Finding a Language Partner
Finding a language partner or teacher can be the best thing you do in your English learning journey. But, it’s not always as simple as that, so let’s look at how you can find a partner and continue practising for a long time.
What is a Language Partner?
A language partner is someone you can practise English with, but also help them learn your native language. If you want to save money, you can find a language partner where you help each other. If you want the most time in English conversation, then you can pay for an online tutor to chat to.
Finding the Right Language Partner
Be patient to find the right language partner. Sometimes the level just won’t work even if you have a good connection. Ideally, look for someone with a similar level to you and it’s more likely you will speak 50/50.
If they are much better than you then it feels like speaking in the language you’re learning is just a favour to you. If you are equal then both languages must be used to get certain points across.
Don’t be discouraged if you have a few bad experiences – it’s just like friendship or dating – you can’t expect everyone to be a good match for you. In fact, the same goes for finding a personal tutor.
What if I’m Shy?
Try a 15-minute talk with someone to dip your toe in the water.
It will be scary. You will be nervous days beforehand, but just think about where you could be in 5 year’s time!
How to Keep a Good Relationship
Be sure to offer a time for your next meeting at the end of your talk. A regular time every week would be ideal.
When it’s time to switch over, be sure to remind them to speak your language too.
Do your best to talk in your language and don’t be lazy. Consider writing corrections for them as well – you scratch my back, I scratch yours.