Correcting each other through language exchange is a great way flag mistakes and suggest more natural ways of writing . On Tandem, you can easily correct messages by using the correct function. Here, we walk you through how to do it.
First - check how your partner wants to be corrected. They may only want major mistakes corrected, and not every small detail, or perhaps they prefer for you to focus on a mistakes with a particular grammar rule. They might even be a total perfectionist who wants every tiny detail spot on! Whichever they are, you won't know unless you ask or check.
Also consider the language level of your partner. For low level learners, focus on correcting basic mistakes with grammar and spelling. For more advanced learners, you can show them the most natural way to express themselves - complete with slang and idioms! To avoid annoying them, it’s polite to ask about your partner’s language learning goals before you begin. Click here for more Tandem etiquette tips. Then, you’re ready to begin correcting! Start by pressing down on the message until “Correct” appears.
Tap on “Correct”, and then on the pen symbol on the right.
You then have the option to edit the sentence, either by rewriting it entirely or by making small edits to individual letters or words. You can also include parts that are not corrected or chose to just flag the corrections, and add a comment to explain what you have done to your partner.
Now it’s time to send and show your partner the correct version!
If it is a grammar mistake, be ready to explain why the version you have sent is correct… probably your partner will ask straightaway! 😄
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