Language

You speak Malgasy, I learn Malgasy — let’s be friends! Isn’t that the best way to practice?

Passion for language learning is what brings people of HelloTalk together. Everyone on HelloTalk is a learner ?

The chat provides key functions to make your language exchange effective, but…

… you know what I’m going to say…

There is no hiding from the truth. ? You still sometimes need to sit down and spend time learning vocabulary and grammar!

But! Worry not. There are methods and tools ? to make even this, — sometimes scary! — aspect of language learning quick and easy.

This section of the blog will break down for you the latest news from the science of linguistics, pedagogy, and ed-tech. The more you learn, the more efficiently you can practice on HelloTalk! ?


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How a Japanese HelloTalker Made a Great Video and International Friends
With 30 million-plus users and rising, the HelloTalk community is home to some inspirational members who use the world’s biggest...
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Why Your New Year Resolutions Should Include Learning a Language
Happy New Year! We’d like to wish language learners throughout the world a fruitful 2022 and thank everyone who supported...
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How to Use Triggers to Create Great Study Habits and Learn a New Language
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How to Start a Successful Language Exchange
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How To Become Fluent In Daily Language Fast – Without Spending Any Money
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Chinese Soul in a French Body: A Romantic Connection with China
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Ballroom Dancer: The First American to Join the LA Chinese Men’s Choir
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Who is on HelloTalk? Get the Data!
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Find Your Language Tribe
There are many of you. You come from over 100 countries and are learning over 100 languages. What motivates you...
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No Free Lunch, But a Free Dinner: How a Chinese Introvert Stopped Being a Walking Stereotype
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A Scotsman in Japan: It’s Nothing Like the Movies
How many personalities do you have? Some learners say they become a different person when they speak a foreign language....
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Japanese Teacher Finds Thai Grammar Worth Fighting For
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Philip’s Korean Drama: How to Use English to Surf the Korean Wave
Learning a language is a journey. We hear it all the time. However, rarely does anyone specify that it’s a...
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How a Russian Programmer is Cracking the Code to English
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From Strength to Strength: How a Chinese-American Girl Stood Up To Her Father To Pursue Her Dreams
Life often passes faster than we can process it. Looking back we only remember snapshots—symbolic representations of people and situations...
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Why an Aussie Sold His Telescope to Travel to Thailand
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How a Student in Mexico Fought the American Stereotype
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The Art in Language: How an American High School Student Became a Mandarin Calligraphy Pro
Can art be a language and language be an art? They seem like opposites to each other, but in many...
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Russian-American Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award
Metamorphosis. You might know it as a title of Kafka’s novella. It’s also what happens to all of us throughout...
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This Jeopardy is Not a Game
Crisis. Jeopardy. Emergency. These aren’t words we typically associate with the topic of language learning. Ok, well perhaps “Jeopardy!”: for...
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The Secrets of Embarrassment: How To Use Embarrassment for Memory and Learning
Embarrassment is a powerful emotion. It can make us feel anxious, make us withdraw into ourselves and we can be...
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“Silly Girl From a Village”, the Brain Behind an Epic Birthday Video
Karma. A Buddhist concept that translates to the English saying: what goes round comes around. Julia started learning English in...
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Stories of Chinese Past Preserved With HelloTalk
BEIJING – Everyone has a story. Especially here in China, with its ancient civilization. By Cameron Hack There are so...
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Magic of VR: Anime Brings Japanese to Reality
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From Kmart to Quanzhou: Changing Lives Through Teaching English
By Jeffrey Scheffel QUANZHOU, China – In life, it’s amazing how you sometimes do one small thing, which can change...
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3 Fun Ways to Get More Smiles on HelloTalk
Learning a language doesn’t have to be all that serious. At HelloTalk we try to make learning as fun as...
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How to Turn Strangers Into Friends on HelloTalk
“There are no strangers here: Only friends that you haven’t made yet” said William Butler Yeats. At HelloTalk we are...
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Discover Language and Culture on HelloTalk
HelloTalk is a place where we can immerse ourselves in both learning and experiencing other cultures by talking to fellow...
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No Games, but Mooncakes: We Get Snacking on September Meetups
Autumn is slowly approaching. Students go back to school and university, and everyone is grasping the last rays of sun....
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Quick Tips: How To Fit Into the HelloTalk Community
One of the best ways to make yourself shine on HelloTalk is to talk about your personal experiences. These Super...
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3 Tips to Meet New People on HelloTalk
Sometimes HelloTalk can feel like the first day of school. Here too we encourage newcomers to be friendly towards each...
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How a Belgian Grandpa Got Famous on Chinese Social Media
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It’s Alive! HelloTalk Community Leaves the Screen
A tribe. A group of people who share interests and communicate on the same wavelength. Remember the first time you...
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Fun Ideas to Improve Your HelloTalk Posts
Travelling the world and learning languages sounds like a dream to many of us. These Super Users find that posting...
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How To Stand Out on HelloTalk
There are many different types of people. Some more, some less similar to us, some easier, some harder to understand....
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3 Delicious Ways to Inspire Your Posts on HelloTalk
What is one of the most sociable and enjoyable things to talk about? FOOD of course! These Super Users talk...
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Quick Tips: How To Boost Your Target Language With Voice And Video Messaging
Most people use HelloTalk to post Moments and practice grammar through writing. But… the voice and video calls functions are...
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4 Language Learning Facts From 4 HelloTalk Top Users
Language exchange needs two kinds of people — teachers and students. The HelloTalk community has many experienced teachers and many...
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Striking Gold, With HelloTalk’s Mother Lode of Spanish-Speakers
HOUSTON – My frustration had grown gradually, over the years. I was raised in Houston, a city with a significant...
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Parks, Bonfires, and Bubble Teas: August 2018 Meetups
Summer. Time to sit at home alone and play outer games, right? Wrong! Time to get out, catch up with...
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5 Free Tools for Learning Japanese
Language learning can be best thought of as a marathon except you’re not competing against others. Your biggest competition is...
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How To Find An English Language Exchange Partner On HelloTalk
You’re learning English. You joined HelloTalk and are eager to practice. But… you can’t find anyone to talk to! ?...
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How to Write a Successful HelloTalk Profile
Creating a profile is boooring. But, you have probably seen people on HelloTalk who you immediately want to be friends...
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How to Always Get a Reply on HelloTalk: Dos and Don’ts of Interacting with HelloTalkers
No reply. Whether it’s on HelloTalk, Whatsapp, or by email, receiving no reply is always frustrating. Wouldn’t it be great...
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