Mensa Language Exchange started in May 2015 as the only effective way for Mensans to find language exchange partners. It is the result of a project for Mensa LEAP 2015. It is officially registered as an ISIG in Mensa Italy.
Member of Mensa Italy. He believes that learning a language should be affordable and fun, and is only possible if you speak with native speakers. Mensans love learning, including learning languages, and make great language exchange partners. He knows it works because he’s learned many languages this way!
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Can I join?
If you’re currently a member of a national Mensa or Mensa International, yes! Don’t forget to give proof of your membership when you register.
I’m not a member of Mensa
Not yet! Did you try the test? Ask your national Mensa organization or Mensa International.
How does it work?
People here are common members just like you! They trade time practicing and teaching a language. A language exchange is a great way to get practice in a foreign language. This is the wat I do personally:
- Find a language exchange partner and arrange a time to have a conversation (audio or video is better than typing).
- Speak only your native language for 30 minutes
- Speak only your partner’s native language for 30 minutes
Language exchanges are free and very informal. If you and your partner are intermediate or advanced level, you can spend a longer time speaking in each language. You can also practice your writing by becoming penpals.
Search through the list and start making friends around the world!
How can I prove my membership?
The best way is to register on mensa.org. After you registered, you’ll get a profile on mensa.org. Copy and paste its URL in the “proof of membership” field upon registration.
How much does it cost?
It’s free, forever!
Is this website in English only?
Yes, but the interface is very simple and you’re here to practice languages, no? 😛
Do I need to register both here and on Facebook?
This website is the only platform for searching profiles. The Facebook group is for keeping in touch and discussing language-related topics.
In order to join the Facebook group, you need a profile on this website.
Is there a chat room / platform?
There’s a Facebook group to chat about languages and make friends.
I have a question / suggestion / problem
Tell us! We warmly encourage feedback.
In which language should I write my profile?
In your native language, the language you’re learning, English… any will do. Write it in a way that potential study partners find interesting!
How do I write my profile?
Specify which languages you can teach and which ones you want to practice. Tell people why you study that language and what your interests are. Don’t forget to mention what to expect in terms of time commitment and your current level.
I found an interesting profile. Now what?
Get in touch with that member! You find contact information in the member’s profile.
My profile has not been approved
Did you fill in the registration form with your Mensa membership number and link to the member list on your national Mensa website, or any other proof of your membership (scan of membership card…)?
I can’t find anyone
It’s likely that your perfect match is still to come. In the meanwhile, get ready by writing an appealing profile. They’ll find you! 😉
I had a bad experience with someone I met here
This group puts people together. What happens next is up to you and we take no responsibility for that. In any case, we encourage you to report any case to the admin. In particularly nasty cases, the member in question may be removed from the group.
I found out that a member of the group is not a member of Mensa
The admin checks membership upon registration but you never know. Please report to the admin.
Is my profile public?
Your profile is only visible to logged in members. Some fields are public, some are private, some can be set public or private by you. You can do that upon registration and at any time after from your settings page. Your username is public, while your real name can be set to private.
I don’t want / I can’t host
No problem! Just set your hospitality field to “online only”.
What should I do with my host/guest?
It’s up to you! You might take your guest around, or cook for your host. If you take some time to know each other before meeting up, you’ll certainly find something to share.
I’d like to host but my place is not fit for guests
I’ve been hosted in anything from a private room to sofas, to bare floor. Just make clear what your conditions are, and if travelers are fine with that, they’ll come.
I can’t host but I’d still like to meet up with locals/travelers
Totally fine! You don’t need to provide a place. Just state in your profile what you feel like doing.
Isn’t there already a hospitality network in Mensa?
Yes, it’s called SIGHT. I myself often use it and I encourage you to send a request to the national SIGHT coordinator of the country you’re going to visit. However, this group is not related to SIGHT.
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