You can work on your French skills with another French learner, but your ability to expand your horizons (and perfect your accent) is limited to what they know. With a native speaker coaching you, the amount you can improve is much greater.
Whether you get a language partner in Morocco, Ivory Coast, Montreal, or New York, you’ll be talking to someone who has grown up in another culture. Find out how the French really celebrate Christmas, what they think of the gilets jaunes, and if French people really carry baguettes under their arms.
Nothing makes learning French feel futile quite like realizing you’re memorizing outdated vocabulary. When you learn from an online language partner, you’re learning from a living, breathing person who speaks current French, instead of a textbook that was last updated in 1987.
Between friends, family, work, cooking, the gym, transit, and everything else that fills your day, it’s hard to find time to squeeze in a weekly three-hour class. When you have an online language partner, all you have to do is turn on your phone and your language partner is there.
When you have an online language parter, your questions never go unanswered because you ran out of class time.
If you hate the “Allez-Viens!” textbook’s unit about sports in France… you won’t have to waste your time on it with an online language partner. Prep for your next trip to a French restaurant by talking about food with your language partner, asking about their favorite traditional French dishes, and what they recommend you avoid on the menu.
Instead of learning the theory that you’ll (hypothetically) put into practice later, you learn by actually doing.
If the local French language school’s teachers aren’t to your liking, you probably don’t want to learn French from them. An online language partner is someone you pick yourself. Apps like HelloTalk let you pick the age range, gender, and location as specific as a city. Users upload a photo and write a bit about themselves so you connect with someone you actually think it would be fun to talk to.
No need to invest in a guidebook for Bordeaux, you’ll have your own guide ready to give advice (and maybe meet for a real-life café or two!).
The person you’re talking to is learning just as much from you as you’re learning from them. When you’re learning, so are they! That’s part of what makes online language partners so great is that it’s an exchange.
All you have to do to get an online language partner is download an app. HelloTalk is a language exchange app that helps you find someone to practice language with. Just download it for free, fill out your profile, and search for a partner. Once you find one you like, you can send text or audio, and even photos and videos. The app has built in tools for correcting mistakes like one-tap translation and voice-to-text / text-to-voice software, and also for saving the conversations you found most helpful. There’s an extensive amount of preference and privacy settings, so you can customize your experience to be exactly how you want it. Download HelloTalk today for iOS or for Android and start chatting. Learning French will be as easy as talking to a friend.
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