"It definitely boosted my confidence. I wish I could participate in these chats all the time! My chat was over an hour ago and I'm still beaming about it."
- Kathryn, HS student Ohio
"I liked the diversity that Boomalang exposed me to, both in aspects of personalities and to speaking styles, accents."
- Student, Miami University (OH)
"I am very shy and not sure of my ability to speak Spanish. But being understood by native speakers and being supported during each conversation was extremely encouraging. I decided to minor in Spanish because I know I can be better and I am capable of learning to speak more seamlessly."
- Student, Kalamazoo Valley CC
Interested? Educator? Complete Below.
Who are the native speakers?
In partnership with schools and institutes across the globe, we hire and train engaging cultural ambassadors to guide conversation with your students.
How Do the conversations Work?
A Balance of Speaking & Listening in the Target Language
Boomalang is a conversation platform and international team of native speakers, trained to guide 15-min. and 30-min. conversations in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Serving over 70 universities and schools each semester, Boomalang provides educators a way to integrate authentic, one-on-one immersive experiences for students in beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. (Seriously, even novice lows...)
Founded in 2014, Boomalang is one of the fastest-growing language learning platforms. Educators cite Boomalang as the perfect bridge between the classroom and total immersion; often, the Boomalang native speaker is the first with whom the student has ever spoken. Many of the innovative educators Boomalang serves have presented their results at conferences such as ACTFL, NECTFL and AATSP, as well as IB workshops--you might find our team behind a booth too!
Boomalang ensures valuable conversations through the hiring and training of speakers from referral partner universities and language institutes. We recruit and empower ambitious young professionals across the globe for part-time, flexible hours. Our partnerships began in Venezuela but today, speakers represent over 15 countries across the world. While geographically dispersed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a closer group.
What would you do with access to a team of native speakers? Let us know. It can take less than 10 minutes to get you and your classes completely set up.
Born in Nashville, TN and Mérida, VE, Boomalang is supported by Amazon Web Service's EdStart and NYU’s StartEd.
Dr. Harrison Meadows, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"Incorporating Boomalang into my course was such a simple process; it was one of the rare instances when using new technology in a class didn't require any troubleshooting. I really appreciated how quickly and easily students were able to start using Boomalang."
Nohelia Rojas-Miesse, Miami (OH) University:
"Using Boomalang has given my intermediate level students the opportunity to put in practice the language skills they have acquired in the classroom. For most of my students this is the first time they have had a real and meaningful conversation with a native speaker outside the classroom. This experience has increased their self confidence and has demonstrated that they can indeed communicate. As a result, my students are more motivated to work harder in the classroom."
Dr. Pilar Munday, Sacred Heart University:
"My students loved using Boomalang, as expressed in their course evaluations. They enjoyed 'normal conversations' with native speakers while learning about their lives and culture. It clearly improved their Spanish and helped them become more proficient and lose the fear of speaking. As a professor, it is wonderful to see students enjoying their conversations while learning so much."
Sonia Montero-Gálvez, Columbia University:
"My students and I are enjoying so much the conversations in Boomalang! I truly believe that it's a great way to improve their oral skills in Spanish, to raise their awareness of their communicative abilities, to make them feel more confident and to motivate and encourage them to use the language more often. Furthermore, it is very helpful to me, because I can learn a lot about their needs and the ways to meet them."
Ideas and reflections from the Boomalang community of educators, students, speakers
For more information, contact us or call (615) 797-8479
Q: What is the cost?
A 15-min. conversation = 1 credit (A 30-min. conversation = 2 credits)
1 credit: $8
2 credits: $15
4 credits: $30
6 credits: $40
8+ credits: $5.75/credit
Q: Is Boomalang right for me/my classes?
Our team coaches learners from Novice Low to Advanced High. Provide your own discussion topics or let our team of speakers identify focus points relevant to each student.
Q: Are languages other than Spanish, French & Portuguese available?
More coming fall 2019. Message us in the orange bubble and we'll keep you in the loop as other languages debut.
Q: How easily can I integrate Boomalang into my class?
Extremely. View our blog above to hear how others have, and schedule your free 15-min. demo below. Or just chat us in the orange bubble in the corner of your screen. Payment can come from school licenses, student-pay, campus bookstore, or combined methods.