If you’re new to Madrid, or simply looking to make new friends, and practice your language skills, a great way to do that would be to join a local Meetup group. We’ve already written about the Madrid International Language and Cultural Exchange Meetup, but if you don’t think that’s your cup of tea, then another great chance to get some hands-on conversation practice is the Madrid: Language Exchange group. While the International Language and Cultural Exchange Meetup has the numbers, this group offers a variety of options you don’t see every day.
According to their own site, Madrid: Language Exchange was created to benefit all the internationals living and studying in Madrid. Their aim is to meet to exchange languages, make new friends, and have a good time.
The group was started in 2013 and has gathered over 3000 members in its three years in operation. Although that’s around half of the numbers of the International Language and Cultural Exchange Meetup, they make up for that by the number of different events they host. You can expect to be occupied by their events three nights a week.
For now, this group organises three events: Sunday Language Exchange Meeting, Madrid International Meeting, and Madrid Language Exchange Meeting.
Two of them, the Language Exchange Meetings, take place at the same location – at the Inpass Café in central Madrid. You can find this café-bar at 8 Calle Tres Cruces, with the closest metro stop being Gran Via.
The Madrid International Meetings happen at the +KCopas La Latina bar which is also located in the centre of Madrid.The exact address is 20 Costanilla de San Andrés, and the corresponding metro stop is La Latina.
The various events organised by the Madrid: Language Exchange group take place three times a week.
On Thursdays, the week kicks off with the Madrid International Meeting. Be at the +KCopas bar at 9pm to be there on time. The official finish is at midnight, but there is also the option of continuing your night with the friends you made there.
On Fridays, you can head over to the Madrid Language Exchange Meeting at Café Inpass. The event starts at 10pm and finishes at 1am. You can always expect to meet Spanish, English, and Russian speakers, but more exotic languages are also frequent.
The last event of the week is the Sunday Language Exchange Meeting which, perhaps not surprisingly, takes place on Sundays. Also at Café Inpass, this meeting starts at 8pm and is over by midnight.
To keep yourself up to date with the events in this groups, keep an eye on their event calendar.
If you’re looking to improve your Spanish, this is probably the best free option in town. Although there are usually not too many participants at the events (numbers tend to stay under ten), you can always find kind Spanish speakers to practice with.
You might find it more challenging to find partners for less common languages, but it never hurts to try! Besides, the events are free and held at venues with very budget-friendly prices.
Find out more and join the group here.
Photo credit: Madrid: Language Exchange Meetup group photos.