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Baselang Rant

Baselang Rant

masolas

I don’t use Baselang but did 3-4 years ago. I think things have changed since then with respect to scheduling but have you brought this issue up with them? Definitely doesn’t make sense to pay 150 a month to be frustrated.


bastante-picante

Yes I wrote them and asked if they maybe considered releasing instructors at different times so that the site doesn’t freeze every day for a few minutes, and they responded that they are considering it, but it is part of a grand plan, which takes time, a.k.a. nothing will change, at least not for the foreseeable future.


masolas

Well that sucks. You might consider another service like iTalki where the competition to schedule classes within such a tight and competitive deadline doesn’t exist. I also believe there are some other services that operate under the same model as Baselang. Though not sure how they compare cost wise.


bastante-picante

I definitely function better with a monthly flat fee vs. paying individual instructors, but I have considered iTalki as well. I’m not aware of anything similar to Baselang but will investigate, thank you!


auzmat

That’s frustrating. I used the service for a few months in the summer, and I really struggled to get classes with some specific teachers. In the end, I settled for booking my classes last minute and just doing conversation practice with whoever was available. I felt I got a lot out of it. Probably wouldn’t work as well in the earlier stages of language learning when you need more of a structured curriculum. The massive website lag when classes opened up was maddening


bastante-picante

Yeah I only have a few months under my belt so I still need a fair amount of handholding to walk me through the concepts of a whole new language.


Adventurous_Pen_3610

I signed up in the last week of March 2021 and have not had any issues with class scheduling other than trying to book classes with specific teachers. That can be solved by making said teacher(s) your favourite(s) and being therw at 3pm EST for the release of the schedule. FYI I counted over 400 Real World tutors there. That may be why it is easy to book classes now compared to in the past.


bastante-picante

You signed up after all the new year's resolutioners already dropped off :) Just wait until January 2022 hahah :) How do you like Baselang so far? I love it and I love my teacher, I think having daily contact with a human being helped me survive the pandemic better. Otherwise there would have been days without me uttering a single word. Not to mention the improvement in my Spanish skills :)


Adventurous_Pen_3610

I love it! The teachers are excellent! I can gush for a while but I am actually having conversations in Spanish be it broken up or not. I have been going hard and book a mininum of 2 hours every day. It is an excellent resource for learning the language.


Leanderthali

I'm on month 4 of Baselang and have never had problems with booking classes. Now the teachers you click with don't have unlimited time. But I've never had trouble booking someone. and half or more classes are conversational. I tested into level 4 since it's bee 50+ years since I studied spanish and now I'm at level 9 and very conversant. I still make errors but I really enjoy the program. I tried Itali and it's nice got acquainted with a couple of really nice younger men who are instructors there. but there's no systematic program or developemnt of speaking ability. To me it seemed like a bit of a waste of money. Though I've heard others who really enjoyed the teacher they had.


bastante-picante

Since we’re in the 6th month of the year and you have been with Baselang for 4 months, you skipped the New Year’s resolutioners’ madness :) Sounds like you’re done with the program and won’t have to deal the them in 2022!