Festar is a 10 minute chat app that matches users based on their hobbies (including mainstream things like cooking and travel as well as minor things like Evangelion and karaoke! The cool thing is that since online users are matched in real time if you get matched you’ll be talking right away.
However you only have 10 minutes to chat so you’ll have to type fast!
But it can be hard to stay motivated to practice everyday, especially if you don’t have any Japanese speaking friends available to talk with. I’ve personally tried all three and would highly recommend Japanese learners struggling to stay motivated to practice or looking for Japanese speaking friends to try them out. Most questions seem to be answered within a few hours, sometimes even within a few minutes!
To Learn: Hi Native (https://hinative.com) Hi Native (from the makers of Lang-8) is the ultimate question & answer community for language learners. Hi Native is great for helping you practice and polish your Japanese because you can get help from native speakers and other language learners in real time without having to bother friends or classmates 🙂 Tip: You can use Hi Native for all kinds of languages, not just Japanese!
Many Japanese users want to learn English so you’re sure to find some friends!
Remember there may be a big time difference between where you are and Japan though, so replies may or may not be instant.
It can be hard to find the perfect language exchange partner that is at your level and willing to help you.
Depending on your Japanese language level you might feel a little embarrassed at first or find it hard to say anything meaningful too.
Also make sure to add Japan related interests to your profile, like Japanese food, anime, Kyoto, Tokyo, and more to get matched with other Japan lovers in your home country or other English speaking countries!
Start having a fun life in Japan by meeting interesting people!
[What's Langmate]Langmate is an app that connects foreigners with Japanese people.
Tip: Make sure to include some Japanese in your profile to show that you’re interested in speaking more than just English!
And don’t get discouraged if someone doesn’t reply to your message, just keep messaging other users until you find a friend you can get along with!