Language exchanges have been a core part of my language learning strategy since the very beginning. Sitting down with a real person and practising a new language over a coffee (or something stronger) is one of my favourite things in life.
That’s why I welcome this guest post today from Santiago Montero, founder and director of Spanish Tutor DC. Santiago has spent more than 15 years integrating the fields of education and mass media in Europe and Latin America, and offers us an interesting discussion comparing language exchanges with more traditional study methods.
Is drinking with new friends the best language learning solution?
Peer-to-peer websites like MeetUp are connecting those who want to learn a language with those who can already speak it in cafes and bars across the country.
Are people really able to improve their language skills this way, or is there more drinking than learning taking place?
Whether it’s Italian coffee or Spanish beer, there’s something special about drinking with a new companion that seems to perfectly compliment language learning.
Thanks to the internet and peer-to-peer websites specifically, people who were previously unable, or unlikely, to meet foreign language speakers, now have plenty of chances to meet international drinking partners with similar language learning goals. Continue reading…