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Gujarati-English Conversation Practice
Phone Play (Acting Conversation)

(Phone Rings)

A Hello. હેલો...?

Q Hey, how are you? હેય, હાઉવર યુ ?

A Good. ઘુડ.

Q What are you doing? વોડર યુ ડુઇન ?

A I’m cooking lunch. આય્મ ખુકીંગ લંચ.

Q What are you cooking? વોડર યુ ખુકીંગ ?

A I’m cooking biryani. આય્મ ખુકીંગ બરયાની.

Q Hey Macy’s has a big sale this weekend, do you want to go shopping? હેય, મેસીસ હેઝ અ બીઘ સેલ (સેઅલ) ધિેસ વિકેન્ડ, ડુયુવાના ગો ?

A Yeah let’s go, I also got a coupon for JC Penny. યા લેટ્સ ગો. આય ઓલ્સો ગાડઅ કુપોન ફોર જે.સી.ફેની (પેની).

Q Ok, how about meeting on Saturday? ઓખે, હાઉવબાઉટ મિડીંગ ઓન સેડડેઁ ?

A Sure. શઅર.

Q How about 2:00? હાઉવબાઉટ ટુ ઓ ક્લોક ?

A No it’s too hot then, let’s make it 4:00. નો વીટ્સ ટુ હાટ ધેન, લેટ્સ મેકીટ ફોર.

Q Ok, sounds good. Do you want me to pick you up? સાઉન્ડઝ ઘુડ. ડુયુવોં, મીટુ ફીક (પીક) યુ અપ ?

A Sure, I’ll be ready at 4. શઅર, આલબી રેડી એટ ફોર.

Q Ok, see you then. Bye. ઓખે, સી યુ ધેન. બાય.

A Bye. બાય.

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Guidelines For Teaching English in Language Exchange
Sometimes we hear native English speakers who want to practice language exchange give this response: “I would do it, but I can't teach.” Even worse, sometimes you will hear someone state in plain English, “I would love to learn a second language from this person, but I have nothing to ‘exchange.’” (Um…did you just say that in English?)

While teaching someone else your native language might seem a little scary at first if you have never taught before, it’s important to remember two things: 1) the person across from you is likely going to learn a lot by interacting with you regardless of your lack of teaching experience, and 2) the most important thing is that you want to help. In fact, for anyone practicing language exchange for the first time who might be intimidated by using the word “teach,” you could just as easily use the terminology “help you learn.” It1 might be comforting to know that in all actuality, “I will help you learn English in exchange for you helping me learn your native language,” is a probably a more accurate representation.

Regardless, there is always value in learning a few pointers from those who are more experienced in language exchange and who have taught many people successfully. Here are a few suggestions from one such person. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and certainly there is no one “right way” to teach or practice English conversation, but you can use the list below as a collection of tips or as a basis that you can draw from to help foreign speakers learn.

It’s important to remember the list below does not address the difficulty that the English learner may have pronouncing the words or making the sounds, nor the fact that being understood is necessary to carry on a conversation. For the comfort level of the learner, you might consider helping him or her with the basic sounds as well, and recommending or providing a tool that he or she can use at home to practice so she/he can be understood.

Try teaching in the following order: (Introduce a little more at each lesson, while reviewing what was taught previously):

  • Hello [method(s) of greeting]:
  • How are you?:
  • Thank you:
  • Excuse me / I'm sorry:
  • Yes / No / Maybe / I don't know
  • [Basic pronouns (I, you, he, she, etc.)]:
  • [Most basic verbs - to do / to make / to speak / to learn / to study / to go / to come / to like / to love / to know / to understand (without attn to conjugation)]:
  • There are / There is / Are there? / Is there?
  • [Locative pronouns (this, that), Locative adverbs (here, there, over there)]:
  • [Question words (Where? How? Do/Does...? Why? How much? How many?)]:
  • "How do you say ...in/by [language]"


Teach prepositions, adjectives, numbers and other basics keeping in mind sentence structure and the position and role that they play

  • Expressing desire (I want to go; I want water)
  • Expressing ability and negatives (I can speak / I don't speak / I can't speak)
  • May I...? [asking permission]:
  • Commands [remember levels of politeness/formality]
  • If..., then... / Only if ..., then...
  • But / And / Or:
  • Because..., therefore...
  • For (the sake of):
  • Expressing volition (Let's go! / Let's ...!)
  • Possessives/Modifiers (my, his)/(the big mane, the man who can sing)


After this, the student will have heard enough speech to understand the basics and hopefully what sounds can be made in the language. Heve the student keep interjections in mind "Uhmmm" "Like, like" " Y'know? Y'know?" "Ouch!" "Hey!" and insert them as you say them. If they are trying to recall a word, encourage them to say "Uhhh/Uhmm" in the way you would WHILE you are thinking. In the end, conversation is not about getting it “grammatically right,” it’s about communicating. There’s a time for explaining how things work, but don’t worry about mistakes while you are practicing the actual conversation—just keep going. Then go back to explain and fix things.



Practice English Speaking in a Language Exchange
It sounds good in theory, but does it actually work? The truth of the matter is that the answer ranges from yes to no, depending on who you ask. Why is that?

Language exchange, like any other type of teaching, is not foolproof. There are many other factors beyond just the method of learning that play a role in what you get out of it.

The first step starts with you. You have to be open and willing to work at communicating with your partner about your goals and when you need help while you practice. No matter how good of a practice partner you have, you will not learn if you don’t put in effort on your end.

Be a good listener and pace yourself. Paying attention to your language exchange partner and taking your time while doing so will pay off in the end. Trying to gobble up too much information too fast will put you at an overall disadvantage. The basics are your foundation, and skimming over them to get to the fun or more challenging stuff will only leave you with a weak foundation. Consider hiring an English tutor to learn from as well, in addition to speaking English with your language exchange partner. English speaking takes time to improve, and it won’t happen overnight.

Work outside of your meetings. You can’t expect all of your learning to take place with your exchange partner. Language exchange partners can guide you through your language acquisition journey, but if you do not make efforts to incorporate your learning in other areas and into other facets of your life, your efforts will be in vain. Watch movies, read books (even the backs of shampoo bottles, depending on your language!), listen to music and podcasts. Talk about these things with your practice partner and your tutor. It all helps, and the more you find yourself surrounded by the language, the more you will see improvement in your speaking.

The match matters. When looking for a language exchange partner, you aren’t just looking for someone who has the skills you need, you’re looking for a friend—someone you get along with and feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel comfortable practicing with your partner, you will be focusing more on that than on the information they’re trying to help you with.

Consider paying an experienced tutor or teacher to supplement your English speaking with an exchange partner. A tutor can provide you with experience and direction beyond that of an everyday speaker. Make sure that your tutor’s teaching style matches with your learning style. Everyone learns in different ways. Perhaps you do best by memorizing, while your tutor attempts to teach you predominately through conversation. Just like your practice partner, you need to find a tutor who you feel teaches to your style, while still providing you with a well-rounded experience, so that you can be successful.

Benny the Irish Polyglot once said "You can't teach a language, you have to 'do it.'" The same could be said for learning a language. You can’t just rely on books and step-by-step guides, you have to get out and experience the life of the language. Language exchange partners give you that ability to practice, be it in person or through Skype, and experienced tutors give you the ability to take your learning to the next level. Learn from one another, practice with one another, do with one another.

For more great advice on language acquisition and the art of doing a language, check out Benny’s Fluent in 3 Months blog, and his video on language exchange through Skype by Benny and his fellow polyglots.