If you have ever tired learning a language, oftentimes the most difficult thing to do is to practice speaking consistently. Unless you have people around you who speak the language and are willing to practice, it is difficult to find ways to improve your speaking skills.
One app that I have found helpful for learning languages is Tandem, which is a simple idea that works well. When you create a Tandem profile, you input what languages you speak fluently and what languages you are trying to learn; from there, you can match with people who have the exact opposite preferences (for example, if you are learning English and speak Japanese, you will get matched with someone who speaks English and is learning Japanese). While there has to be some sort of language level already established on both sides (or else you wouldn’t be able to communicate at all), it is a really helpful tool.
Depending on the languages you are learning and the languages you already speak, it can be very easy or very challenging to find people with the same learning goals (obviously the more popular the language, the easier it will be to find matches). Even if you can only find a couple people with the same preferences as yourself though, it can still be a helpful way to practice the language!
Tandem Recommendation Rating: 5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!