What is a Palfish? Is it some sort of exotic fish? Or is it something that will let you earn a few extra bucks? No, I am not talking about Palfish.com, where you can get seafood. I’m talking about the Palfish app (also at iPalfish.com), something I downloaded some time ago. Although I never got around to actually making money with it, I did sign up and had a nice look around for a couple of weeks.
How It Works
There are people around the world who know English as a second language. They have studied the English language, but since they live in a country where there are not a lot of English speakers, they do not get a lot of chances to actually practice speaking English. So, Palfish is an app that connects these people to you and other English speakers. You will get paid for chatting with these people and helping them master the English language by helping them out with pronunciation etc.
The app is based in China and most of the students are located there. You will be paid in Chinese Yuan. However, you can set your own prices. The exception to this rule is when you tutor new students. These students are on a free trial that gives them ten minutes of free tutoring. For each minute, you will get half a yuan. Otherwise, if your student is not new, they will pay according to the price you set. You can start off charging a lower price and then up it when you get good reviews from students.
How much should you charge? When starting out, you want to charge a low rate until you get some good reviews. But it will also depend on whether you actually have teaching experience and education or you are just a native speaker chatting with students. The ones who charge more have actual teaching degrees, while those who just help students out through chatting with them and correcting their mistakes charge less. 60 Yuan per hour is a standard rate, which is around eight or nine dollars.
How to Apply and Get Started
To apply, just go to iPalfish.com and enter your phone number, so that you can be sent the link for the app. Yo sign up using your mobile number, submit a short bio, upload a picture, and submit a short voice recording. You do not need any sort of degree or education to apply – they just want people who can speak English well. Of course, if you have a degree, fill that out in the title, though you will need to verify it.
If accepted, you can start accepting calls from students. To accept calls, simply click on Start Tutoring. All calls are made over the internet, though both voice and video calls are available. Just wait for students to call you. You can also set up appointments with students once they get to know you. If you want, you can create a lesson, which you can then sell at the price of your choosing. You will have to personally teach this lesson to each student you sell it to; it is not a pre-recorded thing you can keep on selling. You can also create short podcasts to show off your abilities, as well as groups that students can join. You can also add “moments,” which are a little like Facebook status updates.
So, Is Palfish Legit? Can It Really Be True?
Yes, Palfish is legit. I was a member of their teacher group, created by the owner, and I have found that the teachers seemed to be getting calls – and money! So it seems like they do pay. I personally did not take any calls. I don’t have a teaching degree, and right now I don’t want to do work for such a low rate, though I might mark my status as “online” just to experience it.
Most students don’t really want you to “teach” them; they just want a real English speaker that they can actually speak English to and who can help them out with questions they have, as well as with pronunciation. However, you will have to be the one initiating the conversation, as your students will likely feel shy or hesitant to start speaking English with you.
Palfish has become quite popular since I wrote this review, and has gone from 500 downloads to 10,000 downloads. It’s still pretty much the same though, so I haven’t changed this review much. Again, you can sign up by going to iPalfish.com and entering your phone number.
What are your thoughts? The world would like to know!