I've been learning Korean since the beginning of May and have been really strict with myself every day instead of succumbing to procrastination. For this reason, I would say my reading and general comprehension skills are low-intermediate, as well as my knowledge of grammar and vocab.
BUT I noticed that my writing and speaking skills are way behind and it's making me feel like a beginner. I started to wonder if I had wasted the last two months by focusing too much on grammar.
A few days ago, in an attempt to fix this, I downloaded a couple language exchange apps (with Tandem being my favourite so far). However, I've messaged at least twenty native speakers so far, expressing my interest in practising Korean, and only a few have replied earnestly. The others seem to use it more as a dating app than for language exchange.
The few that have replied have been really nice, but they only speak in English and ask me (albeit politely) to switch to English when I start speaking in Korean. I get that they also want to practise their additional language, but even when I propose a 50/50 compromise (i.e. we speak in Korean one day and English the next), they seem really uninterested.
At this point, I'm starting to lose hope but I still really want to improve my speaking and writing skills in Korean! What do I do?
TLDR: People on language exchange apps only want to speak in English. How do I get past this hurdle to improve my Korean writing and speaking skills?