It's easier to work on your Spanish speaking skills when you have a native speaker to talk to. Here are some suggestions for finding someone you can talk with.
Time Required: One week
- Check with the English as a Second Language program at a local community college. Help a Spanish speaker learn English while you learn Spanish.
- Check with churches that may have Spanish members. If your community has a significant Spanish-speaking population, check first with a Catholic church.
- Some larger cities have international friendship associations that foster communication among people of different cultures. Contact such an organization if there is one.
- See if a local high school has foreign-exchange students from Spanish-speaking countries.
- Check with local Spanish teachers to see if they have suggestions.
- Post a request on a bulletin board in a place frequented by Spanish speakers. Again, someone might be willing to trade Spanish conversation for English conversation.
- If all else fails, find a Spanish-language chat room that matches your interests. You may be able to find someone with whom you can schedule a voice chat.
- Be respectful of personal and cultural differences with potential conversation partners.
- Don't go it alone if you don't have to. Learning a language often is more fun and more productive in a small group than when conversing one on one.