Can you describe your ideal language partner?
An ideal language partner for me is someone who is authentic and interesting. An interesting person for me is someone who is knowledgeable about life, someone who is well- traveled or someone who is insightful. I have talked to so many people who is intelligent yes but unrelatable. I can memorize a book on my own so I don't really need a know it all partner.
It is one thing to speak about a language and another thing to be able to communicate with interesting topics. There are certain types of people that we are drawn to. In my case, I would want a partner who is not by the book. I can study grammar and vocabulary on my own as a voracious reader. Imagine if you are talking to a person who is great academically but he does not know how to talk about life and life’s pursuits? Would you continue talking to him about history and science. Perhaps yes if you are interested in those subjects.
When you are an intellectual, perhaps you are drawn to people who are at the same level of intelligence or maybe you like to talk to people who are the exact opposite. I’ve met a lot of smart people, perhaps too many but the most interesting people to talk to are those who are open to communicate about a variety of topics. Imagine if someone is contrive to just talking about plants and animals? Even if that person is fluent, would you talk to him/her?
My ideal language partner is someone who is spontaneous and authentic. Authenticity is important for me because if the conversation is real and the person is spontaneous , it's a memorable conversation. I can memorize a book on my own. I am a REAL person, IMPERFECT but REAL and so I am INCLINED to have language partners in the future that is similar. I can't imagine myself talking to someone who rehearsed lines.
I make MISTAKES, I make grammar mistakes even as a teacher. I certainly am not a saint I am sure so I am looking for someone REAL, someone who can talk to me DESPITE my IMPERFECTIONS.
What about you guys?