Speed dating learning disabilities
Speed dating just hit me as the obvious way to test it out, and I found a place that organises it and had a session for 20-35 year olds !It turns out the website (Edit: it's not available anymore) I got it through only accept Dutch bank payments (€32), so I knew it was unlikely I'd find other foreigners there, confirming how useful it would be to get to know locals.” The next girl told me how she has always dreamed of going to Ireland so I gave her some travel tips and advised her to go to Galway rather than Dublin, and the next girl was shocked to see that I was speaking Dutch at my current level after just a month.Most of them were very impressed by this, but I tried to change the subject quickly to get the best out of the time I had.I actually had little interest in finding the girl of my dreams (I'm leaving in 3 weeks! Doing it in a language I'm not yet fully comfortable in just made it all the more interesting 🙂 I find it incredible when people tell me that they have “nothing to talk about” when they find an opportunity to practice a language, and suggest that all you can do is discuss .So, I'll actually tell you exactly what I remember talking about last night.
While there are major advantages of my German and my English giving me a head start thanks to many linguistic similarities, I have had a major set-back in this mission that has been slowing me down tremendously; simply finding opportunities to converse!
€32 for 25 intensive chats in the language with a drink included!
That's much cheaper than the going rate for private conversation lessons!
I just wanted to get some Dutch practice because they had been notoriously hard to hang out with as friends!
You generally don't meet someone up for coffee or lunch; you have to propose a time long in advance and understand the Dutch need to be organised; something which contrasts with my preference for spontaneity.