Verbling Pairs You with Native Speakers So You Can Practice Speaking New Languages

Verbling Pairs You with Native Speakers So You Can Practice Speaking New LanguagesThe best way to learn a new language fast is to start applying it right away, but a big barrier for new learners is not having anyone to practice with. Verbling solves that problem by connecting you in timed video chats with other language learners.

The service is as easy to use as selecting your languages, connecting your microphone, and allowing the webapp to access your webcam. Right now Spanish and English speakers can video chat, but French, Arabic, Chinese, and German are listed among the ten total languages rolling out (you may be able to text chat in these languages too).

Flashcards and topics for discussion (e.g., "What is the nightlife like in your country") are provided beneath the video screen to help guide your conversation. Each session lasts five minutes.

I was matched up quickly with Paco in Spain, but then the video cut off, and then Jose connected. The quality of the videos can really vary depending on the user and, obviously, there may be difficulties understanding the other person depending on how far along you both are in your language learning, your personalities, and so on. Still, it's pretty neat to instantly connect with a stranger across the world and try to boost each other's linguistic skills.

Verbling | via Mashable

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