Berlin-based Lingoda enters the crowded ESL Market with Online Language School Concept

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Berlin-based Lingoda is a new player in the online English learning space. The platform offers a mix of self-paced video based learning material, group classes and individual classes with a tutor. The premise is that the learner will be speaking English fluently within twelve months.

Lingoda has been founded by Fabian and Felix Wunderlich and seems to be an iteration of their other startup Easy Languages which offeres German and English classes with tutors via the Internet. According to Deutsche Startups, Lingoda has recently raised some funding from Global Founders Capital, the new investment fund of the Samwer brothers. It’s little of a surprise that the mentioned above Easy Languages received angel funding from people in the Samwer network, former staff and founders.

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  • Dont_be_paranoid

    Jeez live with it. In the real world there is no free *lunch*. This is a saying common in Anglo-Saxon world. You can’t have cheap prices and no advertising. Infact majority of the people in the world wouldn’t mind low prices. And that data is pretty much nothing. If this is the kind of data that gives people chills, they should frankly not even be on the Internet, because every website/emaill account/social networking website requires atleast that data. Why are Europeans so damn paranoid about data privacy? The other day I read about legislation being passed that Google must delete users data on the Internet (in other words not serve search results). Maybe it would be better if guys like Google, Facebook just simply stopped serving Europe. It’s more trouble than profit.

  • LiAndasan

    The data could be used to find more relevant groups for students to practice language I suppose, but I think your comment is pretty extreme. It is a lot of information to give just for a price enquire, which really should be freely displayed.

  • YorickJenkins

    An interesting review, thank you. The 8,50 euro hourly rate (presumably a real hour of 60 minutes? or a teaching hour of 45? Probably 60 minutes) speaks volumes. Language trainers are expected to behave like professional consultants but accept being paid like cleaning staff (if what you say is correct rather WORSE than cleaning staff in this case!). There are many reasons for this, but IMO the low regard for the independent language trainer in Europe and the USA has more negative consequences than is generally realised. Trainers themselves are in large part to blame, being far too ready to accept any contract offered to them, but the state too makes little effort to check on pseudo “staff” in language schools, in whcih the trainer may be expected to work regular hours but is paid as a freelancer, thereby getting the worst of both worlds: he/she has to obey directives and time schedules as though he/she were a company employee but enjoys no social benefits whatsoever, as though he/she were self-employed.

  • @@yorickjenkins:disqus As a teacher at several online schools including my own website I can mostly agree with your comments. In one case the website pays a base rate of $7.50 but student ratings can increase this hourly rate by as much as $20. Students are not required to rate and the bonus depends on how many students in the lesson and how/if they rate you. Furthermore, on some large tutoring sites there are “English teachers” from non-English speaking countries who are allowed to advertise themselves as native speakers but are charging as little as $5 per 1-hour lesson. This brings down the value of true native speakers. Don’t forget all the preparation time that goes in before and after a lesson that is basically unpaid.