I wanted to let you know about a great website where you can find tandem partners to help practice the language you are learning:
This website has been a tremendous resource for me.
Using this site, I have met many interesting people to speak with by email and in real time over Skype in the target foreign languages I am learning.
Tips For Learning From Foreign Language Speakers
First, let me congratulate you: Bilingualism is great for your brain.
Now, when it comes to working with a language learning partner, there are (at least) two ways to maximize the experience.
The first is to write each message 50% in your own language and 50% in the target language. That way, each of you receives equal exposure.
Of course, the equality of this exchange depends on the amount that each of you write.
The second option is to trade weeks:
One week in your mother tongue and one week in your target language.
Now, sometimes my Magnetic Memory coaching clients and students in my memory courses worry that they won’t be able to come up with enough topics to speak to their tandem partner about. In some cases, talk about work and the weather can dry up pretty quickly.
That’s why I’ve created a list of very interesting themes (which are more effective than topics) for my coaching clients to use.
There are 88 themes in total and they’re all now included in the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass.
How to Record Your Language Learning Sessions
Here’s another tip for you:
No matter how you meet your language learning partners, record the sessions.
You can easily learn languages online and then review those lessons as often as you wish.
And Olly Richards and I go even deeper on the topic with our discussion about online language learning here.
Learn From Language Learners
Although I don’t consider myself a polyglot (just a normal language lover), I learn a lot from people who can speak multiple languages.
Kerstin Hammes has many great ideas too.
Then there are the Magnetic Memory Method success stories.
Check out what Richard Gilzean has accomplished with German phrases, for example.
If all these resources don’t get you addicted to language learning, I don’t know what will!