What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is an online English school. It is not tutoring or 1-on-1 teaching on Skype. We have real classes with real teachers, real materials, a real curriculum, and real friends from around the world. 

Why don't you offer 1-on-1 tutoring?

Tutoring is a good idea if you need help answering some specific questions or if you are struggling with a particular challenge. Tutoring is not a good way to learn English. Talking to one native speaker on Skype is not the best way to learn English. We acquire a language by communicating at our level, and interacting with other students is the best way to do this.

If you really would like 1-on-1 sessions with one of our teachers, you can complete our course request form.

How Much Does it Cost?

Ginseng is a premium school with the best teachers available (whom we pay very well) and the best materials and technology available. Still, we try to keep prices affordable and offer the following payment options:


$35 USD per 1-hour lesson (does not include textbook; hourly rates not available for all courses)


$450 USD per 12-hour unit (Includes textbook)


$350 for up to 16 classes per month (Includes textbook)

All prices are in USD.

DO I have to buy a book?

Ginseng provides access to e-books, included in the price of your course. Unfortunately, if you would like a paper book, we are unable to ship internationally at this time.

Students receive one copy of each e-book at a time, regardless of how many courses they register for. That is, if you register for 3 classes that use the Oxford Picture Dictionary, you only receive one copy of the book. This allows us to keep classes affordable.

What is your absence policy?

We require 24 hours' notice for any absences.