WHAT IS AN INTERCAMBIO?

An “intercambio” comes from the Spanish word exchange and uses language exchange as a method of language learning, where individuals who speak different native languages come together to practice and learn from each other. The primary goal is to improve language skills through direct conversation and interaction. Participants typically pair up or form small groups, spending equal time conversing in each language. For example, a native or advanced Spanish speaker learning English would be matched with a native or advanced English speaker learning Spanish. This reciprocal arrangement allows both parties to practice listening and speaking in a natural and conversational context.

These exchanges can be informal or organised events, taking place in person at cafes, community centres, workplaces or virtually via video calls and online platforms. Beyond language practice, these exchanges also offer cultural insights and are a fun way to meet new people whilst improving language skills!