The new company, Verbling lets users learn or practice another language by actually speaking with a native speaker in that language.
The functionality of Verbling is similar to Chatroulette. However, users choose the language they speak fluently and the language they are learning before signing in. Once they sign in, they are connected with another person who is native in the language that user is learning, and in turn, wanting to learn the language the user is fluent in. Simple enough.
Once connected, you can decide between each other how much of the conversation takes place in each other’s native language. By conversing back and forth, the idea is to use each other to correct the grammar and help out with the fluency of the desired language for the other person. You can elect to chat at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, and Stanford language professors have also developed a handy list of subjects just in case you are stuck for conversation topics. When each chat is over, you can indicate whether your bilingual conversation was great, good or bad.
The incorporation of a ratings system for each user allows the site to keep a level of credibility and professionalism, and allows a way for users to eventually sell their language-coaching services through the website.
Although the concept of video chatting with users of different languages is nothing new, Verbling provides the platform to unify the concept and transform it into a viable learning tool and real-time language guide for users as both students, and as teachers.