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Tandem - the intercultural language partnership

Have you heard about our free Tandem language programme?

  • Are you learning German or another foreign language and would like to improve your skills?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to use your language skills in a real-life situation?
  • Do you want to practise your foreign language with a native speaker and teach somebody your native language?
  • Are you interested in different countries and cultures?
  • Is your proficiency level in the language you want to practise at least B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)?


Our language tandem programme gives you the opportunity to develop your language skills in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Korean, Chinese and many more, in one-to-one communication with a native speaker, and gain first-hand insights into a different culture. In exchange, you‘ll help your tandem partner improve in your native language. Meeting up regularly and flexibly, you’ll each advance your language skills and enhance your intercultural competencies, as well as having the chance to make new friends from all over the world. A tandem partnership is completely free of charge and a lot of fun!

The only requirement is that your proficiency level in your target language (the language you want to practise) is at least B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Come and be part of the programme!

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FAQ - Tandem

1.    What is a language tandem?

A language tandem involves two or more tandem partners with different native languages meeting up regularly. The idea is to use the first half of the time to speak in one language and the second half to talk in the other. Topics you might choose to discuss might be your home countries, cultural differences or matters and events from daily life. In this way, all involved improve their skills in additional languages and gain valuable intercultural experience.

2.    Who can take part in a language tandem?

Anyone and everyone with some experience in an additional language who wishes to improve their skills and help others do the same in their native language. This programme is aimed at all students in Hamburg.

3.    How long does it take for a language partner to be assigned to me?

This is a matter of supply and demand. We have historically found it easier to match up people for Romance languages, for example, than for Arabic or Hindi. But we will do our very best to find a tandem partner for you within two weeks.

4.    How long is my registration valid for?

Your registration for the programme is valid for one semester. You will need to re-register each semester. This ensures we can keep our tandem database as up-to-date as possible.

5.    What should I do if my language partner cancels our meetings without rearranging or does not reply to my messages?

If your partner does not respond to your attempts to contact them, please try one more time. If you don’t get a reply within a week, please email us at sprachtandems(@)haw-hamburg.de 

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Letzte Änderung: 17.09.19

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If you have questions:

HAW Hamburg
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Laura Thiessen
Campus Berliner Tor
Stiftstr. 69 / Building H
20099 Hamburg

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