Intercambios Madrid – The Best Way to Learn a Language and meet new People

Intercambio Night @ La Carmencita

Before I lived in Madrid I made my first experience with an Intercambio at Café Madrid, near Metro Opera, in August 2010. I got a message from an Intercambio host over Couchsurfing to join their meeting and his message sounded tempting: “You can meet new people while having a drink and practice languages”. I didn’t speak nor understand Spanish by then, and it seemed a good opportunity to meet new people from Madrid who wanted to speak English. In daily life and at work it is quiet impossible here in Madrid. The way an Intercambio works is the following: you go to a bar where they organize an Intercambio and look for the host. This person normally speaks Spanish, English and sometimes even more languages. She or he will want to know which language you speak, and want to improve, and after knowing a bit your profile, will introduce you to some people who want to practice languages like you do. Once I ended up talking to four Spanish guys in German while I tried to communicate in Spanish in a room full of people. It is not always easy to start talking in a foreign language but if you master it with strangers in a noisy environment you can do it with your friends in quieter conditions. Every time it will become easier and you feel more secure in the foreign language.
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Intercambio Madrid @ Carmencita Bar – The new place to be and speak languages!

Tuscan Burger

Discovering a new place to eat, meet nice people and have a good time is great. This happened to me yesterday at Carmencita Bar. Every Tuesday they have an Intercambio Night, where you can go and meet new people and practice languages. Beside that they offer brunch on Saturday (they say it is the best in town) and serve you delicious hamburgesas to a fair price. I found this place at Spotted by Locals, my first choice when I travel somewhere new in Europe.
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