Japanese practice meetup?

Let us practice our Japanese conversation skills in a relaxed and fun way. Let us meet at Derik's place first since we do not know how many will be coming and decide if we would want to go elsewhere, plan for future meetup dates and places. Call Derik at[masked] for directions.

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  • Ryan

    I don't think ill make it there on time due to my work schedule. Hopefully next time.

    July 19, 2013

  • Christy

    I will try to be there! Can you tell us the part of town it will be in? I will call if I can come for sure.

    July 18, 2013

    • Derik O.

      near ucf

      July 18, 2013

    • Christy

      I had a last minute thing come up! I will hopefully make the next one! : )

      July 19, 2013

  • Adalberto M.

    Prior commitment. (coffee party) But I do look forward to learning anything from this group!! Have fun! Tanushimu!!

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Derik. Friday is final then. Those who want to meet for Japanese conversation, let us meet at Derik. His number is written below. Let us start this regular meetup and we can choose another venue later should we decide to do so.

    July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      To that number li?sted above

      July 18, 2013

    • Derik O.

      yes

      July 18, 2013

  • jessica

    I will come if I make it into town in time. Very interested in learning!

    July 18, 2013

  • allen

    6am?!!

    July 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      6 PM, my bad.

      July 17, 2013

  • James S.

    I am in if it's in orlando , evening time

    July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If the group is small, then, I think your place might be good for a start, Derik. The important thing is we have a group that meets regularly.

      July 15, 2013

    • Derik O.

      fine with me. so this friday at my place. Anyone wanting to join call or text me for directions.

      July 15, 2013

  • L.D.Zafar

    Konban wa! It would be great to get a group together from time to time, to practice and share stories and or memories if people lived in Japan as well. I am usually off Fri., Sat., and Sun. and would prefer 4:00pm and after. Would be nice to share our love with others of the Japanese language and culture. My email is [masked]. Peace....

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't think online meeting is as stimulating as a real meetup somewhere fun.

      July 15, 2013

    • Derik O.

      I'd have to agree with Romeo. Online can be very useful, but I think for many here and myself included, online tools are already being used and the group is more for real time conversation and brainstorming. I've had a great deal of progress with books, online tools, podcasts, etc., but I have zero experience talking to people. I really need that experience because it is bringing me to a plateau.

      July 15, 2013

  • Christina

    I'd be interested in this. I'm currently taking lessons and it's always great to get with others and practice. I studied abroad in Tokyo for a year a while back but my japanese has gotten so rusty XD

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Derik O.

      we are trying to meet with a small group this week and hopefully gain momentum from there. what times might be good for you?

      July 15, 2013

  • Kazuo O.

    Konbanwa!! I'm new to meetup and this group. When and where do you guys meet? I would really love to practice my Japanese with someone. (^-^)Y

    July 8, 2013

    • Derik O.

      were trying to work on that right now. this site isn't very active so we are trying to form a group within the group that meets regularly to study. text or call me if you want to see about setting a time this week.

      July 15, 2013

  • Derik O.

    OK I just spoke to Romeo and we're down to make this happen with a group of any size. We have to breathe new life into this group. Again my number is[masked], please feel free to text or call. If you call an I miss it, please leave a message.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let us make it this Friday, June 19. Place TBA. Someone in Orlando would definitely know a great place. So, why don't we all give Derik a ring and gather together this Friday.

    July 15, 2013

  • Derik O.

    I'll leave my number here, so if anyone is interested in getting this started please give me a ring. If we get some people together and decide a location that fits all of our needs, we'll post it on here for everyone to join. [masked]

    July 10, 2013

    • Jasmine

      Hey derik! I'm down to meet up! Can I send u a text at that number? And is anyone else willing to meet?

      July 14, 2013

    • Derik O.

      yes anyone on here feel free to text me. I really want to get a regular practice with other people going. I have a great deal of materials from beginner to very advanced (which I am not) that I am happy to share.

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to have this started, but I will be in NY from the 20th to 28th. So, can we have it before the 20th or after the 28th?

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also would like to join, but where and when? 私も出ようと思っているんですが、場所も時間もわからないので、答えられない。

    July 8, 2013

  • Derik O.

    I would really like to come to a meeting, but I don't see any locations or times. Does this group have active meetings and if so how do I get the information?

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Christopher

    im interested in being involed in your meet ups i have a fairly solid spoken Japanese language skills and have been to japan several times for business please contact me when you plan meet ups in the orlando area

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great! I will definitely try to attend!

    May 5, 2013

  • john

    Hi, I just joined and was taking Japanese lessons for a little bit before my instructor moved to Tampa. I want to continue speaking and learning but have no avenue to learn besides on my own which is boring :).

    April 29, 2013

  • Jasmine

    Hey just joined the group! Was wondering if people here still met up to practice Japanese. I'm interested in applying to the JET program sometime next year or some other teaching program in Japan. Would really love to learn Japanese. I've been practicing on my own but would love some people I can talk to and learn with!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • L.D.Zafar

    Hope some day it could be on a Fri, Sat, or Sun. Those are usually my days off. It would be great to reconnect with others who share the same interest and love of Japanese. I was a former Mombusho student back in the 80's and would love to improve on what I still remember! Luckily, I work at the airport, so I am able to use it there to help Japanese tourists so I do not totally loose the ability to be able to communicate!

    March 26, 2013

  • Kelsey

    Looking to hold another meet this Thursday (3/28) @ 7:45. Same location at the Barnes and nobles on bumby and hwy 50. Interested? I'd like work a bit on grammar if anyone else is at the intermedite-advanced level and wouldnt mind helping me out. Beginners, bring your questions too!

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Vivian V.

      I would love for this to be my first meet up :) It's a bit out of my way but I will try my hardest to make it.

      March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wish I could make it but I'll be working then. Perhaps next time!

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bummed I missed out on the last meet but I'd love to make it to the next for sure!

    March 20, 2013

  • Candace H.

    Hi, all! I would love to attend a meet-up and make friends/study buddies with others who also want to work on their Japanese. :)

    March 20, 2013

  • Justin K.

    I ended up coming last minute, and I'm happy I did. I had a lot of fun and can't wait to meet up again. Thanks again Patsy and Kelsey!

    March 16, 2013

  • Tannia

    I will be out of town this weekend but would love to attend at another time.

    March 13, 2013

  • jessica

    I can be there around 10:30. Do you plan on being there still?

    March 13, 2013

  • Takashi K.

    certainly, not the language establishment but this group is an opportunity for those who networks and seek something good for him/her. Give the group members an opportunity to learn something they are looking for is good for the group. One of my students wished to learn Japanese and searched for a tutor/teacher for 7 long months through every possible means without any luck, and finally she located me. Some of the Meet Up members maybe the same situation and hoping to find an "opportunity" by joining this group. It is each person's role to bite and digest the information they encounter, so be useful and let them decide what to do. My suggestion was strictly for my intention to give an opportunity to people who wish to learn this wonderful language intelligently. I am busy teaching the U.S. Dept. of Defense, but I felt that I may be able to provide one evening a week of teaching session for the group members for a minimal fee. I am sure some people will appreciate this.

    December 7, 2012

    • Kelsey

      Yikes, I'll be in Union Park so that B&N at Bumby and 50 would probably be the best spot if everyone is ok with that. As for a Sat. meeting, I can't make one this weekend. If It's later in the week, maybe; but I'm driving from AL to central FL on that day. But, if you guys go ahead and meet we could always do another at a later day again!

      March 6, 2013

    • Kelsey

      If we have people that want to meet this next Saturday, I'll attend. Any particular time that would work well?

      March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Patricia. It would be nice to meet on a regular basis. I think, though, the meetings should be weekly or bi-weekly.
    Right now I study just from books and the 子連れ狼 TV series. Conversing with people would be motivating to learn more.

    March 3, 2013

  • jessica

    I would like to learn

    February 21, 2013

  • Kelsey

    Moving to the area in the next few weeks and would love to take this opportunity to meet new people that share similar interests. I really hope a time/location can be decided soon-ish but I see that this thread has been on-going for a bit... I have awesome beginner-intermediate resources to share if this gets off the ground.

    February 20, 2013

  • Danielle D.

    When are you guys meeting? I am a Japanese language tutor. www.japanesetutor.biz

    February 7, 2013

  • Leland D.

    I'd like to help with that, though the reality of it is that I don't really run anything here, I'm just an assistant organizer(sorry). Furthermore everything is more or less run by the members themselves so its their decision whether or not to hold and attend events. You're welcome to open a new event to promote your classes here. Though, for the sake of this event (if I schedule time for it) I'd prefer it to be informal and oriented towards people who may already know and wish to practice. This group had been very active before, though now events are fairly rare. Good luck and looking forward to it〜

    December 7, 2012

  • Leland D.

    With regards to Kato's suggestion. It would be very helpful for more japanese teachers to offer services in the Orlando area. Clearly there are willing students but little resources. That being said I think the point of the group is for shared interest in Japan: culture, language, even otaku hobbies. It's more for practicing and networking than formal study

    December 7, 2012

  • Leland D.

    It's been a long time since I suggested this, while I like that there is so much enthusiasm I'm afraid that setting something up would be conflicting with everyone's schedules.

    December 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure, when do we start?

    November 26, 2012

  • Will

    I'm a former JET looking to keep my Japanese skills fresh and meet some fellow Japan lovers.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds so fun!

    November 15, 2012

  • Takashi K.

    Hello, Lelando
    I have a suggestion regarding Japanese language practice. As you mentioned that no-one shows any interest about attending Japanese language "class" regardless of your effort to organize this sort of class.

    Students tend to show more serious nature if they spend money for Japanese lesson, so my suggestion is I can teach Japanese language once a week two hours at a time for minimal fee. Please access to Wyzant.com for my profile/qualifications: just enter any Orlando zip and search for Japanese language tutor. I will be the first to show up. Many students pay $40 per hour for my lesson with open arms. For the meetup Japanese learners, I am willing to dedicate myself one weekday evening per week affordably. I am certain that some of the members really wish to learn Japanese from well respected teacher, however they may not be able to afford to pay 40 or 50 dollars per hour. I will be happy if I can contribute to this organization with meaningful manner.

    October 31, 2012

  • Lexci P.

    i would love to be able to attend something like this! very intrigued to find out if any native speakers would be joining us as well.
    i am at a very beginners level of speaking japanese.

    1 · September 10, 2012

  • Samary T.

    I agree with Mr. Joe Bergeron. looking forward too it . <(^.^)>

    September 7, 2012

  • Leland D.

    I'm just a little concerned because the last time I tried to organise a group, only 2 people including myself showed up out of the few who rsvp'd.

    August 24, 2012

    • James S.

      Perhaps with enough time and reminders, people might show up (I know I would)

      August 24, 2012

    • Dave

      Yeah, that's a bummer. All I can say is that I'd almost certainly be there (100% certain if I RSVP).

      August 24, 2012

  • Dave

    It was just a suggestion, but no responses, so I probably won't be there either.

    August 23, 2012

  • Aaron

    Won't be able to make it if it ends up being tonight. :(

    August 23, 2012

  • Dave

    How about Thursday August 23rd, 7pm, at Boston coffeehouse in Waterford near UCF?

    August 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like something I would like to do!

    July 31, 2012

  • Joe B.

    I am desperate for someone to practice with!! Let's set a time and a date ASAP! Maybe a regular event, weekly or monthly

    July 23, 2012

  • Leland D.

    Keep in mind I don't have a set date or location, it's really more about the idea for now. Considering that there hasn't really been one of these for a while and I'm a bit out of practice. I would love for more native speakers to help out here

    July 13, 2012

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