Questions tagged [language-exchange]

Questions related to learning a language by regularly communicating with a native (or near-native) speaker of your target language, whom you help learning your native language. Also known as tandem learning. Note that this is not a teaching approach; for teaching, use the [teaching] tag or the [teaching-methods] tag.

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How can one find a conversation partner for a language that is scarce on language exchange websites?

Suppose, for example, that you are a native English speaker who would like to learn Icelandic. There are no Icelanders where you live and the only ones you come across on Italki, Language Exchange and ...
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Way to prevent speaking fluency of acquired language to be lost or possibly enhance it further

In general fluency, there was a related question: How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language? which suggest speaking to yourself a lot. But how about your general speaking fluency? I have a ...
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What is the proper etiquette for a nonnative speaker who wants to practice Mandarin at a Chinese supermarket in the US?

There is a Chinese supermarket in the US I often shop at. I often hear the staff speaking Mandarin or Cantonese, and occasionally Hakka or Fujianese, amongst themselves and to Chinese customers. I can ...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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How to use a speaking partner?

There are two types of speaking partners that you can use. The first type is just a regular person who is learning your language, and the two of you speak to each other for, say, 30 minutes in one ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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What should I focus on if I only have 10-20 minutes a day, with speaking practice once a week?

I have a friend who is willing to help me speaking a relatively rare language here in the U.S. (Afaan Oromo) once a week over the phone. When I was calling him regularly several months ago, I would ...
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Does anybody know why Lang-8 stopped accepting new membership?

I've heard a lot of good things about this language exchange site called Lang-8. I was going to check it out for myself, but was rerouted to this thing called HiNative. Later, I learned that Lang-8 ...
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How many Languages can we speak fluently [duplicate]

I am speaking many languages but I m pinned down each time and can't speak more than four languages fluently at the same time, I noticed that I can only keep 4 languages even if I try to learn a new ...
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What are some techniques/methods that you would suggest for an online tandem learning relation to work?

I got to know this guy from the Internet, I'm a Vietnamese living in Germany and learning German; he is a German living in Vietnam and learning Vietnamese. I really want this tandem learning thing to ...
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Practical guide for teaching a language for someone with no teaching experience

I've studied a couple of languages, including one year of Arabic (in which I learned no verbs at all, so my communication skills are bad). I received a proposal to exchange language teaching with ...
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How effective are mobile/desktop apps for learning a language?

I'm not sure this is the right spot for this question but I think it is appropriate and on topic. I speak fluently one foreign language (from here on referred as L2) aside from my own native language ...
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How to motivate a tandem partner to do exercises that are not part of a compulsory language test?

Over the last two years, I have worked with tandem partners from China who come to Germany to study at university. Before they can attend courses at university, they first need to prove their ...
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How does a paid online tutor compare to a language exchange partner?

For example, italki offers online teachers that you pay for, as well as language exchange partners for free. What significant differences should I be aware of between these two options? Are they more-...
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Which language correction sites have a large number of active Mongolian speakers?

I've been (kind of) learning Mongolian for over a year, and I've been actively correcting native speakers of Mongolian on lang-8 during that time. There aren't a lot of Mongolian users, and many of ...
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Is there an online resource to exchange grammar corrections in one's native and target languages?

I have a text written in English (scientific). I want to ask somebody to give me some advice in writing and grammar. I have time to do the same for other persons in Spanish, my native language. Is ...
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Effectiveness of tandem learning

Since the early 2000s, it has become quite fashionable to do a tandem language learning. You find a native speaker who wants to learn your language, you meet and talk about anything. In ideal case, ...