As soon as you are able to communicate in the language you are studying, you should start using it outside of the classroom. A good starting point for putting the language into use is to pursue a familiar or a new hobby in your target language. What is great about this is that your focus will become the hobby, not the language; the conversation will not be about grammar and pronunciation, it will be about the activity you are doing. This is the most effective way to develop your language skills, to put the language into action rather than just studying it.
As I have been doing martial arts since I was in high school, it is something I understand well and can talk about a lot. So it is an easy subject for me to discuss in other languages. Where can I find a Spanish martial arts class in Toronto? I have a profile on a bartering website called Swapsity.ca, (started by a world traveller who settled in Toronto). On my profile, I list items or services I want to acquire and items or skills I can offer in exchange.
I seem to have found a Spanish teacher who wants to learn martial arts. Here is what I wrote to her:
Me llamo Evan. Tengo cintura negra en taekwondo, y hace mucho, enseñé classes. Ademas, hice aikido un par de años (me encanta!).
Aprendi español en el norte de Mexico pero nunca tuvo un profesor. Como te parece si te enseño taekwondo (mas el auto-defensa general) en español? No tienes que enseñarme, de verdad, sino corregirme cuando necesario. Si tienes amigos que quieren practicar artes marciales en español juntos con nosotros, que bueno! Pero yo no tengo gymnasio. Hoy en dia, hago taekwondo en cualquier parque.
Dime que opinas.
If this goes well, I will get exercise and practice Spanish at the same time. “Dos pájaros con una piedra!”
P.D. Un chiste para indicar que soy un hombre de paz: La pronunción correcta de la palabra coreana “taekwondo” es “Té? Cuando?”