Do you have an interest in learning and practicing a second language? Would you consider teaching someone your native language in exchange for learning theirs? (For instance: I'll help you practice your Spanish for 1/2 hour, if you help me with my English for 1/2 hour.)
The Houston Language Partners is a group that anyone can join who is interested in finding a partner to practice language exchange. Language exchange means teaching your native language to someone else in exchange for learning their native language. You can do this by meeting up once a week (or more) with a language exchange partner for an hour or so at a library or coffee shop. It's also a great way to make new friends and learn about other cultures. Houston is a great resource with a diverse set of languages, and there are so many people who want to learn. Let’s match up to practice and learn from each other.
We will meet socially as a group to have fun and hold speed-friending events to improve everyone's chances of finding a language partner. We will also hold events where we invite instructors to speak and give tips on how people can more effectively find practice partners and teach and learn from each other.
Don't worry about feeling embarrassed if you don't know much of the language you want to learn, whether you are a complete beginner or very advanced, you can always get better by making new friends and practicing with someone who speaks the language and knows the culture. It takes practice with a partner to improve, and that's what this group is all about: finding partners who want to learn another language from each other!
To encourage and promote multi-lingual skills
To empower people from different backgrounds to learn from each other
To promote diversity and cultural growth
To build social networks through friendly interactions
To create a scalable system for everyone in the Greater Houston community who wishes to improve their ability to communicate across cultural boundaries.