Pretzel is the best app for 1-on-1 foreign language conversation practice with native speakers.
Once you’ve mastered some basic grammar and vocabulary from some other apps, books, or classes, come to Pretzel to apply what you’ve learned.
We operate on a pay-it-forward premise: when you become a member of the Pretzel community, you get help with language(s) you wish to practice and also give help to those who want to learn the language(s) you speak fluently.
Because finding a perfect reciprocal exchange can be nearly impossible, each connection you get is focused solely on ONE language — so you’ll be clearly assigned as the helper or learner.
All conversations in Pretzel are done through video because nonverbal cues help with comprehension. There are two ways to communicate with your connections:
Video Messaging — send videos in a turn-by-turn manner so you can watch and reply to messages whenever it fits your schedule. It’s great because you can rewatch anything you didn’t understand or re-record a message if you mess up. This feature also allows you to connect to people in any time zone at any time.
Video Chats — do live video calls with people you’ve already exchanged a few messages with so you can have a more fluid discussion. These video calls can be initiated by turning your status to “online” and tapping on the photo of any of your connections who are online at the same time.
Pretzel is free to download and free to:
- Send and receive unlimited video messages.
- Browse everyone, everywhere.
- Make unlimited connections all over the world.
- Add multiple expert or practice languages.
ONLY MESSAGE WITH PEOPLE OF YOUR CHOOSING
In Pretzel, a conversation begins if and only if both parties want to connect. Indicate who you want to talk with by simply swiping right on the photo when browsing. When you connect, we reveal who is helping whom.
CONVERSATIONS GET GOING AUTOMATICALLY
There’s never any confusion about who should initiate. Each conversation in Pretzel begins with the native speaker’s pre-recorded video greeting.
Anyone can use Pretzel, but you can especially benefit if…
…you just moved to a new city and want to meet new people who speak your language(s)
…you are currently enrolled in language courses or using language-learning apps and software, but don’t have the confidence to actually speak the language
...you previously studied a foreign language, but don’t have enough opportunity to strengthen or maintain those skills
...you like meeting new people for networking, for friendship, or just for fun.
Please note, the following permissions are required to use Pretzel: Camera, Microphone.
Sign up for Pretzel is currently enabled through your Facebook or LinkedIn accounts or Apple Sign In.
We've fixed a few bugs.
Ratings and Reviews
Not bad at all
I wish someone told me about this app before. I don’t review often, I am lazy and greedy. But this one solves my real need, not something that mobile apps do often lately. I am an immigrant so visiting new places in the US is a constant discovery for me and i often need help. And i travel to countries nearby where some cultural help is even more needed for myself :)
I hope the intro feature where i don't need to login first to start using it, but maybe its just me, a privacy freak:)
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback :)
We have recently launched, so you're actually among the early adopters of Pretzel! You are exactly the kind of person we had in mind when coming up with the idea and we're thrilled that you find meaningful value in our product.
The reason we require a login to use the app is that it's a way to keep people honest in how they represent themselves, their native language and their home location. Without this measure in place, you might not have confidence that the person you're connecting with is actually who they claim to be.
I love this app! Not only it helps me connect with other people and learn new languages, but also has a nice slick design and an intuitive user interface. Really brilliant idea and I love the name too 🥨
Love this idea!
Just wish there were more people here. Can’t wait to test it on my next trip!
Developer Response ,
We love that you love it! We're working hard to get more users. We encourage you to help spread the word in your social feeds or by posting to sites like Product Hunt. For your convenience, we've created a tool that allows you to post to social from inside the app (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Messenger). Look for the social icons and just tap to share it in your feed.
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- Pretzel, Inc.
- 99.4 MB
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
English, French, German, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2017 Pretzel Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.