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Learn a language, change a life. Since 2015, more than 110 refugees and displaced persons have engaged in language and cultural exchange sessions with over 2,500 individuals in more than 65 countries. Many of them also work as translators and interpreters. Through NaTakallam, our language partners have self-generated over $360,000.

Part of NaTakallam's success comes from pairing learners with conversation partners that will share their experiences and interests as well as their language.

Whether for practicing Arabic, Persian, or Spanish (in its pilot phase), join the conversation in three easy steps:

 
 
Step 1: Register Your Info
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Tell us about yourself by filling out the Arabic, Persian or Spanish (currently in pilot) background forms

STEP 2: PURCHASE YOUR PREFERRED BUNDLE OF SESSIONS
 
 
Step 3: meet your partner
Natakallam student in Paris, skype natakallam session

 

 Be on the lookout for an email introduction to your partner!

For a limited amount of time, with every NaTakallam purchase, get a discount on any order from Peace by Chocolate!

In 2016, the Hadhad family resettled in Nova Scotia, Canada, after fleeing Damascus, Syria, when their chocolate factory was destroyed in 2013 by bombings. When they resettled in Canada, they decided to restore their 20-year old artisan chocolate tradition to spread love and peace across the world.

NaTakallam was so inspired by their story that we decided to partner with them to bring you all some peace, love, and chocolates!


 

“NaTakallam is a great service that allows me to continue practicing and learning Arabic. At the same time, I feel like I can participate in a program that provides some shred of support and dignity to the Syrian refugee situation through NaTakallam.”

-Shadia Wood, USA

2018-01-18T03:47:31+00:00

Shadia Wood, USA

“NaTakallam is a great service that allows me to continue practicing and learning Arabic. At the same time, I feel like I can participate in a program that provides some shred of support and dignity to the Syrian refugee situation through NaTakallam.” -Shadia Wood, USA
“Through being welcomed into Noor’s house and life every week, she has taught me the nuances of the day to day struggles refugees and displaced individuals encounter around the world. What NaTakallam has taught me, through connecting students to individuals going through the resettlement process, goes beyond what I learned working at UNHCR, Union High School, or any other organization that I have worked at."

-Leah, USA

2018-01-18T03:48:31+00:00

Leah, USA

“Through being welcomed into Noor’s house and life every week, she has taught me the nuances of the day to day struggles refugees and displaced individuals encounter around the world. What NaTakallam has taught me, through connecting students to individuals going through the resettlement process, goes beyond what I learned working at UNHCR, Union High School, or any other organization that I have worked at." -Leah, USA
"As Arabic becomes more difficult and students’ relative will to keep with the language, our language partners are key reminders of why we keep studying. They smile and are proud of the little progress we are able to make each time. It is encouraging to see how the efforts that I make as a student, gives them a sense of pride about their language and region. I am consistently reminded why I am inspired to learn this less commonly taught language. Although I am not able to travel to the Middle East now, I am building an image of the region through individuals.”

-Marina Lorenzini, USA

2018-01-18T03:51:24+00:00

Marina Lorenzini, USA

"As Arabic becomes more difficult and students’ relative will to keep with the language, our language partners are key reminders of why we keep studying. They smile and are proud of the little progress we are able to make each time. It is encouraging to see how the efforts that I make as a student, gives them a sense of pride about their language and region. I am consistently reminded why I am inspired to learn this less commonly taught language. Although I am not able to travel to the Middle East now, I am building an image of the region through individuals.” -Marina Lorenzini, USA
“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."

-Valentina Cantori, USA

2018-01-18T03:52:19+00:00

Valentina Cantori, USA

“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." -Valentina Cantori, USA
“It’s great to be part of this kind of innovative, collaborative project. It’s a great use of technology and it’s about cultural exchange and connecting people as well as language learning. And it’s opportunities to people who have lost a lot. Amazing.”

-Richard Tierney, Australia

2018-01-18T03:47:05+00:00

Richard Tierney, Australia

“It’s great to be part of this kind of innovative, collaborative project. It’s a great use of technology and it’s about cultural exchange and connecting people as well as language learning. And it’s opportunities to people who have lost a lot. Amazing.” -Richard Tierney, Australia
“NaTakallam is an excellent way to improve your Arabic, whether Modern Standard Arabic or Syrian Colloquial Arabic. The teachers are committed and they tailor their teaching to your level and needs. Payment and scheduling are very professionally handled online. The price is very reasonable. I highly recommend NaTakallam.”

Mike K., USA

2018-01-18T05:01:54+00:00

Mike K., USA

“NaTakallam is an excellent way to improve your Arabic, whether Modern Standard Arabic or Syrian Colloquial Arabic. The teachers are committed and they tailor their teaching to your level and needs. Payment and scheduling are very professionally handled online. The price is very reasonable. I highly recommend NaTakallam.” - Mike K., USA
“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!”

Kinda Younger, Mother of Elsa, 8, and Clara, 11; USA

2018-01-18T05:02:47+00:00
“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!” - Kinda Younger, Mother of Elsa, 8, and Clara, 11; 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 Syrians 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.”


-Daniel Nerenburg, USA


 
2018-01-18T05:03:39+00:00
“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 Syrians 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.” -Daniel Nerenburg, USA