In San Francisco, we have a plethora of language exchange meet up groups dedicated to a particular language which usually meet in a coffee-shop.
SF Babel aims to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere in a bar environment where speakers of many different languages come together to practice speaking a different language in a real-world context with real people, all for FREE.
The goal is to have a night-out, with an international crowd on a consistent basis.
HOW IT WORKS
The idea of the group is that you give help to the group (helping those who are learning your native language) and you get help from the group (you are helped by others who speak the language you want to practice). This way everyone benefits!
We typically have native speakers of Japanese, French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Korean, German, Italian, Cantonese, Turkish, Mandarin, Russian, and many other languages.
When you arrive, just introduce yourself to the organizers (Marcus, Erick) and we will introduce you to others who speak the language you want to practice to get you started. It's fun and FREE! You only pay for what you order at the bar. PLEASE REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BARTENDER! (leave about $1 extra per drink that you buy).
HOW LONG IT LASTS
We will get started at 6:45pm and usually stay there until at least 10pm, but you can arrive and leave at whatever time you like. Check out the calendar (http://www.meetup.com/SFBabel/events/calendar/?scroll=true) to see what events we have coming up and to RSVP.
If you have any comments, questions, problems, concerns or ideas, just talk to the organizers about it. We will do our best to make sure you have a positive experience! Everyone is welcome!
Remember, this group is a hobby for us; we run it just for fun, we love it and we hope you will love it too!
How to Babel:
1. Be open-minded!
We are a very diverse group. You'll meet people from all over the world. Enjoy the chance to have the international experience in San Francisco!
2. Tip your bartender!
Although it's common not to tip in many cultures, it is very much a part of American culture, so remember to leave a tip for your bartender, even if you buy a drink directly from the bar.
3. Ask the organizers!
If you have any questions, concerns, problems or ideas, please talk to the organizers about it!