About 4 or 5 years ago, it seemed like the Rocket Japanese forums were lively and several of the memebers were conversing and sharing ideas. But now things seem to have dried up to the point that it almost feels like a desert. Let's change that and bring life back to this place!
Yesterday evening, while doing grocery shopping for dinner, I met another shopper who was actually a native Japanese woman who had relocated to the United States. We conversed for a couple of minutes in Japanese, and it was just a thrill being able to speak authentic Japanese with proper articulation and also understand what she and myself were saying. There was no confusion at all! Yet once she left and went back to her shopping, I was left feeling like, "What now?"
The best way to learn a language is to practice it. The reading and writing are easy. Speaking it back and forth with Sayaka and Kenny helps a lot, but their "script" doesn't completely prepare you for speaking with real live people. It would be nice to get some more ideas and information on what some of you do to enhance and/or maintain your Japanese speaking skills. I did see a couple of ideas in the threads 4 to 5 years ago, but that was then (I also don't want to update a thread that is 5 years old). There might be some more useful tools in this year that didn't exist then, so if we know of some things, then let's share and help each other out. And if anyone wants to practice Japanese with another person, we can do that as well.
With that said, what do some of you do to practice your Japanese speaking?