I have had some italki members contact me that wanted to become my language partners. They wanted to use an online voice recording service on the internet as a means of communication and some also suggested to connect on Facebook. To me this doesn't seem like an efficient way to teach each other a new language because it doesn't seem to offer the same interactivity as say just communicating via Skype. The ones that have contacted me were very quick to suggest to visit one of these Online voice recording sites and one even provided me an internet address to the site after exchanging merely a few messages. I interpret these requests as very suspicious and suspect some sort of scam. Does anyone here have experience with such requests and/or using the service effectively for language exchanges?
I doubt if it's a scam.
It sounds more like a lazy language learner who wants to get as much as they can out of you, but give nothing in return. These people don't really want language partners, because they don't want to interact and aren't even willing to try. They see 'English' as a commodity that they can obtain from you with no effort on their part. You haven't said what nationality these people are, but I can imagine.
If I were you, I'd decline politely and look for a partnership that will benefit both of you.
Sounds plausible Su.Ki., they also seemed more interested in my country than in the language or me so I suspect their might be some ulterior motives that have to do with using me to gain access to my country somehow.
Good tip as well, I usually just say that I am not open to using that means of communication and am not interested in pursuing the opportunity because they usually do not master a language that I am interested in learning to begin with.
I was still very curious as to what was behind all of this, hence I started this discussion.