Language exchange websites are places online where people who want to learn a new language can go to meet native speakers of their target languages. For example, imagine that you are a French speaker who wants to practise your English. You can use one of the sites below to find an English native speaker who wants to learn French, et voilà — you can help each other learn. Typically, the exchanges take place via Skype, but there are other options. For example, some sites allow you to find a partner living in your area for face-to-face conversations.
Language exchanges are perfect for learners who want to use the language outside the classroom or those who are learning on their own and have limited opportunities to practise their oral skills. Some of my own students have had very positive experiences with language exchanges, and have even ended up visiting each other's homes.
Each of the following sites offers different possibilities, but they all have free services. So why not check out a few and see which one suits your needs best?
- Babelvillage — look for and find a language Exchange or Practice partner to train your target language.
- Conversation Exchange — Practice your second language by meeting up with native speakers living in your area. You can also find penpals or partners for text, voice and video chat.
- Easy Language Exchange — Free platform where language learners from all over the world can come together and learn their targeted foreign language.
- HelloTalk — The language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world.
- How Do You Do? — Helps you learn and practice foreign languages by text and video chatting with native speakers and learners from all over the world.
- InterPals — Free site for online correspondence, cultural exchange, and learning foreign languages.
- Language for Exchange — On this site you can arrange an exchange where you actually go and stay in your partner's home.
- LingoGlobe — Learn and practice foreign languages for free. 40,000+ registered members.
- MyLanguageExchange.com — The first site to host online language exchange practice. Over 3 million members from over 133 countries, practicing 115 languages!
- Polyglot Club — Find members ready to help you learn your favorite language and in return, teach them your mother tongue.
- Speaky — Instantly practice languages with people around the world. Also available as an app.
- Tandem — An app that helps you find native speakers of almost any language who want to learn your language in exchange. Check out the Tandem blog for tips on language exchanges.
- Vivalanga — An app that allows you to locate and connect with native speakers nearby. All you need is send an invitation and start learning from each other.
- WeSpeke — Learn and practice with native speakers from around the world using text, audio, or video.
Remember, this is a give-and-take situation. Make sure you divide the time equally between your respective target languages. See here for more advice on how to have a successful language exchange.