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Native speaker search: how to find a native speaker near you

Definition: native speaker

A person whose primary language (or acquired language) is at a level of communication and understanding such that it is indistinguishable from the standards of communication and understanding of the community of speakers of that language.

In other words, if no one calls to say that a speaker of a language has acquired it as a foreign language later in life, they too could be considered native speakers.

Find a native speaker

Congratulations on your decision to increase your level of communication in a foreign language. Your options will vary by location, whether you’re an expat living abroad, a student in a college town, or working from home in a big city.

Let’s start:

1. Classified Ads

Native speakers often advertise their online teaching and tutoring services through the most popular classified ad services, depending on their region. Craigslist might have a virtual monopoly (pun intended) in the United States, however, outside of North America, other classified ad sites prevail. These include Kijiji, especially in Canada; Gumtree in the UK, Poland, Central Europe; in Russia, especially in Eastern Russia, the former states of the Soviet Union and Beijing, China.

For those living abroad, sites like and may be of particular interest.

These sites will often have a subcategory, usually under ‘jobs’ or ‘services’ pointing to the language learning and education category. Why not check them out?

Pro: easy access to multiple listings.

The fraud: these sites often target the largest cities in a country. Students from other towns and cities may not find many native speakers near them. Also, the fact that the person posting the ad can be anyone, are you getting quality?

2. Educational Institutions: The Local School, Public and Language Schools

Every reputable liberal arts college will have multiple foreign language (also known as Modern Languages) departments. It’s a rich community of language learners and potential native-speaking language instructors: not just limited to foreign exchange students, but also PhD candidates lecturing to university students. From my personal experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, every foreign language class I took had at least one (most often multiple) native speakers.

If you’re learning a more popular language in your area, say Spanish or French in North America, you might want to try contacting educators in public schools. They will often have one or more language specialists on staff who are often interested in earning some extra money teaching languages ​​outside of the classroom.

Similarly, schools that offer to teach English are overflowing with language learners and native speakers of other languages. While they are trying to improve their language skills, they may be interested in helping others learn their native language.

Other websites:

You may also consider searching social networking websites for a particular group on sites like or

Pro: You can usually count on quality as most educators with years of teaching experience, pedagogical training, and college education.

The fraud: The investigation needed to get in touch with these people, by calling or emailing the schools and then the people. Try searching for the schools site with your favorite search engine. The limited linguistic diversity in public schools.

4. Community Centers, National, Cultural and Heritage Organizations

Many immigrants, as well as second, third and older generation nationals, try to keep their mother tongue alive and share the stories and culture of their heritage through participation in various organizations. Capitals and larger cities will also have their national consulates, embassies, and commercial trade organizations.

The strategies mentioned above are among the most popular, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to meet a native speaker.

Feel free to let me know how you found your native speaker by sending me an email at:

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