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).