Greie Eddyr-rheynn • Communication Tools
Practising speaking Manx is very important to achieve conversational fluency. While the best way to achieve this is through meeting with a Manx speaker or a group of Manx speakers, sometimes being able to attend these meetings can be a problem - especially if you have a hectic schedule.
Today, we have many other means to communicate with people, without having to attend a meeting. There are groups who meet online, and it really is just a matter of finding these groups and joining them. But you can also arrange to chat one-to-one with your Manx-speaking friends too using the many tools that are available.
Below are a few of the more popular ones we use, all of which are free to use when used via the internet (internet charges determined by your provider). Emphasis is of course put on applications that use video or voice since these are the tools we will need for speech practice!
The most popular communication tool out there! With Skype, you can make internet calls (whether voice or video) around the world for free. There are options available for using to call landline and mobile telephones which are charged for at reasonable rates. Available for Computers, Smartphones, Tablets, Home Phones, TVs and Other Devices
A video calling app exclusively for Apple users. With FaceTime you can make video, or audio only, calls over Wi-Fi or your mobile network to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. The beauty of this app is that the person you call can be reached by their telephone number (if they've set it up to do so!) as well as their Apple ID. FaceTime comes built-in with iPhone (4 upwards), iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
A relatively new tool which uses your Google+ account to connect with other users with Google+ accounts. The beauty of this app is its ability to conduct Conference Video Calls, so groups of people can join in on the conversation (Skype also has this facility, but as a Premium (chargable) feature). The downside to this app is the complexity to set up and go live, but more details are available from Google.
A brand new video calling service which allows you to connect for free over video with anyone, anywhere!
All you need is the Mozilla Firefox web browser installed on your device.
To find out more, go to the Firefox Hello website.
Another app that uses the internet to make calls and send messages. You can send voice and video messages to other Viber users as well as make free calls to other Viber users. Again, there is a charging option if you wish to use Viber to make calls to fixed/mobile numbers at reasonable rates. The downside to Viber is there isn't a video calling option, but as mentioned earlier, you can send video messages. More details are available from Viber.com.
WhatsApp is a smartphone messenger app which allows you to send text, voice, image and video messages to other WhatsApp users for free. There is no call feature available, only messaging. Ideal for passing on Voice or Video messages when live conversation is not possible. Available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia.