I currently live in Japan, and I’ve struggled to find language partners for the last 2 years. I live in a big international city, but it’s still hard to find people who want to speak to me in Japanese.
To clarify, I’m talking about someone who will talk with me for more than a month in person. I find that most people tend to be less enthusiastic to meet after the first meeting. After a few weeks, I’m usually the one pushing the friendship boulder up the steep hill.
I should also mention that I’m Asian American and a woman, which may work against me because most English-learners in Japan seem to be women looking for foreign boyfriends. International meet-ups tend to be rife with people like that.
I do join hobbies, but I find that the people there tend to only talk to me during the activity, and make little effort to meet me outside of it.
I’ve used HelloTalk and have a few message partners, but I’d really like to be able to sit down with someone and talk face-to-face. I don’t mind messaging, but in-person conversations are much more comfortable for me.
Any advice? Or community recommendations?