Needed advice: How do I convince my parents to let me have a pen pal?
Hello~! Thank you so much for taking your time for this. I have a dreamed goal becoming a polygot, or becoming fluent in 4 - 5 languages before a certain time. I have learned a lot, but I still need to practice with a native speaker. With my parents in mind, I know I will no be able to physically or electronically speak with a native speaker. However, I would like to get advice, and learn more about the culture of other countries through natives. Specifically through writing. In about a year, I will have the opportunity to visit Japan with my parents. I know a lot already, but I do not believe I will know enough to comfortably speak with the people around when I get there.
Any advice on how to convince my parents to let me have a pen pal? They are strict, unfortunately. Thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful day! :D
You should obey your parents, there are reasons they will not let you do that, just trust them. They are a lot wiser and have more life experience, try asking around at your school to the teachers and see if they know any kids that speak Japanese in the school
That is very true, I should just talk to them and if I can't then I should accept it for the better. Thank you :)
I was clicking on this to say the exact same thing. The parents may even be wrong, but it's important to nurture relationships with people around you (including your parents).
I got a pen pal through language classes at school, so you might ask a teacher if your school teaches Japanese. If not, is there another organization in your area that teaches that language? You could ask through there, or if your parents are that strict, ask them to vet that organization before having a pen pal connect with you.
Thank you for commenting! :) No, I have not asked them. However, anytime I ask them for anything they need to have solid reasons or evidence. Basically, I need to have all the information or arguments before I address them. So, I'm just looking for advice on persuasive reasons.
my parents do this thing where I ask them, for instance:
"hey mom, can i go outside?"
"ask your dad."
"hey dad, can i go outside?" "go ask your mom." XD
That's when you say "I did - she had no objection - do you?" :-)
I'd be perfectly fine if my kids did that.
you want to become a polyglot, and to become good at speaking languages a pen pal is useful. that's a solid argument since you can make money with that skill in the future and you're probably mature enough to not give them your credit card number.
Thank you, I actually never thought that it was already a good argument. Thanks again :)
my parents are strict too! ( I can't download the UE4 engine because they don't trust the site!) but they know best, so......eh.