Today I’m going to tell you where to find language exchange partners!
Languages were created to communicate. That’s the ultimate goal and why we study them!
We also know that speaking a language is the only way to actually improve your oral skills.
But what happens when you don’t have nobody to practice with?
Maybe you live in a small town with the same old local people. Or the opposite! Such a big city that you don’t even know where to start.
Of course you can always practice speaking with yourself and yet develop fluency and confidence.
But wouldn’t it be more exciting if you talked with another human being?
Where to find language exchange partners
Having a language partner may be the factor your need to motivate yourself and keep studying!
Especially when you interact with another person who is really into your language and show an incredible grasp of it. They make you want to be like them!
And although they can’t replace a teacher, they can still help you learn more and achieve your goals.
I have already written an article to give you tips to identify a good language partner and do a language exchange successfully.
Now I’m going to show you the two best conversation exchange websites!
Now you might wonder ‘only two?’, but hey! They are the only ones I can truly recommend.
Unless you want me to give you the name of the language exchange app that resembles Tinder as well! In that case, just hit me up.
So here we go!
1) HelloTalk: best app to find language exchange partners
HelloTalk is my favorite! I always call it the social network for language learners.
You can chat with people from all over the world and the free version allows you to filter your search by country and age.
Once in the chat box with your partner, every time you press message, a translator will automatically translate it into your native language, in case you need some help.
And if you press and hold the message, a menu will show up with different options. Among them, the chance to correct any mistakes your partner have made!
But what really makes HelloTalk stand out is its moments section! It’s a home page that shows a feed with updates of other students’ posts.
You can write your own posts and other users who are natives in your target language will also make corrections for you to learn more!
HelloTalk is actually an app and to take advantage of all of its wonderful features you should download it.
Although it does have a web version, it’s only for chatting with people who are already your partners.
Let’s continue now with one of the best conversation exchange websites: Conversation Exchange!
2) Conversation Exchange: the best website
Conversation Exchange is a good example of the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’.
Its interface is kind of old and doesn’t look really appealing at first sight. It feels like traveling back in time to the 90s. But it works!
Actually it’s a good website for those nostalgic about the past, before the era of smartphones and apps.
Have you ever had a pen-pal or pen in school? You can recreate that experience with Conversation Exchange now!
In fact, you can select what type of interacion you want: using a chat software (such as Skype, WhatsApp, etc.), face to face conversation (if you look for partners living in your area) or just correspondence!
An advantage is that there’s no need to upload a profile photo showing your face and that makes it less interesting for those users who are more interested in dating rather than genuinely learning.
There’s also a section with different resources, including tips, conversations topics, survival phrases, jokes, and more. Simple, but complete.
And that’s all for today!
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