Hola! We are a group of Spanish speakers, from native speakers to mid-beginers alike, who get together to chat en español. We are a member-driven group with everyone pitching in to organize, greet new members and socialize. Here are some monthly events you can expect:
Mid-Week MEGA MEETUP: Every third Wednesday of the month you can expect a regular meetup at Crystal Jade (unless otherwise stated in the event calendar) in downtown SF. This meetup is larger and may have a waiting list at times. These meetups are lively with lots of people meeting and chatting in Spanish while sipping drinks and having some of the City's best dim sum.
LA HORA FELIZ: This is a popular monthly meetup usually on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at Baobab Cafe in the Mission. People come to celebrate the end of the work week and mingle in Spanish in an upbeat, fun, atmosphere. Members often hang around until late. Feeling hungry after all the chatting, propose a dinner plan with your fellow hablantes!
Caminamos y Hablamos en Español: Here is a great Meetup if you like the outdoors and prefer a more mellow atmosphere to practice your Spanish in. This meetup generally meets 10am the first Sunday of the month in Tennessee Valley for a leisurely walk while chatting in Spanish. Around 10-20 members usually join in.
WEEKEND DAY MEETUPS: (note this section needs a new leader, if you would like to help out write the organizer) On selected Saturdays you have a chance to sit down and practice Spanish in a smaller group setting in a cafe. These meetups offer the perfect atmosphere to practice Spanish and sip coffee or even a glass of wine depending on the venue.
RULES OF MINGLING: Please be open to members entering the meeting. This means if you are already mingling and see a new member, please greet him or her and invite them into your chatting circle. If you are the person arriving, remember that most everyone else, like you, also arrived alone. If it is your first time coming, I highly recommend arriving on time and getting to know people in a smaller setting. If you arrive later it may appear more intimidating, but trust me super easy if you just walk up to anyone, you will see how friendly our members are.
WHAT SPANISH LEVEL TO EXPECT: Native speakers of Spanish are common in the group as well as intermediate to advanced speakers. There is a lesser percentage of beginners, or those with limited conversational abilities. That said, ALL levels are welcome. If you are still struggling with conversing, just do the best you can, everyone is very patient.
WHAT ATMOSPHERE TO EXPECT: Lively, social, fun! If you are sensitive to noise, you should choose one of the mellower meetups (outlined above). If you prefer mingling with a variety of people, choose a livelier meetup where you are on your feet and moving around.
PREFER A DIFFERENT STYLE OF MEETUP, location or meeting time? Just let the organizer know and she can make you an Event Organizer and you may put on meetups where and when you like.