Wasn’t sure where to share this, but I guess this could be treated as a resource. Let me know if there is a better place.
I’ve recently started using VRChat, which is basically a metaverse in development. While I personally use it in VR, which is the most amazing thing ever, it can also be used without it. In a nutshell, you can come and just chat with people all around the world. Second Life would be similar to what this is.
But for me, the most amazing discovery was a couple of “worlds” which were made by Japanese users and now plenty of Japanese hang out there, even at 6am JST. So personally it turned out the best possible place to go and practice my spoken Japanese for free and even make some friends.
Anyways, I now plan to at least drop by for an hour every evening to force myself to talk in Japanese more often. While currently I am mostly listening and try to engage in conversation, I can see how quickly this will make me speak with more confidence.
So check it out and let me know if you wanna hang out, my username is the same in there DouTatsu: https://www.vrchat.net/