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08/21/2017 - 09:08 | bryantt

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You're learning a language and have decided to put it to real use.  What better way to practice then to converse with someone learning your native language?  So you've created an account on the Mixxer or another site, and now you're wondering how to get a language partner.  Now what?

First, check your own profile. (My Account -> Edit -> Main Profile on the Mixxer).  Does it have a picture?  It doesn't have to be of you.  A scenic picture of your country, a friendly pet, it doesn't really matter too much.  Any picture will improve your odds. Second, did you explain in your comments or description why you're learning the language?  This will help others decide if you're serious.  If you don't take the time to explain why you're here, others are less likely to take the time to send a message.  

Next, if you're serious about practicing, you're probably going to want more than one partner.  Everyone is busy, and people's motivation and availability is going to vary over time.  I'd recommend trying to arrange exchanges with two to four people and then see how it goes with each of them.

Now it's time to send messages.  On the Mixxer, the Profile Search is to the left.  Select the languages and then there are two other options, Country and Age.   Most users seem to only search for people their own age.  Especially if you're younger, I'd reconsider.  The fear seems to be that there won't be anything to discuss.  I doubt that's true.  You know almost nothing about their life, country and culture.  It shouldn't be hard to think of questions and find an interesting topic.  It's also good practice to speak with all kinds of people.  Finally, if you're serious about learning, it's my experience that older users on average make for more reliable partners.

So you've browsed the profiles, see a potential partner and click the button to send a message, but what should you write?  It's up to you, but every introductory message should include these things:

  • A friendly greeting
  • Your interest in learning their native language and why
  • Willingness to help them learn your native language
  • Your Skype name along with days and times when you're usually available.  Be sure to include the time difference if there is one.  Check http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ if you're not sure.

How many people should you contact?  This site limits you to 20 messages per day, but that's only so I can catch spam bots before they send their junk to every user on the site.  You should send messages until you have found two or three people with whom you've agreed on a time to speak with via Skype.  I usually suggest writing 5-10 messages the first day and then doing so again four or five days later.  Keep going until you have a comfortably full schedule, whatever that may be for you.

Good luck.  Feel free to leave any other tips in the comments below.

 

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Mis comidas favoritas...

08/18/2017 - 13:25 | Jenniffer Gray

Es difícil nombrar sólo una o dos comidas favoritas. 

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El medioambiente

08/18/2017 - 13:22 | Jenniffer Gray

Me encantaría compartir ideas de cómo cuidar nuestro planeta...

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Bonjour!

08/18/2017 - 13:17 | Rebecca Barck

Je voudrais que mes classes parlent de l'actualité et des thèmes comme l'environnement, la santé, etc. 

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Lecturas de verano

08/18/2017 - 13:09 | Marisa Perez-Grose
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summer films

08/18/2017 - 13:02 | Jenniffer Gray
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corrected essay 1

08/17/2017 - 09:59 | brittany.donaldson

Hola, me llamo brittany Donaldson. Soy intelegente, graciosa y alegre.

Soy estudiante en Espranza, Eatsern University y farmaceutica.

Mi modre es muy inteligente , ella es idealista y, hermosa.

Sin profesion, mi madre esta enferma en casa. Nosotras somo muy unidas, parecemos.

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English movies to watch

08/13/2017 - 11:43 | discoverindia_101
 
Forrest Gump
The Pursuit of Happyness
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Kung Fu Panda
Million Dollar Arm
Up
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Green Mile
A Beautiful Mind
Bruce Almighty
Dallas Buyers Club
3 Idiots - 2009 Film 
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - 2001 Film 
I Am Kalam
The Karate Kid (2010)
Iqbal (2005) 
The Social Network
Freedom Writers
OMG – Oh My God!
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Finding Nemo
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Into the Wild
Phas Gaye Re Obama
Band Baaja Baaraat
Taare Zameen Par/Like Stars on Earth
Well Done Abba
Ratatouille
Chak De! India
Soul Surfer
You Don't Get Life a Second Time/Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Dil Chahta Hai
F.A.L.T.U
The King's Speech
Yes Man
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Groundhog Day
swades  
Mr Bean's Holiday
The World's Fastest Indian
Patch Adams
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
Warrior (2011)
Seven Pounds (2008)
October Sky
Conversations With God
The Bucket List (2007)
Cast Away (2000)
Good Will Hunting
Secretariat (2010)
I Am Sam (2001)
the blind side
PK - 2014 film
Joy (2015)
Guru (2007)
The Internship (2013)
The Intern (2015)
Begin Again (2013)
The Founder
The Wolf of Wall Street
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Looking for German and Chinese exchange

08/13/2017 - 06:26 | jocelyn liao

Hi, I am Jocelyn.I born in Taiwan.I am going to study in German in September.I am studying German now.If you are looking for someone who can give you some help of learning Chinese and you are willing to help me with German or English,please contact me.
My email:mykonos128@gmail.com

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different ways to learn new languages.

08/12/2017 - 12:15 | discoverindia_101
different ways to learn new languages. 
 
 
Find local meetups to meet people in your city to practice language. 
 
Search "Language exhange" groups related to your city in Facebook and join meetups or find people to talk or organize meetup 
 
Examples of Groups in facebook.
 
Moscow Language Exchange
 
Language Exchange Club Barcelona
 
Language Exchange Club Wroclaw
 
 
Language Exchange Krakow
 
Riga Language Exchange
 
Language Exchange Club Warsaw
 
Language Exchange in Prague
 
 
Language Exchange Bucharest
 
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Same way as above you can search facebook groups of "polyglot"
 
which help you to find people to talk in your city and learn language. 
 
 
 
Example
POLYGLOT CLUB- MERIDA, VENEZUELA
 
Polyglots German Group
 
Polyglot Club - Hungary
 
Polyglot Meetup Madrid
 
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In the same way as above you can also join meetups of "toastmasters"
 
Example 
 
 
Toastmasters Tbilisi
 
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in the same way you can also join CouchSurfing meetups to talk with people around the world and also you can get free accomodations during your travel or you can provide free accomodation in your home during others travel and talk with them to learn language. 
 
You can join their website CouchSurfing.com
 
you can also join facebook groups 
 
Couchsurfing Krakow
 
CouchSurfing Warsaw
 
 
 
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