Practice is the best way to learn a foreign language and Talktalkbnb offers a new concept of shearing economy combining travel and language. It is a new platform born in France in March 2016 connecting people who want to learn languages with people who want to travel the world. Concept is based on host offering accommodation free of charge to traveller and gets opportunity to practice a language with a native-speaker at home. Traveller benefits not only free accommodation but also a contact with locals which allow discovering the destination much more than mass tourism offers. Kids, Families, Couples, Singles, Students…everyone can join the platform and it is totally free of charge. Having a large majority of women subscribers and desiring a safe and comfortable site for everyone, option ‘Women only’ limit to be contacted only by other women.
TalkTalkbnb is a clever alternative to traditional accommodation giving opportunity to save money and make friends, while it helps hosts to learn a language. In 6 months more than 15,000 users registered: hosts in 60 countries and travellers offering around 60 languages.
Japan is experiencing big increase of foreign tourist arrivals and accommodation is often pointed as an important issue to continue existing trend. Accommodation based shared economies might a partial solution and also contribute to Japanese people’s globalization.