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If you’re at all interested in learning Spanish whatsoever, you may have heard of Baselang. If you haven’t, you’re about to right now. For learners of all languages, there are a variety of online services – like Italki and Verbling – that will connect you to native speakers so you can get in your speaking practice without having to travel. Baselang is like these services in all ways but one: unlimited Spanish classes for one monthly price.
Which sounds like a great deal, right? For those who utilize Baselang’s services, it’s a great deal. However, is it a great deal for you? With this Baselang review, I hope to answer this question.
Pro: Unlimited Classes
Okay, let’s be real – anything unlimited is great. We live in a world of unlimited, so this is by far Baselang’s strongest card. This means that how much you practice depends entirely on you (and your schedule, of course). Baselang has classes available for all but 5 hours of the day every day, so it’s unlikely that you’ll run into any scheduling conflicts, unless you happen to only be available during those hours. For those of us living in America, this isn’t a problem.
This is also great for those with more spontaneous schedules. Because Baselang offers unlimited classes, they pride themselves on always having a teacher available; even if the teacher you requested has to cancel for whatever reason, they always offer another, so you don’t waste your time.
Or, if you have to cancel, no worries! You don’t lose any money, and you won’t have any teachers poking at you about why you’ve canceled (which is great for those of you who cancel out of pure nerves). The sooner you cancel the better, as this gives other students a potential last-minute class.
Con: you can’t always get the teacher you want
Like any other language learning service that requires the attention of a native, you might not always get the teacher you want. Baselang schedules out classes 5 days in advance, so if you’ve found a good teacher, it’s likely that they won’t be available unless you get yourself on their schedule ASAP.
This also means that those with spontaneous urges to get in another session might not necessarily get classes with a teacher they have a natural connection with. Like anything else, some people you click with, some you don’t; if you’re planning to schedule a class an hour ahead of time, beggars can’t be choosers! If you just don’t have any natural chemistry with the teacher that’s available to you, that’s something you’re just going to have to deal with.
Pro: $1 week trial
I tell ya, Baselang really offers a sweet deal. New members can opt for unlimited classes with professional Spanish teachers for $1 for the first week. That’s insane! In fact, they’re so confident in their product that they’ll pay you for your time if you decide you don’t like it. Literally a negative risk guarantee. I can’t think of any other company or service that offers
that kind of deal, so it’s a great thing to take advantage of.
Con: otherwise, it’s expensive
Baselang offers two memberships: Real World and DELE Preparation. Real World is cheaper, at $125 per month, which is still very expensive, and that’s just for basic conversations. If you opt for Real World, which includes more structured lessons meant to prepare you for the DELE exam, you’ll pay $199 a month. In my own personal opinion, I do believe it’s worth the price, but it definitely requires some serious consideration. Depending on your budget, that might push Baselang outside of the realm of possibilities for you.
Con: high teacher turnover rate
Baselang hires some incredible teachers. They’re all trained and qualified to teach you Spanish, and almost all of them are fluent in English, as well. As aforementioned, it’s really up to who’s personality you match up with – who you can easily flow into a conversation with, and who
However, if you’re with the company for a significant period of time, you will notice a very high turnover rate, and your favorite teachers will generally leave without being able to mention anything. I had a month-long membership sometime in 2017 and would have lessons with the same teacher every day. When it was her last day, she told me. However, fast forward to 2018, when I tried to get the same couple teachers, but sometimes couldn’t, and one day, they just weren’t there anymore! This made things difficult for me because I had put time and effort into creating relationships with people who just were not there anymore.
Con: unstable internet connection
Baselang’s teachers are all based in Venezuela, which means the internet connection may or may not be usable. This could depend on a variety of factors: the teacher’s location, the weather, the teacher’s internet service, the country’s internet as a whole, etc. Sometimes the internet is just bad. If the teacher you scheduled that day is having connectivity issues, Baselang will offer to set you up with another teacher, but that is still less than desirable if you were looking forward to a lesson with a particular teacher.
Above all else, this is a great motivating strategy for those who work well with it. Baselang is the same concept as an expensive gym membership: you might pay a high price tag so that you use the service and don’t waste your money. If this works for you, so will Baselang.
Baselang review: is it right for you?
Whether or not Baselang is right for you is not something I can tell you. In my own personal experience, Baselang is a wonderful resource for those truly committed to fluency; the only way to get it is to practice as much as you can, and with unlimited classes you don’t really have an
excuse not to get there.
However, Baselang does come at a steep price (after the stupid cheap trial price, that is), so for those of us with budgets, it does require some significant forethought. I hope this Baselang review helps you with your decision. Let me know in the comments about your own Baselang review – do you love it or hate it?