Joining a language exchange in Madrid is a great way to practice speaking your spanish and everyone is welcome and there are people from all age groups and all walks of life, plus there are no entrance fees. Locally “language exchange” is known as “Intercambios”. Language exchanges are a great opportunity to not only learn a different language, but you will be able to hear real accents, and hear the way spanish is really spoken. It is also a great opportunity to learn the culture and customs of Madrid, Spain and other numerous countries. There are people from all over the world that come to Madrid to join a language exchange and this will enable you to hear and learn about other languages, plus you can help others learn your national language while meeting new and interesting people and make lasting friendships, especially with the people of Madrid, Spain.
When you first join a language exchange you may be overwhelmed, especially if you do not speak the language or are not very fluent because spanish is spoken very fast and they use some slang and facial expressions. Don’t be shy about trying out your spanish language skills and don’t get upset if your are corrected. So you want to start talking and engaging in conversation as soon as possible and the language exchange will enable you to learn faster. Naturally you are going to want to do tours, walk around the city to meet and talk to the people, and think how great it will be to travel around the countryside and be able to interact with the people of Spain. Also, think what a joy it will be to go to a restaurant and be able to order your own food and drink, or if you want to go to a movie, read a book or watch a television show, guess what, you will be able to understand what you are reading or watching.
Think of all the new things you will be able to learn because you joined the language group, that you would not learn in a classroom setting, like about the arts and crafts of Madrid, the architecture, the history of Madrid and of Spain, plus visiting all the museums.
The language exchanges also have regular meetups. For example, a great language exchange in Madrid is called Madrid Babel and has over 25,000 members and meets every Wednesday and Sunday They also organize parties, wine-tastings, and trips. These are only an example of the activities you can enjoy with a language exchange group, but most of all, think of all the wonderful and great lasting friendships you are going to make.