Pros and Cons of Language Exchange

Language exchange is a natural way of learning a language
Think about when you were a child, when you were a baby. How many languages were you able to speak when you were born? Right, none. How did you learn your native language? People kept talking to you and you slowly came to understand what an apple is, how to ask for ice-cream and say you'd rather stay at home and play and not go to school. Did you get any formal language education in order to speak and understand your first sentences? Did you get a booklet to write in before being able to speak quite fluently? Of course not. Language exchange is very similar to that. Your language exchange partner will talk to you in her native language and you will learn through that experience, much like you did when you were small.
You get to practice a lot
Language exchange usually gives you more chances to speak than other popular ways to practice a language, like language classes or complete cultural immersion through language learning trips or living in a foreign country.
In language classes, there are usually groups of students and little time to actually practice, as most of the time is spent on teaching. If you get to practice in a language class, there are always more learners than native speakers (unless you get a native teacher to your own) and for several weeks or months these will always be the same people. In a language class, your progress is also limited to that of your fellow students. Practicing language exchange gives you virtually unlimited access to different native speakers every day. Language exchange gives you the opportunity to talk with a native speaker within an informal environment, meaning that you benefit from talking to a person who will use common informal expressions and slang, that native speakers use all the time.
Complete cultural immersion in comparison to language exchange will give you a different experience. Although you will be talking to native speakers a lot, mostly their mind is less set on helping you to learn their language, but simply to communicate. Depending on their patience, they might even fall back to your own native language to make it more easy to communicate with you. Language exchange gives you the benefit of talking to people who are ready to communicate in their native language, knowing that they in turn will have the opportunity to practice yours.
You learn about the culture as you learn the language
People communicate their culture, history, worries and hopes about the future through their language. Language exchange gives you real experiences while communicating with native speakers, who will not only help you to learn their language, but will also teach you about their culture in an informal way.
Language exchange is free
You don't need to spend any money to do language exchange. As both you and your partner benefit equally from the experience, there is no need to pay anything. You both do a favor to yourself and your language exchange partner.
You might need a basic level
It might be better if you are not a complete novice in the language you want to learn if you do language exchange. It might be better, because it also depends on your partner. Some people are more patient than others and some might get a bit bored if you are not capable of holding an essential conversation in their language, while they already are able to do so in yours. If you have just begun to learn the language, it's a good idea to make that clear to your language exchange partner before you meet. Most people are still grateful to be able to practice your native language, although your skills in their language are very basic.
You need to meet in person or online
Language exchange by nature requires another person. You just can't do it on your own. Also you have to either meet in person or meet online and agree on a day and time or schedule. It might not be easy to find a person for language exchange and you will have to spend some time on searching before your first language exchange. Luckily, Lexxing is designed to make it easier to find people for language exchange.