Why choose TEK?

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Get serious practice. 

Meeting in person motivates you to dedicate time to practice the language you’re learning. And it is the best way to learn. You’ll be paired up with a native speaker of the language you’re learning, so you get undivided attention and practice.

Receive instantaneous feedback

You can get instantaneous answers to your questions and even get feedback on your pronunciation, grammar, choice of words, etc. Since your exchange partner is physically sitting close to you, it’s convenient for you or your partner to quickly grab a pen and paper to explain or practice something together.

Have real-life conversations

Nothing can beat face-to-face experience when it comes to communicating with people. You’ll learn to have real-life conversations in a casual setting (e.g. coffee shop, park, etc.).

And communication is not just about words. It’s also about getting communication cues from your exchange partner’s facial expressions, body movements, hand gestures, intonation and more. Physical presence makes it easier to pick up on these cues. These nonverbal cues may differ in other countries. So observing and learning about these nonverbal cues will help you understand the foreign culture better.

Learn from multiple people.

We believe in the power of coming together as a group. During the group session, you’ll get to hear from others about what they’ve learned during their exchanges. Our members love this because they learn key takeaways from each group member.

Get unexpected side benefits.

Language exchanges is not only about practicing a language. It’s also about many other things:

  • Networking with people who appreciate and love your language
  • Getting unexpected tips on getting around, travelling and studying
  • Learning about cultural aspects (e.g. food, drama, music, mannerism, tradition)
  • Trying out new drinks and food together

Unlike studying in a class, or working with a tutor, or studying on your own, our exchanges provide the most natural way for you to practice a language while learning about all the other things that make your learning experience a whole lot richer.

Prevent awkward silence.

We have learning activities for speakers of all proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). When you arrive at the exchange, you can pick and choose the games, lesson decks and other learning materials for your use. It’s a piece of cake.

Have fun.

It’s very common to hear laughter and clapping during our exchanges. Nobody will judge you if you make mistakes because everyone is there to learn and help others. You’ll find our members laughing at their mistakes and high-fiving to congratulate their exchange partners’ successful try at pronouncing a new word. Our members get along well and like to socialize outside of the exchanges. Who knows? You may make new friends!

 

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