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Compared to live conversation, there is less pressure, because you can take your time to use a dictionary or refer to your lessons at a time of your convenience. I'd love to have some English-speaking pen pals!
It is also a great way to improve your writing, reading and grammar skills. Please get in touch with me if you'd like to have a Japanese pen pal-- i'm looking forward to your email! I'm a river engineer and I sometimes work in foreign countries. I'd like to be able to talk English more fruently.
I am a 4th year Japanese student, and i feel just lost cos my ideas were not from foreigners who lived here but Japanese Ryuugaksei in the States and ex-g/f (both from Tokyo) who probably thought it wasn't worth mentioning cos it was so normal!
My Japanese friends are surprised i didn't know such basic things in Tokyo.
i'm a 24 y/o blues guitarist-type male from Los Angeles attending Waseda Daigaku (for a 1-year stint and then a masters program). Please help if you can, cos i'm lonely, scared, and shocked (haha)1.) What was the most surprising/ hardest thing that you had to come to terms with in terms of culture shock?
(Custom / tradition / expectation)2.) How and where did you make friends, or find people to date?!?!
So limiting it seems :(My question comes because i have become very depressed here in Tokyo. Just to come here, study, play in a blues band, make musician friends, etc. People don't smile back on trains if you smile, and I NEVER knew of this!
I'm a very friendly person, and i accept of course I accept that it's a cultural norm of Tokyo (and britain for that matter), and I wanna fit in, but i miss it.2.)How do you make friends?
I need to practice speaking and listening for business. J'habitais à Paris, et j'aime bien l'atomosphere la-bas.