Learn a Language, Change a Life.

We pair displaced people with learners worldwide for online language learning & cultural exchange.

Learn a Language, Change a Life.

Learn a Language, Change a Life.

Award-winning language learning, translation, interpretation & cultural exchange services, powered by refugee talent & host community members.

Why NaTakallam?

Every 2 seconds, someone is forced to flee their home—that’s less than the time it takes to read this sentence. 

Doctor or artist, architect or teacher, most displaced people struggle to earn a living. At the same time, in an increasingly interconnected world, global understanding has never been more critical to professional success.

NaTakallam offers language learning, translation & cultural exchange services delivered by individuals who’ve been forced to flee their homes or who are based in countries that host large communities of refugees.

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Our Languages

We offer tailored language sessions that meet you where you are, considering your context, interests & schedule.

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Guaranteed Impact

Support refugee livelihoods, at times when they might be cut off from the local economy

Quality

Trained & professional instructors & translators from a wide range of backgrounds

Affordable

Starting at US$16/session
& accessible worldwide

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Read our success stories

Valentina, USA (Arabic Learner)

NaTakallam has given me the priceless opportunity to have a wonderful Syrian conversation partner that not only shares his language with me, but also his personal interests and history as a Syrian in Lebanon. This project is not simply about language exchange, it is a bridge connecting two cultures. Something we are so dramatically in need these days!

Sara, Australia (Integrated curriculum student)

I recommend NaTakallam to everyone I hear say they have an interest in learning Arabic--not only is the program solid and the materials helpful, but also my Conversation Partner is both teacher and friend. I'm really grateful for the experience

Seda, Turkey (Spanish learner)

I am having Spanish classes and very excited to continue with my conversation partner/teacher Marianela! This is a great platform to connect people who want to learn and earn! I am very happy being a part of this project. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Spenser, USA (Arabic & Spanish learner)

Love the service! I was an Arabic major in college and got a masters at the American University of Cairo, but that was about 7 years ago, and I was rusty. My tutor was able to match my level and tailor the curriculum around what I'm interested in (improving my spoken Egyptian dialect and my pronunciation). I also use Natakallam for Spanish, and I have the same positive review!

Karine, France

The Integrated Curriculum program has been the perfect fit for me to start learning Arabic. I am currently working in a war zone (non-Arabic speaking) and travelling a lot. Thanks to the program I have been able to learn some basics in the Arabic language. Furthermore, the encouragement and patience of my tutor has played a big role in keeping me motivated. I am very thankful to this program and my tutor and I am always looking for my next class

Jennifer, Australia

I recommend NaTakallam to everyone I hear say they have an interest in learning Arabic – not only is the program solid and the materials helpful, but also my tutor is both teacher and friend. I'm really grateful for the experience.

Kristina, Yemen (Spanish learner)

I have been practicing my Spanish through Natakallam for 5 months now and highly recommend it. My fluency quickly improved and the human experience of getting to know my teacher and exchanging perspectives on life while conversing in Spanish has been very enriching. I'm really grateful to Natakallam for pairing us together

Daniel, USA

NaTakallam is a really excellent initiative. The West is filled with students learning Arabic but lacking exposure to Arabic life, culture, and people. We are taught to speak formally about the United Nations, but can’t hold a conversation about daily life. NaTakallam gives Arabic students unique access to the Arabic-speaking world. More importantly, speaking with refugees who are fleeing extreme violence can teach sheltered Western students some degree of humility and compassion as they study the abstract ‘Arab world’. It’s a beautiful program, and I’ve actively encouraged all of my colleagues to sign up.

Mother of Young Students, USA (Arabic learners)

This is a wonderful opportunity to get our daughters to practice, given that we live in NY and that they are only in Lebanon one month a year. Their conversation partner was professional, knowledgeable and friendly, and knowing that this service helps her in her difficult situation makes it a win-win on both sides. Many thanks to the Natakallam team!

Press

‘I just need a connection’: the refugees teaching ...

"Louisa Waugh and Ghaith Alhallak have met for language lessons in seven countries. “We counted it up the other day,” says Waugh, recalling the list of places from which she has video-called Alhallak: Britain, Mali, Senegal and Greece. Alhallak has answered from Lebanon, France and Italy, where he is now studying for a master’s degree in political science at the University of Padua."

You Can Learn Arabic–And Empathy–By Connecting ...

"For the refugees, NaTakallam offers a path toward the minimum wage or more–which is particularly significant for refugees in Lebanon, who are often not allowed to work. But when Sara sent a survey around the 55 refugees currently employed as “conversation partners” through NaTakallam in January, she learned that the most important aspect of the startup for them “is being connected to people around the world..."

This Language Startup Connects Arabic Learners With...

"A new startup is adding an inspiring humanitarian dimension to online language learning. [...] In addition to benefitting Syrians in need of work, Sara said part of the appeal of NaTakallam is giving language learners a chance to interact in colloquially spoken Arabic -- something often lacking in U.S. language courses teaching classical Arabic."

‘I just need a connection’: the refugees teaching ...

"Louisa Waugh and Ghaith Alhallak have met for language lessons in seven countries. “We counted it up the other day,” says Waugh, recalling the list of places from which she has video-called Alhallak: Britain, Mali, Senegal and Greece. Alhallak has answered from Lebanon, France and Italy, where he is now studying for a master’s degree in political science at the University of Padua."

You Can Learn Arabic–And Empathy–By Connecting ...

"For the refugees, NaTakallam offers a path toward the minimum wage or more–which is particularly significant for refugees in Lebanon, who are often not allowed to work. But when Sara sent a survey around the 55 refugees currently employed as “conversation partners” through NaTakallam in January, she learned that the most important aspect of the startup for them “is being connected to people around the world..."

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