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The Syrian conflict has triggered the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Even if Syrians manage to flee the violence and obtain asylum abroad, many of those displaced are restricted in their work opportunities, often challenged by language barriers and labor restrictions.

NaTakallam (“we speak” in Arabic) pairs displaced Syrians with Arabic learners around the world for language practice over Skype. The platform offers affordable, flexible, tailored Arabic practice with native speakers. On the other end, NaTakallam offers a valuable income source and enriching job opportunity to displaced Syrians mostly in Lebanon, but also in Turkey, Egypt, France, Brazil and Germany. Along the way, users and Syrian conversation partners engage in a powerful intercultural exchange, frequently developing transatlantic friendships between worlds that are often polarized in the media and political spheres.

Read about NaTakallam on NPR, Mashable, NBC news, Al Jazeera and the Daily Dot. Read our full press coverage here and user testimonials here.

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