What is a Tandem Language Level?
A level shows your partner how far along you are on your language journey, and what your next goal is likely to be. You can choose from three levels on Tandem:
This is for members who are making their first steps in learning a language. You might not know any words at all; or perhaps you just know some basics, such as how to introduce yourself or ask for directions. It’s probably a bit too early for you to have an effective language exchange in a video chat, so we advise you to communicate with your partners with text and audio messages to make progress, using the help of our tools like automatic translations.
This is for members who already have some basic language skills and can speak with some confidence on easier topics. You can go shopping, make plans with others, discuss your travels and describe the plot of your favorite movie, for example. The research of our friends at the Tandem Fundazioa showed that at this stage you are ready for an effective language exchange in a video chat. A good indicator is that you are able to talk about things that happened in the past, for example, using the “perfect tense” in many languages (in English: “I have seen…”). .
This is for members who are very confident in their speaking skills. You can have spontaneous and fluent conversation, understand the news and use the language effectively for work and studies.
See our blog post for a walk-through guide of how to add a language level to your profile.