I want a Penfriend
to Write to
1. Keep a
a penfriend to write to...
Are you searching
for 'I want a penfriend to write to'? From this page you
can find pen friends in every country, including your own. But you
must be over 18 to join and find a pen friend. If you are then use
the search box to the right. Just make your choices then click the
'Go to Profiles' button and you'll instantly see photos and details
of people looking for a penfriend just like you!
don't forget to
Penfriend to Write To
From this page
you can find a penfriend to write to anywhere in the world -- or
near home. However, if you're stuck and don't know where to start
looking then may we make a suggestion? If you are American or European
then Japan is a popular place to look for new penfriends. Perhaps
it's because the culture and language are so different, the amazing
technological gadgets the Japanese have... who knows? In any case
a Japanese penfriend would be a good place to start. And don't forget,
you can have more than one penfriend in more than one place!
Let's see what
Najaf Ali has to say about having a Japanese penfriend to write
to in order to help with learning Japanese...
Good Habits For Learning Japanese
by Najaf Al (see: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Najaf_Ali)
Want a Penfriend to Write
to? Find one here:
Buy a cheap notebook (I recommend moleskine) and jot down any new vocabulary
or phrases that you hear. For each entry, write down the new language, its
meaning, and one or two examples of its usage. If you hear a word you know
used in a new way, write it down again.
2. Take Up
A Japanese Hobby
If you take up a Japanese hobby you get three benefits. First, you get
to take up an interesting and enjoyable hobby which is fun in itself.
Second, you'll find a great place to interact with Japanese natives and
get plenty of speaking practice. Finally, you'll get a source of motivation
to study Japanese harder. You can take up anything from flower arranging
(ikebana) to sword-fighting (kendo).
Note about finding a penfriend to write to:
go directly to the penfriends by using the pen friend search
3. Make Japanese
Google 'japanese pen friend' and you'll find a host of websites dedicated
to finding you a Japanese pen friend. Make sure you insist on replies
in English and Japanese. This is a great way to expose you to new language,
and of course, make connections in Japan. If you can't read Kanji, you
should try downloading Rikaichan, a plugin for the Firefox web browser
(which you should be using anyway!)
Characters Once A Week
If you are just starting out, it's very important that you review hiragana/katakana
characters at least once per week. Rather than spending one afternoon
trying to cram all the characters into your brain, its much easier and
more effective to go slowly and review periodically. You should be able
to read words you see, and write words you hear. If you are confident
with your kana, you should move onto Kanji when you feel ready.
5. Make Japanese
Similar to making pen-friends, the difference is you will actually be
speaking to them over the internet. Often you can convert pen-friends
to skype-friends and vice versa. This is a great way to get speaking practice
if you don't meet Japanese natives in your day-to-day life, but it's never
a substitute for the real thing.
To The JapanesePod101 Podcast
If you open iTunes (comes with all Macs, you'll need to download it for
Windows), and go to the iTunes Store, you can find a podcast made by JapanesePod101.
They regularly broadcast high quality Japanese lessons via their podcast.
They can be a little pushy for you to join their paid website, but the
podcast is very well produced and is a great way to get listening practice
7. Check Your
Grammar With Tae Kims Guide To Japanese
Tae Kims guide can be found at this url:
It is a one-stop shop
for Japanese grammar explanations. Though I wouldn't recommend it as a
good way to start studying Japanese, it's a great way to review grammar
that you might have forgotten. His explanations are brief and filled with
examples. He also has a great understanding of contemporary Japanese language
usage. Best of all, it's free.
We all make mistakes when speaking, the most important thing is that we
go back and correct them. If you know you've made a mistake, don't be
lazy and let it slide. If you make a habit of letting yourself go, you
will never improve. Go back to what you said, make the correction, and
carry on the conversation from there.
9. Don't Second
Don't try to make everything you say perfect. Do your best to speak naturally,
and then only after you've made a mistake are you allowed to go back and
correct it. Unless you're giving a speech, never spend more than a couple
of seconds trying to figure out what you're going to say.
10. Come to
Whether only for a few weeks or the rest of your life, coming to Japan
will multiply your Japanese ability. If you are a beginner, you'll get
24/7 exposure to the language as its spoken naturally. If you're intermediate,
then you will have more speaking opportunities than you could ever handle
or prepare for (which is a good thing). If you're advanced, then you probably
already live here :
Najaf Ali is a fluent
Japanese speaker living in Tokyo. Get more content on studying Japanese
from his eBook at http://speakfluentjapanese.com.
Article Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Najaf_Ali
to this 'I want a penfriend to write to' page:
is in fact a literacy aid for those learning a foreign language -- such
as Japanese, see above.
Pen Friends - Find a pen pal in Japan
A page containing resources to help you find a penfriend in Japan to write
to. Also includes a handy article on Japanese culture which forms a useful
introduction if you know little about it. This site also has a good article
on Japanese words at Japanese
penpals; and, if you don't want a Japanese penfriend, there are pages
about finding Filipina
Pen Pals, French
Pen Pals and, possibly if you are looking for a little love interest
from your penfriend, female
pen pals. So there are lots of possibilities there for finding a penfriend
to write to.
Pen Pals/ Penfriends
Nowadays the term 'senior pen pals' seems to be used for anyone over 40!
More properly it applies to the over 60s. Whatever the definition, you
can find older penfriends to write to here.
PenFriends 'Write around the world'
A large penfriend site probably suitable for under 18s (unlike this page).
This organisation is said to have 1.5 million members and appears to be
aimed at letter-writing rather than emailing when writing to penfriends.
'I want a penfriend
to write to'... Find one here by using the search box at the top of this
page (you must be over 18).
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