Why Beginners Should Lead When Learning A New Language
Imagine that you are just getting started learning a new language when you meet a native speaker of that language. You and your potential new foreign friend will both have a lot more fun if you (the half clueless beginner) starts and leads the conversation.
When I say that you as a beginning language student should lead the conversation, I mean that you should ask the questions. This is a lot easier type of conversation than just waiting for your conversation partner to ask you a question. If you have learned to ask where they are from, then ask that. Next ask, “What do you do?” and so on. Ask questions that you already know the answer to, just to get practice speaking the new language.
At some point you will run out of questions that you know, at which point it’s time to change your approach, but you will quickly get a feel for the fact that you can really communicate in your new language.
When you learn to lead your conversations, you will help make language learning more fun for everyone.