We have discussed in previous posts about learning Spanish while living in Madrid, but another fun way to learn Spanish and meet others is through intercambio or conversation exchanges.
One intercambio I learned about from a friend through Facebook, is Intercambio Idiomas Madrid. It is a casual mix of students, expats, locals, and newcomers that usually meet at a bar in the heart of Madrid on Wednesday nights. You can drop in anytime and practice Spanish or English as well as a couple other languages. Plus you can share stories and get advice from others who have lived in Madrid for while. They also send out notices through their Facebook group for discounted English movies on Fridays, as well as free tickets to comedy clubs, concerts etc.
If a one on one conversation is more to your liking, you can find posts at most Spanish language schools for free intercambios with native Spanish speakers as well as Craigslist and the classified in InMadrid. Some of my friends have tried this with some sucess. They meet in a coffee shop or other public places for an hour once a week.
I’ve enjoyed doing converstion exchanges and have found that it can be a great way to meet new friends as well as learn about the Spanish culture, and improve your Spanish quickly. Let me know if you have had any sucess with language exchanges as well.
Intercambio Idiomas Madrid http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000806394792&ref=ts