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First conversations with native Spanish speakers.

In the last couple of days I video chatted with two people from Mexico. It was such an amazing experience to speak with others that spoke Spanish and I definitely plan on doing it more often. This was the first time I spoke with natives other than the ones in my family.

Although I couldn't say a lot, they were very patient with me. Half way through the conversation, we switched to English so they could practice as well. Through this experience I realized that it is nice to help someone wanting to learn your mother tongue and that people are more than happy to return the favor.

The best part was that I was actually using the language in the way it was meant to be used: communication. Spanish words came out of my mouth, were heard by the other person and were understood. They than responded to me and I responded back. For lack of a better word, it was so Cool!

So go out there and find people who speak your target language and who want to learn your language. It will be a wonderful and beneficial exchange. Speak the language from day 1!

I used italki.com to get in contact with people and then exchanged skype usernames to begin speaking with them. Please comment about any tips you have to get the most out of a language exchange and others resources you use to get in touch with native Spanish speakers. Thank you for reading :)

4 years ago

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MarcAhuevo

Felicitaciones! Espero que vas continuar hablar con las personas que son fluidas en espanol... ese ayuda mucho! Yo soy afortunado porque tengo amgios Mexicanos, y hablo con los para practicar.

English: Congratulations! I hope you'll continue speaking with people who are fluent in Spanish... that helps a lot! I'm lucky because I have Mexican friends with which I speak to practice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Thank you! I will definitely continue. Keep up the good work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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This weekend I'm going to try and buy a headset with a mic for Skype'n with native speakers of the languages I'm learning

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

That's awesome, enjoy! Let me know how it goes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hara96

For me it is still very early to start a conversation in spanish but i want to do it one day. Now, i really feel like practicing more. Thank you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Even if you know very little Spanish, go for it! They'll know you're trying so they will be very patient. Even if your conversation is 30 seconds, it is worth it. You would be able to still communicate in the language and that is all that matters. There is always going to be room for improvement, so just start speaking with natives now :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hara96

Ok, I think I'll try it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellistea

I'm too scared!! But reading what you wrote, it is so encouraging. I'll need to get that skype thing set up, I guess. Can't imagine who'd want to speak with a middle aged woman in California, but I guess I'll eventually find out. Thanks for what your wrote - here's a lingot!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cric2014

ellistea, I am an old woman, I am 64 and I am so scared than you, I am spanish speaker, and live in México. If you want, we can try to talk and help us, you with my English, me with your Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellistea

Thanks! My actual name is Laura by the way - and in Spanish, it sounds much prettier than in English! Well, I'm on vacation this week, but when I get back, maybe two old ladies can get together, eh??? Your English is very good, by the way - I doubt I could write this sentence in Spanish at all.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cric2014

Good, write me when you return. Yo me llamo Cristina. Gracias por responder. She is your daughter? She is beautiful. Diviértete.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarlinFan

You may not need Skype if you live in California! I live in Florida and I have found many people willing to help me practice Spanish......as long as I help their English progress.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellistea

Well, you make an excellent point, however now that I'm retired, I don't run into as many Spanish speakers as when I worked. Luckily, when I was a therapist, all of my Spanish speaking clients spoke English well enough to conduct therapy sessions in English. Can you imagine trying to do marriage counseling in Spanish if you didn't speak it? One of my last clients before I retired was a couple from Colombia - thankfully, they'd gone to college and graduate school in the U.S. and were fluent in English! Of course sometimes they'd slip and start to argue in Spanish - if I could have kept up, it would have been very educational, I'm sure!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

They're are plenty of people out their who would love a chance to speak with an English speaker. We're in high demand! I haven't used it yet but I also heard of Verbling to start speaking with natives.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ellistea

Thanks for the encouragement. Nice to know I'm in demand for something . . .

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/segiosotelo19

I can help with your spanish too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

I find talking to Spanish people online can be confusing because they miss out accented letters. It took me ages one day to figure out a sentence because de and dé are two different words

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Yeah, I understand that. I prefer to video chat instead of writing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kascyo
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Congratulations man! I know how exciting is to speak with native people in the language that you're learning. I'm portuguese native speaker and I'm learning english. I also learn spanish, but I haven't enough time for both. I'm happy for you, keep it up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Thank you! I will continue to work hard and I hope you do the same. Good luck on your English and Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madwort

Congrats and thank you for the tip! :) I hope I'll be able to actually use the language at some point. I'm curious: did you speak any Spanish before joining Duolingo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

You are able to start using the language right now! Just go for it. Write a list of what is usually spoken when you meet someone, and translate it using different resources. You can even use the notes if you need to during the conversation. If something is not said right, which is bound to happen when you are learning, it is not big deal. The person you're talking with will probably understand what you were trying to get at and give you feedback. Yes, I spoke very little Spanish before joining Duolingo. I learned so much here and a lot with my independent studies but still believe I speak little Spanish. Although I do not know much, I enjoy communicating with Spanish speakers. It is a wonderful learning experience.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madwort

Heh there's a fact. Actually it reminds me of a quote by (looks it up) Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler: “If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

It goes well with language-learning imo - a lot of people are terrified of making mistakes, hone their language skills in private but won't open their mouth if the time comes. Meanwhile some happy chaps prance around with their budding Spanish, English or whatnot, enjoying their time and improving their skills.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/werkita

Yo hablo español :) con gusto los puedo ayudar

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/walejandromt

soy nativo español, skype, whatsapp para hablar y intercambiemos idiomas

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Skype is a program to video chat with others. I just use it to speak with native Spanish Speakers and exchange languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/backazimuth

Very nice post and inspiring too. Thanks and keep up the good work!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnny-jay

Thank you, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Happy language learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tamaraspeak

Hi, my name is tamara, i want to practice my english (basic english) with native english speakers, I talk spanish, i´m argentinian. I have skype, if you want make language exchange with me

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Goodmans67

Anybbody help me with European Spanish. Level 10 on Duolingo. I'm English and willing to help English students via chat or Skype

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/werkita

Oh! I am latina and I can help you if you want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmeloneill

thank you for the advice, I will try and connect with others to speak Spanish and I would be happy to help others learn English. Trying to find my way around the technology side of things!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fabrizio532276

Hi! I'm from Argentina, South America. We can help each other! What do you think? We can use Facebook, Whatsapp or Skype

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Franco___

Hello my friend, my native language is Spanish, I can teach you spanish and you teach me english, my skype is francotod2@hotmail.com, What is yours? I am available all day because Im on vacations. I hope to see you soon.

Regards

3 months ago