I keep getting more competent in reading and writing French; even speaking French I'm showing some improvement. But my oral comprehension--understanding what is said to me, or understanding what I overhear the French say to each other--is the bane of my existence. Very, very slow improvement, if at all. Clearly, I need to practice conversing face- to- face with a fluent French speaker. But where to find one? I realize that any service can be obtained--for a price. But it seems to me that one ought to be able to exchange his competency in English with a Francophone out there somewhere who wants to improve his/her English. My ads have gotten little or no response. Any ideas? Surely, this is a common problem for American ex-pats in France.