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Japanese penfriends?

#1
japan-guide used to be an excellent source to get in touch with Japanese friends and find languages exchange partners. Sadly they discontinued this service and users are no longer able to connect and communicate. Is anyone aware of great alternatives to make Japanese friends/find language exchange partners? [Image: 1f64f_1f3fd.png]
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#2
They can't do that. No way. They used to be second to none. How come !?

I received a mail from a contact that I fell in touch long ago saying "Japan guide die (sic)", since this person is a bit depressive I thought it was a rant (because no 's' at the end of 'die'). I would never ever have imagined that they might close what is the best service around there.

That's a very sad news.

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Alternatives:
http://multilingual-network.com/ aka rose ruru --- far behind japan-guide in term of efficiency
https://www.language-exchanges.org/ aka the mixxer
http://www.italki.com/

I never tried this one but the design resembles japan-guide: https://www.mylanguageexchange.com/
Edited: 2017-06-23, 8:24 pm
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#3
It's sad but true...I've made some great life long friends there...
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#4
I just heard about this, I find it super sad for some reason. I made a lot of great friends there too over the years, including my very first Japanese pen pal.

I literally just went to the contact page of Japan Guide and asked them to bring it back. It was always kind of a quiet and hidden place, which I think helped to give its unique charm.

I really hope they bring it back in some form.

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My recommended alternative would be https://www.conversationexchange.com

But it's not the same
Edited: 2017-06-23, 5:11 pm
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#5
I met my wife through Japan guide. How sad!!!

Conversation exchange is okay, but doesn't have nearly the same diversity. And there were many folks on Japan guide who were happy to talk exclusively in Japanese. There was nothing quite like it.
Edited: 2017-06-23, 6:18 pm
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#6
(2017-06-23, 6:17 pm)gaiaslastlaugh Wrote: I met my wife through Japan guide. How sad!!!

Conversation exchange is okay, but doesn't have nearly the same diversity. And there were many folks on Japan guide who were happy to talk exclusively in Japanese. There was nothing quite like it.

I met my wife there as well, and I also met ton's of friends and conversation partners who gave me lots of good Japanese practice over the course of several years. It's sad that it's going away.
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#7
The HelloTalk app is good, I met a girl on there last year. Generally I'm not very active on it but wait for people to message me instead.
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#8
It would be cool to see if we can keep this thread alive and gather more websites to get in touch with Japanese people  Big Grin

Any tips or suggestions are more than welcome Smile
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#9
I think this thread covers the basics for learners of all levels. For intermediate and advanced learners, normal social media works well too. There are plenty of Japanese Instagram, Facebook and <shudder> Twitter users.
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#10
Hi everyone, I am an ex japan-guide friends forum user. I had some email exchange with the owner of website and I got the authorization from them to recreate the japan penfriends section of their website. The website is going to be at http://www.japan-guide-friends.com/ If anybody is interested in helping with anything, just reply to this thread! Smile see you soon
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#11
There's a free Android app called Speaky for people who want to find a language exchange partner. You can find some Japanese people there, but I think more use Hello Talk.
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#12
(2017-10-30, 3:41 am)japan-guide-friends Wrote: Hi everyone, I am an ex japan-guide friends forum user. I had some email exchange with the owner of website and I got the authorization from them to recreate the japan penfriends section of their website. The website is going to be at http://www.japan-guide-friends.com/ If anybody is interested in helping with anything, just reply to this thread! Smile see you soon

Nice! Are you going to be using the same data as the previous service or is it going to be starting from scratch?
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#13
(2017-06-23, 2:31 pm)Shenhua Wrote: japan-guide used to be an excellent source to get in touch with Japanese friends and find languages exchange partners. Sadly they discontinued this service and users are no longer able to connect and communicate. Is anyone aware of great alternatives to make Japanese friends/find language exchange partners? [Image: 1f64f_1f3fd.png]


This has millions of language exchange members:
https://www.mylanguageexchange.com
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