A language Exchange can give many names in English: idiomatic barter, idiomatic tandem and lingomatch. The word barter is a somewhat colloquial word used commonly in England, even if a term is rather strange for the greater part of the Anglophones. Language tandem is used very rarely. Personally, my favorite is lingomatch. In any case, regardless of how you decide to call it, a language Exchange is basically the meeting of two students that are learning each other’s language, and who gather to practise conversation in their respective languages, one part in one language and another in the other, to benefit mutually. The best option is, obviously, a meeting face to face, but has some drawbacks for the greater effort required to bring together two people in the same place and at the same time. In addition, some people don’t feel comfortable encountering strangers, and much less if they have to speak to them in a new language.
Many users prefer to start their exchanges of languages with a Skype call. This method is much more comfortable and offers an easy exit if you do not feel comfortable. However, when you are using Skype is much more difficult to gesticulate and make signs and know that these are forms of communication that are essential in the arsenal of a student of languages! I would strongly recommend the encounter with many colleagues from different languages. It is the best system if you want to get used to the different speeds and accents that are used when talking about and, in addition, you also will be left without conversation! Fortunately, if you are Spanish-speaking, half the world wants to learn Spanish, especially among English-speaking people, so you’re in luck and won’t have any problem in finding a partner or companion of language in your local Exchange to be able to practice. Another super added benefit from the exchange of languages is that new friends will make. If you are unmarried, is still better, longer that your social circle expands while you learn and practice their chosen language without having to comment on her single status to others.
If in addition give the chance that starts out with a native speaker of the language they are learning, then already has it all! And most importantly, enjoy the process of exchange of languages and to focus on quantity, not in quality. Now is the time to get carried away. Already have time to worry about the details when you are in class with their teacher. The language Exchange aims to improve, do understand and communicate.