Tandem: Conversation exchange 12+

Practice 300+ languages

Tripod Technology GmbH

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    • Offers In-App Purchases


**Tandem language exchange is the process of joining forces with someone who is a native speaker of the language you want to learn**

Languages are a 'learn by doing' kind of thing. This particular method is at the heart of Tandem, the global language exchange community. Connect with native speakers, start chatting and finally reach fluency in the language you’re learning!

Learn, connect, and share with 1-to-1 chats or try out Parties, the ultimate group learning audio space. There are millions of Tandem members with just as many interests, so find your people – and start speaking their language today!

Reach fluency in 300+ languages, including Spanish, English, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and 12 different sign languages, including American Sign Language.

Why Tandem helps you 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.



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!

Got a question? Contact us on support@tandem.net

Licenses: Tandem – Language Exchange is licensed by Tandem Fundazioa (http://tandemcity.info)

What’s New

Version 6.20.0

Thank you for downloading Tandem, a place to connect to native speakers worldwide and practice the language you are learning. Some cheeky bugs were trying to distract you, but we found them and, well, let’s say, you don’t need to worry about them anymore... :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29.7K Ratings

29.7K Ratings

blub.blub.blub.blub ,

Incredible app

This is such a great concept for language learners on a budget. There’s no need for classes or a tutor when you can just talk to someone as eager to learn as you. I love how we can teach each other our native languages in such a casual way. I’d give this app 6/5 stars if I could!

Update: I have had Tandem for a week and I already see noticeable improvements in my conversions Spanish! I especially love the voice text feature. It lets me practice my pronunciation without having to video chat, which can sometimes be difficult and awkward when you haven’t talked to someone long enough. There is one slight issue that I’m having with some conversations every now and then. Sometimes I’ll send a message or two, but they will only reach the blue outline circle and check to display that they were sent but not delivered. Usually they will eventually deliver after waiting a bit or sending a couple more. I wonder if there’s a fix for this, or if it’s just a problem with WiFi connection. I still love this app and appreciate the time the developers took to respond to my rating. It’s not exactly a substitute for my cancelled exchange trip, but it gets way closer than I had expected. This has made quarantine so much more enjoyable! Thanks devs!!

Developer Response ,

Woo! Thanks for your great review! It makes us super happy to hear you're loving our app! Best of luck with your language learning, Team Tandem :)

jacey.love.hate.you ,

5 Star app if glitches can be fixed. Still HIGHLY recommend!

I really want to leave more than three stars because this app is so fantastic in theory. The problem is that a lot of the time your messages are in accessible because you have to scroll up and then down and then up and then down and repeat about four or five times to actually get your messages to load. When I first downloaded the app I had gotten over 200 messages the first day and it made it really rough to talk to people and figure out who would be a good teacher and mentor and that I could help in the same way because with so many messages coming in and not being able to load more than the first 10 to 15 messages made it extremely difficult.

Right now I have my free 30 day trial for pro and so far the pro options are really great. I would give this App five stars in a heartbeat if and only if we could get a little bit smoother interface and a better flow when trying to load Messages.

This app has so much potential and you can really learn a lot there are many very helpful people I still highly recommend that you download this app and try to get to know people and talk with them about the languages you’re interested in because it’s still a very valuable app. I really haven’t had any issues with spammers or bots or Advertisements or anything like that which is great!

Developer Response ,

Hey, thanks for leaving us a review and we're glad you like our app! We'd love to be able to help improve your experience so feel free to contact us at support@tandem.net and a member of our team will be happy to help! :)

Nathansk8s ,

They just made the change that broke the app

So I have used the app since 2016 and also tried HelloTalk. HelloTalk changed their app to only allow users to contact 10 new users per 24 hours and with time zone differences sometimes you wouldn’t be able to find a language exchange partner for a day or two. Well Tandem never did that. You could talk with as many people as you wanted at anytime you wanted. They just changed the app. Even after paying for their Pro version that they changed the price on several times. You can contact 30 people per day. I know that seems like a lot but if you have ever tried to contact people from other time zones sometimes that is not enough. I know you have to combat people who are spamming but if you pay $35 for a year membership maybe you are interested in learning and would use that unlimited message opportunity to find language exchange partners. I think this could be just the beginning of more restrictions until they are like HelloTalk and eventually you will only be able to talk to a few people and pay for lessons after just a few messages. So I ask developers to change this and stay true to the original idea. Don’t be greedy towards your top paying customers. We know it’s important to keep things safe and efficient but also the flexibility with us is important as well.


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