Introducing Quazel Tandem Learning Events

Combining the practice of talking to our AI tutor with taking part in tandem events will maximize your language learning progress

The benefits of tandem events for language acquisition

Our mission is all about making language learning fun and accessible, no matter where you are, because you’ll always have your pocket-sized language tutor available. Yet, after some time spent learning a language with your AI tutor, we strongly advocate for opening up to the world and giving your progress a real-life check-up. Language comes alive when people talk to each other, especially when coming from a different background. Thus we believe in the benefits that come along with tandem learning. 

Finding and talking to people who are in your target language can be an effective way to exhilarate your learning. That’s why, we have decided to host a series of online language exchange events (also known as “tandem”), to provide you with not only the benefits of having an AI tutor, but also the chance of interacting with other language learners. Let’s take a look at the advantages of participating in tandem events for your language learning journey.

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Check yourself before you wreck yourself

1. Thinking on your feet

While you’re practicing with the online Quazel tutor in realistic conversational scenarios - you’ll notice that one difference to actual real life is that the tutor is designed to help and correct you, but never the other way around. Being in a real-life and real-time conversation with another person challenges you to be attentive not only about what you’re trying to say, but also what the other person is saying. It also pushes you to think on your feet and adapt your language skills and your knowledge to different spontaneous situations.

2. Reality-Check

The fact that our Quazel language tutor is designed to adapt to your level and language skill is great, because it assures that your needs will be met to the maximum extent. The only disadvantage of this characteristic: it’s harder to get a feeling of all the progress you have already made. Speaking your target language in real life scenarios allows you to get a “reality check” of your progress and a reflection of the level you’re at.

Extend your horizon through new acquaintances

3. Make new friends 😊 

Beyond the educational aspects, tandem learning fosters friendships. It's a wonderful way to meet new people from different backgrounds and broaden one's horizons. Again, expanding your social horizon provides you with a list of benefits, ranging from enhanced communication skills to the opportunity to increase your empathy and grow personally, since you’re learning to see the world from multiple points of view. 

4. Cultural Exchange

Language isn't just about words and grammar; it's a gateway to understanding a culture. Tandem partners offer insights into their cultural norms, customs, and ways of thinking, providing a richer and more authentic learning experience. You most definitely have watched documentaries about foreign cultures and customs, so why not jump into them directly by interacting with new people from all over the world.

Feel more comfortable in conversations

5. Listening Skills

Listening, understanding & responding within a reasonable time can be one of the most challenging aspects of language learning. Tandem events allow you to hone your listening skills, training your ears to detect different accents, intonations, and speech patterns. In addition, such events require you to listen and try to understand your counterpart. You will not simply be able to press replay or even take a sneak-peak in the translation.

6. Confidence-building

One of the benefits of speaking to an AI tutor is the reduced inhibition you feel when speaking to people in real-life. While going out of your comfort zone and talking with a real person can initially be intimidating, it will allow you to build confidence and slowly extend your zone of comfort. Over time, the fear of making mistakes diminishes, paving the way for more fluid conversations. Once your at a point where you no longer fear taking part in conversations, but actually start to look forward to show off your skills, you’re in a very good position.

Accept and tolerate the learning process

7. Empathy and Patience-building

As both partners are in the process of learning, they tend to be more empathetic and patient with one another. This creates a supportive environment where learners feel safe to take risks and ask questions.

8. Motivation and Accountability

Enrolling in a language tandem event will create a certain amount of commitment. Whilst it can be intimidating for some, it will also motivate you to keep your studies going. It can help you stay motivated as you want to perform as good as you can to have the best experience possible.

Learning with a partner even creates a mutual sense of responsibility. Knowing that someone else is counting on you can be a motivating factor to show up and put in your best effort. Over the course of the tandem events taking place, you might find some friends that are in a similar position. Thereby you might even help each other to get better in a language faster than you would without them.

As we have seen by quite some arguments in the blog above, tandem learning offers a multifaceted approach to language acquisition. We’re convinced that by combining and providing those two different approaches - studying your target language at your own pace with your customized Quazel language tutor and then having the opportunity to practice with fellow language learners - is the way to go. By blending online conversation with real life cultural immersion and mutual support, Quazel users can experience a more enriching, holistic and overall more effective language journey.

If you're looking to accelerate your language skills while forming meaningful connections, stay tuned and connected to join our upcoming Quazel online language exchange events.

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