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International Friends --- A Smile Goes A Long Way
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Love Relationship --- A Smile Goes A Long Way
Sanya, Toronto Canada & Tony, Toronto Canada

I joined World Friends to find a language tutor and someone to talk to about travel and Japan. Accidentally I clicked on a picture of a cute guy who lived in the same city and sent him a smile and he emailed me back. We exchanged emails for a week and started to chat online, then moved on to phone. We talked on the phone every night and got closer day by day. We met up expecting to be friends, however the meeting lead to something else. I sent him a smile in the middle of January, and he asked me out at the beginning of February. We have been together ever since. We both joined to meet people from Japan and to learn Japanese, however we ended up finding each other, a Taiwanese boy and a Serbian girl. We both thank you so much for everything! Without our interest in the Japanese Culture and this great site we would have never met. I read the stories of people who met their spouses here but never thought i would find the perfect guy on this website.

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WorldFriends = Love + Marriage + 2 Children = Lots of Happiness!!
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Love Relationship --- WorldFriends = Love + Marriage + 2 Children = Lots of Happiness!!
Grant, Sydney, Australia/ Satoko, Japan

World FriendsIn a nutshell that is our continuing success story! And we owe it all to WorldFriends. Satoko and I met in Tokyo through WorldFriends right back in 2003 when it was all just starting up, and wow it has changed our lives! WorldFriends was spot on in helping us find each other because one thing led to another and 6 months later in the middle of 2004 we both find ourselves pointing towards mainland Asia as we depart Japan together for an overland trip from Japan to Europe and back to Australia.
A year later we land in Sydney where we now live the idyllic quintessential Australian lifestyle with our little son "Lotus" who was a gift from an ashram in India during our travels :-) Yes that is where he was made ha-ha. Lotus was made in India, Japanese mother, British father and was born in Australia; how lucky to have three passports and ultimately he owes it all to WorldFriends. If that wasn't enough, next week we look forward to welcoming Lotus' baby sister into the growing World of Friends - WOW! Thanks WorldFriends!
It all started with you! Lots of Love, Grant,Satoko,Lotus&??? Anyone out there have any great ideas for our coming daughter's name?

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Language Exchange Stories --- I am really hooked with ForeignerCN friends & language partners!
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Language Exchange --- I am really hooked with ForeignerCN friends & language partners!
KAZU3716

I am 45....despite their ideal ages for people they want to communicate with, I sent many smiles as I have nothing to lose. To my surprise, I received many replies from members in Romania, France, Russia, Germany, Thai, Singapore, China, Philippines, etc. Usually I try to communicate with them in their languages using online translator. Sometimes, the translation is not accurate, but I keep on communicating and I think I learn a lot this way. Now, I am regularly communicating with members from Germany and Romania. I online chat with Romanian member almost everyday to talk about daily life and we get along very well, so it's so much fun. As Japanese culture (especially comics) has been spread into the world and many people are interested in it, and she is also one of them, it adds some more fun to our chat. She told me the reason she replied me was in fact, her sister liked my smiling photo on the site. So, now I know the photo means a lot. I am completely hooked with this site....as I can learn various things in different countries. By communication we can undestand each others and have fun together. Now, I really feel the importance of language too.

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Language Exchange Stories --- I found a truly amazing friend here!
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Language Exchange --- I found a truly amazing friend here !
insect1010, Tokyo Japan and Louis, honan China
 
I started to learn Chinese last year and was looking for Chinese friends in ForeignerCN friends & language partners. One day, a person from Honan, China replied me and told me that she is a very busy person so she can't write regularly. Later on, she sent me some documents and asked me how to express things in Japanese and I was surprised by the high level of Japanese she was using and made me wonder what she does for a living. After awhile, she informed me that she was accepted to a doctoral progam in Japanese University and I learned that she was a working obstetrician and gynecologist....and I finally understood why she is such a busy person. In March, she came to Japan. She did not want to trouble me to pick her up at the airport and asked me to wait at her hotel. As I worried, she got lost in the big city and did not show up. I tried to think of all the possibilities of where she might be and kept trying to find her for 5 hours and finally found her in Ochanomizu train station. Though I have not even seen her photo I was so sure it was her! She was carrying 5 large blanket bags on a small luggage cart, bumped up against the staircase. The first sight of her was like this....a small lady picking up large bags that kept falling off from the cart one by one ... This scene reminded me of myself when I first came up from the countryside long long time ago, and I arrived at Ueno train station with my large luggage containing rice, and my brother launghed at me. I was also a country boy then, so I could not laugh. From the next day, she started to study Japanese really hard and also started going to the research lab.. She did not take any days off even on weekends or public holidays. I believe she will definitely complete her Ph.D. I suggested her to remain in Japan after her studyies and work as a gynecologist in Japan. She asked me how to work in Japan and now it seems she is interested in doing so. She asked me many times how to thank me in return for my kindness. So, I told her she does not have to repay me, but she should help others instead of me when she sees they need help. It is my first time to meet such a wonderful friend and I am grateful to be able to help her.

 

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Language Exchange Stories --- Don't know where I would be without them!
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Language Exchange --- Don't know where I would be without them!
spiderwick, Warrington UK/minobu519, Japan, kazuaki, Japan, nadesiko, Japan

I've met some great people. I'm currently learning Japanese and I've met three people who are really helping me with my language skills! As a self-study student I'm often coming up against some difficulties with the language; difficulties my text book really doesn't explain. But the three people I have met are always kind enough to help me through it. I also like to return the favour to help with any English problems. But that's not all! We share our differences in culture, exchange book and music recommendations. Though we are all hard workers, often leaving our chats to the weekend, we are always happy to have a friendly natter when we can. Don't know where I would be without them!

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Language Exchange Stories --- I recommend ForeignerCN Friends to anyone with cross-border interests!
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Language Exchange --- I recommend ForeignerCN friends & language partners to anyone with cross-border interests!
Hachimitsusan, Colorado USA/captain0051, Kobe Japan

World FriendsLiving in the central U.S. it has been difficult for me to have friendships with East Asian people as there are so few living here and the cultural values of East Asians seem to be only vaguely understood or appreciated here. My wife is a Japanese and we travel back and forth to Japan fairly frequently but for me personally as an American born guy. I find it difficult to learn more about Japanese language and culture when we are not actually there. I find my membership in Worldfirends to be a very special and helpful resource for meeting new East Asian friends and especially with Japanese people who can speak both Japanese and English languages. I have studied Japanese language for many years in classes here in the U.S. but most of it has been academic and separated from the actual daily concerns of everyday Japanese life. My ForeignerCN friends & language partners contacts have been very helpful for my developing a deeper understanding of the language and how it applies to real world situations. I consider the availability of ForeignerCN friends & language partners as a special and much needed resource for anyone in the two general areas of the world (East Asia and the U.S.) to communicate, exchange cultural information, and simply to get more familiar with each other as friends and people. The ForeignerCN friends & language partners administrators and web hosts have always been helpful and courteous when I have contacted them with my questions and concerns. ForeignerCN friends & language partners has fulfilled many of the wishes and desires I have had for more contact with Japanese people when I am not actually there myself..and I recommend it to anyone having similar interests in developing their language skills and desire for cultural exchange.

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