[RNDM] Learn Languages Online
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If you're looking for a partner for language exchange, you might be able to find someone on one of the following sites;

Language Exchange Sites
http://www.sharedtalk.com/

Voice chat and Text Chat available here.
http://www.worldia.net/ (Mostly Japanese)
This is a site with a lot of people trying to help each other learn various languages. There are professional teachers as well as just ordinary people looking for pen pals.

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Cyworld

Well this was originally a Korean website sort of like Myspace, as you can read in this article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyworld
(I remember seeing Kim Jae Won using cyworld in the Kdrama Wonderful Life.)
The US version http://us.cyworld.com/ has a lot of people from throughout Asia.

Tencent QQ a.k.a. QQ
http://qq.bur.st/

This is an instant messenger program just like yahoo or MSN except it's Chinese based and orientated. There is an English language version but all links direct to the associated Chinese website so you will need to know some Chinese in order to use it. It is actually a good way to learn the language as people will add you to their buddy list and then expect you to know their language (as you should if you're going to be using this program) But it is a very good way to make friends overseas and get a language exchange partner.

The one problem with using QQ is that the Hanzi tend not to display properly. This can be solved by downloading a program called AppLocale, which allows you to open non unicode programs.
(see Microsoft Website for more info: http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/apploc.mspx)

http://www.bloguru.com
Japanese and English blogging site.

(More Will Be Added Later! ^^)

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I can't speak for anyone else but I think it's is quite helpful to do a little background reading on the language you wish you learn. It you are able to form an understanding of something then you should also be able to learn it more easily.

This first part of suggested reading, deals with the various scripts used for writing the various languages.

Chinese Characters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character

Chinese
Simplified Chinese Characters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Chinese_character

Traditional Chinese Characters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Chinese_character

Pinyin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin

Japanese

Hiragana
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiragana

Katakana
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katakana

Romaji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romaji

Kanji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji

Korean

Hangeul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul

Hanja
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanja

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_romanization

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