Speed dating language learning
She was very curious though, so I said that I got to this stage by speaking as much as I could, every day if possible, from the very first day.I should actually be speaking better than this, but not meeting many people so frequently is slowing me down.So I arrived, asked the hotel receptionist where the speed-dating was going down and found the hostess explaining how it works.She checked my name against the bookings and gave me my booklet of girls' names.
To make it more interesting though, I gave myself the challenge that each of my mini dates (lasting only 3-5 minutes) must involve talking about something completely different. I can't just rattle off the same introduction and ask the same questions or I won't learn anything.
I sat down to my assigned table, said that my name was Benny and she said she couldn't see me on her sheet. Being confused about my own name was hardly the best start 😛 I'd make this mistake several times in a row actually!
In later mini-dates, I just started mid-conversation and skipped the boring “Hello, my name is Brendan” intro.
As you can imagine, she was certainly not speaking slowly for the benefit of foreigners! She pointed out the tables, shown in the photo above, and said that the girls will stay in the same place they are assigned and each time the bell rings, the guys will move up a table.
You can tick off “Ja” or “Nee” for if you'd like to see that person again. and stood there wondering what-the-hell I was I doing, when I decided to simply approach a group of guys and girls waiting for us to start and said hi!
I just wanted to get some Dutch practice because they had been notoriously hard to hang out with as friends!