Today, I came up with a question about the difference between the word "participate" and "join."
I remember that when I took an English lesson from an American person long time ago, he corrected my sentence "I will join a meeting" to "I will participate a meeting." I'm afraid that I don't remember the exact sentence, but I am sure that the correction was from "join" to " participate."
He said that when I took part in the meeting for the first time, I could use "join," but I should use "participate" because it was a periodic meeting for me.
Does it make sense?
Is the difference between them just the level of politeness?