Learn languages abroad
There are two ways to experience a new culture: as a tourist or as a local. As a tourist you are quick to see the hotspots noted in your travel guide, checking things off your list, and moving on to the next city, barely soaking in the environment around you. As a local, you are slowly wandering through the streets, trying local cuisine, and most importantly: learning the language. Tandem schools are so much more than spending a few hours in a classroom, or a textbook you read through only once. It’s a completely immersive experience. An experience which is invaluable to the way you look at language, the culture, and the lifestyle of any given country. It is also an opportunity for personal growth in exciting and interesting ways.
From French, Italian, Spanish or German, you are not only taking part in learning a language, you are learning how to become a native. Learning a language and not using it soon as you leave the classroom is an opportunity wasted. Walk outside a Tandem school and you are instantly interacting with the culture you’ve learned so much about. Tasting the food, laughing with new friends, and finding yourself in a new language is one of the most satisfying things you can do. Who are you as a Spanish speaker, sipping wine by the Mediterranean sea? How many different kinds of breads can you name in a German bakery? All of your senses are engaged and heightened in this amazing journey.
Tandem’s mission statement is, “inspiring people to learn, connect, and engage with foreign languages in once in a lifetime experience”. This is more than a saying, it’s a promise. You are actively engaging with history, music, storytelling, and generations of people who make their languages come alive. In expressive Italian, the word “lingua” means both language and tongue. Through interacting daily with the Italians, with several tongue twisters and double meanings and hand movements, you’ll figure out the form in which lingua means language and tongue, and certainly laugh about it the whole way through. Imagine this being your learning tool versus sitting over a textbook worried about context.
When you arrive to one of our Tandem locations, you may feel as if you’re a tourist, trying to find your footing in a place that is foreign to your homeland. After a few weeks, you will be expressing yourself in ways you never thought possible, with experiences you could never forget. Learning a new language while living in the culture truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and Tandem would be honored to help bring your experience to life.
Though there are 80 million French native speakers, there is an estimated 274 million people that have learned French as a second language. Learning it is just as enjoyable as speaking it fluently, and with the language you learn the French ways of life.
The German language is often labeled as a very difficult language to learn. Although German is not a Romance language like some of its European neighbors, there are many benefits and unexpected surprises learning this language. For instance, it’s not as difficult as you might think.
Millions of people travel to Italy just to hear one of the most beautiful languages ever spoken. Though Italian is considered a Romance language due to its ties to the Roman Empire, many people consider Italian a romantic language for other reasons. Classic operas are sung in Italian, and countless of people believe this is the official language of love.
With over 470 million native speakers, the Spanish language is a powerful way to communicate. Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, second only to Mandarin Chinese. However, learning Spanish has an advantage: Spanish spans over 23 different countries, while Mandarin is officially recognized by only three. Learning Spanish truly means connecting with people globally.