There is no better way to learn a language than to actively use it in everyday life. However, while constant interaction with a language will familiarise you with it, it can be difficult to master it if you do not have anyone in your immediate circle of friends and family interested in picking up Japanese.
Immersing yourself in the Japanese language may be difficult, especially if you are at a loss on where to seek out like-minded people who are interested in mastering the language. Here are some ways you can find a language exchange partner if you cannot find peers who share the same interests and goals.
1. Join an interest group
Japanese culture is home to many niche interests, be it anime, manga, or Japanese pop music. With so many communities you can join, meeting like-minded people has never been easier. Usually, if one is interested in a particular subculture belonging to a specific country, they would also be interested in picking up the native language.
Interest groups are easy to find online with a few keywords in your search bar; many websites and social media platforms allow you to connect with people who share similar interests and the desire to learn Japanese. A few popular examples include Reddit and Twitter, where you can find other similar individuals.
After getting to know your new friends, you can help each other master Japanese by discussing your shared interests in the language. A good partnership involves helpful feedback and mutual correction based on your strengths, so do actively help your newfound friends!
However, even if you are still relatively new to the language, there are still many welcoming communities who will be willing to adopt you in their circle, and other beginners who may just be looking for someone to motivate them and keep them on track! So, keep a lookout for any opportunities, and you will be able to successfully practise Japanese with a new friend.
2. Find a native speaker
Native Japanese speakers may also be looking for a native English speaker to practise with. By conversing in both Japanese and English, you will both get the chance to practise and correct each other’s mistakes, improving your respective understandings of the languages. There are many ways such an exchange can work; you can find interested partners to practise with in real life or even penpals.
Penpals will also help you practise writing Japanese, which is especially complex with three separate writing systems; kanji, katakana, and hiragana. As you exchange letters, you will also familiarise yourself with penning down and trying different sentence structures on a personal level free of judgment and intimidation. Aside from writing, you may also try speaking in the language with each other with the help of telecommunication services such as Skype.
Learning a new language helps bridge distances between borders; penpals promise new friendships and fun ways to communicate in an interesting new language. So why not start by searching for one from the many websites available on the Internet? Who knows, you might just find a new best friend!
3. Sign up for a class
Of course, one of the best ways to learn a new language would be to sign up for classes taught by native speakers and certified professionals. Whether you are looking to dip your toes in the water or aiming for an N1 certification; it is so easy to learn Japanese in Singapore with the wide range of classes available for all different ages, proficiencies, and goals.
When choosing a course, try to sign up for one with small class sizes or one-to-one teaching. It is harder to provide personalised teaching in a large group, and smaller class sizes also mean greater opportunities to mingle with your classmates and practise the language with each other on a more intimate level.
Learning Japanese does not have to be a one-man show. Rope in other interested students or seek out a native speaker interested in learning a language that you are already fluent in to help each other practise! With so many options and opportunities you can choose from depending on your personality and preferences, learning Japanese is no longer intimidating.
Japanese Explorer offers a diverse range of Japanese classes in Singapore for all individuals with varying priorities and preferences. Our small group classes allow you to meet other like-minded individuals to converse and practise the language. We can also incorporate your interests into our lessons to make them exciting. So, let our qualified and patient native teachers help you with mastering the Japanese language; come sign up for a class with us today!