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Thinking about using HelloTalk? Hopefully, this HelloTalk review will help you decide if it’s time to hit to download button.

HelloTalk App
HelloTalk App

HelloTalk is basically the tinder of language learning.

Let me preface that statement by saying that it is strictly prohibited to use the app for dating purposes.

They’ve taken the location search and messaging components and left out the casual hook-up element.

However, as you’re about to find out, the app offers so much more!

The app’s main purpose is to put two or more language learners in a chat together.

For instance, my native language is English and I want to learn Spanish and Chinese.

I’m now able to meet people all over the globe and in my neighbourhood who are either native Spanish and Mandarin speakers or just advanced in those languages and mutually help one and other learn.

Skip ahead to this HelloTalk review.

Getting Started

HelloTalk App Tabs

HelloTalk Premium

HelloTalk PC

Supported Languages

Unacceptable Behaviours

HelloTalk Review: Getting Started

hellotalk sign up

First thing you’ll be presented with when opening the HelloTalk app is the signup page.

You can use email, Facebook or WeChat.

Personally, I like to use my email and make new passwords for all the apps I sign up to for security purposes.

Then there are only 2 pages to fill in:

  1. Details: email, password, name, birthday and gender
  2. I’m from: X, my native language is Y, I’m learning Z

You’re ready to start using HelloTalk!

HelloTalk Review: Tabs

Once your login in and ready to go you’ll find five tabs at the bottom of the screen.

HelloTalk Review Tabs:

HelloTalk Tabs

💭HelloTalk: is the messenger section of the app. You’ll find all your past conversations in this group with the connections you’ve made.

You can make groups chats within the messenger as well as add new contacts by scanning users QR code. Typically you’ll make connections in the ‘Search’ tab.

🌐Moments: HelloTalk moments are similar to Wechat moments or a Facebook news feed. Users can post images, text, recording even doodles drawn in the app!

🔍Search: The search tab will initially show users who are registered in the language you wish to learn and wanting to learn your language. If you hit the magnifying glass in the top right you’ll then be able to filter your search of users by age, region, city.

Search

The free version only allows you to search speakers of one target language. So if you wish to speak more than one language on HelloTalk you’ll need a premium

📖Learn: While HelloTalk’s primary goal is to get you talking with someone who speaks the language you want to learn and vice versa. They have also packed the app full of free lessons!

Go into the ‘Learn’ tab on the bottom right and click ‘HelloWords‘. You can also access all this information in the HelloWords app.

You can sign into HelloWords using HelloTalk or make a separate account if you like.

Once you’re in, you can choose from numerous categories and levels and start learning the Chinese characters to particular vocabularies like fruit, verbs, body parts and more!

From there you can take short quizzes to check your understanding.

But wait, there’s more to this Hellotalk review!

Go back to the learn tab but this time go into ‘Listening lessons

Once again you’ll be able to search by difficulty and category. Some easier categories being colours and shopping all the way up to more difficult topics like therapy and business Chinese.

Once you enter you can listen to a 10 – 15 minute podcast with a native Chinese speaker talking about the topic.

Then below there is a standard conversation in relation to the topic. You can listen and read the individual sentences in the conversation over and over until you grasp what is going on.

For example in the ‘can I smoke here‘ lesson

There is a conversation with recordings:

Learn

A: Can I smoke here? 这里可以抽烟吗?

B: No, you can’t! 不可以

A: Where can I smoke? 哪里可以抽烟?

B: Outsite. 外面

To read the pinyin click the ‘Explanation’ tab next to the ‘Play’ button.

👤Me: The ‘Me’ tab is your personal profile.

From here you can set your display picture and introduce yourself and see how many followers you have.

You can see all kinds of stats on yourself such as how many times you’ve used the translation feature, how much of the learning resources you’ve gone through and review saved items.

If you’re having an interesting conversation with someone you’re able to ‘favourite’ these messages and review them later in the ‘me’ tab. Similarly, there is a ‘notepad’ for your own thoughts and learning

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HelloTalk Review: Premium

HelloTalk like all apps has a paid version.

  • Monthly subscription for US$2.99 (¥21)
  • Yearly subscription for US$21.99 (¥155)

What do you get with Hellotalk premium?

Unlimited Translations

Translations

The unlimited translations are in relation to your chats with people.

If you’re unable to read the text, one click and it will be translated.

Similarly, you can have your text translated before sending if you want to keep up with the conversation.

Ideally, you’ll be typing in the language you have learnt and understanding everything received.

Losing the ability to translate might be a good thing! However, if you’re becoming reliant to taking a screenshot and translating in Pleco it might be worth considering premium.

Learn Multiple Languages

This is the number one reason for paying for premium.

You’re only able to message people speaking your desired language and access learning materials in that same language.

The free version is very restricted if you’re learning multiple languages.

Search Nearby Users & Moments

With premium, you’ll be able to see moments of people you’re not yet connected within your neighbourhood.

This would give you the chance to learn a little more about a person before connecting.

Turn Off Ads

Pretty standard feature for premium apps.

Exclusive Stickers & Cards

These are no ordinary WeChat emojis! The subscription worth it for the stickers alone!

HelloTalk Dating

As we’ll get into shortly. Using the platform to flirt or send inappropriate messages is not allowed.

However, they can’t stop you if two people hit it off and want to meet in person. With premium you’ll also be able to:

  1. Boost you search engine exposure
  2. Get more language partners
  3. Search by gender
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HelloTalk Review: PC Version

Much like WeChat, HelloTalk gives you the opportunity to login using your PC! This is a great thing for people not wanting to use their phones or prefer to use a Chinese keyboard.

You don’t have to download a program. Just visit their HelloTalk web application and wait a moment for your messages to be sync.

From here you can type out messages, record and even upload files!

HelloTalk Review: Supported Languages

HelloTalk hosts an impressive 74 languages in the app! You can download HelloTalk and start listening and reading 74 languages in their resources section.

However, that’s just the resources. The real power comes from the users!

They claim to have users in over 100 languages. So if your desired language isn’t in that list of 74 you still might be about to connect and talk with someone in that language you’re learning.

Like most apps the more users the better. Not just for the company but for people to connect and find great language learning partners.

Languages

HelloTalk is upfront about the fact the majority of their users are speaking and learning:

  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • Russian
  • Italian

HelloTalk Unacceptable Behaviours

There are a lot of creeps on the internet. Biggest understatement of 2020.

As we highlighted at the beginning of this article. HelloTalk does have a Tinder vibe to it. In that, you’re searching for people in your proximity. It can even be broken down into meters.

HelloTalk premium even allows you to filter search by gender.

Having said that, these behaviours will lead to your account being deleted:

  • Attempt/commit fraud
  • Provide fake information
  • Sexual content
  • Using the app for dating purposes
  • Abusive language

For the most part, the app is pretty good at detecting this in text. After all just type some Chinese swear words and see what happens. However, you are able to report suspicious and inappropriate behaviour.

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HelloTalk FAQ’s

💲 Is HelloTalk Free?

YES! You can download and start using HelloTalk for free. There are several paid features like advanced search, stickers and unlimited translations.

♥️ Is HelloTalk a dating site?

No, HelloTalk is not a dating site. Nor is it encouraged to use it as a dating site. You’ll be kicked off if you try. Having said that people have met and started dating through HelloTalk.

📱 What are some other Apps like HelloTalk?

Similar apps to HelloTalk are Busuu and HiNative where you can connect and start talking to people in other languages. You are also able to talk to people in other countries with Tinder premium.

🖥️ How do I login to HelloTalk on Mac and PC?

Enter into the official HelloTalk Web page. A QR code will appear. Then using the app scan this QR Code. You’ll be logged in and all your conversations will load.

You’ll also be asked if you want to receive notifications on your computer when you get new messages.

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