Why thank you, Youtube, for recommending a whole collection of language exchange videos. As if I didn’t already have enough ways to fritter away my time!
I admit I indulged in watching Michal Grzeskowiak’s “How to make best use of a language exchange” before I wrestled myself away to go back to studying.
- Find a friendly and supportive person
- Keep your sessions short but intensive
- Choose a specific subject of interest to you and speak as much as you can
- Record your sessions and absorb all the feedback
Thanks Michal. I had never considered recording the sessions, and I haven’t always reviewed and absorbed what happens in between the sessions. Good advice.
My once a week sessions with the tutor are what I do now, but by January 1st, I want to be able to begin making small talk with native Koreans.
One 20 minute intensive, focused session of speaking Korean once a week with review in between will probably give me much more progress than hours of Koakotalk text chats. Sounds scary, actually. I don’t know if I could drag any Korean out of me. But the work I am doing now focused on making small talk is laying the groundwork. I start with one minute Youtube videos with a prepared script, with the goal of working up to 15 minute conversations.