Immersion is one of the most effective ways to improve fluency in a language. Ideally, you are challenged to practice on a daily basis by interacting with native speakers. Sometimes that is not always the case. Perhaps you find yourself lodging with someone who wants to speak your native language or who is not fluent in the language you are learning. How can you get around this obstacle? This is a popular topic on our forum. The overarching consensus is to be proactive by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Sometimes that means doing some research. Depending on your length of stay, it might be a good idea to search for clubs to join or find a roommate that is a native speaker.
Check out the discussion on LingQ’s Open Forum.