Guest post by Kenzo of new, free language exchange website Moshimosh.co.uk!
There are two basic reasons that conversation is crucial to language learning success:
- it solidifies the grammar and vocabulary that you learn in lessons and textbooks
- it teaches you forms of the language that lessons and textbooks rarely cover
MoshiMosh.co.uk gives you a flexible, effective and FREE way to add real conversation practice to your language learning process.
Here are Kenzo’s TOP 5 TIPS for using getting the most from conversation practice:
1. Don’t aim for perfection, aim for communication
While during a lesson, you will be required to create flawless sentences and any errors will be rectified, that is not what conversation practice is about. Conversation practice is about you being able to get across everything you want to say and understanding everything your partner is saying.
This means that mistakes are okay, as long as they aren’t so serious that the other person doesn’t understand what you mean. It also means that you have a very different challenge. During a lesson, you’ll be asked to say specific sentences. During a conversation, you’ll need to be able to express anything and everything your brain comes up with. That’s the goal with conversation practice – to be able to express whatever you want and avoid the temptation to just say the things you have already covered in class.
2. Note what you need to work on
Unlike a textbook, a conversation can go anywhere and usually lacks a documented structure. You are essentially exposed to the whole language at once, rather than a little bite-size chunk of it that you would get from a chapter of a textbook.
This means that you might come up against a lot of things that you struggle with. You may realise there are words, forms of grammar and topics that you really need to work on. After your conversation (not during), think back over the things that you struggled to say or struggled to understand. If you have time, you could even make a few notes on what you need to do. You can then focus your study on these things so that you are ready for the next time they come up.
3. Speak with a variety of partners
One of the great things about Japanese and English are the huge range of ways that people use the language. A person’s use of their language is a product of their age, the places they have lived, their personality and the types of people they like to socialise with. This rich diversity also makes languages more difficult.
Thus it is a fun challenge to expose yourself to a different forms of the language. The best way to do this is to actively seek out a good range of conversation partners of both genders, all ages and from different regions. Joining MoshiMosh will allow you to chat with a range of people.
4. Practise consistently
This is perhaps the most important thing to do – ensure you practise consistently. You need to log hours of talking the language before it will start to flow easily. You also need to practise regularly so that each conversation builds on what learned before. Fortunately, the more you practise, the more enjoyable the process becomes. Each hour of practice makes the next practice session that much easier.
5. Be a good language exchange partner in return
Language exchange means that you get valuable practice time, but you must give your time in return. If you would like to have helpful conversation partners when you are practising, you should yourself be a good conversation partner when helping other people practise your native language.
To be a good partner, you should avoid correcting everything your partner says incorrectly. As we mentioned before, the aim of conversation practice is not to avoid all errors. You should also avoid the temptation to guess what your partner is trying to say and guess it for them. The point of practice is that they figure out a way to say what they want to say themselves.
In general, if you are patient and encouraging, your partner will have a good experience.
I hope these five tips have been useful to you. Below is some more information on MoshiMosh.
MoshiMosh.co.uk is an online language exchange. You can practise the language you are learning through video chat with a native speaker. MoshiMosh allows people learning Japanese to practise their conversation skills with a Japanese person, and Japanese people learning English to practise with native English speakers.
1 moshi is 1 minute of credit. When you speak your native language, you earn moshis. When you practise a language with a native, you spend moshis. It’s entirely free, but you must give time helping others with your native language to get practice time.
We have a rating system and user profiles to help ensure you talk to people you want to talk to. We also check all members and supervise use of the site to ensure you will always have appropriate conversation partners to talk to.
Conversation practice has never been so simple and flexible.
英語を学び、 実際に使えるようになるには話す練習がとても重要です。 ネイティブとたくさん会話することが、 よりクリアな英語を効果的に身に付ける最も効果的な方法であると 言うことができます。
MoshiMosh.jpは、 ビデオチャットを使ってネット上で英語を学ぶサイトです。 ネイ ティブスピーカー限定のサービスなので、 クリアな英語をマンツーマンで学ぶことができます。
MoshiMoshでは「moshi」 という通貨制度を採用しており、「1 moshi」で１分間会話の練習が可能です。
英会話を練習する時は、手持ちの「moshi」 を使い英会話を学びます。 日本語を練習したい外国人と日本語で 会話した場合は、「moshi」を稼ぐことができ、１分間で「1 moshi」増えていく仕組みとなります。日本語を教えつつ、 英会話を学べば、全て無料でご利用いただくことも可能です。
MoshiMoshではメンバーが互いに評価し合う仕組みをとっ ていますので、信頼できる相手と会話をお楽しみいただけます。 サイトでは、 不適切な利用がないようセキュリティ強化をしていますので、 ご安心してご利用ください。