Paul Baptist (kaji_sensei) wrote in linguaphiles,
Paul Baptist

Conversation practice

Had an interview for a position teaching Japanese today, and while it didn't go that badly, I feel it could have gone better. Big issue is that I haven't had an opportunity to really practice speaking and listening with someone at my level or higher since I got back from Japan 4 1/2 years ago, so while I rock at the basics I'm kind of like the Japanese teacher who gets stuck only ever teaching Japanese 1 at an American school. I've tried the whole thing with watching Japanese news broadcasts and other programs for listening practice, and doing my general conversation with myself in Japanese for speaking practice, but that's obviously got its limits as well.

Long story short, does anyone have any ideas on how to practice conversation in a language in settings where there aren't many people available to practice with at the level you need?
Tags: japanese

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