As a language student, at first, I found it difficult to communicate outside of class with the ease that correspond to my level. I felt clumsy and had a hard time integrating.
As a teacher, I also saw it sometimes with my students: they did well with the exercises, but it was difficult for them to speak and express themselves as they were.
It is logical.
If lessons focus on a specific grammatical aspect and many exercises are done on the same thing to assimilate it, a false image of progress arises.
Therefore, applications are helpful for the most mechanical part of learning but not for gaining fluency.
When I started going to language exchanges, despite the background noise (they were in cafes) and not knowing the people, I noticed that I could communicate better.
Nobody could correct me because I was not in class, but I gained fluency.
Now imagine meeting in small groups with a coffee ahead to chat about topics that interest you.
Imagine that, at the same time, you are practicing Spanish with someone who can clarify your doubts.
Now that you live in Malaga, I suppose you would like to stop feeling like a tourist and become part of its vibrant atmosphere.
I am sure you already know how to order a beer and a tapa in a bar and ask how much a kilo of bananas costs in the market, right? But it is not enough.
It is great to communicate in English with the many people from outside who live here. However, you feel like you are missing a crucial part of the city you now consider home.
You can always sign up for a Spanish course for residents. But if you are not a huge fan of formal classes with a book and want to practice in a more relaxed environment, keep reading.
We will meet once a week in a cafeteria where we can chat in small groups about topics that interest you.
Motivation is essential for learning, and with topics that interest you, you will remember what you have learned for longer.
Furthermore, by being out of class, little by little, you will lose your fear of communicating in real situations.
When you relax, your brain assimilates what it learns better, and you remember it easier. You have probably heard: "I speak a language better after having two beers." That is because you become uninhibited and are not aware of the mistakes you make.
That is my goal, but with a coffee ahead (I want to see if it works the same ;-)).
It is always positive to leave your comfort zone, practice in “uncontrolled” environments, and be in contact with the language in every possible way.
You do not need to do homework or dedicate hours and hours to it.
15-20 minutes a week to read a text or watch a video before meeting is enough. This way, we can spend the time we are together chatting.
I will explain any grammatical and vocabulary doubts that may arise and correct the pronunciation. I am a teacher, after all. Furthermore, it is about making the meetings as beneficial as possible for you.
€10 per session/person
Write to me to firstname.lastname@example.org
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