What is an intercambio? That depends. For some, it’s a way to practice their language skills, for others it’s an excuse to go out and meet people. There are so many language exchanges that go on in Madrid every week. Some are more commercialized, offering drinks and dance classes before or after, but many are strictly for those wanting to expand their language skills. Whatever route you choose, we have tried these main four already, which can also be found on the Meetup App or on Facebook:
- Multilinkual Meetup with David MKL: David, the host, set out to create a language meetup for every night, almost. He is a really friendly guy, and has been doing the meetups for more than 5 years now. Teamed with Multilinkual, this language group meets across three different locations in Madrid. It is free, however, there is also a one hour conversational class that you can take beforehand, which is about 5€. There are always people who show up for every meeting throughout the week, for example, David, the host. Everyone likes David, he makes newcomers feel welcome and knows tons of people from all over.
Where & When: Tuesdays: 22:00, El Parnasillo del Príncipe, Príncipe 33, (Antón Martín)
Thursdays & Sundays: 22:00, Beer Station, Santo Domingo 22 (Callao/ Santo Domingo)
Fridays: around 20:00, Cine Ideal y/o 22h La Cruz de Malta Pub, Victoria 3 (beside Puerta del Sol)
- Madrid Language Exchange @ In Pass Café– Inpass Café is located halfway between Sol and Gran Via, it is a bar that specializes in very colorful cocktail and tropical mixed drinks and has a shisha area on the second floor. The crowd is usually students and people passing by the city or on a trip already on Fridays. On Sundays, it changes to mainly people sitting down in the lounge area, although there are some people who still prefer to mingle standing up. The atmosphere is laid back, and typically an older crowd gathers here.
Where & When: Fridays & Sundays: 22:00, Inpass Café, Calle de las Tres Cruces, 8 (Wedged between Gran Via and Sol)
- Meet & Speak @ Plaza España– This meetup is in a bar. This is like speed dating for meetups. When you walk in there you get an assigned flag based on where you’re from. There is bar area set up with current drink specials and tapas. Most people around found at the end of the night wearing random flags on their forehead taken from newly acquired friends.
Where & When: Thursdays: 21:30, Soho Club, (Plaza de España/Santo Domingo)
- Great Wednesday Language Exchange– Located smack dab in the middle of Opera, this meetup is huge. Everyone knows it by the name: “The big meetup in Opera!” It’s almost like a club event, and it goes on until the morning. Presumably the largest language meetup that goes on in a weekday in Madrid, The Great Language Exchange is mainly younger people, especially language teachers, venturing out to meet people and have a couple of drinks. Don’t get us wrong, there are still people signing up for classes but there is more of a nightlife feel to it.
Where & When: Wednesdays: 20:30, La Extréntrica, Calle de Las Fuentes 10, (Opera, duh)