Looking for ways to improve your knowledge of a foreign language? Let’s consider Lingoda as a platform for this. To make a decision whether this tool is the right one for you, keep reading the review of Lingoda.
What is Lingoda?
It’s an online language school that has started in 2012 as Easy Languages with a single service, individual German lessons. In 2013 the school was renamed and it has become Lingoda with English as one more language that can be learned here. In 2016, the school also added French and Spanish to its services.
Today, this online language school offers four languages to learn:
A person can learn one of those languages by taking private lessons with a native speaking tutor or in small groups. There are all language levels available, from A1 (beginner) to C1 (advanced). To start, you need to sign up, choose a time and then, join a class.
The main office is based in Berlin, however, the company offers services 24/7 worldwide.
How much does Lingoda cost?
There are two main pricing packages:
- Month-to-month. Here each group class costs €8 and you pay on a monthly basis.
- Marathon. Here you pay €6 for the class.
There is also a 7-day free trial option.
Additionally, right now they offer a 30% discount on their marathon.
Online language marathon is a key feature by Lingoda. There are three options to choose from:
- Quarter marathon (3 months, 50 classes; total price is €500)
- Lingoda half marathon (6 months, 100 classes, €900)
- Full marathon (12 months, 200 classes, €1600*)
Those prices are for learning English, French, or Spanish in groups. The German language is more expensive to learn as it costs €600 for 3 months, €1100 for 6 months and €1900 for a year.
The most expensive marathon is Business English with the pricing €650 / €1200 / €2100 respectively.
Prices for 1-to-1 classes are almost twice higher for all the languages.
One of the best things worth mentioning is the cashback when you attend 90% of your classes (from €50 to €400 depending on the marathon duration).
This feature is very similar to the marathon. However, it’s more intense and you need to attend 100% of classes to get the cashback (which is also higher here).
There are two options here:
- Sprint (15 classes per month, ~ €500, 50% cashback)
- Super Sprint (30 classes per month, ~ €900, 100% cashback)
Each learning option lasts for 3 months.
Lingoda sprint only allows you to learn a language in small groups with no private lessons. Also, the teachers change from class to class so that a student doesn’t get used to one.
Lingoda gives a CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Certificate. This certificate is recognized as proof of knowing a language on a particular level by employers in Europe and almost all other countries around the world.
Summarizing all that customers write about Lingoda on the sources like Trustpilot or Reddit, it’s clear that this platform is indeed useful to improve language skills. This means the marathon and sprint formats work really well. So, be ready that those options are very intense and thus, it can be hard to stay on track and attend classes with such frequency. However, an opportunity to get 50% or even 100% cashback if you attend all classes in the sprint is a great motivation.
On the other hand, you need to know that often you won’t be able to book a class with the teacher you like so the experience with Longoda teachers may not be always positive (as some teachers may be too talkative or too slow or less professional, or they just won’t fit your needs). This results in the situation when often you don’t have consistent feedback on your progress as well as you don’t have a person who always checks your homework and corrects your mistakes.
Also, as for the drawbacks, some students complain about difficulties with getting a refund and hidden rules to get the full cashback. So, read carefully all the terms before you pay for the service.
From the reviews on Trustpilot:
“Nice selection of teachers. It was quite a process attending class EVERYDAY, but I’m pleased to say that I successfully completed the sprint and it has helped a lot with fluency. Of course I’m not fluent, but my German Coworkers stated that I have improved a great deal!”
“Teachers can vary with their methods on giving class so it’s a bit hard in the beginning to adjust into one specific way of having classes.”
“The drawbacks are that there is very little follow up, so you don’t have anyone checking home work, and if you don’t understand something, its a different teacher each time so they don’t know if you are making the same mistakes over again.”
Recap: Is Lingoda’s marathon / sprint worth it?
After reviewing all the aspects of Lingoda with a focus on the marathon and sprint, we can recommend this online school to improve your knowledge of English, German, French, or Spanish. You must be prepared to devote a lot of your time with the high frequency for about 3 months but it will be rewarded. All the students see the progress after such learning and some even get the cashback (if they don’t miss the classes). Despite some drawbacks like switching teachers all the time, this provider worth the money spent.
All the students see the progress after completing the marathon and some even get the cashback.
- Useful intense learning formats like the marathon and sprint
- Possibility of getting 100% cashback for attending all classes
- Easy process of booking a class and paying for it
- Hard to get a refund
- While participating in the marathon or sprint, you cannot choose and stick to a teacher you like the most
- Some teachers are not so good at teaching and some are non-native speakers