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Review of HelloTalk Language Exchange App

By Daniel Baker posted 08-02-2013 13:50


Hellotalk social app

Good day ACTFL members. I'm here to tell you about a new type of application that can be downloaded on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. This is the first app of its kind in the world. When I first learned about the existence of such an app, I had to go see for myself. My iPhone is my "mobile secretary". As well as my lifeline. I carry it everywhere I go. I never leave home without it. So, you can imagine my interest with this app for my iPhone once I found out about it.

And in today's fast paced world of technology - full of demanding deadlines and agendas, it is important to have something, someway of storing all of your important meetings, contacts and documents in a way that it will always be with you. Now, you can keep ahead of the daily grind and have time to connect to a language exchange partner and hit the chat on the go.

Hellotalk features

The Hellotalk app is available at the Apple iTunes store. It will enable you to connect with a language exchange partner to chat via text, audio or even video. You can chat in one language and then switch to another. You can also share photos. The way it works is: you choose your target language. Type 500 characters in one language and then switch it to another language. This is how you learn. Some of the languages available for learning are Spanish, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese.

Here are the supported devices: iPhone 3GS, IPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (third generation), iPod touch (fourth generation), iPod touch (fifth generation), as well as, iPad.


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09-27-2013 17:01

Good day Jiachen song
Although I can't give you an exact date, I do know that this application is still fairly new. Having said that, I am sure it will pick and catch on with the mobile users.
Btw... thanks for the comment!

09-27-2013 14:04

Thank you for introducing this App to us. Actually, I have downloaded one in my iPhone. The system recommends some friends to me according to I'm a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker and I think the level of English (my second language) is advanced. I do add some users as my parter of learning language, and try to talk with them, unfortunately, a day after that, no one reply me. So I’m wondering, whether this is because people don’t use HelloTalk as frequently as Facebook. Although a part of people can’t live without their smart phones, it might not lead to that more time will be spend on language learning through using an interesting App, like HelloTalk. If talking can’t be instant or in time, HelloTalk is less appealing to me. However, I still want to thank you for your recommendation, and I hope HelloTalk can be more popular in the future.