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How To Find Someone to Speak Spanish With

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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.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: One week

Here's How:

  1. Check with the English as a Second Language program at a local community college. Help a Spanish speaker learn English while you learn Spanish.
  2. Check with churches that may have Spanish members. If your community has a significant Spanish-speaking population, check first with a Catholic church.
  3. Some larger cities have international friendship associations that foster communication among people of different cultures. Contact such an organization if there is one.
  4. See if a local high school has foreign-exchange students from Spanish-speaking countries.
  5. Check with local Spanish teachers to see if they have suggestions.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Tips:

  1. Be respectful of personal and cultural differences with potential conversation partners.
  2. 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.
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