What is Cognates?

We think the best way to learn a language is to speak it. But we realize it’s not always easy to find someone to practice with. Cognates solves this problem.

Cognates is a free online language exchange platform for teenagers. 

We match pairs of Francophone and Anglophone teens as digital pen pals. You’re matched based on answers to a few short questions and a short video you send us we use to get know you. After a match is made, you’ll talk via video chat to practice either French or English, learn about a new culture and more importantly, to make a new friend!

Fill out a short form in the first step of our sign-up process.
Meet the teenagers behind Cognates.
Learn more about our program and have your questions answered.