☀☀☀☀☀ Rather than teaching you a new language with a formal curriculum, HelloTalk helps you learn just by communicating. Search for a native speaker in one of more than 100 languages. Converse with your best matches. Engage in free audio and video calls with your learning partners. Though it competes with a similar app called HiNative, HelloTalk is better, with a larger community (estimated at 3 million). Journalists could use this app to broaden their cultural understanding as they learn new languages. Available for both iPhone and Android. Nisa Ayral

☀☀☀☀☀ HelloTalk is part social media and part translator. It helps people learn languages through conversations with native speakers. You can connect through chat, free voice calls or a public posting board. Translate, correct grammar and transcribe audio to text (or vice versa) within a text conversation or post. Not feeling chatty? You can translate text without having to talk to someone. For journalists, this app can provide a great connection to sources in foreign countries. The app is available on both iTunes and Google Play. — Leah Soto

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