Baselang Review: Unlimited Spanish Tutoring Lessons!

Baselang is an online Spanish tutoring service, where you can get high-quality 1-on-1 tutoring classes.

You have the choice of unlimited, flexible lessons with their monthly “Real World” subscription – or you can buy the “Grammarless” programme, which guarantees to get you to conversational Spanish in a month.

Updated: August, 2020

What is Baselang

Baselang was founded by Adrian Castañeda and Connor Grooms. Connor challenged himself to learn Spanish in just 30 days, with the help of Adrian.

His experience, which became the foundation for Baselang was made into a short film that has now been seen by over 1 million people on YouTube.

After realising the value of individual lessons, the two of them started working on the logistics of providing unlimited Spanish tutoring around the clock for a fixed monthly price.

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Some of the people behind Baselang. Connor (middle) and Adrian (left).

Did they manage to launch a great service?

To find out, I took four 30 minute lessons with 3 different teachers to see what Baselang was all about.

This Baselang review is the result of that little experiment.

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Baselang “Real World” Case Study

To really test out the service I went undercover and had 4 lessons. To read my full notes, as well as see recordings from my lessons check out the baselang case study here.

How Baselang's “Real World” Programme Works

The ‘Real World‘ programme is extremely simple.

You pay a fixed monthly subscription, and in exchange you can book as many private, 1-on-1 Spanish lessons you want per month.

The tutors are from Latin America (primarily Venezuela, but Baselang has recently expanded to include almost every Spanish-speaking country of South America)

Once you're registered you can book classes straight from the website.

Baselang offers you the opportunity to book around-the-clock lessons with a random teacher up to 2 days in advance, or a more limited schedule with your favourite teachers.

You can book as many lessons as you want.

It's truly unlimited. There are no restrictions on the lengths of your classes either, although my teachers did suggest I limited my lessons to 3 hours at one time, to make them more effective and not burn out.

Getting Started with Baselang: The First Lesson

Since your Zoom-email is in the system, the teacher will automatically call you when the class is about to start.

The first lesson is a welcome lesson where Baselang is explained, and you're asked a number of questions that will help all the teachers serve you better.

The information is then added to your personal profile, so future teachers can retrieve it later. I thought it was nice they asked me about my interests and if I had any topics I did not want to talk about at all.

The Baselang Spanish Teachers

During my case study, researching this Baselang review I tried 3 different teachers.

I was very happy with the quality of the teachers. They are primarily from Venezuela, and they bring a lot of energy and happiness to the lessons. I had a lot of fun, and the time flew by.

There was also barely any problems in our English communications and those minor misunderstandings that did happen were probably more due to Skype, and my inferior setup than anything else.

They were patient and entertaining too and did not hesitate sharing cultural notes, mnemonics and other ideas to help me learn faster.

After each lesson your teacher will add notes to your case file, so that the next teacher knows some things about you before the lesson begins.


As a Baselang student you can either follow the curriculum or syllabus they have laid out, or you can simply ask the teachers what you'd like to work on. The teachers are happy to help and structure your lessons exactly as you want them.

They also coordinate it with Memrise, a flashcard platform, so you can practice the vocabulary outside the classes.

During my lessons I decided to let the teachers follow the syllabus and run through some of the materials that Baselang offers.

Thus my lessons were mostly focussed on learning survival, or essential Spanish to the point where I could then make my own sentences.

An example of the vocabulary covered in my first Baselang lesson.

It's important to note that you're in charge. You don't have to follow the Baselang Syllabus if you'd rather work on something else. I only did this because I wanted to get a feel for the quality of the materials they provide.

What does Baselang “Real World” Cost?

Baselang costs $149 per month. This gives you access to unlimited private Spanish lessons and their online materials.

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This is the only discount available for Baselang.

In addition to this there is a 35 day refund period, where if you don't love the service can get your money back, PLUS $20 as an apology for ‘wasting your time'.

This means the only thing you risk by giving Baselang a try is making $20 for your effort. Not bad, right?

Comparing the cost of Baselang's “Real World” to alternatives

While $149 per month for unlimited Spanish lessons sounds cheap on the surface, how does it actually compare to alternative solutions like hiring your tutor directly on platforms like Preply?

The first issue with this comparison is that you're not comparing apples to apples. In my opinion, Baselang has several advantages over finding your own individual tutors on marketplaces like Preply.

Advantages of Baselang over tutoring platforms

Cheaper isn't always better. I feel like Baselang has advantages that makes the price harder to compare to finding your own tutors.

  1. Teacher Quality and Transparency: Baselang already vetted the teachers, so you don't have to go through what could be multiple teachers to find someone good. Furthermore all reviews that students complete after each session is published instantly.
  2. Convenience: I must admit I always found Preply convenient when booking tutors, but Baselang just took it to a whole other level. During my case study, I successfully booked and completed a tutoring lesson on Baselang within 5 minutes of it starting, Booking is also faster and easier, and you can have lessons almost around the clock without being restricted by your single preply-teacher's schedule.
  3. Truly Unlimited: Although perhaps an obvious point it has to be said again. If you're really serious about learning Spanish you could have 6 hours a day for a month and save 90% of what the same amount of lessons would've cost on italki. I understand this is an extreme example, but it shows you the potential of the unlimited concept.

Baselang vs italki

As of August 2020 an average community tutor (meaning no qualifications) on italki for Latin American Spanish would cost you around $6 per hour.

A bit of simple math tells us that if you do less than roughly 20 hours of tutoring in a month, ​italki starts to get cheaper.

As I mentioned before, I believe that you cannot directly compare the two offers.

However, as I know some people are on a strict budget and some people might not have the time to go all-in on Baselang lessons I thought I'd do a price comparison in this review anyway.

But then again, that is only considering price. You also have to factor in the advantages I previously mentioned in the argument.

In conclusion, if you're not able to commit 10-15 hours of tutoring (or more) per month I would probably start to consider finding my own tutors.

That being said, if you're not on a budget you might just enjoy the convenience and quality of using Baselang, that it's worth the investment to you anyway.

What is the difference between Baselang “Real World” and “Grammarless“?

baselang review real world and grammarless

Baselang offeres two distinct programs. “Real World” is their monthly subscription service, where you can take as many Spanish lessons you want for a fixed fee.

Perfect for the ambitious learner who wants to put in a handful of hours per week (or more.)

Grammarless” is a fixed programme, that GUARANTEES to make you conversational in Spanish in just one month for a one-time-payment. Grammarless requires 4 hours per day to complete in a month, but can also be done in two months with 2 hours per day.

Grammarless is perfect for the very ambitious learner who has a lot of spare time to devote to rapidly learning Spanish.

The guarantee works like this: If you are not conversational after a month, you get 2 months free to the unlimited tutoring service: “Real World”.

What does Baselang “Grammarless” Cost?

The Grammarless programme, which promises to make every beginner conversational in Spanish in just 30 days costs $900 for the online version, and $1200 for the in-person version in Medellin, Colombia.

To reach conversational in month, the learner has to commit to 4 hours per day. If that is a little too much, a two-month option with 2 hours per day is also offered.

This means the hourly cost of Grammarless is about $7.50, which is fantastic value when you take into account the programme, syllabus, and resources is included as well.

Read more about Grammarless

Baselang Dele Preparation

Baselang also offers, on request, to help people who need to pass the official Instituto Cervantes Certificate Exam in Spanish.

The difference is that the teaching and teachers are working towards building your DELE skills so you can gain that valuable certificate the easiest.

The cost of this is slightly higher than the normal service, but also comes with mock exams to prepare with.

Contact Baselang to Inquire about DELE Preparation

What kind of Spanish is Baselang Teaching?

One thing I was a bit apprehensive about when I was writing this Baselang review was learning Latin American Spanish with Baselang, when I was based in Europe and would be most likely encountering far more European Spanish than Latin American Spanish.

Baselang addresses this on their website:

We teach the Spanish that is spoken in Latin America (which is what is spoken in South America, Central America, and the vast majority of Spanish spoken in the United States).

Though Latin American Spanish is 90% the same as the Spanish from Spain, there are some differences. If you go to Spain with the Spanish you learn with us, you will be able to communicate completely fine. People will know that you’re “not from there” and you may not recognize some things they say. We suggest getting to a conversational level with BaseLang and then going to Spain to tweak your Spanish to being more Iberian if that’s where you will speak it.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of this, still.

Yes it seems the dialects are extremely closely related, and the teachers were happy to point out differences between the countries, but to me it's just hard to justify learning Latin American Spanish first and then European Spanish after if that's where you'll be using it.

Not to mention the pronunciation, which after being learnt can be tough to unlearn.

I understand this problem is not shared by most, after all the Latin American Spanish population outnumber the European Spanish population almost 10-1!

And let's be honest, it's not like Spain doesn't have regional differences anyway within itself, so ultimately I find Baselang a plausible option for the Spain Spanish learners.

Baselang Review Conclusion

Baselang is a fantastically convenient and fun solution to learn Spanish with. For the ambitious and demanding students the value of the unlimited concept is undeniable of and during my testing of the site I found only minor annoyances that I have listed above.

For anyone interested in learning Latin American Spanish, this is one of the best resources to do it with. The value of getting individual teaching and feedback is huge, and there is potential for some super rapid learning.

For European Spanish my recommendation is neutral, as I think people who need that version of the language should find teachers from Spain instead.

What I like about Baselang

  • Real World‘ is flexible, and truly unlimited Spanish lessons at a very affordable monthly cost
  • Grammarless‘ (conversational Spanish in 1 month, with 4 hours of lessons per day!) is insane but for the right learner an absolute no-brainer at the current cost.
  • Passionate and friendly teachers
  • Super easy and convenient
  • Great value for the ambitious student
  • Teachers are vetted and feedback is public
  • $1 no-risk-trial and no on-going commitment

What I don’t like about Baselang

  • Some lesson time is wasted on catching up/admin
  • The Real World syllabus seemed a little slow for an experienced learner – (but you can design the classes as you want.)
  • No European Spanish teachers – however, as per the paragraph above this might not be a big deal.
  • Although the value with Baselang is obvious, it's not suitable for the dabbler, or busy people who cannot take advantage of the unlimited concept.

Baselang “Real World” Case Study

To really test out the service I went undercover and had 4 lessons. To read my full notes, as well as see recordings from my lessons check out the baselang case study here.

In conclusion of this Baselang review I'm sure people out there will greatly enjoy the convenience, price, and quality provided by the service, and I wholeheartedly recommend you give it a try.

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