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March 10, 2013

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Even if you live in a remote area, you can use sites such as to find a Skype partner overseas and start speaking, say, Finnish or Xhosa. The web is a fabulous thing.

Through this language-exchange community, you can (1) set up in-person meetings, (2) enjoy written correspondence, and/or (3) do text/voice chat through your favorite chat software.

I used in 2011 to find a Japanese language partner. I found two, in fact, both very nice. I tried for Italian, but I found someone through Craigslist faster, before people from here started responding to me.

I heard from someone else that was a pick-up place. I didn’t experience that, but if you are looking for social as well as linguistic interactions, why not? Better way to meet people than the local bar, I say!

The language options are unlimited, based on the interests of the participants at any given moment, but if you are in a small town in the middle of the United States, your odds of finding someone also in your small town to speak Hungarian with you may be lower than they are in, say, New York City.

Fortunately, for geographical isolates there is always Skype. I personally do not have an interest in using Skype—nothing like in-person conversation, I say—but I will concede that I am of a particular generation, my preferences are clearly not universal, and besides, I happen to live in New York.

Things to consider in bartering your language assets:

One thing I love about websites such as is that they serve as reminders that language skills have value in the open market! It’s like a special kind of currency you can use to purchase other skills. 

I have no particular allegiance to this site, by the way; it just happens to be one that I have used. For other options, you can simply search online on terms like “foreign language conversation exchange” to see what comes up. Barter Your Language Skills Barter Your Language Skills

Comments (2)

Ann Sander • Posted on Sat, January 18, 2014 - 2:26 pm EST

Recently found this language-exchange website:

Fed • Posted on Tue, June 06, 2017 - 12:40 am EST

The site now also includes a built-in chat so you can chat with people privately or on different language rooms in real time.

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