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Hi folks,

I have recently registred in this site. I am looking for somebody for practice conversation (exchange Russian-English). I write messages to persons who want to improve their Russian every day. But nobody answers. What i do wrong?

Aug 1, 2016 11:21 AM
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Hello Vladislav,

I often have a similar experience. In my course of using this website, I have made contact to many individuals, but the number of people that I actually end up practicing with is low. What I think might make you more attractive is having a profile description and picture that makes people think that you're an interesting person to talk to, and where you clearly state your goals for your language learning with italki. I also think it is a good idea to try to introduce yourself in a friendly way when writing your first message so that you leave a good impression. I also made good experiences with not trying to have too much small talk about irrelevant things (weather, health, etc) but instead focus on the language exchange aspect. In the end, if you don't have any luck today, maybe you have better luck tomorrow. Also keep in mind that some italki teachers offer comparably cheap language lessons so if you have disposable income, that is a very easy way to find a competent person that can assist you with language learning. Not every teacher is great, of course. You can also use other language exchange websites or smartphone applications.

Kind regards

August 1, 2016

Hi Vladislav,

I apologies for not replying to you. However, I want to point out that it isn't anything personal, but rather than I simply don't have time to respond to everyone. I currently have 123 unread emails in my inbox, and many more that I have read. Right now, I am not looking for any more language partners since I have a few core people I speak to already. I am available occasionally at short notice for a chat, but that's normally when I wake up and think to myself, "lets Skype with someone and practice my Russian today." Please don't take the lack of replies personally,  just realise that English speakers get contacted a lot, so try to make your email stand out. If I have a spare moment to Skype I will contact you. 

August 2, 2016
Hi Vlad, I don't think you are necessarily doing anything wrong. It seems the majority of people on italki are here to learn English, and as such English native speakers receive a lot of requests to exchange languages. I have received many requests from speakers of Russian as well as other languages that I'm not even learning. At first, I replied to each person but I just don't have enough time to respond to everyone. That being said, I have kept a few messages of people I would do an exchange with one day. So don't be discouraged. Finding a partner takes time, but can be well worth the effort once you've found a good partner. 
August 1, 2016
That is totally normal. In my experience, the acceptance rate is about 4 percent. I had to contact more than 1500 people in order to have about 60 language exchanges.
August 1, 2016

Hi there.

How you? I would be happy to talk with you and help improve your English. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks. 

August 1, 2016
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