The history of WachyWachy:
I've been studying English since I was 8 years old, with classes at school, in college, private tuitions ... and until recently was not able to understand English when I spoke with a foreigner or make me understood with my pronunciation that had nothing to do with the true one.
This frustration of knowing that after all the time spent studying a language I could only read and write, but that has not helped me to communicate in a real situation, or understand television or movies in original version made me think I wasn’t born to learn languages.
But 3 years ago I moved to France for work. Only studied the basic grammar and essential vocabulary to get by. However, once there, I began to meet to people, talking in my limited French, which was improving every day, increasing my vocabulary, learning common expressions, phrases built the way the others did and pronouncing the words as I listened.
When I wanted to say a word not known in a conversation, I asked for it and that word became part of my vocabulary and I always remembered her. That was because the word was already previously part of my vocabulary in my native language, a word that I often resorted to and therefore was useful to me. It was not a word I had to learn from a list and almost never to be employed, as I had studied all my life in English.
So I quickly learned the words commonly used in my work, the names of the meals, the most common expressions, some slang, and did so with good pronunciation, as I had to repeat and learn to pronounce it correctly from the beginning, what remained in my memory.
However, even living abroad, it was not easy to find people with enough time to talk about various subjects and to allow me to improve my language skills quickly. I looked for people interested in learning my mother tongue for exchanges, but finding someone else and practicing French took nearly 4 hours between displacement and the time we practiced my language, so to find time in the agendas with the people concerned was not easy task and the time compared to the effective time of discussion was not very efficient.
I was thinking about this issue in one of my trips while watching as there are many people in developing countries who work from dawn to dusk in return for wages far below those we see in developed countries. People who use the internet and could offer a mentoring service and talk to students interested in their mother tongue, providing aid for their survival and providing a fair exchange between rich and poor countries.
So from my need, that I knew was shared by many of my friends and acquaintances, and from these reflections, was born the idea of creating a place where you can easily find native people around the world with which to practice true language easily and comfortably, from anywhere, anytime.
Moreover, to practice speaking in a language you do not need a teacher from Oxford, just a native speaker of that language with which to discuss any current issue, about your cultures and lifestyles, momentous issues or obtain information to prepare a travel. Thus, by not necessarily needing a qualified teacher, people all over the world can offer a tutoring service at a lower cost than a conventional class, allowing the student to practice a larger number of hours and generating an economic contribution for the tutor that may be important in case of persons residing in developing countries.
To join us a student only need to register and search the online tutor that suits you.
To join as a tutor you can be a teacher or simply provide good service and mentoring conversation in your native language (see guide to good preparation for tutorials).
The tutor or teacher can set their price and students will rate them at the end of each tutoring. From there the market is governed by the law of offer and demand.
We look forward to your confidence and your will joining us on this adventure.