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#1 mr dodo

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 13:49

Hi all,

 

I was wondering if people currently learning or looking to practice a language that isn't their mother tongue would be interested in exchanging letters with people who want to practice that same language? Not only would it be a handy way to improve or maintain your language skills, but it's an excuse to whip out your favourite pens, papers and inks, knowing that the recipient will appreciate them.

 

If you're interested in this, please reply to this thread with:

-the languages that you want to practice, and a rough idea of your level (total novice,the level of a lower school student, the level of a high school student, near-fluent, fluent etc)

-a little bit about yourself and your interests (so people can find compatible pen-pals)

 

...

 

I'll start:
 

I'm currently a student of mathematical physics in Nottingham (UK) and my hobbies include cooking, music, sports/fitness and comedy.

I'm looking to exchange letters in French (probably the level of a not-very-good high-school student), Spanish (the level of a lower school student) and German (total novice).

 

...

 

I can't wait to write to some of you, if there's any interest in this.

 

Cheers



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#2 Misfit

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 03:13

I hope you find someone to participate. It's a great idea. Unfortunately I don't have the language skills to do this. I took 2 classes of German to get my Bachelor of Arts language requirement, but that was 2 decades ago.
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#3 mr dodo

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 10:14

I feel pretty resigned to this thread being dead, but fortunately I've since found other sites where similar opportunities exist - if anyone happens upon this thread and wants to find such sites, a few are:
http://www.interpals...ge_exchange.php

www.mylanguageexchange.com/penpals.asp

polyglotclub.com/find-friends



#4 aworldofsnailmail

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 12:07

I do not recommend interpals. I joined 7 years ago, and had nothing but porn and unreliable correspondence from there. 


I blog at http://correspondenc...blogspot.co.uk/ on correspondence and stamps and such. I also have a snailmail forum

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#5 mr dodo

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 14:29

I do not recommend interpals. I joined 7 years ago, and had nothing but porn and unreliable correspondence from there. 

 

Thank you for the tip - I haven't tried that one - just came across it in my search.



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Posted 10 September 2015 - 20:44

I'm definitely interested in penpals to work on French and Japanese. So... there.


Looking for Japanese and French language pen pals!

 

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Posted 12 September 2015 - 23:40

I do not recommend interpals. I joined 7 years ago, and had nothing but porn and unreliable correspondence from there. 

 

I've used interpals and had decent luck finding nice penpals. However, I had to put restrictions in place so that I was only contacted by women (you can do this in your profile), otherwise I would just get inappropriate comments from men.  There is a place where you can specifically ask for a language exchange, I have not tried that part, however.

 

Another place you might try is postcrossing.com.  It's primarily a postcard exchange site, but there is a forum and there's a penpal thread where you can make a post requesting a French-speaking penpal.


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#8 aworldofsnailmail

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 20:34

 

I've used interpals and had decent luck finding nice penpals. However, I had to put restrictions in place so that I was only contacted by women (you can do this in your profile), otherwise I would just get inappropriate comments from men.  There is a place where you can specifically ask for a language exchange, I have not tried that part, however.

 

Another place you might try is postcrossing.com.  It's primarily a postcard exchange site, but there is a forum and there's a penpal thread where you can make a post requesting a French-speaking penpal.

That is even with restrictions. I wrote back to everyone who wrote to me, but no correspondence lasted more than 5 letters. I have found some other sites more reliable for correspondence. Postcrossing isn't bad, but a high percentage of correspondence from there has stopped (not by me). 


I blog at http://correspondenc...blogspot.co.uk/ on correspondence and stamps and such. I also have a snailmail forum

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Best wishes

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 04:05

That is even with restrictions. I wrote back to everyone who wrote to me, but no correspondence lasted more than 5 letters. I have found some other sites more reliable for correspondence. Postcrossing isn't bad, but a high percentage of correspondence from there has stopped (not by me). 

 

It did take a lot of tries to find good penpals (that is, there were a lot of people with whom I exchanged only a few letters).  I don't know if it would be any different if you were specifically writing for a language exchange.  Maybe the desire to learn the language would be extra incentive to write?


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 21:53

Hi everyone,

 

I'm italian , I speak italian and portuguese, I'm now learning english and russian. I would like to exchange letters with people from Russia and from english speaking countries interested in italian or portuguese but only men, because my wife doesn't let me exchange letters with women. ( :unsure: ). I am not gay, I am not interested in a gay relationship, i am heterosexual and I like women, I only have got a jealous wife, that's all.



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Posted 19 September 2015 - 01:24

It is difficult to find snail mail pen pals who are also interested in language exchange.

 

I do think this would be a useful thread to keep up, though. It's a unique enough need.


Looking for Japanese and French language pen pals!

 

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#12 mr dodo

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 08:03

It is difficult to find snail mail pen pals who are also interested in language exchange.

 

I do think this would be a useful thread to keep up, though. It's a unique enough need.

 

True. It's worth mentioning that since I wrote this thread off as dead, someone messaged me about multilingual letter exchange, so I take it all back - it's well worth posting in here if you want to give it a try.



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Posted 19 September 2015 - 15:45

I just wish more people were actively talking about it, like us. :)


Looking for Japanese and French language pen pals!

 

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 19:18

Hi mr dodo,

 

nice idea, and I would love to participate. Is it still a option? I could only offer German in exchange for English.

 

 

Hi all,

 

I was wondering if people currently learning or looking to practice a language that isn't their mother tongue would be interested in exchanging letters with people who want to practice that same language? Not only would it be a handy way to improve or maintain your language skills, but it's an excuse to whip out your favourite pens, papers and inks, knowing that the recipient will appreciate them.

 

If you're interested in this, please reply to this thread with:

-the languages that you want to practice, and a rough idea of your level (total novice,the level of a lower school student, the level of a high school student, near-fluent, fluent etc)

-a little bit about yourself and your interests (so people can find compatible pen-pals)

 

...

 

I'll start:
 

I'm currently a student of mathematical physics in Nottingham (UK) and my hobbies include cooking, music, sports/fitness and comedy.

I'm looking to exchange letters in French (probably the level of a not-very-good high-school student), Spanish (the level of a lower school student) and German (total novice).

 

...

 

I can't wait to write to some of you, if there's any interest in this.

 

Cheers

 

Did you check on of these sites out?

I feel pretty resigned to this thread being dead, but fortunately I've since found other sites where similar opportunities exist - if anyone happens upon this thread and wants to find such sites, a few are:
http://www.interpals...ge_exchange.php

www.mylanguageexchange.com/penpals.asp

polyglotclub.com/find-friends



#15 mr dodo

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 08:48

Hi mr dodo,

 

nice idea, and I would love to participate. Is it still a option? I could only offer German in exchange for English.

 

 

Did you check on of these sites out?

 

With any luck, people interested in exchanging letters to learn languages will see your post in this thread and message you.

 

Those sites are worth checking out too - I'm sure you'll find someone with the same combination of languages as you.



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 14:33

I am ready to join (I always look for a good reason to use up my pen some more...). I am a French native speaker, and have some remaining German although with "schreckliche Grammatik"...

I studied as a chemical engineer and enjoy knitting, running, and spending most of my free time with my daughter (as if I had a choice, she is a preschooler whose main hobby is "Mommy").

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 01:49

I'd like to give it a try if anyone's language needs match mine.

 

  • English: native speaker
  • Swedish: fluent
  • Japanese: intermediate/advanced with terrible handwriting
  • (Modern) Greek: basic


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 02:55

Hello!

 

If anyone is interested in learning Vietnamese or Korean, I can help. :)

 

Please let me know, would love to send some snail mail to fellow fountain pen lovers.



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Posted 04 October 2015 - 18:29

I would love to participate in some language-learning mail, though I don't have a lot to offer.  :unsure:

 

-Native English speaker

-Probably an elementary level in German (higher in understanding than production) 

-Basic, tourist-level Turkish

 

Other than the above, I'd also be interested in learning some Icelandic, Swedish, or Welsh if anybody's interested in dealing with a complete newbie to the language.  :D



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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:26

 

Other than the above, I'd also be interested in learning some Icelandic, Swedish, or Welsh if anybody's interested in dealing with a complete newbie to the language.  :D

 

I'm happy to correspond with you in Swedish as long as you don't mind that I'm not a native speaker. Fluent, just not native.







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