What is a tandem partner and why would I want one?

A tandem partnership is two people who meet for mutual language practice. For example, a French person learning German could form a partnership with a German learning French. They might meet at a coffee shop once a week and spend half the time conversing in French and half in German, taking turns correcting each other's grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

The focus is often on conversation, but with the right tandem partner you can work on anything you want -- writing, reading, dictation, official forms, or whatever each person needs. And you don't have to meet in person -- many people work with tandem partners by phone, Skype, email, or chat. And while it's usually an ongoing relationship, it can also be a short term arrangement to prepare for an exam, foreign work transfer, etc.

More about this site

No one needs another social network identity to maintain, and that's not what this is. Unlike every other "social" website or app, the goal here is to get you off the site and connected to another real person as soon as possible. We'll only show you the users who are a match for your languages, and those are the only other users who will see you.

We make it easy to link to your existing online identities, but if you prefer to create a self-contained profile here, that's fine too. And we're concerned about your privacy: we'll never display your exact location to other users (we don't even require it), and you can even hide your last name from your profile if you choose. You can easily block another user from seeing or contacting you. If you find a tandem partner and are no longer looking, you can hide your profile indefinitely without losing it. And of course, if you want to permanently delete your account, it's easy to do that too.