Sometimes I look for new friends to talk with here on italki, but then I notice they're teachers and I don't dare to send them a message. I know it sounds silly but I feel like they may be offended or something. Are italki teachers interested in doing informal language exchange or they're available exclusively for teaching? Does it depend on the teacher? I probably know the answer but I just got here and I would rather know about your experiences on this matter.
Hola Pablo, que tal?
It depends on the tutor. I am a community tutor here on italki so I would like English language students to book lessons with me. But I also chat with other people who are simply looking to have a question or two answered. I have also accepted friend requests from people looking for language exchange partners. I know some tutors here do not accept language exchange partners at all, so it is up to the individual. You will not know until you ask.
@Fredrik and @Jerome:
Thanks a lot for your answers! It was obvious, but you never know. Thanks again ;)
Personalmente no estoy interesado en aprender portugués, pero gracias por la propuesta.