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Why is allowed every native speaker as a teacher of his own language in here?

Let's face it, not everybody has a good command of their own language. It isn't highly atypical to see somebody making huge mistakes in his mother tongue -from used words, to grammar. So which is the reason why everybody is allowed at this platform as teachers? I find it a real shame.


Edit: Okay, actually I wasn't referring myself to professional teachers, but community tutors. Sorry for the confusion.

Apr 27, 2019 8:04 AM
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I want to add that some tutors are cheating that they are native speakers.
April 29, 2019
Different people have different learning styles and different interests etc - so long as there is a video at the top of each teacher's profile page I think it's all good - the student can research which teachers they like based on the videos and if they are disappointed it's their own mistake for not checking the videos competently.
April 27, 2019

italki is just a market place and all responsibility of choosing a teacher/tutor on the student. Unfortunately, italki doesn't do much effort to check the level of their tutors. And the situation when teacher/tutor can add other languages without being checked by italki is the wrong situation. I am studying English, so I will speak about it. Many learners face the situation when not native tutor has a low level of English. italki don't need too much effort to test it: just to oblige English tutors do the OOPT test, that is all. I don't know if there are similar tests for other languages, but I think that the English language market is the biggest here.

For this reason I am choosing native speakers from UK, US or Canada as teachers and tutors.

April 29, 2019
I've seen worse. Many non-native speakers who made obvious mispronunciation got the native speaker green bar. 
April 27, 2019

If the community tutor is really that bad, people should leave a comment. Eventually, market forces will dictate that the tutor will get less business. However, if they are charging a cheaper fee, then you pay for what you get. There is a market for cheaper tutors as well and you have to accept the limitations.


I sometimes make grammar mistakes in English even though I am a native English speaker and went through postgraduate education using English.

April 30, 2019
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Estefanía
Language Skills
English, German, Spanish
Learning Language
English, German