On the forum, I often see requests for "a pen pal to help me learn French." While pen pals are certainly useful for practicing French, expecting to learn French from one is a bad idea. First of all, if the two pen pals are both beginners, you will both make mistakes - how can you learn anything? Secondly, even if your pen pal speaks French fluently, how much time can you really expect this person to spend teaching you for free, and how systematic can it be? You really need some kind of a class or program.
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