Here are a few tips on how to get natives to respond to your requests and build a lasting conversation exchange in English.
Make your intentions clear from the outset. Rather than a simple post saying ‘ I need to improve my English, please help me’ Tell them you prefer speaking in English because you need the
practise. Explain in your post, why it is important to you, explain what you like about English and why you need it. This gives the other people an idea about what you are looking for and can lead to an interesting conversation.
Communicate your passion for the language.
We all have different reasons, communicate in the best possible way that you can, why you find the english language interesting, is the expressions? Is it the accent? What have you seen or heard that makes you want to learn this language?
Are you self-conscious? If the answer is yes, you need to work on this. One of the main reasons, you have not improved is because you are afraid of what the person might think of you. When learning a language, you will of course make mistakes and find the other person laughs, thinking it was cute. It can be embarrassing for most but never let it hold you back, if you can add a little humor into the conversation, I’d say its a pretty good start and you’d be surprised how your language exchange experience develops.
Set your targets. Try to have a clear idea about what you want to learn and stick to it. Keep a record and review it regularly to see your progress, you’ll soon feel confident and motivated enough to continue your language learning journey.
Show interest in your language partner.
Show interest in your language partner. A vital part of learning is knowing about the person you are talking to you. You will pick up so much information about the language, culture and expressions. Learning is also about listening, so ask questions (appropriate questions :)) and listen and learn.
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