Have you ever had a challenge with finding a good language teacher or somebody who would speak your target language? I had this challenge and many language students are saying the same. Verbling is created to solve that problem.
I made research on their services and community. Now I will share you what I found out!
Field: Language Learning Community
Services: 1-on-1 and Group Lessons, Language Courses, Language Groups
What Is Verbling All About?
Verbling is a language learning community where you can find language teachers, tutors, and other students so you can take your skills to the next level. The idea is pretty similar to Italki but Verbling wants to brand themselves providing more high-quality teachers.
There are professional language teachers for all the biggest languages in the world. I didn’t find the total number of teachers in Verbling but there are for sure thousands of them. It’s good because it gives flexibility when you are choosing a teacher and also makes competition among teachers which brings prices down a little bit.
Verbling has a conversational curriculum which means that their main focus is on speaking a new language. That follows the principle what Benny Lewis always says, “Speak from Day 1”.
How Does Verbling Work?
On their homepage, they show a picture explaining how Verbling works.
The basic idea is to connect language students and language teachers like in other similar services like Preply. The Verbling platform works very well for that purpose and you can quickly find professional teachers in a language that you are studying.
Each language lesson in Verbling is 60 minutes.
They also have some other features like language courses. It means that there is a package of lessons that a teacher has prepared with a specific subject. I could benefit for example from German Intermediate Course at the moment.
You can find the best course for you by filtering the search. Choose your language, level, and the price level. In the picture below you can see 3 courses:
- HSK Test Prep Courses. 5 Lessons. Price 67,05€
- Español para Turistas – Parte 1. 5 Lessons. Price 58,11€
- Upper Intermediate German. 5 Lessons. Price 96,11€
By clicking the picture of the course on their website, you will see more details about the subject and what time you can take a course.
Verbling Community Articles
In one section you can find articles related to language learning written by their teachers. You can filter the articles that are related to your target languages or even read the articles written by your own teacher.
Verbling Practice Groups – This Is My Favorite!
One of the most interesting ideas in Verbling is practice groups. In my opinion, it’s wonderful and I am wondering why other language learning services are not providing it yet. Do you know if it’s available somewhere else?
Anyone can create a practice group for free inside Verbling. Then it shows to all other members like you can see in the picture below. You will be in a Google Hangouts live with other language learners who join the group.
You can create a group and decide a language. Then you can choose the preferred level for people who join the group. You can see some examples in the picture above, “Any Level” and “Advanced”.
The only drawback is that it can be sometimes challenging to find language learners who would like to practice right now. The Verbling community is not that big yet. You see that in the screenshot that I took there were 5 groups and all of them were for speaking English.
If the community grows, there will be more people to study each language. Probably I will contact Italki and ask why they don’t have this feature yet. I will inform you their answer here when I have it. I am just wondering why other language learning websites are not using this kind of magnificent method to connect language students.
How Much Do 1-on-1 Lessons Cost?
It was interesting to find out that it depends on the language that you are learning. Verbling shows you the average price of the language lessons for each language.
Here are some examples of the average prices in the most popular languages:
- German: 27,72€
- French: 20,57€
- Mandarin: 19,67€
- English: 18.78 €
- Italian: 16,99€
- Spanish: 14,31€
- Arabic: 11,63€
These are only averages so you will find cheaper and more expensive teachers in any of those languages. You can find, for example, German teachers who teach for 15€ per hour.
It seems that German teachers charge much more because those language teachers (and students) live in more rich countries like Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Arabic lessons on the other hand are cheap because living in many Arabic countries is very cheap.
NOTICE: Many language teachers in Verbling offer a 30-minute trial lesson for free.
Teaching on Verbling – Would It Be Profitable?
I believe that there are many teachers who are making a full-time income by teaching online. I think it would be an interesting idea especially if you are living in a cheap country. You have a flexibility to set your own hours and work from the comfort of your own home.
I noticed that several English and German teachers, for example, were charging even +40€ per hour. It means that by teaching 50 lessons you have already charged 2,000€.
Verbling takes 15% fee from your earnings so you would be earning 1,700€ in this example. With that money, you could live comfortably in most of the countries all around the world. In some countries, you could “live like a king” with €1,700 per month. And that was only for 50 hours of teaching!
Of course, you probably won’t earn 40€ per hour right off the bat. When you start out you probably need to set a lower price to get some positive reviews and more credibility. Then you can raise your hourly rate if you want.
In the beginning, it may be challenging to get students but when you get the ball rolling, it will be much easier for sure. I noticed that the ones who had the highest rates had usually most reviews. I was a bit surprised because I thought that people wouldn’t buy if your price is high.
But maybe it also works in an opposite way. When people see lots of positive reviews and high price they think that this must be a very high-quality teacher. Of course, you have also gained experience and knowledge over the time course which makes you more qualified.
Verbling provides also step-by-step instructions and support for those who want to start out as a teacher.
Verbling vs Italki
We can’t deny the fact that Verbling and Italki are quite similar. It’s not a bad thing. On the contrary, it’s great that there are many services where you can choose from. What are the differences between Verbling and Italki?
Verbling says that their language teachers are more qualified. They go through tougher screening in order to get qualified as a teacher on their website. I don’t know how tough their screening process is but I know that you can become a language teacher in Italki without a certificate.
However, Italki is a much bigger community. There are probably 10 times more teachers and tutors so you have more possibilities to choose. It also means that prices are in general cheaper in Italki because there is more competition.
Some people had found out that some teachers have a profile in both websites. But usually, they were offering their lessons for $1-2 cheaper price in Italki.
After all, I would say that Italki is my #1 recommendation but you can also benefit from Verbling. They have some features that Italki doesn’t have like practice groups. Or maybe you find a teacher in Verbling that suits your needs perfectly so you will not need anyone else.
Another great option for finding language teachers and tutors is Preply. I offer 30% discount for all my website readers.
Conclusion – Is Verbling Worth It?
Yes, it is. It’s completely free to get started and take a look around. Then you can freely choose a language teacher that suits your needs. If you don’t find one, you can always turn to other services.
I am looking forward how their practice groups feature evolve and if their community keeps on growing in the future.
Have you ever taken language lessons through Verbling or through other services? What kind of experiences did you have?