Where can I find Spanish language "buddies"?
Hola! I've progressed quite a bit with Duolingo in Spanish, but I find I struggle to find someone in my community to practice Spanish with because I move for my job so frequently (and a lack of Spanish speakers present often enough). Does anyone have a suggestion of where I might make a friend, spanish partner, etc. who can assist me? Gracias in advance.
Here is something I posted last week:
If your area has many Spanish-speaking immigrants, there are probably Beginner English classes (or citizenship classes) at a library, adult school, church basement, etc. Talk to a teacher (more productive than an administrator) and volunteer to help do whatever - practice vocabulary, pronunciation, help a student edit their paper, etc. It's a great way to meet English learners, and it will help your Spanish too.
And you'll probably be able to establish a study partner who you can meet with outside class, and switch between English practice and Spanish practice. My immigrant study partner A. was enormously helpful with my Spanish. Most immigrants I know would give their right arm for a native-speaker study partner. My experience is with Mexican immigrants, and they are always very patient with my butchered Spanish because they know their own difficulties learning English.
I never thought about seeking immigrants that are actively trying to learn English in a class. This is a GREAT tip. You deserve some lingots . . . just don't spend it all in one night.
Most immigrants I know would give their right arm for a native-speaker study partner.
Some people pay for 1-on-1 language partners.
Thanks! Dos consejos:
If you offer to meet them at a coffee shop, that offer will be interpreted as an invitation. In Mexican culture, he who invites, pays. ALWAYS. So either meet at neutral turf like the library, or be prepared to pay, or for your second meeting, wait for them to invite.
In Mexican culture, it is rude to refuse an invitation. But it is not rude at all to say yes, and then not show up. So I learned that when I make a study date, I tell them, "En mi cultura, es un GRAN grosaría, no aparecer para una cita. Quiere decir que no quiere ver a esa persona nunca. Jamas! Pero si no puedes aparecer, si me avisamas por telefono, todo está bien. (In my culture, it is a horribly rude to arrange to meet someone, and not show up. It implies that you never want to see them again. But if you call and tell them you can't come, then everything is fine.) They are always STUNNED when I tell them that it's insulting - to them it would be an insult to tell you no when you invite them.
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I'm more likely to meet some one from the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico in the NYC but I will remember to be polite, clear and explicit.
I'm reading this article right now "New York City Libraries Struggle to Meet Demand for English-Language Classes." I doubt that I'll have a lot of time to meet in person but hopefully I can find some one that won't mind practicing over the phone. I can also try to find a partner at the local Catholic church during Spanish services.
Ooh! Lucky you! You have access to virtually thousands of English learners! I know you're short on time... but if you're a regular at the parish, here are two possibilities: A. join a Bible study in Spanish -they'll be tremendously patient with you, and since you can reference the study scripture in English, you'll have clues about the subject. We have a Chinese immigrant in our Bible study, and she doesn't speak that much, but it's an environment where she feels safe making mistakes. B. If you find a study partner during services, arrange to talk after service each week, for just 15 minutes. There will be someplace in the building where you can sit and talk (even a bench in a hallway), and since you're both already there, it only costs you an extra 15 minutes per week!