Like many of you, I'm trying to find language partners on italki. The difficulty seems to be the time of availability. So rather than send messages back & forth about when & if each person is available I decided to just lay it all out in my profile. This might work well if many people did it & they were actually willing & available to speak during the times they detail. I say "willing" because many people make the request to speak but then seem to be afraid to follow through.
So here's my profile "About Me" section. If this description fits you, please message me & we'll chat.
I'm from Canada and I want to learn Spanish. I am looking for a Spanish speaker that wants to improve their English. I use Skype (audio or video+audio) and I am available on Mon/Wed/Thu from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Check my current time & compare with your time to see if that time schedule works for you. If you are interested, send me a message and we can arrange to chat. This time frame is in the evening for people in Spain and works well for those that work away from home during the day.
If you do not speak Spanish please don't message me. The follower/following aspect of italki does nothing so please don't bother. Just message me if you have time to chat during the times I've listed.
No creo que haya algún problema con la última parte. Yo tampoco entiendo el punto que alguien que no hable español quiera contactar a alguien que hable inglés, ¿qué van a intercambiar?. Segundo, si la persona se da cuenta que no puede conversar con Dave porque está ocupada en esos horarios, no entiendo para qué le va a escribir.
I get your point but I'm not trying to limit the accents & regions of people that I'm willing to speak with. It doesn't matter to me where they live, I just find that most people in Latin America work during the hours that I'm available whereas folks in Spain do not. And while the statement about not contacting me if you don't speak Spanish does sound harsh, even to my ears, I don't understand why someone who speaks another language would contact an English speaker learning Spanish and try to carry on a conversation. The goal is to share our learning experience. How can we do that if you want to learn English but speak XXXXX and it's not Spanish?
I guess what I'm finding is that people say they'll chat & then don't. I've had people message me (or I've messaged them) and say they want to talk right then & then they're just gone. I don't understand why you'd initiate/accept a discussion and then leave. I also keep reading posts by people that say that native English speakers are hard to find, so my goal is to make my availability known & consistent and hope that others with a similar schedule will message me.
But I get your points and I'll remove the last section. For me the bottom line is it would be nice if everyone out there would make it known when they're available and others could see this information & ask people if they want to chat. I know that would still present problems because people still say yes and then don't actually chat. I'm assuming there's a lot of fear out there.
I agree with Keter and I think that it's the wrong approach to be honest. In addition to being too rigid a schedule that creates obligations to practice rather than opportunities to do so, it limits the exposure to different accents and regional vocabulary and makes it more of a challenge to come up with topics for conversation when you're always talking to the same people. It's far easier in my opinion to have a number of people to talk to and then to just start up conversations with people on line that you haven't talked to in a while. It's a much more natural (though somewhat superficial I'll admit) approach.
Creo que la última parte es un poco agresiva y soberbia. Me intimida un poco.
Creo que está bien, el mensaje es directo y hace pensar que se trata de un estudiante serio.