Baselang Review: A Look at Baselang’s Cost, Curriculum, and Teachers

This is an independent Baselang review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. Baselang did not sponsor this review and I have no affiliation with the company.

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The best way to immerse yourself in Spanish!

For someone who truly wants to learn Spanish, Baselang is by far one of the best options. It's an affordable and flexible way to immerse yourself in the language. All Baselang teachers are native Spanish speakers, and the Baselang curriculum takes students from complete beginner to completely fluent.

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PROS
  • Truly unlimited one-on-one classes
  • All teachers are native speakers
  • Wide variety of lessons and availability
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  • Website is extremely slow sometimes
  • Booking is difficult for favorite teachers
  • Some lessons are repetitive
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This Baselang review will walk you through every aspect of the Baselang Spanish School, from signing up to booking classes and working your way through the curriculum. Overall, it’s by far one of the best courses for learning Spanish online. The company also made some recent updates in late 2020 that improved the service even more. 

I’ve taken over 160 lessons with Baselang in both the Real World and DELE programs, and as of January 2021, I’m still taking them! While Baselang certainly isn’t perfect, the program has helped me learn Spanish quicker than any other resource I’ve tried. This Baselang review will cover everything you need to know before signing up.

This is the Baselang logo. It's square with a blue background. There are two skyscrapers facing each other. These skyscrapers are located in Colombia.

The way Baselang works is pretty simple. Once you sign up, you’re free to book classes right away. You can choose teachers based on a lot of different factors and you can choose which lessons you want to do, too. It can be a little intimidating at first when you’re just starting with Baselang, so I’ll walk you through how to get up and running on the Baselang website. 

I want to talk about the most important aspect of Baselang first though – does it actually work?

Baselang Review: Does Baselang Work?

A lot of Baselang reviews say that Baselang works, and I definitely agree. Baselang is very good at helping its students learn Spanish. It’s important to determine your goals before you start taking lessons though. Baselang offers different programs and they focus on different aspects of learning Spanish. This means Baselang may not work for you if you follow the wrong curriculum. Currently, Baselang offers the Real World Spanish, DELE Exam Prep, and Grammarless programs.

Is Baselang Legit?

Yes, Baselang is legit. The company markets unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons, and it definitely delivers on this promise. It uses a solid curriculum to help students improve their communication skills in Spanish and the teachers are generally very professional and helpful. Whenever I’ve had a problem in the past, Baselang’s customer service has also been very responsive and helpful. Overall, it’s a well-run company with a strong reputation.

The Baselang Curriculum

The Baselang curriculum is one of the most extensive I’ve seen. It covers Spanish topics for beginners all the way to advanced speakers. The Baselang program not only consists of lessons focused on grammar, but it also has a huge variety of electives that will quickly build your vocabulary. The lessons are very adaptable and the teachers are usually pretty flexible, so you can always focus on what you want to practice. You can also use your own materials during class if you don’t want to follow the Baselang curriculum.

This screenshot shows the different Baselang electives. These electives contain a lot of different lessons that can help you become more conversational when you discuss these different topics.

To help you choose which Baselang program is best for you, let’s take a look at your options. All of the Baselang Spanish courses are open to everyone, so you can always test a few lessons in each to see which you prefer. There are some tips you should know before jumping in though.

Baselang Real World

The Baselang Real World program focuses on helping students use the Spanish language in real world situations. You can start as an absolute beginner in the Real World program, and by the time you finish it, you’ll be completely conversational. Some of the lessons in the Real World program have a pretty big focus on grammar, but this is unavoidable (unfortunately!). The advantage Baselang Real World has over other language learning programs is that you’re learning with native speakers who can explain the grammar until you completely understand.

This screenshot shows the topics in Baselang level 5. Each Baselang level covers different grammar and vocabulary to help you become fluent.

When I started using Baselang, I started in the Real World program. In your first class, the teacher describes how Baselang works. They also place you in the correct level (more on levels later). Once you know your level, you’re free to take as many classes as you’d like. 

I followed the Real World curriculum for about two months before switching to the DELE program. I really liked that the Real World lessons covered the important topics in an efficient way. The lessons are straight to point – you learn the topic, then practice it immediately.

This screenshot shows Baselang's Real World Spanish course core lessons. These courses make up the main foundation of curriculum, which is why I discuss them in this Baselang review.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn the basics of Spanish: the gender of nouns (“la” vs. “el”), word order in a sentence (adjectives usually go after nouns!), and commonly used verbs. If you’re more advanced, your lessons will cover more difficult topics, like the subjunctive case, direct and indirect objects, and active and passive voice. 

Try Baselang Real World for $1!

Baselang DELE

The Baselang DELE program consists of in-depth lessons for intermediate and advanced Spanish learners. These lessons are more structured than the Real World lessons. In fact, Baselang recommends that you finish the Real World program before starting the DELE program. These lessons help students prepare for the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera exams, but you aren’t required to take these tests. You can simply use these lessons to further improve your language skills if that’s your goal.

This screenshot shows a description of the DELE exam. The Baselang DELE course helps students prepare for this exam. This Baselang review covers how effective the DELE course is.

The Baselang DELE program used to be a separate program from the Real World program. It also used to cost a little more – $199 per month. However, in December 2020, Baselang combined the programs and every student now has access to both for one price. This added a lot of value to my Baselang membership! The DELE program covers advanced grammar, skills improvement, DELE test prep, and electives. 

This screenshot shows the different lesson types in the Baselang DELE program. The lesson types include grammar, skills improvement, and test prep.

I find the DELE lessons extremely helpful. Even though I don’t have plans to take the actual DELE exam, the exercises and structure of the DELE lessons fit really well with my learning style. The Real World classes are more relaxed and have less structure, whereas the DELE classes are a bit more intensive. Once you reach a B1 level of fluency, I highly recommend taking the Baselang DELE classes.

Try Baselang DELE for $1!

Baselang Levels and Progress

In both the Baselang Real World and Baselang DELE programs, there are levels that help you track your progress. The Baselang levels are a little different in each program though. The Baselang Real World program has 9 levels, from complete beginner (level 1) to completely conversational (level 9). The DELE program follows the European reference levels and goes from B1 to C2. 

This screenshot shows how to mark lessons complete in Baselang. When a lesson is complete, a green circle appears next to the lesson title. This helps you track your progress through the different Baselang levels.

You can choose whether to track your Baselang progress or not, but I definitely recommend doing so. This makes it easier to pick up where you left off in your last lesson. Your progress is also on your dashboard as soon as you log in. I really like seeing what areas I’ve improved and what areas I need to practice. If you’re studying in the Real World program, you can also clearly track when you’re approaching the end of a level and need to take the level test.

This image shows my progress in Baselang level 6. It shows how many core lessons are complete, what the next lesson is, and how many electives are complete.

In the Baselang Real World program, you take a level test once you complete all lessons in a certain level. This test helps you determine whether or not you’re ready to advance to the next level. It’s not the end of the world if you fail a level test – you can always go back and practice more! I took a few different level tests while I was studying in the Real World Program, and they covered most topics in the level, but they were never too difficult.

Baselang Grammarless

The Baselang Grammarless program consists of 80 hours of one-on-one instruction with a Baselang teacher. It skips over the details of grammar and focuses completely on speaking. In fact, Baselang guarantees that you’ll be able to have a 30-minute conversation completely in Spanish after you complete the Grammarless program. This program is specifically for complete beginners who speak no Spanish. If you already speak some Spanish, you may want to choose the Real World program instead.

This is the homepage of the Baselang Grammarless program. This Baselang review discusses the Grammarless program because it is a popular choice among Baselang students.

Unlike the Real World and DELE programs, Baselang Grammarless students have one dedicated teacher. This teacher guides them through the entire program. You can choose to complete the program in 4 weeks (20 hours per week) or 8 weeks (10 hours per week), and you have unlimited access to the Real World teachers for conversational practice during your Grammarless program.

I already spoke some Spanish when I became a Baselang student, so I didn’t participate in the Grammarless program. However, based on my positive experiences in the Real World and DELE programs, I think it’s safe to assume that the Baselang Grammarless program is a great option for someone who wants to dive in and start learning Spanish right away.

Baselang Memrise

To help you review the information you learned in your classes, Baselang created flashcard sets on Memrise. A subscription to Baselang includes access to all of its Memrise flashcards. You can find the flashcards for each lesson on the Baselang platform. Using these outside of class will help you remember new vocabulary and phrases, and it can help refresh what you learned in previous classes.

I personally don’t use the Baselang Memrise flashcards because I prefer other methods of review. However, if flashcards help you learn and retain information more effectively, this is definitely a Baselang tool you should take advantage of.

Baselang Classes

Baselang classes in the Real World program are 25 minutes long. You can book consecutive classes with the same teacher if you prefer to take hour-long (or longer classes) though. Baselang DELE classes are all 50 minutes long. The classes in both programs all follow a similar format, where you work your way through a slideshow presentation that covers the topic of the class along with some practice exercises. 

This image shows how to book Baselang classes. You can book by teacher or by class time. This Baselang review covers the booking process because it can sometimes cause difficulty on the Baselang platform.

After entering your Baselang login information, you can see your dashboard, scheduled classes, your progress, a list of teachers, your class history, and the booking system. To book new classes, all you need to do is select a specific time or teacher, and schedule classes according to your availability. 

You can schedule classes from 6am EST to midnight EST, and there always seems to be a teacher available! Baselang uses Zoom to conduct all online classes, and each teacher adds you as a contact before class.

All Baselang classes take place on Zoom, which is a videoconferencing software. This screenshot shows a chat between me and my Baselang teacher.

At the beginning of each class, your Baselang teacher asks what you’d like to do during that class. You can do anything! During my Real World classes, I liked to do a few different things: study the curriculum, play vocabulary games, read stories and articles, or just talk. You can always focus on what you want to do in each class – The Baselang teachers are just there to help. 

Baselang Review: Cancellations and Last Minute Classes

Like I said earlier in this Baselang review, you can take unlimited Spanish classes. Because of this, you can book classes at the last minute if there are teachers available. You can also cancel classes at the last minute. However, it’s important to be respectful of other students when you schedule classes. If you routinely book classes and cancel them at the last minute or don’t show up, other students may not be able to take those classes. 

This screenshot shows how to cancel classes with Baselang. There is a red cancel button next to each class. You can also see all scheduled classes, including times and teacher names.

It’s really easy to cancel classes. All you need to do is navigate to your Scheduled Classes tab and click “Cancel” next to the class you can’t make. That’s it! I love how easy scheduling can be with Baselang. There’s never any pressure. 

Also, the teachers get paid a flat salary each month, so cancellations don’t affect their pay. On most other language learning platforms, teachers only earn money for the classes they actually teach. I respect Baselang a lot as a company for not following this trend, so had to mention it in this Baselang review!

Baselang Teachers

Baselang teachers are all native Spanish speakers from Central and South America, with the majority being Colombian and Venezuelan. Most teachers speak at least some English, and those who don’t speak English are clearly marked on the booking screen. Students can always choose which Baselang teachers they want based on their availability, interests, level of English, and their introduction video.

The Baselang teacher list that contains all teacher information. Most teachers also have an introduction video, which is shown on this screen.

Accents are really different throughout Central and South America, and some are definitely easier to understand than others. For beginning students, this can be difficult. I think it’s important to expose yourself to as many different accents as you can though! This will help you learn Spanish more effectively. 

Who Are The Best Baselang Teachers?

There are so many different teachers at Baselang, and the best Baselang teachers are different for everyone. Yasmar M., Walter P., and Victoria F. are the best Baselang teachers I’ve had (so I have to give them a shoutout in this Baselang review!). There are still a lot of teachers I haven’t met yet though.

An advantage of Baselang is that you can choose to always book with the same teacher or you can book with a different teacher each class. 

Baselang teachers have different qualifications and interests. This screenshot shows the many options you can use to filter teachers. This helps you find the best Baselang teacher for you!

As you start to take classes with different teachers, you’ll quickly find teachers who you have a lot in common with. Some teachers are very energetic and others are more laid back. Some are serious while others laugh and joke around with students. It’s always your choice which teachers you book with, so I suggest finding a few different teachers you enjoy and booking with them when you can.

Choose Your Favorite Baselang Teachers

When you find teachers you really like, you can choose to give them a star rating or make them your “favorite teacher” on the platform. Doing this makes it more convenient to book their classes and see their availability. 

You can mark some Baselang teachers as your favorite. This screenshot shows the class booking screen. When you choose a class by teacher, your favorite teachers appear with a heart icon at the top of the list.

To rate a teacher or make them your favorite teacher, you just need to visit the “Teacher” tab and find them in the list. Then, you can choose how you want to rate them.

There is no limit on the ratings you can give teachers. The higher the rating you give them, the higher they appear on the list when you’re booking classes. There is a limit on how many “favorite” teachers you can have though – and that’s 3.

Generally, you can book lessons 5 days in advance. However, if you select a teacher as your favorite, you can access 2 extra days of their schedule. This helps to make sure that you can always schedule classes with them. 

Whether or not you choose to pick favorite teachers or not, you won’t have any trouble finding excellent teachers on Baselang. I’d say about 90% of the teachers I’ve met (and I’ve met over 50!) have been very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Not all teachers are perfect, but most genuinely care about helping their students improve their Spanish.

Baselang Teacher Reviews

After every class you take, you have the opportunity to send Baselang teacher reviews. These reviews let the company know what teachers need to improve, what they do well, and how stable their internet connection was during your class. These reviews are anonymous and there is no pressure to complete them. They only take a couple minutes though, so I usually leave one.

Students can review their Baselang teachers after every class. This screenshot shows the format of the questions the teacher reviews ask.

Baselang Price

Baselang offers two different price tiers, and you can choose which one works best for you. Both programs have different purposes, so it’s important to figure out your language learning goals before deciding which one is best for you. The table below shows Baselang’s prices.

Baselang ProgramPrice
Real World and DELE$149 (monthly)
Grammarless Grammarless$900 (one-time)

Baselang Cost: The Real World and DELE Programs

The Real World and DELE programs cost $149 per month. This price includes full access to the content in both programs, as well as unlimited Spanish lessons. There are a wide variety of lessons that are suitable for all levels of Spanish learners. These programs can take students from complete beginners to completely fluent. The amount of time it takes and the total cost to become fluent using Baselang depends on how often the student takes classes.

Baselang Cost: The Grammarless Program

The Baselang Grammarless program costs $900 if you make one payment or $1,000 if you pay for it in 4 installments. These prices include 80 hours of one-on-one Spanish lessons with a dedicated teacher, as well as unlimited practice classes with other teachers. The Grammarless program lasts either 4 or 8 weeks, depending on your availability. The mission of the Grammarless program is to take students from complete beginner to conversationally fluent.

Baselang Trial

The Baselang trial costs $1 and gives you unlimited access to the Baselang platform for 7 days. This is the best way to explore Baselang’s lesson content, check out the platform, meet the teachers, and take unlimited Spanish classes. The full Baselang price of $149 per month can seem like a lot when you’re deciding whether to enroll or not. The trial can help you decide if Baselang is a good fit for you before paying the full price. 

Baselang Discount

Baselang doesn’t offer a free trial, but it is possible to get a discount on your Baselang subscription. To do this, there are a few options. First, Baselang gives you a link you can share with your friends and family. If your Baselang referral enrolls using your link, you get a free month of unlimited classes. Second, you can make a video review of your experience with Baselang. As long as your review meets the requirements, you will receive a free month of classes. Outside of these options, Baselang is open to other suggestions that provide value to both you and the company. 

Baselang Hourly Cost

Your Baselang hourly cost depends on how many classes you take each month. Baselang charges a flat subscription price per month, so the more classes you take, the less you pay per hour of classes. The table below calculates hourly rates based on Baselang’s monthly price of $149.

Baselang hourly plan table

Class Hours per MonthHourly Cost
10$14.90
15$9.93
20$7.45
30$4.97
40$3.73
50$2.98

Baselang Alternative

When it comes to finding a Baselang alternative, there are several platforms that offer live one-on-one Spanish lessons online. The most popular Baselang alternatives are iTalki, Preply, Lingoda, and Rype. However, none of these alternatives offer unlimited Spanish lessons. Because you pay per hour on most Baselang competitors, the total price you pay each month will vary. Not all of these alternatives have a curriculum either, so the quality of the lessons may vary depending on which teachers you choose.

Baselang vs iTalki

iTalki is one of the most popular language tutoring platforms on the internet, so it’s important to compare Baselang vs iTalki when you decide to learn Spanish. While each platform offers online Spanish lessons, their lessons formats and layouts are completely different. The table below shows the main differences to help you choose Baselang or iTalki.

FeatureBaselangiTalki
Trial$1 for a 7-day trialFrom $2 for 30 minutes
Price$149/month for unlimited private classes$5 - $80 per hour for private classes
Class StructureFull curriculumVaries by teacher
Teacher LocationMostly Colombia/VenezuelaWorldwide
LanguagesSpanishAny

Or learn more about it in this italki review

Baselang vs Preply

Comparing Baselang vs Preply is necessary because both give students around the world access to native Spanish tutors. The ways Baselang and Preply work are completely different from each other though. The table below compares Baselang and Preply and shows how they are different.

FeaturesBaselangPreply
Trial$1 for a 7-day trial$2 - $150 per hour
Price$149/month for unlimited private classes$2 - $150 per hour for private classes
Class StructureFull curriculumVaries by teacher
Teacher LocationMostly Colombia/VenezuelaWorldwide
LanguagesSpanishAny

Or read this Preply review to learn more about the app

Baselang vs Lingoda

It’s necessary to compare Baselang vs Lingoda when you want to take Spanish lessons because both companies are very similar in some aspects. However, there are some key differences you should be aware of before making your decision. The table below shows the main characteristics.

FeaturesBaselangLingoda
Trial$1 for a 7-day unlimited trialFree private class or 3 group classes
Price$149/month for unlimited private classes$6.75 - $9.50 per hour for group classes
Class StructureFull curriculumFull curriculum
Teacher LocationMostly Colombia/VenezuelaWorldwide
LanguagesSpanishEnglish, French, German, Spanish

Or learn more about it in this Lingoda review

Rype vs Baselang

Another comparison you may want to make in your search for a Spanish tutor is Rype vs Baselang. Both are online language schools that give students access to private Spanish lessons with native tutors. However, the pricing structures and reputations of the companies vary widely. The table below shows the different characteristics of Baselang and Rype. 

FeaturesBaselangRype
Trial$1 for a 7-day trial$5 for 30 minutes
Price$149/month for unlimited classes$14 - $20 per hour for private classes
Class StructureFull curriculumFull curriculum
Teacher LocationMostly Colombia/VenezuelaWorldwide
LanguagesSpanish10, including Spanish

Caution: Rype has a large amount of negative reviews online. Please be sure to thoroughly research Rype and any other language learning platform you are considering. 

Baselang vs Pimsleur

There are a lot of different methods you can use to learn Spanish, and comparing Baselang vs Pimsleur shows two of these methods. With Baselang, students practice with native Spanish speakers, while Pimsleur is an app that uses voice-recognition technology to help users improve their skills. Baselang and Pimsleur both offer complete lesson plans, but Pimsleur focuses on speaking while Baselang helps improve all types of communication (reading, writing, speaking, listening).

The price point is also very different: Baselang costs $149 per month and Pimsleur costs $19.95 per month. Baselang offers a 7-day trial for $1 and Pimsleur offers a free 7-day trial, so give both a try and see which you prefer.

Or read this Pimsleur review to learn more about the app

Baselang vs Rosetta Stone

Contrasting Baselang vs Rosetta Stone can help you choose between two of the many ways to effectively learn Spanish. Baselang focuses on fluent communication with native speakers, while the Rosetta Stone app immerses students in Spanish with a series of exercises that help improve their skills. Instead of live lessons like Baselang, Rosetta Stone uses voice-recognition technology to help users improve their Spanish skills.

Another key difference between the two is their costs. Baselang costs $149 per month and Rosetta Stone costs between $10.37 and $11.99 per month, or $299 for a lifetime subscription.

Or learn more about the app in this Rosetta Stone review

Final Baselang Review

If you have flexible availability, a passion for learning Spanish, and a desire to speak it fluently, Baselang is the best way to learn Spanish online. While Baselang’s price of $149 per month may seem expensive, you can easily make it worth it by taking a lot of lessons. The teachers are all native speakers, the curriculum is extensive and teaches you everything you need to know, and the customer service is excellent. 

This is the Baselang logo. It's square with a blue background. There are two skyscrapers facing each other. These skyscrapers are located in Colombia.

The programs Baselang offers (Real World, DELE, and Grammarless) meet the needs of anyone learning Spanish. Also, the lesson style and structure is consistent across the platform, which makes it easier to progress more quickly. The added features of easy cancellations, favorite teachers, and last minute bookings make it easy to fit Baselang into your schedule.

However, my one main complaint about Baselang is the website speed. The website cannot handle all the traffic from students and teachers sometimes, and it has crashed on me multiple times. This is especially true when teachers release their schedules. This makes the booking process really difficult at this one specific time. I wish there were a Baselang app to solve this issue!

Overall though, this one negative isn’t enough to outweigh all the positives I discussed in this Baselang review. It’s a truly unique service that has helped me learn more Spanish than any other I’ve used!

Baselang Spanish Reviews From Around The Web

There are quite a few reviews about Baselang Spanish on the internet. They’re generally positive, but certainly not perfect. The table below shows other Baselang.com reviews from around the web. 

WebsiteReview Rating
Langoly8/10
Tripadvisor10/10
Yelp10/10
Trustpilot6/10
Language Learning Library9.8/10

Baselang FAQ

Baselang is a Spanish learning platform that connects students from around the world with native Spanish speakers. All lessons are one-on-one, and students can choose to follow Baselang’s curriculum or pursue their own interests during class. Baselang costs $149 per month, and this includes unlimited private lessons. Booking and cancelling lessons is really simple, and the teachers are all trained professionals. 

Yes, Baselang is worth it if you take advantage of the unlimited classes. If you take at least 30 hours of classes per month, your hourly cost will be less than $5. This cost also includes a structured curriculum created by professional educators, guidance from native teachers, and a flexible scheduling system. No other platform offers the quality or flexibility that Baselang does.

Baselang is a legitimate company that offers unlimited Spanish classes with native Spanish speakers. The company has a language school in Medellin, Colombia, and also conducts classes online. It is a unique service that lets Spanish learners learn how they want, whether that involves following the Baselang curriculum, focusing on conversation, or studying for the DELE exam. 

If you consistently take classes with Baselang, it works. The curriculum is solid and its structure will help you learn conversational Spanish very quickly. The lessons with native speakers help students rapidly improve their pronunciation and communication skills, and the DELE program helps students gain a deeper understanding of the language. 

Chad started Langoly to help others learn and teach languages more effectively. He's a language enthusiast, and loves reviewing language learning and teaching resources.

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  1. What an excellent, well written and thorough review! Thank you very much, Chad. You have certainly helped me make a decision regarding learning Spanish online and choosing between Baselang and Rype.

    • Thank you for your comment, Arlene! I’m happy you found the review useful. I’m actually still enrolled with Baselang and have learned so much. Best of luck learning Spanish!

  2. I’ve been a student of Baselang now in my 2nd month with them. I’ve been impressed with their organization, speed of response when I’ve had an organizational type question or a technical issue.
    The flexibility of the program is the best! some days i’ll do 3-4 hours of classes, especially when I was struggling with something conceptually. Usually that fixes the issue. You can repeat the lessons, and the teachers have often brought in secondary materials which are so incredibly helpful. I should be through to level 9 By May. and then on to the DELE program. I don’t know if i’ll sit for the DELE exam but I do want to keep kicking up the language skills i’m developing.

    • Hey Robert, I’m happy to hear you’re having a good experience with Baselang! After I finished the levels, I started doing the DELE classes too. They’re tough, but they will really help you take your Spanish to the next level! Best of luck as you continue to learn Spanish!

  3. I am about to be finished with level 9 this week. Italki I think is a good option but after the course is completed and perhaps the DELE. I’ve looked ahead it’s a major step up from the Real World program. So it will be interesting to see where it all goes. At least onc eyou go into the DELE program you can still do conversational practice with my favorite Teachers. I have no plans to take the DELE test at the end unless my teachers tell me that I should. Becuase I don’t really need the certification for anything, as I’m retired. But it looks like a a bit of a tough process. We’ll see how it goes.

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