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Madrid is the multicultural capital of Spain. With this country being among the top of the “Most Popular Travel Destination” lists year after year, you can expect to find Madrid to be a buzzing city. Whatever your target language may be, you will find a way to practice it in Madrid. One option would be to drop in at a local cultural exchange group.

What?

Madrid International Language & Cultural Exchange Meetup group does pretty much what its name says. It’s a wildly popular group, with more than six thousand members, and events organised by the group are often attended by participants of very different backgrounds.

The founders of this group saw their mission to be to promote the love of languages and cultivate multicultural friendships. They wanted to provide an environment where to practice a wide variety of languages: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Chinese, and Arabic are mentioned by name.

Where?

The main event organised by this group is their Saturday Night Out Language Exchange & Party night. It takes place at the Charlotte Tapas Bar, a tiny bit off the centre of Madrid, at Calle Trafalgar 8.

For an event that usually has more than 30 participants, it’s rather important to find a venue that can comfortably fit that many people. Luckily, Charlotte manages quite well.

When?

So far, this Meetup group is organising only one type of event which takes place every Saturday and starts at 8pm. The official end is at 11:30pm, but nights have (obviously) been known to last longer.

Occasionally, a slightly different version of the Saturday Night Out event takes place – for example, a Western-themed party, or a spooky Halloween one.

To get the most updated info on the goings-on of this group, feel free to check out their calendar.

Why?

The Madrid International Language & Cultural Exchange Meetup group is one of the most popular groups in Madrid and the events they organise usually pull in a substantial number of language enthusiasts. If you’re looking to get some conversational practice for you target language in a fun and relaxed setting, this group offers a pretty chance for that.

Also, the events they organise are all free!

Find out more and join the group here.

Photo credit: Madrid International Language & Cultural Exchange Meetup group photos.


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