Aliph
Notebook corrections : do you thank the people who corrected them?

I know that this topic already has been discussed, however new members join Italki so I pick it up again. I am always surprised seeing that some people take it for granted that their texts should be corrected. They do not write a single word of appreciation for the work done.

What do you think about this?  

May 25, 2018 4:46 PM
Comments · 5

I am hugely motivated by thanks.  If someone says thank you -- I will do more in the future. If there is no thanks, I feel unappreciated and like I wasted my time, or was being foolishly useful / a keener.  I understand this is a pretty simplistic morality but there it is. I work for love as much as money, and an acknowledgement means a lot. Just my two cents.

May 25, 2018

Phil, I get your point of view. I wouldn’t encourage either sterile “thank you” with no real meaning, although like John says it is always good to know those words in any foreign language.

Actually, it is not only a matter of being rewarded in some ways but to know that the person who wrote the notebook entry also read the correction. Some people at least click on the thumbs up button, but one never knows if it is the original poster.

i agree with mondaytuesday that it is so nice to have the feeling of being appreciated. I truly admire those devoted people who corrected hundreds of notebook entries. Some are teachers who already developed the necessary skills but others are laymen. There is however a benefit in correcting the texts of others, one has to think about his own language.

May 26, 2018
As we all know, the reward of making notebook corrections is helping someone. The words “thank you” provide no value to me — simply information. I’m happy when people don’t say thanks, — it lets me know they don’t appreciate the help. I’m always thankful for that information, which leaves me more time to help the serious learners. Aliph, please don’t encourage learners to say “thank you” unless they are actually thankful.

May 25, 2018

just copy Phil's comment into my box, it doesn't bother me if they do not leave a thank you, but it does tend to show they are at least trying to be polite in their use of English.

I always say or try to say thank you in the language of any country I may visit, I noticed it gets readily appreciated whenever I do that.

May 25, 2018
Or maybe he/ she thanked them in her/ his private message. 
May 25, 2018
Aliph
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Arabic, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Italian, Latin, Spanish, Swiss German
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