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Milan is a vibrant city that houses a lot of the high-end culture and technology Italy is famous for. No wonder it is also one of the most important tourist destinations in the EU, some of whom end up staying for longer to enjoy the fashion and cuisine Lombardia is known for. Luckily for those who have decided to spend a longer time in that region, Milan also offers some great ways of free language practice.

What?

Milan Italian English Language Exchange is the most active Meetup group devoted to organising language exchange events in Milan. As an offshoot of the Franglish event series, it provides participants a great way to get some structured 1-on-1 conversation practice in Italian and English. The Franglish language exchange events started in France, and have now spread to six countries and more than 20 cities, Milan among them.

Unfortunately, they don’t have any scheduled recurring events on their calendar but if you’re staying in Milan longer, this would be a great event to check out if you’re looking to improve your Italian.

Where?

This Meetup group boasts that their events take place in “some of the best venues across Milan”. Unfortunately, since none of their events are recurring, it’s hard to point out what locations exactly they mean under that.

But, if the Franglish brand is any indication (which it should be), you can expect well-organised and curated events for getting some conversation practice.

When?

The group organises around one or two events a month. None of these are recurring events, so the best way to keep up with what they have coming up is to keep an eye on the group’s event calendar or Facebook page which also posts updates about upcoming events.

Why?

Attending the events organised by this group is one of the best ways to get guaranteed one-on-one language practice with native (or close-to-native) speakers of your target language. The events are set up in a way that people spend seven minutes talking in English and seven minutes in Italian, providing equal practice time for each language.

Photo credit: Milan Italian English Language Exchange Meetup page.


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