Participate in a language exchange
Although the vast majority of language exchange partners are genuine, there are a few individuals out there who may have something else in mind; so, always meet in a safe public place such as a coffee shop.
A language exchange is NOT a language lesson. Your focus should be on developing confidence and fluency by applying whatever language you have to hand. Think of it as an opportunity to apply and practice what you have already learned.
Ask your partner to correct any obvious mistakes you make; but remember, unless he or she is an English teacher, the advice you get may not always be 100% correct, so after each exchange, double check whatever your partner has told you. And of course, the opposite is true, so don’t beoffended if your partner double checks your Chinese!
Encourage your partner to use everyday English, and to speak as naturally as they can, as this authenticity helps add a cultural dimension to the language, will complement your formal studies, and better prepare you for real world situations.
Agree how long the exchange sessions should be before you start, and make sure an equal amount of time is devoted to each
language. Actively avoid the natural tendency to favor the stronger shared language. If you have decided to spend
30 minutes on each language, then 30 minutes on each it should be.
And finally, relax and enjoy the experience!