” Maude tells Harold in Hal Ashby’s 1971 classic film.
“Otherwise you got nothing to talk about in the locker room!
You’ll also learn at a faster pace because you’ll (hopefully) have more fun in the process.
With a boyfriend or girlfriend, you can practice conversations without the usual fear of making mistakes.
The important caveat is that you should be clear about what you’re looking for (just as you should be in any other form of dating or meeting people) so as not to lead anyone on.
Here’s some vocabulary to help you be up front about your intentions. Note that once things go beyond this point, you may find yourself in the position of having an actual Spanish conversation with a potential friend or lover.
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And it’s also true that your ability to charm the pants off of a special someone can be quite improved with better vocabulary.
I would even go so far as to encourage you to use dating apps like Tinder to practice your Spanish skills (the pro version allows you to change your geographical location, which is great if there aren’t Spanish speakers in your area) and conversely you may just meet someone you romantically click with on a traditional language exchange site like italki.
Then, while studying abroad in Ghana in 2012, I had a Ghanaian girlfriend. Thanks to these experiences, I’ve learned that there are a lot of benefits when you date someone in a language you're hoping to learn (I call this your “target language”). Luckily, I’ve learned from my mistakes and I am here to share my secrets.
When I first arrived in Vietnam in 2014, I went on a bunch of dates with Vietnamese girls hoping I could learn some Vietnamese from them. You’ll get to practice with your partner regularly and grow together.
You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.