Chatterbox

London based startup leveraging refugees' language skills

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Chatterbox was founded by Afghan-British woman Mursal Hedayat and connects the problem of under-utilised refugee talent with the demand for their language skills.

You can purchase lessons for yourself or a friend. As so many people make learning or improving a language a New Year's Resolution, here's a great way to make that happen.

Reviews

  • C Elizabeth Teixeira
    C Elizabeth TeixeiraLizzie Teixeira, SOAS Arabic alumna
    Pros: 

    Tutors that genuinely care about you & your learning journey; you're not just a number to them & they're not just tutors, but friends.

    Cons: 

    Honestly struggled to think of one. At times I had very minor issues with audio on some online sessions, but these weren't super disruptive.

    I tested the service out during a pilot run at SOAS university after I'd pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't get great exam results for Arabic and lost my enthusiasm for language learning.

    Meeting refugees and forming bonds with them reminded me of why I wanted to learn Arabic in the first place, to make the world that little bit more humane a place to live in.

    That inspired me to carry on despite not enjoying my university studies, and renewed my resolve to study Arabic at my own pace in a way that respects my individual needs.

    I would totally use the service again in future, and definitely would recommend that others give it a try too. Of all the options available for language learning, I feel that Chatterbox offers the best holistic experience of learning Arabic and ultimately has the added bonus of working towards the good cause of creating opportunities for refugees to feel better integrated into society, and make better use of their many, many talents which otherwise would go to waste.

    Couldn't recommend it more!

    C Elizabeth Teixeira has used this product for one month.
  • Razzy Begum
    Razzy BegumDesigner
    Pros: 

    a thoroughly enjoyable way to converse, learn and share ideas

    Cons: 

    none

    great confidence booster, would highly recommend

    Razzy Begum has used this product for one week.

Discussion

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Scott Bowler
Scott Bowler@scotty_bowler · Co-founder ChooseHolly.com
It would be interesting to learn more about the tutors journey to the UK (what they had to seek refuge from and how they achieved it).
Mursal Hedayat
Mursal Hedayat@mursal_h · CEO, Chatterbox
@scotty_bowler Sounds like a fabulous idea for a short film.
Scott Bowler
Scott Bowler@scotty_bowler · Co-founder ChooseHolly.com
@mursal_h Definitely!
Emil Wallnér
Emil Wallnér@emilwallner · 42
Brilliant - love it!! 🚀
Mursal Hedayat
Mursal Hedayat@mursal_h · CEO, Chatterbox
@emilwallner Thanks Emil!
Abadesi
AbadesiHunter@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
Hi @mursal I'm a huge fan of your startup and would love to hear some of the positive stories that have come out of the journey so far.
Mursal Hedayat
Mursal Hedayat@mursal_h · CEO, Chatterbox
@mursal @abadesi Absolutely, I'd love that.
Abadesi
AbadesiHunter@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@mursal @mursal_h Are there any you could share with us here? Or tell us more about what you have planned for 2018 having received the WeWork Creator Award grant?
Mursal Hedayat
Mursal Hedayat@mursal_h · CEO, Chatterbox
@mursal @abadesi New hires, new language products, new clients - I'll make sure to keep the page updated with our progress throughout the year :-)
Abadesi
AbadesiHunter@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@mursal @mursal_h Thanks, looking forward to it.
Roger Swannell
Roger Swannell@rogerswannell
This looks fantastic, could you offer a translation service too?