Rype App Review: Here’s My Honest Opinion
With the world shutting down, more people are resorting to digital solutions to be more productive. As a result, searches for online language lessons, according to Google Trends, had skyrocketed in March 2020.
If you are looking for a solution online to learn a new language, Rype, or LingoDeer may be one of the options you may have found. It’s an online teacher marketplace offering live 1-on-1 language lessons. I heard about Rype through a friend and wanted to find out more about their services to uncover how it really works, its pros and cons, and the legitimacy of its offering. After reading the origins of how their founders started the company, I was interested in trying it out. The goal of this thorough review is to help you assess whether using Rype would be right for you, how to maximize its benefits, what to expect, and more. Hope it helps.
How does it work?
Rype is a platform where you can schedule live 1-on-1 language lessons online with teachers from around the world. If you’re learning Spanish for example, you’ll find hundreds of teachers from South America, Central America, Europe, and more.
To get started, they offer a seven-day free trial which they have stated is mostly used for trying out several teachers. They do ask you for a credit card upfront, so while it is free, you may want to keep reading to learn how you can cancel your free trial.
Once you’re in, they’ll ask you what language you’re learning and ask you for your Skype username. Nearly all lessons are done using Skype, which can be useful as you can download the mobile app on any device you have. However, it does require you to download Skype.
As part of their suggestion on their help page, I decided to try out a few different teachers Ivana, and Mariela.
I’ve used different language tutoring platforms in the past, and I did enjoy the fact that the user interface of Rype was minimal. There wasn’t much guesswork needed when it came to booking lessons, and the lesson times were already converted into my timezone.
One thing I would suggest to their team is to provide more information about their teachers. Without ratings and reviews, it’s hard to know which teachers would be the best fit for me in terms of quality. Most teachers do write sufficient information on their profile bios, but if they don’t, you do run the risk of not knowing enough about the teachers.
At the time of the lesson, I got a notification from Google Calendar that my lesson was starting, and I hopped on to Skype to find that my teacher (Mariela in this case) has already added me on Skype. Keep in mind, I did have the rare instances where the teacher was late from their previous lessons running late, but they did make up for it by extending our lesson time.
Lessons on Rype are half an hour long, which make it easy to fit into your schedule. Sometimes I did find that they were a bit short as the first ten minutes of the lesson can be spent on catching up with a teacher. You can book back-to-back lessons if you want hour long lessons.
How much does Rype cost?
What is unique about Rype is its membership pricing. I went for the prepaid 6-month membership as I know it’s the ideal way to motivate myself by paying upfront. But that’s just me 🙂
At the time of this writing, they offer 3 main plans:
- 4 hours per month ($14.99 per hour)
- 6 hours per month ($14.17 per hour)
- 10 hours per month ($15.99 per hour)
If you do pay 6 months upfront you can save somewhere around 15-20% off versus the monthly option.
How does it compare?
The major difference between Rype and other digital apps out there, like Babbel or Duolingo, is the real-life interaction you get with a professional language teacher. Beyond the difference in the learning method, you’re getting the accountability and motivation from a teacher who’s showing up live to meet you. According to Rype, a simple analogy would be trying to get in shape with a fitness app versus having a personal trainer who’s there with you every step along the way.
However, there are downsides in that it is more expensive as you’re paying for a professional teacher to show up live to teach you. Private lessons will always cost more than an app delivering digital content, but for some of you, it may be worth it!
Is Rype App Legit?
Having online trust is a huge factor when deciding to invest in a product or service these days. I wanted to uncover the transparency and legitimacy of Rype as a company and brand.
The first place I normally look is going to third-party review sites, like Trustpilot.com, where you’ll find more neutral, unbiased reviews of the customer’s experience. When I looked into Rype’s review page, here’s what I found.
Going in a bit deeper, I wanted to see how they responded to negative reviews (as every popular brand faces criticism). Of the negative reviews they’ve received, they did reply to these customers
The neat thing about these third-party softwares is that you can also gain transparency on their interactions. In the ones I found, it looks like Rype’s customer service has reached back to all of them, and customers did not reply afterwards.
Cancelling (or pausing) your membership
Whether you’re on trial or a current member, you may be thinking about taking a break or even cancelling your membership.
Rype has a pause feature that allows you to take 1, 2, or 4 weeks off, where your membership will resume after the period. This may be useful for those of you who are still keen on learning, but need to take a week or two off for vacation, work, or other personal events.
If you do want to cancel, you can go to ‘Plans & Billing’ and scroll below where you’ll find both the pause and cancel membership option.
How do you apply as a teacher?
Last but not least, you may also be interested in applying as a teacher if you have some teaching credentials or experience. As a user, it’s hard to know exactly what the process is like applying for a teacher, so I will keep this section short. You can check out more information on applying as a Rype teacher here.
Based on the requirements set by Rype on their teacher application page, here’s what I found.
- Must have previous experience teaching students (in-person or online)
- Tools required: Skype, high quality audio and video webcam, and any additional resources specific to your teaching topic
- 10 hours a week minimum availability
- Energetic and positive personality who’s self-motivated
- A short video introduction of yourself (will need for application)
Rype App Review: Do I recommend using Rype?
So in conclusion, what is my honest opinion of Rype, and do I recommend it?
If you’re looking for accountability and would benefit from the real-life interaction of a teacher, then yes go for it. I don’t think it has to be one or the other, and you can still use digital language apps to complement your private lessons.
It can seem more time consuming as the minimum amount of time you have to spend per lesson is thirty minutes. However, Rype makes it quite simple for you with the ability to take your lessons at home, on-the-go, or anywhere you are.
Overall, from the interactions I’ve had with their customer service team and the reviews I’ve read from customers, it is a legitimate company offering a helpful service to those that need it. I’d love to hear about your experience of using Rype, and learning languages in general!
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