Gifu. You will be immersed in the language and will have many opportunities to speak Japanese. In Tokyo or Kobe, there are many foreign residents and foreign tourists, so the necessity of speaking Japanese is somewhat diminished. Gifu will cause you to focus on language, and you will not be too distracted like you would be in Tokyo or Kobe. I don't know about Ueda, are you talking about the Ueda in Nagano?Tokyo, GIFU, Kobe or Ueda
with isi language school..
In my case, I don't know many foreigners in Tokyo (I can count on one hand) but I've met quite a few Japanese friends who speak enough English that I can switch back and forth without being forced to power through the difficult Japanese conversations. So yeah, further out with only native speakers is better for learning!In Tokyo or Kobe, there are many foreign residents and foreign tourists, so the necessity of speaking Japanese is somewhat diminished.
That's true. I lived in Tokyo but I deliberately avoided dating girls who could speak English. And now I'm still forced to speak Japanese daily. I guess I didn't think my strategy through to its logical conclusion.If you have the determination, then even in big cities you can avoid other foreigners and can easily place yourself in situations where you have to use Japanese.
Great song quote! I had not even remembered the line was in there.One town's very like another when your head's down over your pieces, brother
-- Murray Head --
The most important thing is your determination to push yourself and to make the most of your opportunity to learn and use Japanese while you are here.
If you have the determination, then even in big cities you can avoid other foreigners and can easily place yourself in situations where you have to use Japanese.
If you don't have the determination and place yourself in a more rural area to counteract that, then you'll just spend your time sitting alone in your room and being miserable.