AEE 90: Three Reasons Your English Language Exchange Isn’t Working

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English language exchangeDo you have a language exchange?

Is your language exchange working as well as you thought it would?

Today you’ll learn 3 ways to make your language exchange work better than it is now!

 

What is a language exchange?

Find someone who speaks the language that you want to learn (English) as a native.

You should speak their target language as a native too.

You meet with the person and speak for part of the time in your native language and part of the time in your target language. That is a language exchange!

 

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Three mistakes you are making with your language exchange:

  • You don’t have a regular, weekly meeting time: Try to be consistent and expect to meet your partner at least once a week. Don’t cancel. Show up. Make it happen.
  •  You are not as motivated as your partner (or vice-versa): You should be equally motivated and you should also be at the same language level, more or less. Both of you should be either intermediate or advanced.
  • You aren’t picking a specific conversation topic: It’s important to choose a topic and not just have small talk about easy topics every time. If you just do small talk, you don’t push yourself to learn new vocabulary words and to improve. You should choose the topic in advance and study the vocabulary words that you are going to use in your language exchange.

 

Just remember, you always get what you pay for! Because a language exchange is free, it might not be as effective as you want, but give it a try and see what happens!

If you want a conversation program that is better and more reliable than a language exchange, you can try Lindsay’s program called Speakative Conversation Program

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