You can connect with others in your local area to exchange language skills, have conversations, and practice that next language you’re learning using LingoMatch. The free social network lets you create and search through ads for local meet-ups with native speakers. In exchange that person can practice with you adding another dimension to the process of learning a new language. It’s another free online tool to learn new languages and I recently gave it a test spin.
How It Works
Signing up for LingoMatch only requires an email address and password – it’s your fairly standard double-opt in that doesn’t require a lot of information.
- If you don’t want any marketing emails make sure to un-check the box during sign-up or send them an email through their contact form.
Once you’re signed up you can browse through various ads to exchange language skills. LingoMatch seems to have most of its users in the UK, Europe, US and South Africa but you can search for others. I should clarify that although they’re called “ads” there isn’t any selling or buying going on. The exchanges are for the mutual benefit of both parties – sort of a CouchSurfing for languages.
Language Exchange Ads
The ads last 180 days and include profile pictures, but tend to be very short with just general location information along with what languages the person knows and what languages they want to learn. The ads don’t say much and it’s up to you to message the person and arrange the meeting. There also isn’t any standard for the meet up, it’s really designed as a way to set up conversations really. More detailed ads (or requiring users create them) would make the site easier to navigate and encourage more meetings I suspect.
Social Network For Language Learning
Since most of you take the time to learn a few words of the local language before a trip LingoMatch could add a helpful hand before, during, or after. In a few days I’ll take a look at some other ways to get social while learning languages but if you’re on limited time, these are 4 word combinations you shouldn’t neglect to look up.
Hi this is Andrew founder of LingoMatch. Thanks for the post.
I will look into the check box for marketing materials. I’d prefer it defaulted to “off”. We are not sending anything at the moment and its likely to change for something like. “Tell us if you would like an alert when a potential lingomatch posts an Ad”. i.e. a lot more focused on your particular requirement.
Thanks Andrew, I appreciate you following up and letting me know about LingoMatch originally with your comment a few months ago.
This is really interesting – anything that encourages folks to learn and work with other languages is a good thing.
Thanks for the transparent write-up; will check it out.
I like it when virtual networking crosses over with the ‘real world’ 🙂
What a fascinating sounding site.
For some reason, this whole post reminded me of chatroulette
Didn’t know what that was until now, just checked it out 🙂
What a cool find! Can’t wait to try it.
A pretty straightforward sign up, I hate sites that ask for a ton of information upfront.
This really sounds interesting and I will check it out. Maybe something to be in good use at the Oslo Blog Gathering where people from all around the world will meet in Norway in August?
Perhaps you could set up a joint Norwegian lesson?
Ohhhh this loks like a wee gem, I was looking for something for a possible Dari lesson and all I came up with was another site that read like a match making site. Thanks for the find, am off to investigate.
It’s hard to figure out just what to Google sometimes – a lot of junk to sift through 😛