app review

[App Review] — HelloChinese

Hello, everyone! I’m glad to be back <3 Two weeks of grad were intense—classes from 9am to 6pm, plus readings and homework and projects and just generally studying for usually about three hours (or more) each evening before getting up to do it again the next day. Yesterday morning we had our exams, and now the first 20% of my master’s degree is complete :)

ANYWAY! Today I bring you… Chinese??

My blog is pretty much totally geared toward Korean lately, but I haven’t given up on Mandarin! I actually use a few different language exchange apps and sites to chat with native speakers, so even if I’m not actually doing book study, I can get a little practice here and there. However, I have lately been using this app, HelloChinese, to get a little more practice in, and to shore up my basics. I’ve been using it for a bit now, and even used it to get in some short practices during downtime after grad classes, so I figured I would tell you guys how I’m feeling about the app.

(The hamburger isn’t part of the opening screen; that’s just my Chinese dictionary app!)

HelloChinese is set up sort of like Duolinguo, if you’re familiar with that structure. There are different levels that you progress through, from absolute basics and up, though there are shortcuts you can take, sort of to test in to a higher level so you can skip things you already know. I decided to start from the bottom anyway (though I didn’t do the pronunciation part; you can go straight into basics without doing that if you already know how Pinyin works). Each topic starts with a little intro page you can read for some cultural background on the topic, and then you get into learning. New words and grammar are presented with audio and images, and you can choose if you want to see just Pinyin, just the characters (my choice), or both together. Also, blessedly, you can choose to use either traditional or simplified. I love traditional characters, so I was really glad I wouldn’t be forced to use simplified <3

As you progress through each part of the lesson, you’ll be presented with a variety of questions, including vocab-picture matching, translating vocab or sentences, writing characters, and even speaking questions! The individual little lessons are short, but they pack so many activities into them that I feel like it’s a really good, effective format. My favorite thing is actually the final lesson of each topic, which is purely speaking. It judges fairly harshly at times (and I, being a perfectionist, keep retrying each sentence until it judges all of my characters as correct even though you can move on without that), but that certainly isn’t a bad thing if you really want to nail your pronunciation and tones. The only thing that’s a bit disappointing is that if you choose to redo the level, which you can at any time, the questions never change. It would just be nice if it could use the lesson material to build new sentences for each time you try.

There are some other little features outside of the main topics and lessons, but I honestly don’t mess with them much and just keep trucking on forward. You can download the lessons for offline learning, and there is a training function in which you can play games using coins earned from completing lessons. However, you can only play one unless you pay to unlock all of the games. Another feature is word, character, and grammar cards. When practicing those, you can choose specific topics to include or exclude, or you can just do all of them together.

To sum it all up, I really enjoy this app for working on my Mandarin! The progression from basic topics and onward is smooth, you can choose the character set you want to use, and it has good speaking practice and flashcards. It would be nice if the speaking exercises were mixed up a little, and if the games were free, but eh, I guess the developers need to make money somehow! If you’re looking to get into learning Chinese or just need a way to fit some quick and easy practice into your busy day, I would recommend HelloChinese :)

As always, happy studying~

FANFICTION.NET MOBILE APP

So I just now found out, and decided to make a post about it for other people that also don’t know. About a month (apparently longer lmao oops) ago Fiction Press released its official app for Fanfiction.net for both Apple and Android. My first thought was “YES” followed by “it’s probably just as ugly and bad like the website.” well I was WRONG. And I am here to tell you about it under the cut.

Okay so this here is the first thing that pops up once you log in (scream, finally a fan fiction reader I can actually connect to my account.) I was surprised, it looks sleek. “Sure it’s pretty,but what about navigation?” You say. “WELL,” I reply, with the look of someone utterly satisfied with the subject of this conversation. 

So first you can click on the magnifying glass and this search screen will pop up. Search history appears right below it. This is interesting because later I searched a user and it displayed this way (for the sake of this we’ll pretend I searched my profile)

User: bluedragon03

Story: dragonslayers

I thought that was a nice touch, adding what you were searching. I don’t really recommend using this unless you’re searching a specific title, because much like on desktop, when I searched “dragonslayer” anything with the word in the title, descripton, or character list came up. It did, however, work to search for my profile.

This is the mobile app version of the traditional Category pick, click the read icon to get here. The screen you go to is listing every category by number of works archived, but click on a letter to look for something or scroll through the top listing to switch category. Also click the three parallel lines at the top of the screen to get a different version of the category listing. 

Now lets say we searched a person (me)

This scrolls all the way to the bottom of my profile, and to look at my stories and favorites and things like that you click the link at the top! There are also docs features where you can write on the app if you want! The image manager can be accessed and images uploaded, and according to the twitter mobile publication is in beta, so maybe soon we’ll be able to publish from mobile! How convenient would that be?!

These are what the doc and image managers look like! And guess what! You can download fics!!! I mean, could it be any better??!! (It’s worth mentioning that story covers are turned off by default, so they all show the same picture. You can turn the cover feature on if you want, but before you do the app will warn you that this consumes a lot of band-width, or whatever.) I Haven’t checked out that “friends” thing yet, so I can’t really tell you anything about it. 

Navigation for searching communities and forums are the same as searching the story. 

And that concludes my review!! I hope it was helpful! All my dreams have come true!

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Has anyone used the app called Flash Academy? (this is not a sponsored post but they did gift me a premium account for the sake of reviewing the video). I’ve never learnt Spanish but I decided to give it a try - its quite different from other languages I’ve tried (mostly Asian ones). If you’re interested, I reviewed the app on my channel! :D

Language exchange apps: Hellotalk vs. Tandem

**UPDATE TO THIS POST HERE**


Hi there, everyone! This time I decided to write about two language exchange apps that I use. There are so many apps out there with so many different feels that it can be hard to pick one that suits your needs properly. So, I decided that I would take some time to review two apps so you all can have an idea of what they’re like. Of course, my opinions here are all my own based on my own personal experiences using these apps. Maybe you have used one (or both) of these apps and had a totally different experience, and that’s sure to be the case quite often, but I can only write from my own experience.

Anyway! Let’s get into it— HelloTalk vs. Tandem!

HelloTalk

As far as language exchange apps go, Hellotalk seems to be one of the most well known ones. I have used this app on and off for some years, so I would say I’m pretty familiar with it.

Making a Hellotalk account is easy! Just choose a name; mark where you’re from, the language you speak, and the language you want to learn; write a little summary about yourself (or not), upload any photo you want, and there you go! The photo does not have to be a picture of yourself, and anyway, if someone taps on your icon to try to enlarge your photo, they will be met with a message telling them that Hellotalk is not a dating app. Sadly, a lot of people use it that way, and I have gotten more than my fair share of messages from guys who are only looking to hook up. Fortunately, blocking and reporting people is very easy, as is controlling who can and can’t find you in the search. You can filter by gender (same gender only or mixed) and age to keep the people who contact you within the bounds of whatever you feel comfortable with.

A feature of Hellotalk that I think seems sort of cool but that I don’t really use much myself is the “Live” section (is it “Live” in the English version too? My phone is set to Korean, so the app displays in Korean also). “Live” is sort of like a social area where people can post photos and text about whatever they want and other users can comment on it, offer corrections, and so on. As I already said, I don’t really use it, but it seems like it could be a good way to start conversations with people or just interact with others on the app without getting in too deep.

Once you’re in a chat with someone, there are a ton of options and little tools to play around with! You can do normal text chat of course, and if you long-press a chat bubble you get a set of options including translation, text-to-speech readout, copy, correct (to make corrections on your conversation partner’s text, or your own), and a option to show tone-marked pinyin for Chinese characters. You can also send voice notes and do voice calls, send photos, and pretty much do anything you can with any current messaging app. However…

One of my biggest bones with HelloTalk is that there are some useful tools and settings on it that are limited or inaccessible unless you pay extra. If you want to set more than one learning language, you have to pay, so either pay up so you can get native speakers of all of your learning languages to show up in your search at once, or just deal with constantly having to change your search terms or your set learning language. Also, some of the nice features that I mentioned above, like the translation and text-to-speech and all, are limited if you have not paid for the VIP membership. A membership is 3,800원 per month (if you do it just month by month; they also have a yearly plan and a lifetime plan), so I guess you would have to decide if the little extra things are worth it or not for you.

Another thing about HelloTalk is that sometimes it’s a bit buggy. It was a lot worse back when I started using it, but still sometimes I have messages that refuse to send despite a perfectly strong connection, an inbox that takes minutes to load, new message notifications when I have no unread new notifications at all, and a few other weird things. Especially the slow loading of the inbox at times and the messages that refuse to send are real pains to deal with. If I’m having a good, long conversation with someone, we usually end up switching to another application pretty quickly for more convenience.

In general, HelloTalk has worked out for me. I’ve met a few people from the app in person, but it is of course a fairly small number compared to all of the many people I’ve actually had conversations with. As with any language exchange app, you get out of it what you put in, and even then your mileage may vary!

SUMMARY:

PROS:

  • Lots of users= more potential partners
  • Easy to make an account
  • Live function allows you to make posts that others can comment on (and you can comment on the posts others have made)
  • Voice notes, voice calls, translation, and correction features
  • Contact controls—can restrict who can message you by age and gender (same gender only or mixed gender; no opposite-gender-only)

CONS:

  • VERY buggy—shows that I have new notifications but does not load the new messages without entirely restarting the app (or waiting about a thousand years)
  •  Another bug thing—sometimes does not send messages in a timely manner
  •  Can only have one language as your learning language unless you pay for their premium features
  •  Translation functions also limited if you are not on premium
  •  A lot of users clearly looking for a date
  • Ads unless you pay for VIP


Tandem

I haven’t been using Tandem as long as I have Hellotalk, but I’ve got a pretty good feel of it I think.

While making an account on Hellotalk is instant, making an account on Tandem is not. You can choose to connect through your Facebook or some other profile, and they actually review your registration. Once you are approved, you receive a notification saying you can get started. If you don’t want to put your face and/or name out there this might not be the app for you. However, they seem to do this for the sake of weeding out trolls and fake accounts and the like. Tandem makes it very clear from the start that it is not a dating app and users who use it as such, or who break any of the app’s other rules, may be banned and unable to use the service again in the future.

When you make your account, the app asks you so answer a few simple questions about your hobbies, what kind of person you would like to talk with, and your languages goals. You also must select your native language, languages you speak, and languages you’re learning. Unlike with HelloTalk, you can select multiple native, speaking, and learning languages for free! Actually, ads are nowhere to be found on Tandem. One of the menu tabs on the bottom of the screen is for language tutors, which do cost money, but that tab is very easily ignored.

Perhaps because of the bit of advanced screening, I feel like the user base of Tandem is a little bit more mature than that of HelloTalk. Almost everyone that I have talked to so far has been very serious about doing language exchange, which is wonderful! 

On Tandem, you can review users that you have talked to, but only if you have actually talked to them, as in, you have done a voice chat with them. People who have done those calls will have a symbol on their search icon denoting how many reviews they have from people that they have spoken with, and I suppose you could use these to screen your language exchange partners a bit more if you want. Tandem seems to really want people to do these calls, as there is a big button at the top of each chat window to start a call (and it turns green if that person is actually online at the moment), and there is no other way to get reviews from other users outside of doing the call feature.

Something that I feel kind of meh about is what Tandem calls “Topics.” The Topics are little conversation topics you can write that will show up alongside your icon in the search window. You can also make a topic from templates the app provides. A lot of people seem to just go that route because they cant quite be bothered to actually write one, so you end up with your search results having multiple people with different versions of the same awkward request to help someone learn ten new words today or whatever else. Nobody I’ve talked with so far really seems to engage based on those Topics anyway. I just ignore them and talk to people who match the languages I’m looking for.

Tandem has shown one or two of the bugs that I experienced while using HelloTalk, but they occur less frequently. Sometimes I will get messages that don’t send in a timely manner, which is annoying.

In terms of in-chat features, Tandem is very lacking compared to HelloTalk, with only message correction and commenting. I never used the other features much so it’s not a big deal to me, but the other features could certainly be useful to others.

Overall, I like the feel of Tandem more than HelloTalk. It feels a bit more grown up and serious, but it does lack a general social aspect and lacks some features that Hellotalk incorporates.

SUMMARY:

PROS:

  • User verification
  • Strong encouragement of reporting
  • Strictly anti-dating
  • More mature, serious user base (in my experience)
  • User review feature (limited, but useful)

CONS:

  • User verification (you might not want to put your actual face and info out there)
  • A bit buggy—sometimes messages send very slowly
  • No real community aspect
  • Limited in-chat features


Your experiences with these apps might be similar to mine, or they might be very different. Just test out a few apps for a few weeks each and see which one meets your needs the best!

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Pakka Pets!

Platform: iOS App

Pakka Pets is an app based off of tamagotchi pets! You hatch your pet from an egg and help it grow up by feeding it, washing it, petting it, and helping it be healthy. You also get your own room to decorate! Your pet can complete quests in town and talk to other creatures. When your pet is all grown up, you can hatch another! How you feed and care for your pet can change what kind of creature it grows up into!

Smile Rating: Lots of smiles if you like pets and animals!

Scare Rating: No scares! But it could be scary for some babies if your pet gets sick! You can make your pet better right away with medicine!

Notes: It tries to get you to pay for some cooler things, which I don’t like very much. Also, the music is cute and the colors are bright and fun, but could be too bright for some.

Recommend?: I recommend this to babies who like tamagotchi, animals, and food! I don’t recommend this to some babies who have low spoons because it can require you to check on your pet daily, or even more often than that! 

First Impression: Duolingo for Japanese (app)

Duolingo finally released Japanese today (although it only appears to be available on the app so far), and I decided to try it out. For reference, I’m someone who has never used Duolingo before but has studied Japanese for several years. If you’re a Duolingo expert, this might not be helpful for you.

When I first opened the app, it allowed me to take a placement test rather than start from the beginning. Below, I’ve included an example question from the test as well as a screenshot showing my placement after finishing the test. Duolingo let me skip 24 sections (I’m calling each of those circles a section).

After that, I decided to use the “test out” option on 8 more sections, which allows you to answer questions more specifically related to that topic. You get to make 4 mistakes before you fail the test and have to either start over or go through the lessons. It doesn’t take very long to go through each test if you already know the material.

Here are a couple questions from the “test out” tests. The questions either present you with an English sentence and require you to translate to Japanese or vice versa, and sometimes there are word options (as you can see above), but other times you have to type in an empty text box. I was frustrated a couple times when I was marked wrong for giving answers that were very close to what the app wanted, but overall it’s pretty good at taking multiple possible translations for each question. There’s also an option to report an error with the question if you truly believe your translation was correct.

I then decided to try one of the lessons (each section is divided into multiple lessons). I was surprised to see that the lessons are basically the same as the “test out” tests, except you can tap on each word in the given sentence to see possible translations for that one word. (You can’t tap on the words during a test.) Tapping on words definitely helps you narrow down the options when you’re picking out the translation. 

I also noticed that sometimes in the lessons, one of the words is highlighted. When you click on each character in this word, the app actually suggests a list of words that have that character in them. Below, you can see what popped up when I selected う、す、and い from うすい. 

At this point, I was starting to wonder how Duolingo actually teaches you new things, so I tried purposefully getting something wrong in the lesson mode to see what would happen. It simply said I was wrong and told me the correct translation of the sentence.

Overall, Duolingo’s Japanese course is very sophisticated. I really like being able to hear each sentence spoken in Japanese, and I appreciate the fact that multiple translations are often supported for each question. The main downside I see is that it might be hard to learn Japanese from scratch this way. It seems like you would have to learn purely through trial and error. Because of this, I think Duolingo would be best for someone who needs practice on top of a more structured learning plan from a class or textbook.

Also, I’ve almost exhausted all of the sections available in the Japanese course already, so I’m not sure if more sections are going to be added or if Duolingo just doesn’t cater to advanced learning. I will definitely keep checking back to see how the course gets updated, and I’ll try out the web version as soon as possible!

(I decided to go ahead and try to do app reviews for age regressors. Sorry if it’s not great because this is my first try.)

Up first is Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector!

Neko Atsume is a cute game where you get to take care of cats. It’s really easy to get the hang of. Just put out food and toys and exit the app. Come back in 10 minutes and cats will be there! You can take lots of pictures and use gold fish to buy special food, goodies, and wallpapers. It’s really great if you’re trying to be subtle.

Overall rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Reviewing Bad Apps 4 

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I can use My Figure Collection for my Japanese-made stuff but I wanted something to keep track of my other dolls too. Plus, I thought it would be cool if I could know how many I had with a certain hair color, certain brand, etc.

App store had to have something, I figured. I downloaded an app called Memento Database and it seems to be exactly what I wanted.

When you add fields to your database, you can choose from a list of 29 field types. I am just using plain text, single choice, multiple choice and checkboxes but there is stuff like barcodes too.

Filters can be set up, so you could see only dolls made by American companies or see how many of a particular color combo you have.

The databases can be backed up locally or synced to the Memento Cloud.

If you wanted to copy it as a text file, each entry looks something like this:

Name: Dandelion
Line: Fairytopa
Brand: Mattel
Hair Color: Orange
Reroot: No
Gender: Female
Eye Color: Purple
Body Type: Fashionista
Skin: Pale
Rebody: Yes
BJD: No
Anthro: No
Customizing In Progress: No


So, yeah! I think this will work fine for me and maybe other collectors might go for it as well?

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APP REVIEW NO. 1: Spending Tracker

Disclaimer: I’m using iPhone 6S, not quite sure if this app (and the following app reviews) is available on Android phones. Better check ‘em out!

Okay, so yung una kong napansin dito is yung interface niya. Gives me the feeling na pang third gen iPhone siya, which is not my ideal interface for an app that I tend to use a lot. On the other hand, I am really enjoying this app lalo na kapag may mga gala ako and I’m on a limited budget (although madalas mag-exceed, but still). 

Spending Tracker is an app for people who really want to keep track of their expenses. That’s the only purpose of it. But what I liked a lot about this one is its simplicity. Gusto mong matrack yung gastos mo, ibibigay niya sayo ng walang halong kaartehan.

So based sa photo, Weekly yung pinili kong time frame, though mas gusto ko sana Daily kaso wala, instead merong monthly. Di po ako ganyan kagastos usually, nagkataon lang na may gala kaya napagastos.

Also, kapag nirotate mo yung phone mo, it shows you a pie chart tapos nakapercent din yung pinakalaki mong napaggastusan, which is very essential if you’re more on to visuals.

I used a similar app before, I think it’s called Money Tracker. The interface is way better and I loved the icons and the color, but I grew out of it. Too complicated, I guess.

Overall, I would rate this app 7/10 based on its usability/performance, interface, engagement as a user, and the uniqueness of the app.

app review: zen koi!

this app is very visually and audibly stimulating, and if you use headphones it’s heavenly!!

the goal of this game is to breed your fish into rare forms and level up/expand your pond to ascend your koi into dragons

you play as a koi fish and as you breed you can make different colors!

the gentle music and popping sounds of eating different bacteria and small creatures in the water can be perfect for stimming, and there’s an added benefit with the fish swimming because it’s very calming!

this app is available for iOS for free that I know of!

tl;dr zen koi is a very calming and stimulating app that’s good for audible and visual stims!

The review of sugar daddy sites/apps for sugar baby

Since many girls asked me which site is the best for sugaring, I’m going to wirte a review on that. Some major sugar daddy sites/apps I’ve used before will be chosen. Tell me which site’s review you wanna know and I’ll add it to the list. You can also submit your idea to me. This review will be as objective as I can but will also based on my personal feelings. 

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If you wanna see a game with an angry singing moon, this is it

Tandem ( and why it's so amazing)

A few days ago, I learned about the app tandem from @gayforlangs. It was described as an app to talk with natives, and, since it was free, I decided I needed to check it out.

And I’m so glad I did!

Basically, this app is a godsend. You make an account, add your age, a photo, your native language (along with any other languages you fluently speak) and the languages you want to practice, and a bunch of profiles come up that you can start talking with. On your own profile, you can add things that you like to do.

If you’re under 18, you can’t talk to people who are over 18, which I think is a great feature. You can also tap a button so that only profiles of people who are the same gender come up.

I’ve been talking with 5 or 6 people, all of whom speak french as their native language( which is the language I’m trying to learn) and want to learn English( my natove language). Everyone is super nice and friendly and correct me kindly when I make a french mistake. If someone makes a mistake, you can tap on the message and correct it. That then sends out so that they can see how they’ve messed up and how to fix it.

Since the people I’m talking to are also learning a languages, I’ve developed a system( if you can call it that) for making sure that we both get to practice: I’ll write my messages in french while they write theirs in English. It’s working great so far. You could also try the method of talking in one language for a few hours and then another language for a few hours and just switching back and forth, but I like my method a bit more.

TL;DR
Download tandem and start talking to amazing natives who want to help you.

First Impression: Clozemaster

I just heard about Clozemaster and I thought I’d give it a try. Clozemaster is “gamified language learning” based on filling in the blanks in sentences in your target language. I tried a little bit of N4 and N3, but I didn’t play for long so this is truly a first impression.

Here’s what the site looks like while you’re using it. The default is black text on a white background, but I like how you can switch to white text on a black background!

First of all, I really appreciate that this site has recordings of actual Japanese people saying every sentence. The recordings play automatically after you finish each question, but you can quickly skip ahead if you don’t feel like listening. 

I also like how the whole system is repetition-based, so sentences will keep coming up until you get them right.

My first criticism would be that the words are written in kanji, so you need to be able to read kanji in order to select the right answer. (Just knowing how to say the word won’t help you.) But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Just depends what you’re trying to achieve. 

Since this is a game, you get points each time you get a question right. Getting a question right in the multiple choice mode (pictured above) gets you 4 points, but getting a question right in text input mode (pictured below) gets you 8 points.

If you get stuck, you can click the question mark on the right to make choices appear.

The next issue I encountered was related to the words being written in kanji - you can’t just type the answer in hiragana if there’s a kanji for that word. As you can see below, I got the answer incorrect because I typed は instead of 葉.

There’s an option to take away the English translation, and at first I thought this made the game way too hard, but I realized it’s actually pretty cool. The whole idea behind a “cloze test” for languages is that you’re able to really process the sentence as a whole and think about which word would make the most sense, rather than just translating the one English word that’s missing from the sentence.

Finally, here’s a look at the dashboard that keeps track of your progress:

Overall, I think Clozemaster is great. It’s not a stand-alone tool for studying Japanese (or any other language), but I already feel like I strengthened my Japanese from the 30 minutes or so I spent playing around with it.

School Advice Masterpost

15 / 11 / 2015 - UPDATED

I figured it would be useful to write a masterpost where I link detailed advice on a lot of school and college topics so you have a nice and condensed list for the future! Just click the topic you need some help on and you’ll be hyperlinked right through it ;)

 How to Plan for Multiple Tests Using a Calendar

♥ Note Taking App Review - Whink

♥ Study With Me Session!

♥ How to Take Notes from Textbooks

The Best, Fastest Note Taking Method - Updated

Stationery Tour and Favorites

♥ Time Management Tips // How to Plan for School/College!

♥ How to Kickstart School/Freshman Year

♥ Textbook Studying Tips, Tricks & Advice

♥ How to Study With Mindmaps and Charts

♥ My Note Taking Method + Color Coordination

♥ My Top 40 Study Tricks and Tips

♥ Binder Organization and Setup

♥ Backpack Essentials + How to Choose a bag for School

♥ 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Studying

Hey guys! I’m doing my first ever review here and I was thinking of making this a more regular thing so if you have any other things you would like me to review let me know! :) 

Hello Talk Review by revisionprincess

What is it?

HelloTalk is a *free* language learning app for IOS and Android that allows you to connect with native speakers and other language learners in order to improve linguistic exchange. The app has over 100 languages for you to choose from as well as other language learning tools such as voice-to-text, text-to-voice, transliteration, translation and even free calls. What this app sets out to do is join native speakers and language learners in conversations to allow you to gain confidence is speaking your target language.

First Impressions:

Having heard nothing about this app previously I was worried about security and the people I would be chatting with as with previous chatting sites/apps you can get rather annoying people who are not there to chat. Signing up was very quick and easy, you are able to select your native language, what language you are learning and what level you are at. After the sign up, there are various settings to ensure safety such as which genders can contact you (if you feel more comfortable with a certain gender), which ages can contact you and also what information is displayed.

What do I like about this app?

  • Extensive security settings
  • Age settings
  • No need to state your location
  • Specific gender options
  • Lots of language learning tools that I have not yet seen in other apps. 
  • The lovely native speakers that actually are there to help. 
  • Profile photos cannot be enlarged
  • Helps with texting so you don’t text like an abuela ;) 

What could be improved/what I don’t like/other:

  • Online translators as a whole don’t tend to be good, HelloTalk’s built in translator is no exception. (However I will say it does help for short words!)
  • Native speakers can be too shy to correct other learners so this app is more beneficial to those with intermediate to advanced skills in order to hold a conversation. 
  • With the free version it is not possible to set more than one language as native or target language. 
  • It is not at all similar to anything like Duolingo so as it is simply a chatting website it will mostly help with overcoming fear of talking with a native speaker and improving speaking and writing however does not substitute regular learning style.  
  • HelloTalk is free however there an in-app purchases that range from weekly to yearly payments.

As a whole…

Not a huge fan of chatting websites but so far have not chatted with anyone that wasn’t willing to help me learn French! I am not sure I will be using this in the future simply because again not a huge fan of chatting websites that I am not used to for security reasons etc.. Security for the app is by far my favourite bit though because it makes me feel so much safer talking to others! However, I will say that I really do enjoy this app and have problems speaking to native speakers so doing it via the internet is much less anxiety-inducing. I am enjoying it so far and hopefully will help me with my French for a bit :) 

Let me know if any of you try/have tried this app and what you think of it!

Disclaimer: HelloTalk prompted this review yet all opinions remain my own. I only review apps that I have tried myself :)