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Users of Italki vs Community Tutor What are the reasons why you prefer to communicate with a community tutor instead of exchanging languages.
Apr 10, 2018 2:52 PM
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For one thing, a (good) community tutor will probably show up and dedicate the whole hour to making you talk. For another, the ability to make “usual conversation” (as you say) is not at all usual. If a community tutor has done a few hundred lessons and has a high number of lessons per student, you can bet that they’re providing value. Some community tutors are actually language nerds who love teaching as a hobby, and are quite good at it. Some “professional teachers,” on the other hand, are little more than marketing professionals who jumped through the right hoops (taking some sort of online 120 hour certification course, for example). Good luck in your language learning!

April 11, 2018

I am afraid that a language exchange is time consuming. I did it “in vivo” with some immigrants and usually after they talked one hour in the local language they weren’t that eager to hear me trying and doing my best to talk in their language. Usually they took an excuse and said that they had to leave.

My italki teachers and tutors are so patient. They focuse on me, sometimes even too much, I rather would hear them telling me what is happening in their life and their country, instead of talking over and over about my family matters. 

Professional teachers are more reliable than other language learners.

April 10, 2018
If you want to spend your time learning a language without spending half the time using your native language.
April 10, 2018
Because the CT‘s are being paid and are going to therefore be reliable. 
April 10, 2018

For me:

1. My native language isn't popular, so it's very difficult to even find a possible exchange

2. Teacher and tutors get paid. They show up for an appointment and spend time and energy. With a stranger, you can't be certain.

April 11, 2018
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