Do you ever have problems finding a practice partner?

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Language learning speeds up a lot if you can practice with someone who knows your goal language well, or at least knows it better than you do. I like French and I would like to learn more of it, but I don't know anyone fluent in it that I can practice with, face to face. I tried asking at the office, I asked my friends, and I looked around the local community guides. But I still haven't found someone I can speak French with in real time.


Did you ever have this problem? How did you find someone to talk to?

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It's a good question. I hope that our chat will take off, then you can find someone there. Or are you talking about in person?

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Chat is wonderful, up to a point. But it lacks a kind of fluidity and a certain quality that comes from talking in person. As introverted as I can be, I sometimes miss talking to people in the same room. :P haha

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
Chat is wonderful, up to a point. But it lacks a kind of fluidity and a certain quality that comes from talking in person. As introverted as I can be, I sometimes miss talking to people in the same room. :P haha

I completely agree. I take a lot of skype lessons, but eventually I travel to the host country to really get the feel of the language. Have you tried sites like interpals.net? They often have native speakers looking for exchanges in places I visit. Another option is meetup.com - great for meeting people to arrange future conversation, but not always great for practicing in the actual meeting

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I'm not sure about meetup but interpal looks interesting. I'm going to have to try that one later. I wonder where to start there.

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Phillip.Laplana wrote:
I'm not sure about meetup but interpal looks interesting. I'm going to have to try that one later. I wonder where to start there.

I normally just search for people looking for language exchange in my target language, who are in the desired area, and pm them. another site which I use a lot is conversationexchange.com

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