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Why should you practice German with a native speaker?

German has a reputation for being a difficult language to learn for English speakers. This reputation is probably due to the complicated grammar rules with their numerous exceptions, the pronunciation or the length of the words. However, it has been proven that practicing with a native speaker is the best way to become fluent quickly.

Most people start by learning High German, also known as 'High German'. Standard German is the official language spoken in government and schools across Germany. However, a trip to the various German-speaking areas such as Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria will quickly show you how differently spoken German can sound. If you want to learn German as German-speaking people really speak it, and also want to learn their colloquial language and regional dialects, then it is best if you practice with native Germans from different places.

Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever to find a German person to talk to. For example, you can find a German interlocutor on Skype, but of course you cannot search for specific people on Skype who might learn your language and are looking for a conversation partner. In addition, there are various language exchange sites, but most of these sites simply show you the profiles of other users who may no longer be active or up-to-date. You have to arrange a chat with the person you are talking to and only then can you start chatting or chatting - usually via another program.


At the moment there are thousands of German-speaking members on tandem who are ready and open to have a conversation with you and are very happy to help you speak German like a native speaker. Tandem enables you to immerse yourself in a new language without the hassle of traveling to the country or attending a language class. You can also meet a lot of new people who have similar interests to yours. With Tandem you can:

  • Practice with native speakers
  • Get to know German slang that you won't find in textbooks
  • Get to know regional dialects from Austria, Switzerland and Bavaria.
  • To be spontaneous! Find someone to talk to anytime, anywhere.
  • Make friends with people from places and regions that you would like to visit yourself one day

Whether you would like to learn how to order a beer in Bavaria or whether you want to talk about where you can ski best in Switzerland, or just chat about life in Berlin in general ... you can always and on tandem Find someone to speak to at any time with one click. Tandem is an "all-in-one" community with messaging, chat, videos and even games! It's that easy. And ... it's free!