Back in June, Martin posted an excellent article on learning languages that covered most of the bases for getting started on the path to fluency. I’d definitely recommend reading through it if you’re interested in learning a new language, or want to improve one you’re currently learning. Once you’ve gotten those down, it’s time to actually start conversing with people. While there are plenty of apps and websites out there that are specifically dedicated to helping you do this, I’d like to offer up Omegle as a valid option for learning languages as well.
Yep, you read that right… today I’m suggesting that Omegle is worth your time for learning languages. Never heard of Omegle? It’s a web app with a really simple premise – you talk to strangers. Whether by text or video, the site connects you with a random person and lets you have a conversation.
I’ll be honest; Omegle is filled with lots of shy people who won’t actually talk to you or trolls who only type stupid crap. However, there are still many people on the site who are interested in having real conversations. The best part is that these people are all over the world and thus speak many languages. Since you’re anonymous when you use the site, you don’t have to worry about getting embarrassed for making mistakes or using too much of one person’s time; you can simply ask the person to help you with a language, and start talking if they’re willing.
To get started, I’d suggest copying the following string of text to your clipboard:
“Hi – I speak English and I’d like to learn. Do you speak it, and if so, would you like to talk with me using it?”
All the trolls and shy people you get connected with will likely disconnect, but luckily Omegle lets you connect with people in rapid succession. It’s only a matter of time before you find someone willing to talk to you. Of course, you can always do it the other way around and help someone else learn your own language.
If learning languages by chatting up random strangers isn’t your style, you can also try the Fluent In 3 Months forums to find a conversation partner.