New year, new features! 2017 looks set to be a big year for us and we’ve kicked it off in style with our latest update to the app. Here’s what’s new in our January update.

Native Speakers

We want our community to connect with the most relevant people possible for their language learning, so with our latest update, it is even easier to find native speakers!

You can now identify your native languages when you sign up, alongside spoken languages and the languages you want to learn. This way, it is easy to know if the person you are talking to speaks the language natively or has learnt it themselves.

Sign Language

We are so excited to announce that it is now possible to learn and practice sign language through Tandem!

At least 70 million people across the world use sign language as their first language or mother tongue, and millions more learn it as a second language. Video chat is a great way to learn and practice sign language remotely, and our hope is that learning sign language will be accessible to even more people through our app.

It’s a common misconception that there are only a few different sign languages. In fact, there are over 6,000 unique and distinct sign languages worldwide! We’d love to have them all but for now, we have 11 sign languages available on the app:

  • American Sign Language
  • British Sign Language
  • Spanish Sign Language
  • French Sign Language
  • Russian Sign Language
  • German Sign Language
  • Chinese Sign Language
  • Brazilian Sign Language
  • Indo-Pakistani Sign Language
  • Japanese Sign Language
  • Bolivian Sign Language
  • International Sign Language

We have also onboarded our first ever sign language Tutor to help new and improving learners.

We are always looking for ways to improve the app and love hearing your feedback. Got something you’d like to share? Email us on or drop us a line on Twitter or Facebook.


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