Have you ever taught a language to your buddy?
Thread poster: RafaLee

Local time: 03:00
Spanish to English
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Jun 16, 2004

Dear all,

Have you ever taught a language to your buddy? If you have, how did you do that ?

Back in my university years, I have sucesfully taught my Chinese friend Indonesian. Firstly, I taught him 'useful' phrases such as " hey, where on earth are you?" , " he is crazy" etc. From there, I slowly taught him basic Indonesian language structure. At the end, he could say a few simple sentencesicon_smile.gif..ah..uni days..


Anna Degteva
Local time: 20:00
English to Russian
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Discount Jun 16, 2004

I'm afraid i'm going to do it soon// and he asks me to give him a discount of charge:)))) any opinions on a proper discount?


Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:00
Member (2003)
English to German
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Language exchanges Jun 26, 2004

Hi there,

I think language exchanges are a very common way of teaching and studying foreign languages. In my university in Germersheim, Germany (a university for translators and interpreters), it is very normal that the students find a native speaker of the language they study to practice their language skills.

It seems a good way of 1. improving your own language skills and those of your partner, 2. learning about the other culture and explaining your own culture, and 3. learning things that books could never teach you.


Rosemary Schmid
Local time: 13:00
Trading teaching and learning Jun 29, 2004

If you're not getting paid, then a useful and amusing way to learn and teach each other is to meet for 1 1/2 hours with a FIRM commitment to talking and listening and /or reading and writing in each other's language in a 45 minute session. You have to commit to NO talking in the other language. Then, after 45 minutes, you switch to the other language.

If you're farther along, my husband used to do this method. He would talk in English and his colleague would respond in German, for example for a given amount of time. Then, they would switch and he would talk in German and the colleague would use English. I don't think this method would work if both of you are not at least able to survive in the other language.

If you're getting paid, then you discuss with the "student" and with the student's interpreter, what areas are most interesting to the student. Language in context is much easier to learn and remember. Whatever is needed is much easier to learn!


Rosemary Schmid
Local time: 13:00
What's it worth to your friend, and what it's worth to you Jun 29, 2004

Lanskaya wrote:

I'm afraid i'm going to do it soon// and he asks me to give him a discount of charge:)))) any opinions on a proper discount?

I'm reminded of a married couple that I was asked to tutor whose English was nearly "native". I questioned whether I should be paid for the enjoyment of getting to know them. The woman said, "oh, absolutely yes. It would ruin our growing friendship if you wanted to be somewhere else or do something else and were begrudging us the time we had scheduled with you." (I discovered that for them, I was a cultural informant, a person they could trust to answer sticky questions without being personally insulted.) So, get paid, even by friends, or at least strike a truly fair trade of services AND TIME. If you don't trade language learning, then your friend can use his talents and the same amount of time to do something else for you.

If this friend is a romantic interest, so much the more so!

Good luck.


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