TL;DR: The super immersive HelloTalk, which pairs you with native speakers, is on sale for $29, a savings of $200.
Of all the things you can do with your smartphone, learning a new language by connecting you with actual native speakers might just be the coolest. Not only can new languages help you during international business or travel, but it can also spark creativity, improve your memory, and boost your problem-solving skills. Plus, it’s a pretty cool skill to mention on a Bumble date — or job interview.
There are a ton of language-learning apps on the market, but one that stands out among the crowd is HelloTalk. Why? Because rather than focusing on rote memorization, you learn to speak in foreign tongues by conversing with actual people.
Here’s how it works: HelloTalk connects you with native speakers to chat via text, voice recordings, voice calls, video calls, and even doodles to help you learn new languages by having actual conversations. Say, for example, you’re an English speaker who wants to learn French. When you log in to HelloTalk, you’ll immediately find loads of native French speakers who are looking to learn English. They’ll help you learn French and you’ll help them learn English. Plus, you’ll make a new friend in the process. Neat, right?
There are also built-in aids for translation, pronunciation, transliteration, and corrections, so you’re not expected to be a pro right from the start. You can build a foundation and your language exchange partner can guide you on your learning journey.
This innovative approach seems to work pretty well, according to reviews. It earned 4.7 stars on the App Store out of 14.6K reviews, and 4.4 on the Google Play store out of 102K reviews. Not too shabby.
While the app itself is free to download, VIP members get extra perks, like access to more than one language. VIP members also have the ability to search for language exchange partners by native language, city, distance from you, age, gender, and more. Plus, you can contact more partners each day, learn three languages instead of one, and you’ll get unlimited translation tools.
A lifetime subscription to HelloTalk VIP usually costs $230, but you can sign up now for just $29.