There are surprisingly few Amazing Talker reviews online, which is odd given the platform has been running since 2016 and has over 1m visitors each month. To create this review, I read about student and tutor experiences on Reddit, TrustPilot and Glassdoor, as well as signed up as a student on the platform. Click the links below to skip to the main sections:
Using the website: 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐
Pricing, ethics & tutoring quality
On Amazing Talker, tutors set their own rates and deliver lessons without input from the company. Despite tutors being fully responsible for delivering lessons, Amazing Talker takes commission of up to 30% on tutors' earnings, and then charges 8% to cover payment fees and taxes.
The commission is way higher than most other platforms. There is a lot of competition between online language tutors and many don't earn a lot of money. Aside from seeming somewhat unethical, charging such high fees has two consequences:
1) Tutors have to charge more to make enough money. So students pay more. On the platform, prices are typically shown for 25-minute lessons. This makes it feel cheaper, but any good tutor will tell you that 25 minutes is not enough for structured lessons.
2) The best tutors will work elsewhere. At LanguaTalk, the tutoring platform I co-founded, we receive lots of applications but only accept a small percentage of these as we aim to build a reputation for higher quality tutoring. We sometimes receive applications from tutors who work via Amazing Talker, and unfortunately they are almost always badly written and unprofessional.
You can get a sense for how talented and professional a tutor is just by watching their video and reading their intro/reviews. If you view the profiles on Amazing Talker, and compare them with profiles on LanguaTalk, you should see a big difference.
Using the website
I signed up for an account and started browsing tutor profiles. I was able to filter by price and where the tutor is from. Unfortunately, there is no availability filter, so I wasted time checking profiles of tutors who didn't have any time slots that fitted my schedule. LanguaTalk has this filter, which students find incredibly useful as they can immediately see which tutors are free when they are.
The profiles are packed full of information and oddly, emojis. I found it somewhat overwhelming. After browsing some profiles, I was automatically deluged with messages from tutors, both via live chat and email. If you want to have lots of tutors reach out to you, this feature might be handy. But personally, I prefer to choose for myself when to reach out to a tutor.
Whether you're a student or a teacher, I hope that this Amazing Talker review has given you a sense of what the platform has to offer. Having browsed around the platform and read many other reviews of Amazing Talker, I was not impressed.
Though I'm somewhat biased as I founded LanguaTalk to offer a fairer, more transparent platform with higher teaching standards. So I encourage you to explore both platforms for yourself before making any decisions on where you decide to learn or teach.
If you're learning a language, tutors on LanguaTalk offer a 30-minute trial session either for free or for a reduced rate. No card is required for free trial sessions, so you can meet a tutor without any commitment. Click here to see tutors' videos, reviews and prices.
If you're a tutor, you can find out more and apply here.
Topic: Amazing Talker Review. Overall Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.