FAQ

What is AvaLingua Exchange about?

Learn a language and practice with native speakers, have a drink, meet new people, discover other cultures and make friends!

During the meeting you will practice your preferred language for one hour with a native speaker, together with others who want to practice that language. The other hour you will help others with your native language: EXCHANGE 🙂

Who can join?

Everyone can join! Young and old, from different countries with different cultures. A big smile would be great!

How are the groups formed?

After you signed up, we will have a look at all the participants and we will make small groups (2-5 people) according to the preferred languages and the levels of the languages. We strive to have at least one native speaker in each group.

Do you take into account my level of the language that I would like to practice?

Yes, we do! This is what makes our concept unique. We will always do our best to put you in a group of people with (almost) the same level, together with a native speaker. In this way we will make sure that an advanced speaker won’t be in a group with beginners, for example. In that way everyone can practice according to their own level!

What if there is no native speaker?

If there are no native speakers of the language you would like to practice, we will see if there is someone with an advanced level who can help you. If not, we will send you an e-mail in which we ask if you would like to practice any of the other languages that are offered that meeting. Then it’s up to you to join or not to join!

What if I don’t know anything yet about the language that I would like to practice?

It would be great if you already have a little bit of knowledge about the language that you would like to practice! If not, you can still join, but having a small conversation would be difficult of course.

Do I need to sign up every time I want to join?

Yes, it would be very helpful for us if you sign up in advance for each meeting you want to attend. This way we can make sure to have enough native speakers and enough people who want to practice a language! It also helps us to match everybody, based on their level of language proficiency.

What are the costs?

We ask 3 euro for every meeting you join. During the meeting you will pay for the drinks (and food) that you order.

Do I receive a confirmation after my subscription?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation mail, usually one day before the AvaLingua Exchange meeting. Mostly it is possible to join.

How many people will attend a meeting?

That really depends on the time of the year and the energy level of the people. Mostly around 20 to 40 people meet on a weekly basis.

Which languages are spoken during a meeting?

This really depends on the people who signed up and for which language they ask. The most common languages at a regular AvaLingua Exchange meeting are Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian and Russian are also spoken quite often. Now and then we can offer you: Swedish, Tigrinya, Japanese, Norwegian, Croatian, Hindi, Polish, Bahasa, Hungarian, Persian, Urdu, Romanian, … 🙂

When are the AvaLingua Exchange meetings?

They are mostly on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evening from 19:30 – 21:30. One week in advance we will create a Facebook event for the upcoming meeting. You can join our Facebook group to be updated, and you can also sign up for the newsletter or visit this website regularly.

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