The second one, which I just completed was with the French lady who rarely attempts English. Today I managed to get 15 minutes out of her in English, so she is trying harder. The rest of the time was spent with me explaining my vacation plans next year and promising to visit as I drove past her house. Then we started talking about Japan (I was there for a couple of years) and why American dropped the atomic bombs. I have no idea how this topic came up, but not only did I have to dredge up my history lessons from school 40 years ago, I had to explain these ancient lessons in French. phew!
Brun Ugle wrote:Do you warm up before your language exchanges?
Sometimes. If I can warm up I normally try. One problem with an exchange night like tonight is both romance languages one after the other. This normally causes me some issues. But tonight it wasn't so bad. Like you say, my skill ebbs and wanes and tonight it was OK. I did watch a short video on YouTube from Le Monde in French, but I did this before the Italian lesson. Then I had a 30 minute break between where I watched a short cooking show in Italian before my French exchange. There is a possibility I'm doing this wrong.
Another fun day at the new job though. A couple of Chinese collegues arrived from Shanghi and I managed to mutilate a little of their language too. But I only have 3-4 stock phrases to draw on in Mandarin at the moment, so the mutilation didn't last long.