Give the Gift of Language!

LalTal offers Personalized English Coaching with a behavior-centered approach so anybody can overcome the language barrier! And now with our gift cards, you can give a gift that lasts a lifetime!

Humans learn languages better by interacting with other humans

LalTal connects English learners with coaches. Using asynchronous, audio voice messaging (without having to be connected at the same time!), learners practice speaking and listening in English for ~10 min each day.

Their language coaches provide corrections for grammar and pronunciation and teach new vocabulary, but, most importantly, they connect the learner’s daily English language practice with the learner’s goals, so that learners begin to make English a real part of their lives.


Bespoke, goal-centered practice

No Scheduling

It only takes 10 minutes a day


Real conversations with native speakers

Our Story

LalTal was formed in the summer of 2020 to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between people who have it and those who want to obtain it. We’ve learned a lot since then. We understand how hard it is to learn and that one of the biggest challenges to do so is to take that first step and keep going, day after day, for a lifetime. 



The LalTal Method


Improve your English to improve your life

Improving your English improves your confidence, helps you meet more people, increases your job opportunities, and makes you happier! Language is a tool to accomplish your goals. We focus on those goals to boost your language learning journey.


Build a lifetime learning habit

Lots of people try to learn English and give up. Either it’s too hard and they stop trying or they get bored and lose interest. At LalTal, we meet you where you are and gently build habits that fit into your life.


Focus on what matters to you

Many of our learners want to improve their English to improve their job opportunities. They’re practicing interview skills in English! Whatever it is that has driven you to improve your English, that’s what your language coach will discuss with you.


Increase your confidence

Most of our learners are actually much better at speaking English than they realize. The quickest way to unlock their potential is simply to improve their confidence in speaking! We help improve your confidence so you can make use of the English you already have!


Our Plans

It takes some time to create a new habit, which is probably why our 3-month plan is the most popular. During the Holiday Season, you can get any of our plans at discount!


Meet the Founders

cofounder and ceo

John Cumbers, PhD

Before launching LalTal, John was the founder of SynBioBeta, the premier innovation network for synthetic biology and biotechnology. He helped launch NASA’s synthetic biology program and holds degrees in bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology. Having transitioned from computer science to biology during his academic career, John is passionate about helping people learn in non-traditional ways, getting at the heart of why and how humans learn.

cofounder and cpo

T.J. Kneale

T.J. was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the US Navy before moving into product management of a $6B portfolio of software and avionics for the F-35 program. After leaving the Navy, T.J. was the Head of Moonshot Launch at Alpha, Telefónica’s moonshot factory, where he led a team-building an Artificial Intelligence Tutor. For T.J., LalTal captures all that was great about Alpha’s vision of the future of learning, but in a more human-centered way – connecting humans to do what they do best, teach and learn from each other.


What Our Learners Say

“From LalTal I learned that education can be personalized. I choose the topics we discuss, and my language coach helps me learn the English that matters to me.” 


Learning English for Business

“LalTal has really increased my confidence! The daily prompts help me to think in English. Honestly, I feel like my skills are improving every day .”  


Learning English to study abroad

A gift that lasts a lifetime!

Languages bring people together more than almost anything else, and granting someone the opportunity to expand their horizons through the English language is a gift that lasts a lifetime! That’s why our gift certificates are very popular at this time of the year when it’s all about sharing!