Cambly is a free application for studying English. Similar to Italki, he is focused on conversation and offers one-to-one lessons with native speakers. The app is not suitable for beginners, but for those looking to improve their speaking and understanding of the foreign language. It is worth mentioning that the free use only in the first 5 minutes.
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In addition, the platform has versions for Android and iPhone (iOS), which makes it possible to take classes anywhere. Below, we list three positives and three negatives of the system for you to evaluate if Cambly is good and if it is worth downloading the English application on your cell phone.
Know Cambly's positive and negative points and find out if he is good for learning English Photo: Raquel Freire / TechTudo
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1) Teachers respond quickly
Platforms that rely on a professional to attend live often make the user wait a long time. Not Cambly's case. Teachers serve very quickly, almost always. In a battery of three attempts, the maximum waiting time was 2 minutes.
This feature alone makes the user experience extremely enjoyable. The interface also plays an important role in this scenario. In addition to being simple, it is perfectly adapted for users in Brazil, contributing to the fluidity in handling the app from the first moment.
Cambly offers a video call without crashes. This is already important in any application that has the resource, but it becomes indispensable in a teaching platform of another language, in which the understanding of the dialogue is the central point of use. In addition, the app charges the minutes of conversation, and spending that time on a communication full of gagging and noise would be extremely frustrating.
Cambly offers stable video call with good connection Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
3) Qualified teachers
One of the most interesting aspects of Cambly is that it has not only native English speakers, but trained teachers. This is an important difference, since the user can select professionals according to the didactic used and the subjects he / she dominates, in addition to determining the preferred accent.
In teaching methods, it is possible to choose between kind and patient advisors; fun and gregarious; and academic and experienced. Class type filters include options such as pronunciation, grammar, business English, TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC preparation, among others. In pronouncement, the user can select accents from the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom or Australia and New Zealand.
There is also a news section on various topics. In addition to opening the materials to read, the student can see the list of teachers who like to discuss that subject. Adding all these options, the user always has a selection of people who meet his needs and preferences in the English language.
Cambly has trained teachers in different subjects in the field and didactics Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
Cambly offers just 5 free minutes to try the service, and that is very little time. Such a quick conversation may not be enough for a person with basic or intermediate English to even understand what is being said, let alone assess whether the application will serve you or not. Even if the idea is to charge for teaching, it would make sense to provide at least 15 minutes of freemium conversation.
The cheapest package, which entitles you to 15 minutes of conversation per day on two days a week, is priced at R $ 118 per month in the annual plan (quarterly and monthly plans cost R $ 144 and R $ 169, respectively). The value is in line with those practiced by face-to-face classes, but it is far from what is charged in games, image editors and other common mobile apps.
It is also worth mentioning that the platform offers free minutes through a promotional code. By sharing the referral coupon, you receive 5 minutes for each friend who signs up and completes the free trial period and they receive 10 free minutes. If one of your contacts subscribes to a paid plan, you get 60 more promotional minutes.
Cambly is priced for an in-class English course Photo: Reproduo / Raquel Freire
3) Does not allow paying for a separate lesson
The platform does not allow you to pay a separate lesson. For those in doubt between Cambly or Italki, this is a feature that puts the app at a disadvantage compared to the competitor. The modality would allow you to get to know the service better before committing to a monthly, quarterly or even annual payment.
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