Fatih
ı am tired!!
ı think, finding a serious language partner is the most diffucult thing in the world!
Jun 12, 2020 3:06 PM
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Why is it so hard? I really wonder what the problem is as the majority of italki users seem to look for someone to practise English with. Everyone's looking for a language partner but nobody wants to talk? Does everyone only want to speak to native English speakers or what are the restrictions that are holding everyone back?

I never had problems finding good language exchange partners. When I look for language partners I normally look for someone roughly my age with similar interests and approximately the level in German that I have in the target language. The important thing is that there has to be chemistry and interest in similar topics so the conversations don't get dull. I don't care if my language partner is a native speaker of my target language, upper intermediate is fine.

Fatih, you could start correcting notebook entries by Turkish learners. Maybe you'll find someone this way. I found some of my exchange partners because their German notebook entries caught my interest. You could also sgtart to engage with people here in the forum. Not only through language partner requests but by taking part in all kinds of English discussions. Several users greatly improved their English level by writing here on a daily basis and also made friends with other users this way.
June 12, 2020
You are correct. It is ridiculously hard. Don’t know why it is so hard, but I remember the frustration that I had when I was looking for language partners. Unfortunately, the only advice that I can give you is not to give up. Despite the disappointments and frustration that you had up until now, a serious language partner can be found. It might take a lot of time and you’ll might end up trying the speak with many people until you’ll find one, but once you find one (or even more then one), you’ll see that it was worth all the efforts.

June 12, 2020
l agree with you. l have been looking for a real language partner to do pattern practices. But it seems like impossible.
June 12, 2020
Hi Fatih,

I am a native English speaker learning Spanish.

Something that has worked for me, is to join a Skype English learner's group as a native speaker. In your situation, start or join a Turkish group as a native speaker.

My only suggestion is to limit the size of the group to about 20 or less, then over time, remove people that aren't active. I would be shocked if you didn't end up with more than one person in your group that is a native English speaker, as well as others that have a high level of English and would be willing to help you. Just make sure to keep the Turkish group completely Turkish, and meet one on one or start another group for English.

I have gained access to a lot of people from all over the world simply by speaking my native language with them! What could be easier? In return, I have found friends that are willing to help me reach my goals as well.

My wife and I are both part of the English Skype group, and we have been for quite a while now. It's fantastic and it's more like a family than anything else.

My intention wasn't finding a Spanish partner, it was to help people learn and improve their English level through real conversation. What I ended up with was a bunch of new friends around the world, and a few of them are Spanish speakers that are willing to help me!

I just can't think of what could be better.

Best of luck!! :)
June 14, 2020
Hi) I think the same. Because of that, we created a group to practice English. We are gonna practice daily and hard. There are people from around the world. If you interested in it, let me know 😊 Level B1+
June 13, 2020
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Fatih
Language Skills
English, Turkish
Learning Language
English