I've just finished reading italki's most recent Newsletter entitled, "10 Reasons You Should Join A Language Learning Community".
The article suggests that there are many benefits to joining italki's Facebook group called 'For the love of languages'.
Personally, I don't care for Facebook, so the Facebook group is of little interest to me.
However, I was surprised to discover that the Newsletter article, written by a British gentleman (apparently an italki user) was somewhat challenging to read because of some of the unsubstantiated and inaccurate claims made in the article, as well as some of the unusual and/or potentially incorrect grammar used. After careful review of the article, I noted 13 actual or potential issues.
Did you read the article?
Are you a member of the Facebook Group (For the love of languages)?
What is/are your impression(s) of the Facebook group?
Do you recommend that others join the Facebook group?
What is your opinion of the article (i.e., the author's comments, claims, or grammar)?
Did the article encourage you to join the Facebook group?
Link to the Newsletter article:
Btw, I'm a member, even a moderator of the FB group but it doesn't add any additional value to the community here. I do like FB groups for learning languages, but I know better ones than the group For the Love of Languages. I think it's ok to join the group when one is active on FB anyway. But if one doesn't like FB, they shouldn't join just because of this group.
Edited for typos.
Hello Richard! Yes, I went through the article but didn't read it from top to bottom. First of all, Facebook is not my cup of tea, so whatever he wrote was not convincing for me. Even though the author tried his best putting some eye caching/cheesy subtitles such as "A gateway to paradise"(seriously?), it was not at all convincing, rather I would say condescending; as if he was glorifying it too much!
If italki seriously wants to say bye bye to the community and is trying to divert it toward the Facebook, well, then best of luck to them, I will better learn language in my cozy cave!
Thank you for providing a good, accurate description of the Facebook group as well as the italki website.
It is disappointing to see many users disappear from italki.
On several occasions, the website has undergone changes and each time there were new problems with the modified/upgraded site.
Many of the italki members have said that they do not use or do not want to use Facebook.
Let's hope that italki will improve the site and the italki experience.
Dear Edited for Typos... :)
I'm glad to see that you've taken the time to add to this discussion.
Your comments are all the more meaningful because you are familiar with Facebook language groups and you are even an italki/Facebook language group moderator (something for which italki should recognize you).
I agree with your comments regarding the value of the group as well as your opinion about joining or not joining Facebook just to access the group.
Thank you Miriam, for your knowledgeable insight and advice.