Everybody knows that in order to speak fluently a second language you need the right kind of practice - and lots of it!
In these respects, a language exchange is more effective than the traditional language class because you practice more than you would in a class, talking with native speakers of the language you're learning, in a relaxed and friendly environment where there is patience and time to understand
In a class, there is very little time to practice speaking, because a lot of time is spent on instruction and the class may probably have too many students to give everyone enough time to practice.
Also, there is no native speaker except the teacher (if you're lucky). That means you are not used to listening to native speakers and may not be able to understand them. You're probably not learning the informal expressions and slang that native speakers use all the time. You don't learn anything about how the people really "are" in that culture, how they interact, their sense of humor, their values, etc.
A language exchange is also a wonderful way to learn the real spoken language of the culture, with all its "incorrect" grammar, informal expressions and slang.
Therefore, a language exchange is the best training to bridge the gap between classroom learning and communicating in the real world
Here are some other great reasons:
- It's fun and you can make new friends from different cultures
- You learn slang and colloquial expressions you don't usually learn in a language class.
- There is no homework or boring grammar books to study.
- You practice both listening and speaking at the same time.
- If you also want to practice writing and reading, you can do so by taking notes, write or leave comments on our fb group, exchange emails with your new language exchange partners, etc., you decide!
- It's a very fast and effective language learning method if you really go for it!