hey, everyone, I am Chinese, who has been learning English for years, as most high school or middle school in China don’t have spoken english courses, they only offer reading english courses. That’s why I’ve come here to find someone who are also interested in Chinese and Chinese cultures, can help me improve English, especially speaking skills. and in return, I am more than happy to help you learn Chinese.<o:p></o:p>
HOWEVER, I have sent messages to some native english speakers, whose profile SAYS that they are really love to learn Chinese. here is the thing, I am really surprised that none of those people replied me—for those people who has used this website much earlier, and they may probably have found themselves great language partners, which I could totally understand. but for someone really new here—they said they would be happy to help people and interested in learning Chinese or Chinese cultures—they also have never respond to my messages. This is the point that I am confused, did I do something wrong or they just lied ? if they are not interested in Chinese language, why’d they post “learning Chinese” here ? <o:p></o:p>
could someone here tell me why ?
I am new here. I find so many interesting things to explore and keep myself busy in here so i haven't get a chance to find a language exchange partner yet.
What is purpose of finding a language partner?
In term of language learning, i don't think it would be a good investment of your time especially if you are at the beginner or even lower intermediate level.
In term of language exchange, it would be great to engage in smooth, and enjoyable conversation from time to time. That means both partners would expect each other to be at intermediate level in order to have a meaningful and intelligent conversation.
I don't think anyone would enjoy to be my companion in language learning if all I have in the mind is practicing the target language with my horrific accent, and with a very limited vocabulary serves nothing but awkward silence.
Other people may not be interested in learning your native language, what else can you offer?
Have you been thinking about team up with other English learners who has similar language background? They may have decent accent, and have no trouble expressing themselves clearly during the conversation.
Meeting and chatting with others is definitely one of life enriching experience. You never know, you may have some life long friends to meet in near future.
Sorry about your frustration, but with all your endeavor, perseverce and courage in learning English; you are going to achieve your goal sooner than you expect.
Hi Chan Wu ^_^
I would not take it personally or worry too much about whether you are doing anything wrong :) (since you mentioned in the other comments that you write personal messages/long/short etc).
It could be that people have found a partner, or are just not using the site as it should be used lol. Just keep going, and don't worry about it :). You just need to find 1 or 2 lovely people to chat to, and it will come :)