.

Feb 14, 2018 7:42 PM
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February 14, 2018
Like the others mentioned, it depends on the type of lessons you´re looking for. If it´s just conversational practice, there´s absolutely nothing wrong with using a smartphone. I usually use my computer, but have had to use my phone a couple of times and it went fine. Don´t make technical issues stop you from improving your languages!
February 15, 2018

I use Skype to have my lessons, and I use both my cell phone and a computer at the same time. The reason is Skype works better on my cell phone.  The sharing of files, the corrections, the messages back and forth, etc. are done on the computer.  Everything is synced up instantaneously.

February 14, 2018
Not to sound like an extremist, just check beforehand with your tutor or teacher if it's okay for them if you don't have a laptop and what kind of approach they use to teach. I have noticed that some italki teachers use a real blackboard to write stuff, if you're using a smartphone, that can be a problem to be able to read clearly. But if you are quick at managing your own smartphone and if your tutor is okay with it, then don't waste time and start the lessons. I talked about my own way of dealing with it. 
February 14, 2018

As a student and a teacher on italki I will give my personal opinion.

As a teacher: I HATE when students use their smartphones (unless what they are looking for is extremely informal lessons, those types of students who don't even care about reading corrections or seeing the word written).

Why do I hate? Because most of the times, it's very inconvenient to send anything, like, a google doc, pdf, files or even for casual skype or (any other program's) chatbox. There are students who look for structured lessons (they feel the need to see materials or something prepared by the teacher) but then they use their smartphones or tablets for the lesson and everything that the teacher had prepared is in vain because both parts get stressed with the delays to open a file and sometimes to READ what it is on the file, anyways. 

As a student, I always use my computer and when something happens and the only thing left is my tablet or smartphone, then I let my teacher know and tell him or her that I'm okay with only an informal conversation but I still apologize for not using a laptop.

February 14, 2018
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