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One of the best ways to improve your English is to practice real English communication with friends - both fellow learners and native English speakers. The Web makes it easier than ever before to make and keep in touch with friends from around the world.

Making friends with people in other countries will not only improve your English but can also teach you much more. Penpals and e-pals can become lifelong friends. They can also give you a head start should you decide to visit, study or work in their country.

The most important thing is to get involved, no matter how little or how much you have to say. Don't worry about being 100% accurate in your English, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. After all, with language as with life, a mistake is a chance to learn.

Here are links to some of the best penpal and e-pal sites on the Web. Most are free to use. If you think we've missed any sites that should be here, please let us know.

Good luck, and happy friendships.

eFriends Free service that gives you an opportunity to meet new e-pals from all over the world. Browse the ads, place yours for free and use the search services to find new friends worldwide!

Europa Pages International Pen Friends Free service for students wishing to meet other language learners, teachers wanting to exchange ideas or anyone keen to make new contacts in other countries.

Interpals Penpals Net Offers free penpals: an opportunity to meet people around the world through the Internet. Over 100,000 members make this one of the largest penpal services on the Internet.

Language Exchange Community Find a partner at the online community and practice your second language with a native speaker who is learning your language.

Mailfriends Find penpals & mailfriends from all over the world for free. Chat in the community or use Mailfriends' realtime chat. Upload your picture for free.

pen pals international email Free penpal club designed for friendship, cultural exchange, chatting etc.

Penpal Pinboard Find email penpals and mailfriends from all over the world for free. Free chat facility.

Penpal.net Largest Penpal site in the world with over 700,000 members.

Penpal International Free service to search and contact other people in the world. The penpal-database contains over 17,000 members from 5 to 89 years old from over 100 different countries.

Signal Penpal Magazine 50,000 penpals, 300 photos, 500 clubs from all around the world.

soc.penpals USENET newsgroup dedicated to finding penpals.

Unknown E-Pals Find international penpals from all over the world.

Yahoo Correspondence > Pen Pals

Japanese Penpals

Foreign Correspondent Web database for Japanese who want to correspond with people from all over the world in English.

Japan Interactive A site to learn Japanese language, culture, food, lifestyle, fashion, anime, etc. You can also find Japanese penpals, language study partners and language exchange partners.

Japanese Transcontinental Network (JTN) An independent volunteer group which supports Japanese students who are studying English & foreign people living in Japan. JTM also promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between people of foreign countries. Find Japanese penpals, search and contact Japanese and other people in the world, and place yourself on bbs so other people will be able to find you.

KEYPAL NET A Japanese penpal information service to enable communication between Japanese people and those from other countries.