Surely the language platforms in the marketplace could confuse you. With tons of options and mixed reviews, it gets hard to opt for the right one. To let you rest a bit and get an overall guide to Rype, I present you with a complete article on Rype review.
Explore all the factors and judge whether Rype is your ideal language learning platform or not.
Languages on Rype
There are a total of 9 languages offered by Rype. For English speakers, Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Most of the Spanish instructors belong to different linguistic backgrounds, like Chile, Spain, Mexico and Argentina, so you will find options with dialects.
Rype’s Learning Experience
The sessions are short and conversational of 30 minutes in length. You have to do the course via video chat and discuss the material with your instructor. As you progress, you can do exercise and practice tests to ensure your improvement. One thing that bothered me was that there is no guarantee of the standard teaching ability of the instructor.
I went through some very positive reviews, but there are also cases where the user could not cope with the instructor. So here the factor of luck while choosing the instructor matters. Another factor is that the materials provided during the sessions are not authentically developed contents, Most of the content materials are from the internet.
For me, the lack of curriculum does annoy me. However, if your instructor is good enough, you can develop both speaking and listening skills in your target language due to the conversational solo sessions, as most of the instructors are native speakers.
After you sign up with Rype, you have to pick your target language. You have to put down a credit or debit card to get registered. After the trial ends, you can easily purchase a subscription.
I found the interface of Rype quite remarkable. It is so easy to navigate, and the pages are arranged, so you can follow the steps simply until you start your lessons. There will be a page where you can go through the profiles of instructors and book sessions. Using the filters, you can quickly choose the instructor based on availability and scheduling.
The instructor profiles have star ratings to help you choose your instructors and, using different tags, you can customize your search by adding a ‘New’ tag which will show the latest teachers who have joined.
Pricing of Rype
Rype offers a seven – day free trial option. You can try the lessons and, if you like, then pay for a subscription which allows you to access all the content of all languages. The lessons are half an hour in length, and they cost from $7.08 to $9.99. I will add that for one-on-one tutoring, there is a comparatively low rate.
If you opt for the smallest package of a one-month commitment, you have to pay $79.99 for 4 hours of lessons or 8 sessions. You can opt for a 12 or 20 hour option which costs $99.99 per month or $179.99 per month respectively.
Pros of Rype
- There are plenty of quality tools for finding instructors
- Lessons are only 30 minutes long
- It is comparatively inexpensive for one-on-one tutoring
- The interface is impressive and simple to use
Cons of Rype
- The lesson sessions are short
- It might take time to find the right instructor for you
My Verdict on Rype
One statement that summarizes my review is that inexpensive is not always good. I really liked Rype’s interface and short lessons, but I would not recommend anyone to learn a language with this platform. Indeed, it can be a good resource.
However, with the small number of people available and lack of original learning materials provided by Rype, makes me doubtful about the efficiency of learning through this platform.
Moreover, if you are keen to flexibly scheduling with one-on-one lessons with very low monthly rat, you can go ahead, but I cannot ensure you about the quality of language proficiency.