Do you think it is us ladies being (quite sensibly) a bit wary or are we possibly over-reacting?
It might simply be a difference in our perspectives on things and the way we have been brought up to think.
We are still in contact now although my Turkish has made way for other languages as I help him occasionally with project proposals he has to write in English.
I seem to find that men seem generally keener on initiating a conversation via skype as they do with starting new threads and generally being more vocal about their language-learning missions (as someone mentioned in another thread in this forum).
Again, this might come back down to mindsets and upbringing. Karen Disclaimer – I don't think being wary of talking to men is holding me back from speaking in particular, but I do relate to the topic.
I've read that women have to be 95% confident before undertaking something new, whereas men tend to be less wary and more gung-ho with a confidence level of only 75% required! As a young woman, I'm definitely hyper-aware of this possibility.
Hi, I'd like to pick up on Nataliya's comment in her thread in the General Forum about her reluctance to use the webcam posibly being related to speaking with male language "buddies".
I've also experienced a bit of awkwardness with requests to speak or even meet up.
For example, when I started learning Turkish I found a language partner on one of the language websites (can't remember which one now).
He was very polite and helpful, nothing to make me feel awkward to start with.
But after a few weeks he was asking me if he could come and stay later in the year.
I pointed out that I hardly knew him and that I didn't think it was appropriate as I live on my own but that I was happy to help him find somewhere else.