Maybe you want to supplement your income. Or maybe you’d like to keep your language skills sharp or simply need a change of pace, but don’t want to completely give up language translation. If you know your languages fluently, have the drive to try something new, and want to interact with language learners, we’ve found three websites where you can put your skills to good use.
3 Ways Language Translators Can Supplement Their Income
italki is a language-learning community that connects teachers and language learners through Skype. Here’s the deal: If you want to work as a professional teacher, you’ll either have to:
1) teach at a school or language institute,
2) have a university degree in education, or
3) have a teaching certificate (i.e. TESOL).
If you do not meet these qualifications, you can become a community tutor. All you need is a passion for language and a willingness to help language learners practice. Tutors earn up to $16 an hour. Professional teachers earn up to $20 an hour.
Verbal Planet is a lot like italki. You decide how much you want to charge for your lessons, create your own schedule and manage it with your online work planner. You’ll need a Paypal account since you are paid directly by your students.
Here are a few more perks: The service is completely free; there is no membership fee; 100 percent of what you earn is yours.
Verbalplanet asks that you register only if you have teaching experience and “relevant qualifications.”
We’d like to tell you more about Myngle, but this is the best we can do: To teach language learners through Myngle, you’ll need Skype and a Paypal account. Here’s where things get cloudy…
Myngle collects payments from students and delivers payments to your PayPal account once a month. Whether you are paid hourly or salary is unclear; it’s also unclear how much of a cut Myngle takes from your lessons, but they do mention a commission deduction.
If you are interested in teaching with Myngle, keep in mind that you’ll have to pass a Myngle selection and training program.