When comparing Lingvist vs HelloTalk, the Slant community recommends Lingvist for most people. In the question“What are the best sites for learning foreign languages?” Lingvist is ranked 7th while HelloTalk is ranked 9th.
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Pro Helps users learn thousands of words in a short amount of time
Pro Beautiful user interface
Pro Personalized study process
With the help of AI, it accelerates the learning process by skipping lessons you do not need.
Pro The website has a helpful blog.
Pro Helps you to write fluently
Lingvist helps to greatly improve your target language vocabulary.
Pro Very large, active community
The community is very large, meaning you'll never have a problem finding someone to chat with.
The app is free to use. There are some in-app purchases, but the app is very helpful without them.
Pro Grammar correction
It allows users and native speakers to correct each other's grammar mistakes.
Pro Allows you to share "memories" with the whole community
"Memories" act similar to a Twitter feed. You can post pictures, ask questions, or let the community know what kind of chat partner you are looking for (for example: maybe you want to discuss a specific topic with someone).
You can "love", and comment on memories.
Pro The interface is very intuitive/easy to use
Despite being feature-rich, the app is very easy to use. It provides a tutorial which you can revisit at any time if you can't remember what certain icons are.
It has a very clean, uncluttered design.
Pro Text, Voice, and Video
Chat with language partners via text, voice recordings, voice calls, video calls, and even doodles.
Con Frequently gives you a word with different translations, of which it only accepts one.
No real way to discern what you are asked to enter.
Con Sometimes teaches vocabulary out of context
Con Few language pairs available
Currently only offers English and French. The website says there are 6 other languages in the works.
Con Not enough variety in exercises
Words are learned only through fill-in-the-blank style problems. The user is not challenged enough to be able to remember and use the learned words in circumstances different from the fill-in-the-blank sentences.
Con chinese company with lacking privacy rules
Con The number of messages can get overwhelming
Because it is such an active community, you may find yourself getting 20+ messages an hour when you are online. It can quickly get overwhelming. However, there is a setting that allows you to hide your profile from search.
Con Keyboard can't be used in landscape
The app doesn't let you rotate to landscape, instead you're stuck with portrait. Using the condensed keyboard when writing long messages can be a pain for some.
Con Free version has restricted search
On the free version, it won't let you change the language of the people you can search, though you can still access the profiles of other language speakers. For example, if they comment on a memory you made a comment on, you can access their profile through that. Even if you can still send them friend requests and chat with them, being able to just search for them would've been so much easier.