Last week a student and I tried to speak only English (for my student) and Japanese (for me) during our free time. The rules were: 1) you can speak your native language at work 2) if you are with someone who speaks your second language, you MUST try to use that language. The first 30 minutes were so difficult. I really wanted to quit, but I kept going and I managed to speak only Japanese for most of the week. My student didn’t speak that much, but did wrote a lot of e-mails in English. I think my Japanese improved. I hope my student’s English improved too. Do you want to try? /Sendai Study Advisor Jay