Review HelloTalk Language Exchange
Social app that lets you learn a language!
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 24 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great social userbase, key features included
App could be "prettier"
HelloTalk for Android is a social language learning app that puts you in a pool based on your preferences - from there, you can chat with other users and learn a language in the best way possible, through social interaction!
When I started HelloTalk, I immediately filled out my information, like my native language and the language I wanted to learn. Then from there, I went to the user base which showed users that match my preferences - so people learning English who know Spanish. I messaged one dude, and then another started messaging me. We chatted for a few minutes and he had to go.
Fast forward to another 5 or 6 hours later, and my phone started buzzing with a lot of messages. Apparently 4 or so people had found my profile and were now talking to me - some in Spanish, and some in English. I started chatting to these people, and all of my interactions were very interesting and fun. I was very surprised that so many people found me so quickly and were not only so friendly but also interested in learning a language and helping me learn my preferred language (Spanish). The app has a really great core feature that a lot of the users already use (and actually they taught me how to use it). If you notice your partner slipping up on grammar, you can tap on their sentence and then send a correct version. This is done by showing both sentences next to each other and you can edit it into a correct one. It’s a remarkably intuitive system that is easy and very detailed when you are showing your partner their mistakes. Most people seem to like the system.
You don’t only get to type messages, but you can easily send audio clips too which is really cool. You simply just tap down and record. No matter which message you send, you can also see if the person has read it which is useful for communicating effectively.
HelloTalk is an innovative social networking platform that excels and already hosts (from what I’ve seen in only a few hours) a great and eager community diving into language like nothing I’ve seen before!