YiYiEnglish Review, Requirements & Pay: Is it Legit?

You are one of the many teachers to hear about YiYiEnglish. But is it a legit company, or is it a scam? Find out what teachers say in our YiYiEnglish review.

What is YiYiEnglish?

YiYiEnglish is an e-learning platform based in New York. They connect native and non-native teachers to children between the ages of 5 to 15 from China. This enables teachers to make an income working from home.

Even though their students are based in China, they always have US support staff available to help teachers whenever they need to focus on the important stuff, like lesson planning and teaching.

Is YiYiEnglish legit?

While it is normal for companies to receive some negative reviews, reviews relating to missed or inaccurate payslips are serious accusations that reduce a company’s legitimacy.

In recent reviews, teachers from YiYiEnglish have complained about being paid less than the number of hours worked. Teachers have also said that the company lack organization and respect for their teachers. These reviews were concerning, to say the least.

While there are some good and bad reviews, please proceed with caution should you decide to work here.


  • Friendly, energetic, and dependable teachers
  • Native or non-native English speaker with a neutral accent
  • TEFL/TESOL certification preferred
  • Experience in teaching (preferred)

The ESL company is not strict in its requirements. In fact, on their website, they encourage people who are new to teaching to apply! Teachers don’t need a degree nor a TEFL certificate.

They evaluate their teachers based on their communication skills, TPR, energy level, maturity, technology skills, and ability to think on their feet.

Technical Requirements

  • Laptop or PC with a stable internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Headset with microphone

How much does YiYiEnglish Pay?

  • The company pays $15 to $20 per hour, along with bonuses and raises.

As an independent contractor, you are paid for the number of hours worked. YiYi English pays between $15 to $20 per hour. Payments are made via Paypal.

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YiYEnglish Reviews

Here is what teachers had to say:


  • Could make your own flexible schedule
  • Decent pay
  • Friendly students

The company gives teachers the creative freedom to foster relationships with regular students and help them speak the English language.

The reviews are fifty-fifty on this one, with some reviewers being very positive.


  • Poorly organized
  • Some teachers report that payments are not on time or inaccurate
  • Poor communication

Many teachers have spoken out to say that teaching English at YiYiEnglish is not worth it. If you scour the internet, you will find many reviews from teachers who have not been properly compensated for the work they did with this company or their payment is late.

They are also known to be terrible at communicating with their independent contractors. So is the company legit or a scam? There are several teacher claims of not receiving pay, so be mindful of that before you decide to apply.

Application Process

The application process can be completed within three days.

  • Register and fill out your necessary information (10 minutes)
  • Take their online training program (1-2 hours)
  • Attend the live online training
  • Complete the demo lesson (30 minutes)
  • Start teaching

Fill Your Basic Information

Please fill out a quick application on their website, upload your resume and introduce yourself with a video interview. This part of the application will take approximately 10 minutes.

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Online Training Program

Whether the teacher has taught before or not, the training program is tailored to suit each teachers’ needs.

The training program takes one to two hours to complete. It shows tips and tricks to help the teacher succeed.

This interactive training program allows the applicant to record themselves to practice the skills set out by the training.

Live Training

A staff member will call the teacher and show them the ropes, from the virtual classroom set up to the various online tools.

Demo Lesson

The next step is to complete a 30-minute demo lesson. This gives the applicant a chance to demonstrate their teaching skills and practice using the online tools.

The lesson is delivered to a staff member in Beijing. After the demo, they will give feedback on how the teacher did and what they can do to improve.


  • Book a flexible schedule that suits you
  • Classes are scheduled in the evening hours (Beijing Time)


Payments are made once per month and transferred by Paypal.


  • Training, lesson material, and online support are provided
  • Teachers will have the same students each week.
  • Teachers must complete feedback at the end of the lesson.


They ask teachers to make a six-month or one-year contract.


As independent contractors, teachers are responsible for paying their own taxes.

In Conclusion

There are certainly pros to this company but of course, it’s not worth it if you don’t get paid! Proceed with caution if you choose to apply. Share your opinions in the comments section.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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2 years ago

Yiyi is a scam!
The support team is unreliable and rude!
They will not pay you!
They didn’t reply to any of my messages!
Worst company I’ve ever worked for!

2 years ago

I read this and many reviews about yiyi during the application process. I passed the demo, and arranged a second meeting to confirm some information before starting classes. This was when they decided to inform me of their new payment structure.
Monthly billable Rate per hour
hours in USD $
0-20 7
20-40 7.20
40-60 7.40
60-80 7.60
80-100 7.80
100+ 8

I said no thank you, and thank you for wasting my time. I’ve heard of some companies paying pennies, but this is my first encounter with one. And to say how big of a company they are, it’s downright shameful.

1 year ago
Reply to  Louis

0-20 you mean 7 dollar each hour ?

1 year ago

Anyway it doesn’t matter anymore if it is a scam or not. New regulations in China have banned all online teaching from outside the country

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