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    Hi! I'm a new visitor here, and it's my first time in this forum! I'm from Russia, I want to find friends and develope my skills in English:)

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    Welcome. You've come to the right place.

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    how can I make my post interesting for others? I want people come to my post and reply it. other posts are interesting, and I usually watch them and try to reply. but I wish my posts were frequently visited, too.
    excuse me for my mistakes, I have forgot everything

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    One of my friends is studying Russian. She said it was the most difficult thing to learn Russian. And I'm also worried about my lifeless posts and the mistakes I've made.
    P.S.you're very polite and modest. :) The game 'association' you started is interesting!

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    Firstly, don't worry about mistakes- I'm a teacher and I make them too, because I am a lousy typist and post before I check things all the time.

    Having spent a considerable amount of time in this and other forums over the years, I have noticed how threads grow, or not. Because of the numbers of new posts, and most people head for the New Posts button, hreads can get buried very quickly, so if you want a thread to stay alive, you have to keep it there by visiting it regularly and posting in it. Newcomers will also often go back and bring back threads that no one has looked at for months and they start off again.

    It's hard to know what people will reply to. We had a thread that went on for weeks about whether to say 'frying pan'or 'skillet'. I have no idea why this attracted so much attention. However, the more general a topic is, the less likely it is to get many replies. If the thread is more specific, then it will automatically invite posters to answer. Where people have something to get their teeth into, they will get stuck in.

    It is also a good idea, as a learner, to post in various different threads and become involved in the other discussions that are taking place, which will draw peopleinto the areas you want to talk about. Please don't feel shy about replying elsewhere- it's what a forum is for.

    There are learners of all sorts of different standards here, from beginner to native speaker level. Not speaking as well as someone else does not mean that someone has less to say or that their ideas and thoughts are in any way less interesting or valid.

    As one of the people moderating the forum, I tend to concentrate in certain ways- I try to ensure that all posts get an answer and that new posts are replied to, which means that once a thread has been answered, it will disappear of my screen in a couple of days and I think that many of us work in that way, so keep it alive and we will be popping in all the time.

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    2tdol: Hi! I'm very glad that you answer my question:) it's so interesting for me to read & write messages!

    I'm keen on forums, but this one is my 1st 'english' forum. sometimes it's difficult for me to understand, but it's such an extraordinary thing! :) in Russia it is hard to meet an english-speaking man. when I studied at school (it was a humanitarien gymnasium), Americans often came there, and we had a great opportunity to develope our language skills. but at the moment I study maths in Volgograd State University, and you see...
    :?

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    I think forums are one of the best things on the internet. I still find it amazing that I can contact people from all over the world from my PC. In the last hour or so, I have replied to posts from three continents. BTW, what do you understand by 'humanitarian'? I think you mean 'Humanities'- 'humanitarian' is a person who cares about people, not a faculty. Where were you at school?

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    2tdol: just a minute... hmmm... I'm opening my dictionary :)hmmm... as far as I understand, the word 'humanitarian' is not only a noun, but an adjective, either :) I know, there are so called 'natural sciences' (I hope, I've translated it correctly:)) and 'humanitarian sciences'! Isn't it so?

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    2ion Joe: hi:) does your friend come to this site? I'm glad to decide your friend a correspondence in Russian (if she or he wants:)) for me it will be a good chance to know, what people from other countries think about Russia & Russians, and for her (or him) - in my opinion, it's clear - an opportunity to develope language skills:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty_V
    2ion Joe: hi:) does your friend come to this site? I'm glad to decide your friend a correspondence in Russian (if she or he wants:)) for me it will be a good chance to know, what people from other countries think about Russia & Russians, and for her (or him) - in my opinion, it's clear - an opportunity to develope language skills:)

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    It's so kind of you! I'll tell her, but she's very shy. She's now in Japan for study and she's learning Russian in spare time. I don't know what she thinks about Russia & Russians. In my opinion, Russian people are very kind and beautiful, but Russian language is hard to speak. :wink:

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