Monday, January 13, 2014

Find A Language Exchange Partner

How do you study a foreign language?

As for me, I started Language Exchange with Taiwanese friends to learn Chinese last year. At first, I could say only "xie xie (thank you)" and "ni hao (hello)" in Chinese, but thanks to my good friends, now I can somehow communicate with Taiwanese people in Chinese. I really appreciate their help. :)

So, today I wanna show you one of the good SNS websites to find a language exchange partner. This is a very useful website if you're planning to travel to Japan or want to find a friends all over the world, too.
There are travel guide to Japan, living information, trip reports, and a forum to ask questions and find friends.

<Find a friend or language exchange partner>

Click "Forum" on the top banner of this website.

Choose "Friend" if you want to find a friend. If you want to find a language exchange partner, choose "Language Exchange". These are free to use.

Let's have fun learning foreign languages! ;)

By the way, do you know what kind of holiday is it today in Japan?
It's 成人式(せいじんしき)/sei-jin-shiki/, the day of coming of age ceremony.

Well, I'm too lazy to explain about it in English. :P
Let's have a look at Wikipedia!!

Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi?) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old (二十歳 hatachi?)) over the past year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式 seijin-shiki?) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties amongst family and friends.
-from Wikipedia

Girls wear Japanese traditional cloths, called 振袖(ふりそで)/furisode/ to attend this ceremony.

They are on the way home from the ceremony! So gorgeous!

*Japanese Word of the Day*
/deguchi wa kochira-gawa desu/
The exit is here.

/kochira-gawa kara okaeri kudasai/
Please return from this side.


  1. Language Exchange with a partner is the best way to gain confidence and really speak the new language.
    I try it a couple of time using some of the most important sites - communities around, but unfortunately it works easily, only for popular languages such as English, French, Spanish etc.
    In my case it is almost impossible to find a language partner interested to learn my native language (Greek) in exchange of the languages i learn (Portuguese and Spanish).

    1. Thank you for your comment (I'm afraid I can't read your name)!

      Oh, I see. My impression is that people who learn Greek are already very good at several languages since it is considered as a very difficult language. Anyway it's true that some languages are very "popular" and others are not. It's not balanced... :(

      Well, it just occurred to me, but how about looking for a language partner who's also learning Portuguese or Spanish? It's not "exchange" but you can practice together, or share new vocabulary. :)

      Again, thank you for your comment.


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