5 FREE Ways to Practice English with a Native Speaker
Practice is key to becoming a fluent English speaker. Even after studying English years in a classroom, many students still struggle to speak the language. This is because they don’t practice speaking English often enough. How can you practice speaking English? Find a friend who speaks English. What if you don’t have any English speaking friends? Don’t worry there are several language learning platforms where you can connect with native English speakers for FREE. Not only is this a great way to practice but it’s also an opportunity to meet someone new and learn about their culture.
Most people already know that italki, the popular language website and app, lets you find and hire language teachers to teach you virtually any language. What most people don’t know, is that in addition to the paid service, italki also offers a FREE service where you can find “conversation partners”. Conversation partners, unlike language teachers, aren’t language learning professionals. They are just native speakers who are willing to trade their language skills for yours. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs for FREE. It’s a lot of fun and we recommend it.
Speaky is a FREE platform, available as both a mobile app and website, that allows you to find native English speakers all over the world. The website has a large community of speakers which makes finding the ideal language partner easy. Meeting a person from another country, besides allowing you to learn a new language, also allows you to learn more about the culture and make a new friend. It’s been proven that learning a language with friends makes the process easier.
LingoGlobe is a free language exchange community where students can find native English speakers that are willing to help them learn the language. When you first register on the website, you fill out a questionnaire that determines your language level and adjusts your preferences accordingly. The website includes all the necessary elements needed for language learning – interaction with native language speakers, free resources, and a community of fellow learners.
4. My Language Exchange
My Language Exchange is another language exchange website where you can exchange language services with another person around the world. While the My Language Exchange website is pretty outdated, they claim to have a proven language exchange method and also free lesson plans. Their powerful search tool and community of millions of language learners lets you find compatible language partners, no matter what your interests are, where you live, or what language you want to learn.
5. The Mixxer
The Mixxer is a free virtual language exchange site using Skype created by Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and open to all. It’s available both as a website and as an Android app. The way it works is you chat with users on the website and invite them to talk to them on Skype.
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