This article was originally posted on WomenLearnThai.com.
HelloTalk: Language Exchange App…
To learn Thai, there are a growing number of iOS and Android apps available. If you haven’t seen it yet, just check out my GINORMOUS List of iOS Apps: iPhone, iPad and iPod.
Subject by subject, I’m working my way through the reviews but it’ll take some time. As it’s an immediate concern, Zackery from HelloTalk asked if I could please bump the review in order to help out their Thai members (and in turn, help others to learn Thai).
Zackery: So far we have 7,300 native Thai registered users, versus 1,915 users learning Thai. That means more than 5,000 Thai users might not find a language exchange partner. Your article about HelloTalk might help thousands of Thai users trying to learn foreign languages for a better future.
5,000+ – that’s a lot of Thai speakers going without language exchange partners. And it doesn’t matter if your native tongue is English, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, whatever. They are waiting for you.
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How HelloTalk works…
- To use the HelloTalk app to learn Thai, you first sign up. And while I object to sharing my age, country and location, there’s extensive privacy and control features in place.
- Next up is a tutorial of HelloTalk complete with video (you can choose to skip it).
- After that, it’s time to search for a suitable partner and then send them a message.
- Once connected with your new partner you can chat via text or send voice messages.
- Other options available are sketches, the ease of translating on the go, and the ability for language exchange partners to correct each other’s mistakes.
- You can even save messages in a notepad for later study.
Btw: Did you notice that no money is required? That’s right, this is a free app.
These two reviews go into a fair bit of detail about the HelloTalk app:
Nik’s QuickShout: HelloTalk – A language learning community on your mobile
Short on time? Watch these quick overview videos instead:
Where to find HelloTalk…
Updated: Oct 20, 2014
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
Remember: 5,000+ Thai speakers are going without language exchange partners. See you there?