If you are looking for great ways to improve your language skills fast, you have come to the right place. In my comprehensive Lingostan review, I am going to show you how their website works and how it can help you to learn languages.
I have researched lots of different language learning resources online and Lingostan is one of the best. They also provide nice welcome gifts for new members and as a reader of LanguagesAreEasy.com, you’ll get additional $10 gift. Let’s have a look!
Overall Rank: 4,8 stars out of 5
What Is Lingostan?
Lingostan is a wonderful language learning platform where you can have 1-on-1 lessons for more than 10 different languages. Spanish, French, Chinese, English, etc. All biggest languages in the world are covered. In addition, their platform is rapidly growing so I believe that they will add also more languages in the future.
Benefits of Lingostan
There are several reasons why I recommend using Lingostan.
1.1-on-1 Lessons Are the Probably Fastest Way to Learn a New Language
If you have read my blog, you have probably often read that speaking your target language is one of the most effective ways to make progress. You study speaking, listening and expand your vocabulary rapidly. It takes your mental resources because you actively need to think and process in your brain but it’s a fast way to learn.
Practicing with a language partner in a language exchange is also effective but you’ll learn even faster when you have a professional teacher. He/she dedicates the time to you and makes his best that you could learn. In addition, you don’t need to spend time with your native language like you normally do in a language exchange.
2.You Get Free $10 + $10 = $20 Gift Right Away When You Register
At the moment Lingostan is giving a free $10 gift for all new members. I guess it’s a campaign and won’t be there forever. In addition, all readers of my blog LanguagesAreEasy.com get another $10 bonus. You just need to leave a comment below that you want that additional $10 and mention on Lingostan while booking your free lesson that you come from my website.
Leave a comment below this article, book a lesson on Lingostan and get free $20 in total!
Let me know if you have any questions about this bonus.
3.All Students Have 3 Free Trial Lessons
On other sites, you almost always need to pay for trial lessons. Even on Italki which has a long time been one of my language communities you need to pay for trial lessons. In that sense, Lingostan is superior compared to Italki and that’s not the only reason.
4.Lingostan Takes Only 10% Fee of Teacher’s Salary on Platform (Compared to 15% on Italki)
Maintaining a platform takes money. You need to buy a domain host, recruit qualified professional teachers, build a website, do marketing, etc. Some freelancing sites take 20% or even 30% of freelancers’ work. Lingostan takes only 10% which is an extremely small fee in my opinion. To be honest, I don’t know any other platform that takes so little fee.
That brings benefits for teachers and students. As a teacher, you can get paid more and as a student, you don’t need to pay so much for the lesson because there are not big fees. Their lesson prices are, for example, much cheaper than on another famous language learning platform called Verbling. I’m not saying that Verbling would be too expensive or bad but I’m just pointing out that the prices on Lingostan platform are really affordable.
5.All Teachers Have a Video on Their Profile
A video introduction is mandatory for all teachers who work on Lingostan. This is a great thing for students because it helps you to decide more easily which one could be the right teacher for you. In addition, you immediately get a glimpse of the communication of teacher.
How to Use Lingostan?
First, you need to sign up. That takes probably less than 10 seconds. Go to Lingostan homepage and click “sign up” on the top of the page. You just give them your email and password and you are ready to get started.
2.Find a Teacher
On top of the page, they have a button, “Find a teacher” where you will find all their available teachers. Then you can easily filter the search with the following criteria:
- Teacher type: Professional or Tutor
- Languages spoken. You can filter teachers based on the languages that they speak, e.g. English
- From Country. Choose your teacher’s home country
- Gender: Female or Male
- Language Taught: Choose the language that you want to learn
- Rates: Choose the price that you are ready to pay for a lesson. $0-5, $5-10, $10-20 or +$20
The most important thing, in my opinion, is just to choose the right language. Other filters are just extra and you can play with them as much as you want.
When you scroll teachers’ profiles you will see their education and work experience. In the other words, you can choose a teacher who has already a long experience of teaching languages if you want.
3.Book a Lesson
When you have found the right teacher you can immediately book your first lesson on Lingostan. It’s extremely easy. In the screenshot below you can see an example. I have opened the teacher profile of Zak. On the right-hand side you have a button, “Book a lesson”.
You can either book a FREE 15-minute trial lesson or your first real language lesson. Your first real lesson will also be free because you get $10 + $10 bonus as my reader.
You can choose the duration of your lesson: 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Personally, I prefer 60-minute lessons because then there is more than to go through the subject. But 30-minute lessons work also great if you don’t have enough time for a longer lesson.
4.Learn and enjoy!
Lingostan will send a reminder to your email before the lesson. Then just start the lesson with your teacher and enjoy. Most common way to communicate with a teacher is through Skype video call but I noticed that they have also other options available.
I have always used Skype when having language lessons online and I think it’s easy-to-use. That’s why I recommend it to you as well. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
My Experience on Lingostan – First Italian Lesson of My Life!
I have never studied Italian before but I think it’s a beautiful language and I thought it would be nice to learn some basics. I decided to take an Italian lesson on Lingostan to see how their platform works and learn some basics of Italian.
During the first Italian lesson, I learned
- How to greet in Italian
- Most common phrases
- Interesting and useful details about Italian culture
- And more.
Not bad for a single 60-minute lesson that was free! I guess that you can learn more in a single 1-on-1 lesson that during 5 classroom lessons. After the lesson, I left a short feedback to my teacher Fabiola (see the picture below).
Lingostan Community & Forum
Lingostan is a language learning platform but also a community of language students from all around the world. They have a forum where you can connect with other people and talk about learning new languages.
As you can probably see in the picture above, Lingostan forum has also nicely divided discussions about different languages under specific discussions, for example:
- English Language Forum
- Spanish Language Forum
- Chinese Language Forum
- Arabic Language Forum
- And so on
The discussion on the forum is also becoming more and more active as the community is growing and more people are finding Lingostan website. Let’s wrap up the pros and cons of Lingostan.
Pros & Cons of Lingostan:
- Professional native teachers
- Affordable prices
- 3 free trial lessons
- $10 bonus for new members (+ extra $10 for my blog readers!) => free $20 as a welcome gift
- Intuitive and easy-to-use platform
- Platform takes only small fees from lessons
- Not as big as Preply, Italki, or Verbling. But Lingostan is rapidly growing so I believe it will catch up. You don’t usually need 100 teachers because 1 good teacher is enough when you find it.
Conclusion – Is Lingostan Worth It?
I can highly recommend Lingostan for anyone who wants to learn languages. At the moment they are providing lots of bonuses for new members so I highly recommend that you take advantage of those offers. Who knows how long those offers will be around?
You get 3 free trial lessons and free $10 when you join. Then you get an extra $10 when you leave a comment below and mention that you came to Lingostan through my site when you are booking the first lesson. It’s also important that you leave some feedback to the teacher after the lesson. It can be just a few sentences and takes just 5 seconds. Feedback always helps teachers to teach you and other students even better. It also gives valuable information for new language students.
Even without all those bonuses, Lingostan is great but they make it even better. 1-on-1 lessons are an extremely effective way to learn any language. In addition, Lingostan provides them for an affordable price so anyone can have them.
Have you already tried Lingostan and grabbed your free $20?
Did you enjoy language lessons on Lingostan?
Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
If you have any questions, leave all of them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.