When comparing HiNative vs Tandem Language Exchange, the Slant community recommends Tandem Language Exchange for most people. In the question“What are the best language exchange apps for Android?” Tandem Language Exchange is ranked 1st while HiNative is ranked 4th.
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Pro Get advice on pronunciation
You can ask your question as an audio upload to get tips/advice on pronunciation.
Pro Get answers not just on language, but also about different destinations
The Q&A format is quite open, allowing you to get answers from people all over the world. Along with receiving answers/advice on language questions, you are also welcome to ask questions about destinations you may be traveling to. You'll get plenty of helpful answers from locals of that area.
Pro Easy to use
Pro Meet and chat to cultures all over the world - A proper global society
So much better than facebook instagram, able to share experiences, knowledge. Imagine how the worlds troubles could be resolved if you all understood one another more effectively, able to engage and understand culturally the differences that make us all different. This goes a lot further, as you are actively seeking to converse with people you other wise wouldn’t meet or have anything in common. In this case the thing we have in common is the will to engage and understand our weaknesses in this case the language barriers.
Con No private messaging to practice conversation
HiNative has a Q&A format, rather than connecting you with native speakers for conversations.
Con Some "unfair" benefits for "pro" members
Con Infinite waiting period
Con iPad version doesnt resize to landscape version only works in portrait mode
iPad Pro doesnt resize to landscape version because the app is made for mobile phones (which is great if you are on the move, but useless if you are studying).
Con Limited access to built in translation tool can be counter productive for beginners
Limited access to built in translation tool, even though it is a google API that powers it, which as we all know is called google translate. I had to finish a conversation part way due to the limitation of the free version and using (said had translated to many times - WTF) the translation tool. Seems a little counter productive, especially if you are new to a language and sometimes both parties need the support to get off the ground.