In this Speaky Language Exchange Review, I am going to explain how this wonderful app/website can help you to learn your target language.
I am not affiliated with Speaky in any way so I’ll give you a completely unbiased opinion of this app. Let’s get going!
Speaky Language Exchange – The Best Language Learning Community?
Before we into the text, I would like to give you an opportunity to watch this video where I show how fast and easily you can start using Speaky. It takes literally just 2 minutes and I’m already able to chat and connect with other people in the community. I believe you will enjoy the video and find it helpful! 🙂
Speaky App Review
Name: Speaky App
Price: Free Option Available. Premium 49,99€/year.
What Is Speaky Language Exchange?
Speaky is a language exchange community like Italki, Hellotalk or Verbling where you can connect with other language learners easily. It’s extremely easy-to-use and you’ll be can start practicing your target language right away.
Let me show you how it works and how it makes language learning easy and enjoyable for you.
How Does Speaky Work?
You can use Speaky on a computer on their website or by downloading the Speaky app to your smartphone. You can sign up in 5 seconds by using your Facebook or Google+ profile. Then you just choose what is your native language and what language you want to learn and you are ready to get started.
My native language is Finnish and I wanted to learn German so my profile on Speaky looks like this:
Then the app shows me all people who are German native speakers and want to learn Finnish. I’m always surprised how many people want to learn Finnish even though it’s just a small language. If your native language is English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese or some other language, there will always be tons of people who would like to learn it.
It also shows all non-native speakers who already speak or want to learn your target languages so you can practice with them as well. Take a look at the picture below:
The idea with language exchanges is that you teach your language partner your native language while he teaches your target language. Then it’s fun and beneficial for both of you. Based on my experience you’ll sometimes develop good friendships with other people as well. So, it’s like two birds with one stone.
What Are the Main Benefits Of Speaky Language Exchange App?
We have already talked about benefits of language exchanges on other articles here on LanguagesAreEasy.com but let me share a few reasons why I like Speaky:
Their app and website are very intuitive and easy-to-use for anyone. Even my grandmother could use them easily! 😉 You can have a look at their desktop view in the picture below. You see that it’s easy to navigate and everything is clear. On the left-hand side, you see, “Community” and “Messages”.
- Big Community – Easy to Find Language Exchange Partners
Speaky app has been tens of thousands of times (if not already hundreds of thousands of times when you are reading this) and the community is huge. It means that you can most likely always find a language exchange partner who wants to practice new languages with you or teach your target language.
- Beautiful Design and Platform
In my opinion, the Speaky platform looks great and modern. It’s nice to use it and everything is nicely laid out.
- Speaky Shows Immediately Who Are Online => Easy to Connect with People
A huge benefit of this app is that it shows you first the persons that are online at the moment. It makes it easier for you to start connecting with right away. You don’t need to send 10 messages to potential people who could be online in the future because you have an opportunity to connect with some people who are already online.
- You Can Make New Friends
This is, of course, the benefit of all language learning communities and platforms. I still wanted to mention this because I think it’s so cool and important benefit. I’ve got some very close friends through similar platforms like Speaky.
On the other hand, if your goal is just to learn languages without developing any friendships, that’s also fine. I saw that a text on one profile, “I am here just to learn languages.” This person made the goal clear in the profile. I personally see that friendships become as a bonus when you are doing something interesting like practicing languages together.
- You Can Choose Who Can Talk to You
In Speaky there is an interesting feature that allows you to choose freely who can talk to you and who can’t talk with you. If someone sends you message and you don’t want to talk with him/her, that’s completely fine. Once both of you have “approved”, you can connect. That’s a good feature because then you don’t need to care about people who would disturb you.
Speaky Points Feature – Motivates You to Be Active!
Speaky has an interesting feature on their app that motivates you to be more active within the community. I found it pretty cool and useful. I’m sure many other people like it as well. At the same time, it’s good for app creators because it encourages people to be more active within the community and use it even more. So, how does it work?
You will receive points always when you do certain actions within the community. You get points for example for:
- Completing your profile
- Starting conversations
- Inviting your friends
- Sending messages
After you have received enough points, you’ll receive badges as a reward. As far as I know, badges don’t have any specific application but they are just nice things to show that you have been active in the Speaky community.
Is Speaky Free?
Speaky is completely free to use. You just need to sign up and you are ready to do get started.
That being said, they also have a premium option available for those that want to upgrade their membership. Let me show you the details in the picture below:
Premium costs only 49,99€/year which makes around 4€/month so it’s very affordable. However, Speaky Premium isn’t even absolutely necessary. I used the app for completely free and it worked great.
Pros & Cons of Speaky:
- Large community => Easy to find language partners
- Beautiful and modern platform
- Mobile app available
- Hard to find any cons. What do you think? All premium features aren’t free like on Italki.
Conclusion – Is Speaky Worth Trying?
Certainly, yes! When I tried Speaky for the first time, it only took like 2 minutes from downloading to connecting with the first persons inside the app. That is a clear benefit compared to some other language learning communities. On some of them, you just see a list of individuals inside the community but don’t know who is online or offline.
Then you would need to send many messages to find out who is still active and who isn’t. After finding out, you try to figure out the right time to practice for both of you and so on… On Speaky you don’t need to go through such long process because you can immediately connect with other language learners inside the app or website.
Speaking and using the language in practice is certainly one of the fastest ways to learn. If you are interested also in other ways to improve your pronunciation and speaking skills, take a look at this article where I give you 7 tips to take your speaking skills to the next level.
Have you used Speaky or other similar language exchange apps/websites?
Did it help you to learn languages more easily?