Finding Language Exchange Partners
If you have been learning a new language or just want to brush up on your foreign language skills then finding a language exchange partner online can be a perfect way to do so without the expensive of buying a plane ticket!
Probably the best way is by finding people through social networking sites like FaceBook and Twitter. You can join groups that specialise in speaking a different language and then become friends with them and go from there.
You’ll need some sort of camera or microphone and software to allow you to speak online. Of course if you are nervous, you don’t have to use a camera - just a microphone will be enough to talk to each other.
But if you want to take it one step further, specialist sites like My Language Exchange allow you to find other members from around the world to practice speaking with. http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/
The most common languages that native English speakers like to learn and practice speaking are Spanish, French and Chinese. But it can also be the other way around, with foreigners wanting to practice their English with us too.
Once you start looking, you’ll actually be quite surprised how easy it is to find a language exchange partner. Just type into Google: ‘Mandarin language partner’, or ‘practice speaking Portuguese’ and if you skip the first few listings (which are usually schools looking to teach classes) you can find many people willing to talk with you in your chosen language.
You will need to keep safe online however, so never give your full name, address or exact location to anyone you chat to. Keep it general with just a first name and general location.
If you want to take it offline, you will probably find lots of classes in your area that offer lessons on leaning languages. That way all you need to do is get together with your fellow students and practice talking with them. It’s a great way to build up your foreign vocabulary with people that are at the same level as you are.
But if you are nervous about hooking up with someone online, or don’t make friends easily – you can always try and persuade a friend or family member to learn the language with you so you can practice speaking with them instead.
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