Help and Support

Getting started is a global online community of language teachers, and students. As a member of you can bring learning a new language to life through interactive language lessons and tuition with your own personal online teacher wherever you are in the world. is completely free to join so you can find your tutor and ask them any questions you have before you book your lessons. All lesson prices are displayed in our tuition marketplace and represent the total cost per lesson.

You will need an internet connection, Skype installed on your computer and a Skype compatible computer headset. Skype is free to download and you can purchase a headset from any good electrical retailer.

Choosing a tutor and booking

Click on 'Find a Tutor' from the main navigation bar to visit our language tuition marketplace. In our language tuition market you can search through hundreds of tutors who can teach you the language you want to learn.

Yes - That's just one of the things that makes an exciting and different way to learn a foreign language. You can pick a language tutor from anywhere in the world so why not learn French from a tutor in Paris, Spanish from a tutor in Madrid?

Prices for language tuition through are set by the tutors themselves so prices will vary from tutor to tutor which allows you to shop around. Using the currency search feature you can see prices in either $US dollars, Sterling or Euros.

To book lessons, ask a prospective tutor questions, enquire about availability or request your free learning plan you will first need to join

To book a lesson with a tutor you will need to pay a booking fee to secure and schedule your preferred lesson time. All the prices you see in our marketplace are inclusive of the booking fee. Your tutor will invoice you directly for the balance owing using PayPal.

Yes - You'll find that many tutors offer either a free or discounted evaluation session so you can try our service. It's a great way to see what a difference it can make to your studies and the perfect way to discuss your requirements with your chosen tutor.

Each lesson is scheduled to last 45 minutes.

Yes - With you can search for a language tutor who is available to teach you at the times that fit your lifestyle. All available lesson times are displayed in your local time so you don't need to worry about time zones regardless of where your tutor is in the world.

Once you've booked lesson time

As part of your account you will be able to access your own personal analytics module which will display your tutor's assessment of your performance in line with common European Standards. Find out more about analytics and progress tracking.

Yes - If for any reason you can't make a scheduled language lesson you can quickly and easily re arrange it to another suitable time through your Verbalplanet account.

A full refund will be made of the booking fee paid in advance for all lessons cancelled by the tutor. Should you be unable to attend a scheduled lesson you will be able to re schedule to an alternative time with your chosen tutor. A refund of the booking fee will not be made for lessons cancelled by the student. Lessons which are disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances and or the absence of your tutor will be eligible for a full refund providing we receive notification within 7 working days following the date of the lesson.

The tutor rating system

All Verbalplanet tutors are judged on their performance. Following each lesson, students are asked to leave a rating score and feedback comment for their tutor. We compile the answers to these questions for every lesson a tutor has carried out and present the results as part of each tutor's profile.

The rating and feedback system is completely independent of both tutors and Verbalplanet and is therefore a reliable indicator of the quality of service provided by any individual tutor. Don't however immediately dismiss un-rated tutors. You might just find that they are the perfect person for you. Remember, even our highest rated tutors started on this way.

Why it works

There's no substitute for the real thing...

Online tuition is such an effective method because your lessons will focus on the two core skills of listening and speaking which are at the very heart of learning any language.

Hear your tutor speak the language with its unique cadence and rhythms.

Accelerate your ability to hear and understand through live conversation.

No better way to build your confidence.

Languages are easier when we learn together...

Languages are easier when we learn together...

Learning in partnership leads to success. A key part of learning any language successfully is to set realistic goals, support those goals with a structured lesson plan and stay motivated. Learning in partnership with a personal online tutor is the perfect way to do this.

Learn within a framework of realistic and achievable goals.

Individual study plans incorporating a variety of study methods.

Rapid tutor feedback and analysis of your performance.

Support, motivation and encouragement to achieve your goals.

One to one language training delivers great results...

It's all about personal attention. All of your lessons will be tailored to your exact needs and objectives and your tutor will only move onto new subjects & topics when you are ready and go at exactly the pace you need or want.

A personal solution just for you.

Quickly address and fix problems avoiding misunderstanding.

Each lesson tailored to the right level and pace to suit you.

How it works

Sign up for free then choose your language teacher...

Once registered you can pick a tutor to discuss your goals or get a free learning plan. Contact your chosen language tutor and ask any questions you have before booking lesson time. Select a teacher from anywhere in the world for all major languages and more besides.

Pick a tutor from anywhere in the world.

Search according to availability, price, discounts, profile and more...

Make an informed choice. View feedback from previous students.

Pick the lesson times that suit your lifestyle...

All available class times are displayed in your local time regardless of your tutor's location. Your bookings will be displayed in your online tuition diary. You can also reschedule lessons quickly and easily should you need to.

Ultimate flexibility. Learn a language where you want and when you want.

Easy to reschedule.

Pay only part of the fee in advance to secure your booking.

Start learning a new language on Skype...

At the scheduled lesson time your tutor will call you on Skype and your online language lesson will begin. Thousands of people have brought learning a language to life through, and you can too.

Learn a new language online in a fun and effective way.

Keep in touch with your progress through online feedback and analytics.

Personal tuition with some of the best language teachers in the world.

What it costs

Flexibility, choice and great value for money...

There's no need to commit to an expensive language school program or software. From just one online lesson to catch up on existing skills, to a whole course of lessons, Verbalplanet is as flexible as you want it to be.

Pay using PayPal or a major debit or credit card.

Our average rate per lesson is just $22.00 before discounts.

All prices represent the total cost of a 45 minute lesson.

Free or discounted trial lessons available...

We understand that learning a foreign language online is new to a lot of people and that you want to be comfortable with how it works before you commit yourself. You'll find that many Verbalplanet tutors offer either a free or discounted lesson which will allow you to trial our service and get an evaluation of your language skills and abilities.

Free or discounted trial lessons available with many tutors.

Try before you buy

Loyalty discounts designed to reward you as you learn...

Learning a language is a long term project and many of our tutors reward your loyalty as you learn. Our loyalty discount scheme is based on your cumulative bookings which means that you'll be eligible for a discount whether you're buying one lesson or twenty.

What you need

Skype setup on your PC...

Skype is a small piece of free software that lets you use your computer like a phone so you can talk online with a language tutor anywhere in the world. It's free to download, free to use and part of what makes a great and exciting way to learn a foreign language online.

Free to download.

Free to use.

An internet connection...

It's not essential to have a broadband connection but having a fast internet connection will mean that you receive the best call quality using Skype and ensure that you get the most out of your language lessons.

The minimum requirement is a dial-up connection with a 33.6Kbps modem.

Online progress tracking and analytics

Online progress tracking and analytics... gives you great online tools to monitor your progress as you learn. Following each lesson your tutor will assess your performance in line with common European Standards and provide valuable feedback to assist you in preparation for your next lesson.

Continual assessment in each core language skill helps you to stay in touch, stay motivated and monitor your progress over time.

About Skype

About Skype...

Skype is a small piece of free software that lets you use your computer like a phone. With over 150 million users, Skype is the most popular internet telephony software in the world and part of what makes a great and exciting way to learn a foreign language online.

All tutors have Skype and all Skype to Skype calls are 100% free so you only pay for your tuition and nothing else. Regardless of where your tutor is in the world, you'll only need to pay the lesson fee as displayed on the Verbalplanet site with no other hidden call charges.

Free to download.

Free to use.

Quality assurance

Award winning language training that's worth talking about...

We've been leading the online language tuition market since it's inception and have picked up a few awards along the way. We are consistently ranked as a top online language learning provider by, and have been featured in the WebUser Language Awards, Skype Extras and the Times Online.

Less than one in 20 teachers who apply are successful....

Teaching on is by application only and our standards are high so we only admit the very best language tutors from around the world.

Maintaining high standards is everything which is why we monitor tutor performance 24/7. All our tutors are rated on their performance by fellow students so you can make an informed choice.

99% of students on rating our service as a positive learning experience.

Common questions for teachers is a global online community of language teachers, and students. As a tutor on you can connect with a whole new world of opportunities teaching foreign languages online.

Using as a teacher is completely free however your profile must be approved by ourselves before you will be allowed to teach with us.

You can register online by following the link shown below.

Please note that all tutor profiles must be approved by ourselves prior to listing. Please only register if you have proven language teaching experience, relevant qualifications and can use PayPal in your country of residence.

You will need an internet connection, Skype installed on your computer and a Skype compatible computer headset. Skype is free to download and you can purchase a headset from any good electrical retailer.

No You do not need Broadband. The minimum requirement is a dial-up connection with at least a 33.6Kbps modem, however, a broadband internet connection will enable you to get the best results from Skype and

As a tutor you are completely free to set your own hours using your online work planner. Clients can only book time slots which you make available. Your profile will continue to appear in our marketplace if your work planner is empty and prospective clients will be able to get in touch with you, but they will not be able to book lesson time. For your convenience we recommend that you keep your work planner up to date for at least the following four weeks.

You are completely free to set your own rate per lesson. A booking fee is automatically added to the rate you set to arrive at the total cost per lesson. The booking fee is paid in advance directly to ourselves at the point a student books lesson time with you.

Each lesson is scheduled to last 45 minutes.

All tutors invoice their students directly for their lesson fee using PayPal or an alternative invoicing service. Using PayPal you can receive payment electronically from your students wherever they are in the world in a variety of currencies. Once you have set up your PayPal account you simply need to issue a payment request to your client for your lesson fee. For each booking you receive, we will notify you of your students email address and the amount to be invoiced using PayPal. All of this information is displayed on your personal Invoicing page.

About us

Our mission and values...

Founded in 2006, is an award winning language training and tuition service which facilitates online language classes between language learners and native speaking language tutors around the globe using the Skype internet telephony service.

New technologies continue to make enormous changes to the way people learn modern languages. Whilst we are a 'high tech' service, we are proud to be championing an innovative approach to learning a foreign language with a very 'human' side, and one which focuses on what we believe learning a foreign language is all about:

Real people engaging in real conversation.

Registered office....

Verbal Planet Ltd, Old Beams, Northwood Lane, High Legh, Knutsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom, WA16 0QX, Tel 00 44 20 328 72632 is owned and operated by Verbalplanet Ltd; a private company registered in the United Kingdom; Company No.05601791. Due to the international nature of and time zone differences we strongly recommend that all enquiries are made via the contact page.

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