TANDEM Language Exchange in Madrid: Practice Conversational Spanish

Tandem Language exchange, Conversational Spanish

TANDEM LANGUAGE EXCHANGE ® … what sets us apart

Learning a language can not be limited only to the hours we spent in the classroom. Not even the hours we spent in the country where the language is spoken. To really learn a language and reach a level of good communication in all kinds of contexts, you need to mingle with the locals, learn with them, share experiences … So in TANDEM Madrid, beyond our interesting classes, our expert teachers always caring about your learning at all times and a family friendly environment. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a TANDEM language exchange for conversational Spanish practice. Having a “TANDEM Partner” is fundamental to us, part of our philosophy and methodology and we’d like to share it with you.

If you do your course at TANDEM Madrid, you can expect more than great lessons in the classroom. You also keep learning after leaving the school, making friends, discovering this wonderful city and especially sharing your own language, that wealth that we all have and we want to increase.

HOW TANDEM LANGUAGE EXCHANGE WORKS

If you are a student of TANDEM Madrid you can participate in our TANDEM language exchange program. The activities are usually conducted international meetings between students of different nationalities of 1 or 2 hours, exchange parties in the courtyard, various cultural activities related to cultural and language exchange, etc. Also, if your course is at least two weeks, you’ll can have a TANDEM Partner. This means that you will contact another student who is native in the language that you learn and that are interested in your native language. The TANDEM partners are the best opportunity to make friends, to put into practice everything you do in class, learn more about the culture, the city, society … and above all to have fun and make the most of your stay in Madrid.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO PARTICIPATE

You just need to fill in the online form below to be informed about the activities taking place in the coming months and to be able to find a TANDEM Partner. Also through social networks and our blog for Spanish courses you can follow our activities and read the experiences of other students who enjoyed or enjoy a tandem.
If we contact you to offer the possibility to contact a TANDEM Partner is important to communicate us whether the exchange works or not, if you have managed to find a time to meet, if the person you’ve contacted has a similar profile, sufficient for the exchange work. If you meet someone, but you see he/ she is not the TANDEM Partner you thought, you can write us and try to find someone else. All we want is to form TANDEM Partners that that work and to maximize your opportunity to learn through the exchanges.

TANDEM LANGUAGE EXCHANGE TIPS: The first meeting

Before the first meeting there is not much to prepare. It is a first approach to the other person. A neutral and informal place like a cafe might be a good alternative. In this first meeting they may sometimes violate the rules of operation of the tandem such as the separation of languages in order to clarify some organizational issues:

  • How often and how long are we going to meet? (Originally recommended 30 minutes for each language and not more than 2 or 3 times a week to prevent excesses. It can be increased later)
    How long will we learn together?
  • What specific problems do we have with the language?
  • What are our learning objectives? Are there particular situations or contexts for which we need the language?
  • How are we going to correct each other?
  • How are we going to work? (materials, predominantly oral or written work, etc.)
  • Finally: where are we go
    ing to meet next time?

TANDEM TIPS: Rules of Use

1 – We meet regularly. This rule is self-explanatory, as you can only make progress if you study regularly and perseverance and you also try to be serious about keeping the meetings.
2 – We alternate as apprentices and advisers; in every meeting we speak both languages. It is especially important in exchanges to give freedom to learners. The learner is who determines what he/ she wants to learn. ‘Private teachers “are not welcome in the exchanges. Everyone is responsible for their own learning.
3 – We share the time to be dedicated to each language in a fair manner and at every stage we speak only one language. This is the most important and the most ‘difficult’ rule to be met: if we fall into temptation and speak more often in language that is easier for both, then the dialogue tends to a certain direction and one component stops obtaining each one’s rightful part in the exchange.

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