Since this article was originally published, many new features have been added to HelloTalk as it has grown into a worldwide user base of millions! Please view our recent blog entry covering these updates, which are summarized below:
Now available on Android OS.
Tap any message for following functions to 80+ languages: Translation, Text to Speech, Transliteration and Voice to Text
Mark favorite text, voice, or voice with text messages for language study.
Meet and Learn Languages using your iPhone, iPad and Android
HelloTalk is a new free app for social language exchange on Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
The idea behind the app is to foment easy language exchange. Launch the app and meet people who speak your target language and want to learn your native language. Through text chat and voice chat, you can share your knowledge and learn from a native speaker for free. You can also share photos.
This is the first app we’ve reviewed that is specifically designed for social exchange. For more sites and resources for learning languages socially, please visit our social language learning page.
The 1st Language Exchange Social Networking App in the world!
Find native speakers of the language you are learning locally or worldwide. Help each other learn foreign language through text and voice language exchange. Share photos with your language partner about your life and home country culture.
HelloTalk has unique text and talk exchange mode:
Write 500 characters in one language and then switch to another language. Talk 5 minutes in one language and switch to another language. HelloTalk manages language exchange text and time counting automatically