Review: NiceTalk has a similar type of setup that you see with Cambly where you make yourself available to students that do a direct or random call that you pick up.You will use their app to teach to Chinese children at a rate of $10 per hour. The number of calls you get is based on your ratings so you are in competition with other teachers. Native English speakers are preferred. Applicants with TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate or IELTS/TOEFL experience are also preferred. The application that you use is on updated IOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
Job Overview for NiceTalk
Pay Rate per Hour:
Job Requirements for NiceTalk
Native North American
Native Australian/New Zealand
Native South Africa
Min Hours Week:
Min Uploading: MB/s
Min Downloading: MB/s
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What are the requirements for being a NiceTtalk Tutor?
- Stable & High Internet Access (Required): Tutors’ internet speed requires to consistently be above 300kbps for uploading and 500kbps for downloading;
- Quiet Environment: Make sure you are in a quiet place to engage with your students. Background noise can be a distraction for both of you.
How to apply?
Apply to be a NiceTalk Tutor is easy. Register with your email address and record a short interview video, and then we will get to know a little about you and learn about your English proficiency.
How to start chatting with students?
After you have been approved to be a NiceTalk Tutor, you can click GO ONLINE to start taking requests whenever you are available. There will be two modes for a student, either random-call mode or direct-call mode. In a random-call mode, you will be matched to the student according to your ratings; in direct-call mode, you are chosen by the student from the tutors’ list.When you are connected to a student, you can start your conversation by introducing yourself with a warm smile. Some students are talkative, and you can let them take the lead. Others may be quieter, so you would need to lead the chat. When you feel like running out of topics, you can ask them details about their lives, jobs, families, interests, and so on. You can also pick up some topics from IELTS or TOEFL.
How much do I get paid?
When you talk to a paying NiceTalk user, you get paid for each full minute you spend talking to them. Your hourly wage is $10 US dollars per hour.
How can I get paid?
You will need a PayPal account to get paid. Please fill out your PayPal email under “My Earnings” and verify the confirmation link sent to your PayPal email. We will pay you every week, as long as you have a balance above $20. The cutoff time is Monday, 3:00 AM GMT+8. You will receive money automatically within 3 or 4 business days(according to Chinese business calendar).
Review from the Online ESL Reviews Facebook Group here.
Hi guys, Chan Chan reached out to me in the past few days regarding a review for the app NICETALK. I taught with this app for about 6 months while I was in Thailand. I originally found it in another group for digital nomads and I had a skype interview with one of the guys working with it and was accepted.
Nicetalk is an app quite like palfish/boxfish that allows students to call you via voice chat, video chat or both. The application is available through the android marketplace or the Apple app store. The payment was 10USD an hour (payment was about 0.17 per minute of chat) paid out to your paypal once a week. You could see exactly how much you made from each students call as well as the amount you are due to be paid at the end of the week. (for the total amount of calls)
When I first started teaching with them the application was quite active and as the weeks went by the amount of calls I received started to decline. The majority of students I interacted with were from China – some wanting basic chat and others wanting you to cover IELTS prep or university applications. Some students just wanted to message you via text for a little chat.
Unfortunately with these video chat apps it was not uncommon to get inappropriate video chats or pictures sent to my account (joys of being a girl on the internet) If you had an inappropriate call it was possible to report the student and they would be removed from the application. The HQ team were great for touching base with you to see how teaching was going especially after reporting students.
One thing I found particularly unfair about the app was a teacher leader board – you could see how how many minutes the top teachers taught for the week etc. I found this frustrating as I would sit for hours waiting for calls that would never come and other teachers that had regular students etc would have higher teaching times at the end of the week. If teachers were on the top of this leader board they often got paid extra.
As I struggled to get calls I stopped using this application. If you need any extra information you are more than welcome to PM me!