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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TandemPlus Goes Wild at the Como Zoo and Conservatory

On Friday, July 22, 2016, MELP and TandemPlus will co-host a trip to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Interested participants should gather in front of Nicholson Hall at 2:30 p.m. to catch the bus to the Zoo. With a wonderful variety of animals, as well as a gorgeous botanical garden in the Conservatory, the Como Zoo aims to inspire its visitors with a closer connection to nature. The event is open to all TandemPlus participants, and it's free (though donations to the Zoo are suggested). It's a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the Twin Cities' top attractions and use and improve second-language skills. Those interested in attending should contact Tandem at tandem@umn.edu.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Falafel, Fellowship and Fun at Eid Lunch with TandemPlus and the Arabic Program

On Thursday, June 7, TandemPlus and the Arabic Program co-sponsored our second annual Eid lunch. This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, the Muslim holiday at the end of the month of fasting, Ramadan. More than 30 native Arabic speaking students and learners, as well as other TandemPlus participants and friends, gathered in Nicholson Hall, where Wally’s Falafel and Hummus in Dinkytown provided delicious authentic Arabic food such as tabouli, hummus, and baba ganouj, and the Arabic Program provided Arabic music and drinks. While enjoying the food and music, participants conversed and exchanged information in different languages about their countries. Eid mubarak!

If you have any questions or inquiries about TandemPlus, please contact tandem@umn.edu.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

TandemPlus is Experiencing a Sizzling Summer

Summer registration for TandemPlus is currently open. We are currently experiencing our biggest summer yet, with more than 125 language learners registered; however, we are always looking for more participants, especially learners of Chinese, Korean, and Arabic; or native speakers of French, Spanish or Portuguese. Anyone looking for a second-language conversation partner should register soon at tandem.umn.edu.

Join TandemPlus and the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) on Friday, July 22, 2016 for a trip to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. We will leave the MELP office at Nicholson Hall at 2:30 p.m. This new event is open to all TandemPlus participants.

Please send questions or inquiries about TandemPlus to tandem@umn.edu.