English for Friendship
Whatever you want to call it, there are lots of ways of contacting other people who wish to learn or improve their English or simply want to share their love of English.
You can connect with people and make new friends on the internet:-
- The easiest way is to join the forum, you can sign in with your Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID account.
- You can interact with other people by making friends on Skype or in Second Life.
- You can find friends on other social networks like Facebook or Google Plus. Start by contacting me if you're shy.
- Whatever platform you use, don't forget to fill out your profile, this lets people know a bit about you. You could say how long you've been learning English and what your native language is, and what your hobbies are.
- I recommend you get an avatar too. If you notice many of the long-term members in the forum have an image next to their name - this is called an avatar and it helps to identify you, it can look like you, or be your alter ego. You can use a photo or you can create an avatar like mine, which is more of a cartoon. I used Face your Manga, Yahoo also have a free avatar generator too, it will even give you a pet. Be warned though, you can lose hours doing this.
There are other services that can help you to make new friends or practise your English for free.
E-Pals - An online community of collaborative classrooms.
BBC's Message Boards - An easy to use service from my old favourite the BBC here you can share your experiences learning English with people from all over the world. . To add or reply to a message, you must register first.
My Language Exchange - find people who want to learn your language in exchange for them helping you with theirs. Unfortunately some parts of this service are no longer free.