I’ve tried it. But because of my japanese level, the most frequent conversation schemes were:
- I write in russian (my native language) while my partner writes in japanese.
- We both write in english lol.
So you need to be ready to actually speak (and learn from the critique/corrections!) japanese if you want any profit out of HelloTalk. I’ll give it a go again pretty soon because I’ve got some grammar basis and my vocab seems to be much larger now.
I made some friends out of that app anyway. One of them helps me a lot with explaining japanese culture and answering some questions like, how much would it cost to go to japanese language school or just make a trip there.
There are also some things I dislike about HelloTalk. They limit the usage of some essential features like translating/transliterating something, unless you donate them some cash. That’s not a good approach considering there are things like HelloPal.