Native language = The language you are most comfortable speaking.
Target language = The language you wish to learn.
If you want to learn another language, a great way of getting a bit more practise and support is to set up a language exchange. You offer practise in your native language and ask for someone to help you learn your target language.
On Skype, the best way to start is first make your offer in this forum - start a new discussion or you can add it here, and then when you get responses arrange to meet on Skype at a suitable time. Then you can either spend 30 minutes on each language, or (if you are a bit more advanced) you speak your target language, and the other person speaks in their target language.
Or you could join a group where people already practise your native language and see if there are any members who speak your target language. Get to know them and then make the offer to meet up. With groups in Skype you can even get more people to join and have multiple conversations. Then help each other with "gentle" corrections to pronunciation / grammar / vocabulary. You don't have to correct everything, just the points that really matter. This way you will both gain confidence, make friends, learn about different cultures, and hopefully have fun.
Oh and if you are a native English speaker, you will be very popular.
From the Learn English Network
If you need any help in setting this up, let me know.
06-08-2011 16:09 - edited 06-08-2011 16:13
Another point, is that there are other forums in support. German / French etc. if your language is there, you can go to that forum to see if anyone is trying to learn your language.
If you don't get a reply, just keep coming back to the forum and bumping your post.
hello im mena
im 23 old and im male
i finished studing in the field of electronic engineering
and also im a portrait artist i worked in this field in my
holidays and in the summer and you can see some of my drawings later
im here searching for friends who learning like me english for
get ready for some exams like toffel and ilets and also im learning
german because i love it so much
please if u can aid me and make a voice chating to practice
please when you add me send me a message to tell me if you
added me to practice english or german
and i can also help you in arabic if you want .
my skype is orten.language
please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to work back and forth with you on Spanish. I live in NYC. If you can give me an idea of what time zone you are in and what hours work for you, we can set up a time to meet even if for short 20 minute talks and go from there.
Target language: English
Native language: Russian
I'm looking for a partner to exchange languages on Skype. If you are native English speaker and learn Russian we could be helpful to each other.
I'd be interested in knowning if this method works / has worked for you.
Have you been able to find a language exchange partner using the Support Network?
Do you and your language exchange partner meet regularly?
How do you run your sessions?
I am looking for a german speaker who could teach my husband (Los Angeles County) German for a german exam that is needed so he can come and move to Austria. Anyone here that could help???
Native Language: English
Target Language: Hindi
I've spent a bit of time in India (about 1 yr) and have a working Hindi vocabulary. I've also got a moderate background in Sanskrit. Conversational Hindi is the goal.
Btw, I teach English/Communications at a well ranked American college.