How to italki: discussions
The intention of this post is to help you make the best out of the discussion section.
1. What is the discussion section?
It's the area where you can practice your target languages by discussing language and culture related topics.
2. What should I NOT post in the discussion section?
* Spam: don't repeatedly post the same message.
* Promotion of external businesses, especially competitors to italki
* As a teacher: self-promotion. Don't offer classes outside of the italki paying system or free classes. Don't make posts only promoting your teaching services and don't lure learners into believing that you're offering free help when they are looking for exchange partners.
* Discussions about religion, politics and sex: This kind of discussions get heated quickly and will most likely end in you being blocked.
- Content that you're supposed to post somewhere else, e.g.:
* Simple language related questions like "Is this sentence correct?", "How to say "XY" in English?", "What's the difference between 'present' and 'gift'?". Post such questions here: https://www.italki.com/questions
- Language partner requests: The English discussion section is recently filled with so many language partner requests that it's difficult to find real discussions. Requests like "I want a native English speaker help me learn English" aren't effective because there are more English learners than native English speakers and thousands of similar requests. Try these steps first:
* Scroll through the forum and reply first to already existing requests
* Engage in the community by taking part in discussions, answering questions and correcting notebook entries. This is a far more effective way to make friends here. Italki is NOT the perfect place to quickly find speaking partners for instant conversations. But if you take part in the community, you can meet interesting people and make great friends over time.
If you have a very special language partner request (not "Let's talk in English!), e.g. a language that isn't listed or very rare, a meet-up in a certain city, wanting to discuss a special topic, then you can post your request in the discussion section but think twice before you do so.
3. What CAN I post in the discussion section?
Any topic that helps you and others to practice their target languages. If your target language isn't listed, choose "Other". If it's a general topic, post it under "English". You can only post in languages that you have chosen for your profile as native or target languages. Possible topics are:
- Language learning tips, resources, methods, quizzes and games
- Comparing languages and cultures
- Discussing books, movies or TV series
- Interesting traditions
- Asking opinions about specific topics
Teachers can use interesting discussions to make themselves noticed by prospective students. Students can use interesting discussions to draw attention from possible language exchange partners.
See this previous discussions as examples:
4. What are the upvote and downvote buttons for?
Users can express their agreement or disagreement with posts and comments. If you don't like a topic, it's best though to either ignore it and walk away or explain your disagreement with a comment. Downvoting "just because" makes people feel bad and won't change anything. Only flag (=report) a post/comment if it violates the italki policy and not just because you disagree. Flagging will result in the other user being blocked.
5. What about Netiquette?