Rype is the world’s leading membership online for language lessons. Members can book private language lessons online with handpicked professional teachers, anytime of the day, anywhere in the world. Best of all, it costs a fraction of the price that you would be paying at a leading language school. Studies show that learning via immersion and practicing can be 9 to 18x more effective compared to learning via a lecture presentation.
Today, over 150,000 lessons have been taken by our members, and we’re constantly expanding our language offerings.
Before starting the company, I was living in South America after dropping out of college. Even after 5 months of playing around with apps, language classes, and Youtube videos, I could barely have a conversation with a native speaker.
When we first began, we personally matched our initial members with professional language teachers that we have personally taken lessons with. It was the best way to validate the quality of learning experience we wanted to offer our members.
Fast forward to today, we have continued to handpick every teacher that enters into our community. The rigorous application process that our teachers go through to be selected is what ultimately differentiates us. Every teacher is vetted through a live 1-on-1 video interview to not only test their teaching skills, but also their personality and teaching style.
More importantly, Rype offers a seamlessly simple pricing that’s flexible. Compared to the traditional alternatives out there, where you pay per each lesson, Rype offers a flat membership with no hidden fees.
This unique combination of offering greater quality for less has inspired members like Tayo Rockson to record his journey of learning a language in 180 days.
Our mission is to make lifestyle learning as ubiquitous as a gym membership. The long-term vision is to broaden out its membership offerings beyond languages, including health, music, and more.
Sean Kim is the founder and CEO of Rype, host of The Sean Kim Show, and a Columnist/Contributor of Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, TIME, and more. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook at @heyseankim for inspiration and Medium.com (@heyseankim) for his writing.