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onebir
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 Message 1 of 26
10 May 2005 at 7:06am | IP Logged 
I only know three - described briefly below.

I'd be really interested to hear if anyone knows of any more good ones...

www.mylanguageexchange.com
- well established
- $6 fee allows you to contact other members (for one month)
- this sends an email to them, so you don't have to wait for them to log in
- you can list yourself without paying a fee

www.polyglot-learn-language.com
- perhaps less well established
- french-based
- user interface is a bit clunky
- no fee, but premium membership (unsure of cost) puts you at the top of search results
- some members post their email addresses
- some annoying web adverts

http://www.friendsabroad.com
I only just looked at this. It seems to be free and a bit more professional than polyglot, but - perhaps because of the name and an emphasis on posting members pictures - seems to attract more people interested in dating agency services.

Edited by onebir on 11 May 2005 at 4:22am

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 Message 2 of 26
10 May 2005 at 7:14am | IP Logged 
How do you use such websites? Is there anyone here who tried that type of service?
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onebir
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 Message 3 of 26
10 May 2005 at 8:23am | IP Logged 
You can either
a) post details of yourself - mainly your native tongue, & target languages. Then see if anyone contacts you - you may get an email via the site or a PM when you next log in

or

b) PM people on the site, or email the brave ones who've posted their email addresses

When you've found someone you can meet them - preferable by far - or use email, chat or internet voice chat. I recently found someone this way.

If your mother tongue's popular, you could probably set up a whole week or two of language exchange before going to visit a country using these websites!

Edited by onebir on 10 May 2005 at 8:26am

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Raistlin Majere
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 Message 4 of 26
10 May 2005 at 8:43am | IP Logged 
I just have to make a correction about Polyglot-Learn-Language, onebir: When a member receives a message from another one, he also receives a message on his e-mail to notify him.
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onebir
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 Message 5 of 26
10 May 2005 at 9:47am | IP Logged 
Raistlin Majere wrote:
I just have to make a correction about Polyglot-Learn-Language, onebir: When a member receives a message from another one, he also receives a message on his e-mail to notify him.


Hmm - I don't seem to get one, and I've had a few messages & filled in the email field... Plus one of the people who PM'd me apologized for taking so long because she hadn't logged on to that website for a long time. (But maybe I misunderstood the PM - it was in chinese). Anyway, I'm onebir there too, so you can try PMing me!
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Raistlin Majere
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 Message 6 of 26
10 May 2005 at 9:57am | IP Logged 
I'll do that. Perhaps you should check in case your e-mail Inbox puts Polyglot messages into the undesired mail box.

Edited by Raistlin Majere on 10 May 2005 at 9:58am

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victor
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 Message 7 of 26
10 May 2005 at 6:25pm | IP Logged 
I also used the polyglot-learn-language service. Their chatroom is quite interesting, with discussions in different languages.

I have posted a profile there for a long time. It's hard to find someone who can really continue a correspondance with you. I left my email there and lots of 16-20 French girls keep adding me on MSN but never talk to me.

And yes, they do send you an email when someone sends a message through the system.
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onebir
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 Message 8 of 26
11 May 2005 at 4:23am | IP Logged 
OK - I stand corrected on the "emails from polyglot issue" - looks like it was a corporate firewall issue.

Edited by onebir on 13 May 2005 at 5:04am



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