If learning a language has always been a bit of a struggle for you, perhaps it’s not you. It could very well be the environment. That’s where Rype comes in: literally, into your home and on your own time.
Rype differs from a lot of programs by its intimacy and flexibility. It’s the newest way to learn a language. Rype brings the class into your own home, on your time without the distraction of other students or products (like CDs or videos.)
You might be used to sitting with a group or watching a CD created of lessons set up as a kind of “one size fits all” class. But with Rype, you can actually pick what you want to work on with the instructor. If you’re a newbie, they’ll start you with the basics. And if you have some language skills under your belt, your instructor will challenge you further.
And unlike other websites out there, Rype allows you to pay for membership packages rather than every single lesson.
I find that paying for a package where you meet an instructor is a lot more motivating. You’ll be much more inclined to use the program rather than shove your Rosetta Stone CD in a drawer and forget about it.
But the best part about Rype is that you’re not sacrificing flexibility and time over quality. Rype handpicks and tests each instructor for quality, looking not just at their resume, but at their personality and ability to be great instructors online.
One of the cool things about using Rype is the ability to access professional teachers that live all around the world. Not gonna lie, talking to a stranger from the other side of the world was a bit of a thrill!
You’re basically paying for a standard lesson and gaining a great teacher in addition to the package. And if you don’t like your coach, you could always schedule another one!
As of now, Rype currently offers Spanish and French. Be prepared to see more languages like English, Mandarin, German, and more as the company expands.
How Does it Work?
First, you start your 14-day free trial to get a taste for it. During this time, you will have 3 free lessons with 3 different coaches so you can see which teacher vibes with you and if the program works.
Go to the website and schedule your lesson. When the date and time comes, connect to Skype or Google Hangouts and bring a notebook! That’s all you need (at least for your first lesson). The instructor will then call you from the username provided.
Since you are live, 1-on-1 with instructors, they will customize a lesson plan to suit your needs and goals.
During my free trial, I decided after 5 years of high school and college Spanish, I wanted to give French a try.
My instructor, Kike, told me he had been teaching French and English for a very long time. While he was from the South of France, he was currently in Columbia as a language teacher. He was clearly very experienced, worldly and incredibly friendly.
I told him I had absolutely no practice with French other than “bonjour.” After discussing my goals and proficiency, he taught me some of the basics, like “how are you” and “what is your name?”.
After our first 30 minutes, he assigned me a bit of homework: The ABCs. He sent me a list where I was to practice until our next lesson.And it was as easy as that! Instructors email you a few times so you don’t forget about your lesson and confirm time (especially with all these different time zones going on).
How Much Does it Cost?
The first fourteen days are free. So long as you put in the time to get the most of your fourteen days (within the 3 lessons and homework assigned), it’s a pretty good deal.
There are 3 different packages: Starter ($65), Daily ($115) and Unlimited ($195). For a little more, you can pay month-to-month instead of one single sum. Compared to school lessons or CDs, this is about standard or medium pricing.
One of Rype’s greatest advantages is the ability to fit learning the language into your own schedule. I know that’s one of my biggest concerns when trying to learn a language.
Additionally, you get one-on-one treatment. Maybe you’re the smartest in the class. Or perhaps you needed more attention. Either way, you don’t need to worry about going your own speed as the instructor is yours and yours alone.
You can also trust Rype to provide you with the best of the best when it comes to instructors. Just ask them about their resume! They’ll tell you their extensive teaching background and they’re incredibly friendly, too.
Due to it’s membership packages, you have to pay a large fee rather than just one class at a time. Though that payment method is much easier, it means spending a bit more. But as an investment in your education, remember that you get what you pay for!
It can also be a learning curve getting used to this online format. I’m the type of student who needs a book in her hand. I need physical touch and visual stimuli. You also need to make sure you have a good internet connection or else that could be its own distraction.
If Rype seems like something you would like to try, click here for your free trial!