I have been observing you, I mean the members of Babelvillage, for more than two months now and I see two type of members. I called them a hunter and an angler.
A hunter is active. An angler, quite the opposite, is passive.
A hunter starts sending language exchange invitations just after signing up. An angler never send language exchange invitations. She or he waits and only responds to invitations sent by… hunters.
Which one of these two strategies is better? Which one is more effective? Which one bears fruit faster, meaning, gives you a chance to practice your target language?
According to my experience, the first one wins. Being a hunter gives you advantage.
When I started my adventure with language exchange phenomenon, it was a couple of years ago, I thought that being an angler is enough. I did not use then the name “angler” but I behaved exactly as these of Babelvillage members who I call “anglers” today.
I signed up to several language exchange websites, created modest Member profiles and waited. Regrettably without the results. There were no language exchange invitations in my Inbox.
I was disappointed and got cross with the language exchange idea for some time.
After several months I got back on track with different approach. I decided to be a hunter. As above, I did not use at that time the name “hunter”.
Instead of waiting I decided to take action. I decided to be the one who sends the invitations and initiates my language exchange partnerships.
With the new strategy I became a real language exchange practitioner. It did not happen during one night of course. It took some time and some efforts, but there was a time period, a couple of months, when I had three to six regular language exchange meetings a week, every week. I had five to six regular language exchange partners at the same time. With two of them I was doing regular weekly language exchange for more than eight months.
I am absolutely sure that if I stayed in the “angler” mode, all that would not be possible.
So this is my advice for the anglers. It is simple and unequivocal. Do not be an angler, become a hunter. I am sorry, there is nothing more to say. :)
Being active increases your chances to find a valuable language partner tremendously. So be active!
In one of the following posts I will give you some tips how to be a successful language hunter. So stay tuned.
But now share with me and other members what do you think. Use the form below to leave a comment. Thank you.