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- Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy.
Today, I'm going to be giving you some tips
that will help you find native speaks you can practise with.
We all know that practising with native speakers
is one of the best ways of becoming fluent
in another language, in this case English.
They can help you with your pronunciation,
they can help you improve your listening,
you might learn lots of new slang phrases
and casual and informal phrases with them.
You might pick up some idioms, some new verbs,
loads of new vocabulary.
So many of my students ask me
how they can access native speakers
because it isn't that easy.
Many want to make friends with native speakers
but don't how to find them or how to approach them.
In this video, we will discuss different ways
in which you can find native speakers, talk to them,
and persuade them to help you.
Let's get started with the video.
Tip one is access natives on the go.
This first point covers two great tools.
Private tutors and language partners.
But what's the difference?
Well, in simple terms,
you pay a private tutor for their time.
And a language partner forms part
of a mutually beneficial arrangement
where no money is exchanged.
You help them with their desired language,
the language they're learning, probably your mother tongue,
and they in exchange help you
with the language that you'll learning,
normally their mother tongue.
For example, if I wanted to learn Spanish,
I would find a native Spanish person
who wants to learn English
and I would exchange with them.
So, we have private tutors and language partners.
The best way to learn a language
is to combine these two tools.
Schedule in frequent paid classes with the private tutors.
These are normally easier to find
and will help you to follow
a more structured learning programme.
And complement this with sessions with a language partner.
You learn new skills with the tutor
and put them into practise with the language partner.
The sponsor of this video, italki, is the perfect solution
as it offers both of these tools
from the convenience of your mobile phone.
You will have heard me mention italki before.
It's a huge online database
of both native and community teachers
offering very affordable private classes
for over 130 languages.
Why is it relevant for this video?
Well, italki have just relaunched their mobile phone app
so you can find and access these teachers
and language partners on the go from your mobile.
All you have to do is download the app
using the link in the description box and create an account.
Once you've signed in,
you can explore everything the app has to offer.
This is specially great as italki also has
a language partner programme where you can type in
whichever language you want to practise,
choose whether or not you want a native speaker,
and even decide where you would like them to be from.
You can then see all of the available language partners
and also see if they're wanting to learn your language.
Then you can contact them
and see if they'd like to practise.
I'm so excited about this app because it means
that you can access this amazing combination
of finding a private tutor and a language partner
from your mobile phone wherever you are.
You can access natives on the go.
It's a great way to participate and customise lessons
that cater to your learning interests and needs.
Clink on the link in the description box
to download the app and start the process.
Number two, another idea for finding
language exchange partners
is contact a local language school
that teaches your language.
You'll be surprised at the amount of language schools around
that teach your language.
Obviously there are English schools everywhere,
but if you live in Poland
there are probably quite a few schools
that teach Polish to foreigners.
Same for anywhere in the world.
The teachers and organisers there
are probably desperate to find people
that will practise with their students.
Get in contact with them with a nice introductory email
and let them know which languages you speak
and what you are looking to practise.
You never know, they may be able to put you in contact
with a native speaker.
I experienced this first hand
when I studied Spanish in Spain.
Lots of native Spanish speakers would come to the school
and put down their name to be paired up
with a native English or native French speaker.
If both parties agreed to meet,
well, we would go to a bar and practise
1/2 an hour in one language and 1/2 an hour in another.
Normally by the end of the evening
it was just a massive muddle of languages
but it was really, really good fun.
So I highly recommend that you try out this method,
and you might even make some new friends.
Tip number three could be considered a little controversial
and I urge you to do this with a lot of care.
The third tip is to comment down below
and try and find a like-minded language partner.
You're not necessarily going to find a native speaker
in the comment section
because people are here normally to learn English,
but you might find a nice group of like-minded people
that are all striving to speak fluent English.
I know that a lot of people form
Facebook groups and WhatsApp groups.
All I ask is that you are very, very careful,
specially if you're under the age of 18.
If you would like to try and find a language partner,
then you can comment down below with your age,
where you're from, the languages you speak,
and the languages that you are looking to practise.
I don't want to have to say this but I will say this.
This is not an opportunity
to find a girlfriend or boyfriend.
Number four is try playing video games.
And as a teacher (laughs) I never thought
I would recommend video games.
But when I was teaching in a language school
there was one guy who spoke
the most incredible American English
and he'd never been to America.
And I said, "Where have you gotten this accent
"and vocabulary from?"
Expecting him to say movies or TV shows.
And he said gaming.
A lot of video games nowadays have a voice chat option.
And if you join a specific server,
you can interact with speakers
of the language that you are trying to learn.
The best part of this is no one knows who you are
so you don't have to be afraid of making mistakes
and you don't have to be afraid of embarrassing yourself.
If gaming is something that you do anyway,
why not try incorporating practising English
into your hobby?
If you manage to find somebody that is amazingly helpful,
somebody who corrects you,
somebody who teaches you new phrases,
try and play with them more often.
They're enjoying themselves anyway,
you might as well get something out of the interaction.
Tip number five is use the website Meetup.
So, the website Meetup is what it says on the tin.
It's a website where people host meet ups,
social gatherings.
A hot topic on Meetup is language exchanges.
All you have to do is search language exchange
and your city or town
and see if something is going on in the near future.
If there isn't anything going on,
try setting one up yourself.
It's a little bit daunting but you don't know until you try.
At the very least it's an amazing opportunity
to meet loads of people
from all different parts of the world.
I used to go to language exchanges in London
and I absolutely loved them.
I always used to scout a few students as well
when I was teaching.
Funny story, actually, about a meet up. (laughs)
I went to a language exchange in London
and there was a face painter there
painting faces with glitter.
So all of my friends went away
and got their face painted whilst I was in the toilet.
And whilst I was in the toilet I received a message saying,
"Don't forget to go straight up and get your face painted."
So I went there and she said, "What would you like?"
And I said, "I don't know, a watermelon?"
And the face painter looked at me and said,
"You want a watermelon?"
I said, "Yes, a watermelon."
I thought it would look really cute,
I like watermelons, it's one of my favourite fruits.
So she said, "Okay, I will paint you
"a watermelon on your face."
And so she painted this beautiful glittery watermelon
and I went to meet my friends
and they all had the flag of their country on their face
because that was the entire point of the language exchange,
you had your native language's flag on your face.
But I had a watermelon.
And everyone was coming up to me and saying,
"So, where are you from?" (laughs)
And I was just like, "Honey, do you mind?"
(Lucy laughs)
That was meant to be a joke 'cause honeydew's a melon.
No, it was embarrassing, I just had to explain
that I didn't understand the whole face-painting process.
The last tip I have is number six
and it is join language learning groups on Facebook.
There are so many groups on Facebook
and they can be a little bit overwhelming.
My advice is to look for very small groups
or start your own.
The groups with 50,000 members,
you'll be surprised at how empty they are.
A lot of people have joined because it's a big group
but no one really participates.
Look for small language exchange groups on Facebook
and join them.
And if there aren't any that look legit to you,
start your own and see if like-minded people join.
I used to post in a lot of language learning groups
when I started my channel.
I used to share my videos there.
And I was amazed at how helpful people were in these groups.
They may not all be native speakers,
there are a lot of very accomplished non-native speakers
in these groups,
and they are so so helpful
to anyone who has a question or a doubt.
Right, that's it for today's lesson.
I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you learned something.
Don't forget to click on the link in the description box
and download the relaunched italki app.
Go on there, find yourself a private tutor
and find yourself a language partner
and combine those two tools.
Honestly, it's a great way of learning a language.
Don't forget to connect with me on all of my social media.
I've got my Facebook, my Instagram, and my Twitter.
And I shall see you soon for another lesson.
(Lucy blows a raspberry)
Just gonna lick this apple.
Yeah, much better.
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