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Tandem - Language Exchange

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Tandem - Language Exchange

Tandem is a popular language exchange app that lets you participate in classic language exchanges from the comfort of your iOS or Android device. Tandem is a great app for learning languages, as it lets you learn the best way possible: by having real conversations with other users who are interested in the same things you are. It’s available for iOS and Android devices.

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With Tandem, you can text, talk or video chat with someone on the other side of the world. Reach fluency in 160+ languages, including Spanish, English, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and 12 different sign languages, including American Sign Language.

The app has prominent social-networking functions, and you can “Follow” people as well as check out those who follow you. You can also write reviews about users you interacted with and can send “good vibes” their way. (This is like you telling other users, “She’s cool.”) You can also filter the people who can see your profile and choose them by characteristics like gender or age.

You’re not limited to just one picture but can upload as many as six. Punch up your profile and encourage interaction by writing about the topics you want to hear others talk about. For example, you might say, “I think hot dogs are God’s gift to humanity. What do you think?”

Remember, there’s Tinder and then there’s Tandem. One is for dating, and the other is for language learning. Before you’re accepted into the Tandem community, you’re reminded that the app should only be used for language learning, not flirting. (So if somebody rubs you the wrong way, there’s a “Block” function conveniently provided by the app’s developers.)

In addition to all those cool features, the app has a “Tutor” tab, where you can find vetted tutors of the language you want. Or, if you want to earn on the side, you can fill out a profile to become a language tutor.


HelloTalk is a very similar resource. It’s another language exchange app that offers a lot of functionality for free. HelloTalk doesn’t offer any tutor services but has audio lessons available for purchase in the app.

For those that are looking to practice other skills, such as learning vocabulary or improving listening comprehension, there are lots of other language learning apps out there.

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Learn languages by chatting with native speakers on Tandem for FREE!

With millions of members, Tandem is the largest language exchange community. Take your language learning to the next level and team up with a native speaker to practice languages. Find your Tandem partner, start chatting, and speak your way to fluency!

Why Tandem is the #1 app to practice and learn languages:

For the times when you’re struggling to find the correct words, our in-app translation feature helps you compose a message or translate an incoming one.

Fit in with the locals and improve your speaking skills using voice notes, audio and video calls.

Help each other grasp the difficult parts of language learning with our message correction and comment features.

Forget strict schedules and learning by the book. Embrace your personal language learning style—whether that’s messaging, calling, or even meeting in person.

Master the language even quicker. Take one-on-one lessons from certified professionals anytime, anywhere.


What the press say about us:

TechCrunch: “Charming language practice community”

Digital Trends: “Move onto the next level with your language”

O, The Oprah Magazine: "[M]embers can decide the direction they want their language instruction to take since they’re not confined to any set curriculum"

Tech Advisor: "If you’ve made good progress on another app or service and want to get better at actual conversation, Tandem is ideal"

Mashable: “Tandem aims to solve the problem for you by connecting you with a native speaker”

What is language exchange?
Tandem language learning is the process of joining forces with someone who is a native speaker of the language you want to learn. Through conversation with your Tandem partner, known as language exchange, you improve your language skills and develop intercultural competence.

Tandem’s core value is to unite people across borders through language learning. Languages hold great power for unity, inclusivity, and equality. Language and cultural exchange are keys to unlock global understanding in our increasingly interconnected world.

How to learn languages on Tandem:
1. Select the language(s) you want to learn in the app
2. Tell us about your language learning goals and your ideal Tandem partner
3. Search for native speakers of your target language in the community
4. Kick-off your language exchange experience by sending your first message
5. Share topics with the Tandem community so you can have meaningful conversations about what interests you
6. Keep up the conversation with your new Tandem “pen pal” and speak like a native in no time!

Tandem Pro — Upgrade to unlock the ultimate language learning tools:
- Unlimited translations
- Find members near me
- Search members by city
- Profile visitor insights
- Profile verification and badge
- No ads

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