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FREE Trilingual Trivia Game (Prizes), Job Interview Practice & Language Exchange

Hey YOU! Think you're smart?! Prove it :)

Join us for some FUN TRIVIA in English, Japanese and Chinese fun at Toronto City Hall (the building where the Mayor, you've probably heard of him by now...Rob Ford.... and all the other less talked about members of Toronto City Council meet to govern this town)!

We will meet in Committee Room #2, which has 48 fixed seats, each with a desk microphone. This comfortable room is reserved just for us, the Chinese-Japanese Friendship Society!

There's an LCD projector that I'll use to show the trivia questions written in English, Japanese or Chinese (traditional) on the screen.  I'll be the trivia game show host :)  Perhaps even wear a velvet blazer, haha.


Japanese native speakers can only answer questions written in English and Chinese. Chinese native speakers can only answer questions written in Japanese and English. English native speakers can only answer questions written in Chinese and Japanese. 

All of the questions will be about Canadian, Japanese and Chinese culture, history, famous people and etc.  

The first person to raise their hand will get to try to answer the question. You will use your desk microphone and introduce yourself (name, hometown and one interesting fact about you!) in English. You will then try to answer the question. 

To practice your language skills, try to answer the question in a complete sentence in English.  I'll help correct you if you need help with forming the sentence :)    

If you have the right answer to the question, you get one point.  You don't lose any points if your English sentence wasn't perfect :)

If you answer the question incorrectly, that's okay! We'll let the next person that raised their hand try to answer. 

You only have to introduce yourself the first time you speak! And of course, if you want, you can also introduce yourself in Japanese and/or Mandarin if you'd like :)

The game will take place for just over an hour between 3:30 to 4:45 PM. I'll prepare 21 different questions - 7 questions in each language.

At the end of the game, the top 6 players (top 2 Japanese, top 2 Canadian, top 2 Chinese) with the most points will get to choose a small prize. The winner with the most points will get to choose their prize first and so on.


1) Brand New Official Toronto Blue Jays 2013 Jose Bautista Bobblehead (Limited Edition) + autographed baseball by over 10 Toronto Blue Jays players in 2013 including Munenori Kawasaki, Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista, R.A. Dickey and more!

2) $25 Bon Appétit (French equivalent of いただきます) gift certificate to dine at one of Canada's best-loved restaurants (Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Montana's Cookhouse and Milestones). These restaurants are authentic Canadian-style "comfort food" places to eat.

3) $25 Starbucks gift card (lattes!)

4) $25 Cineplex gift card (movies!)

5) Unopened Official Limited Edition Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Glass Cup Souvenir + Unopened New Pair of Adidas Predator Soccer/Football Goalkeeper Gloves

6) Unopened limited edition 25 Miraculous Mind-Reading Tricks Fun Kit + David's Tea Sleigh Ride Fruit Infusion Herbal Tea (100 grams)

Good luck!!!

So because the trivia game only takes about an hour, from 2:00-3:30 pm, it's just your typical casual language exchange with the person next to you!

Afterwards, when we're done at 5 pm, some of us can grab dinner together downtown! There's many nice restaurants in the area :)

This event is TOTALLY FREE!  All that it will cost you is your smile =) 

Let's try to fill all 48 seats!!! If you have friends on Meetup, please invite them to join this group so they can play with us that day!  You can also +1 or +2 to have them as guests & hopefully, they will officially join us as a member soon :-)

*UPDATE: I know that many of you are newcomers to Toronto (from Japan, China, Taiwan and etc.) who may be looking for a job right now.  During the language exchange from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, feel free to approach me and I can help you practice for your job interview.  Please keep in mind that I am not a professional Human Resources consultant, but generally speaking, your potential employer will always ask you the same type of questions.  I have lots of experience applying (mostly successfully) for different kinds of positions and will do my best to help give you some advice and sample answers!!! There are a few important cultural norms (quite different between Japanese society and Western society) that if learned, can really help your chances! I am happy to share this information! This is a free-of-charge service :-) 

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  • shini s.

    Nate, wonderful event, great prizes, and lots of fun. thanks to all the great people who made it a great day. Kiyoka enjoyed using the microphone. Thank you David for taking a very nice picture.

    1 · March 24, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      Glad you enjoyed it, Shini! What kind of Meetup event does Kiyoka suggest for next time?

      March 24, 2014

    • shini s.

      McDonalds Play Place or The Science Centre are her favourites. :-)

      April 2, 2014

  • David

    Thanks Shini and Nate. It was fun! It's not too often that we get to sit in a room like that lol

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • William

    It was nice seeing familiar faces and meeting new people. Thanks Nate for a great meetup :-)

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Jenny

    Great experience, fun time with so many friends

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good price~ good dinner! Thanks for another great meetup :)

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant Prize* think im still a bit tipsy haha

      1 · March 22, 2014

  • sndersido

    had a good time thanks

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • David

    Sorry Nate I woke up sick I'll see you guys next time

    March 22, 2014

  • shini s.

    Hi Nate, I will bring a small guest. Maybe she can help answer some trivia questions.

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Frank

    Hey Nate, just wondering what time this event supposed to start, 2 or 3:30pm?

    March 21, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      Hey Frank, it starts at 2! It will be casual language exchange until 3:30 PM, when the trivia game will start. The event will finish at 5. You can come anytime between 2-5 :)

      March 21, 2014

  • Nathaniel Chan (.

    Hey everyone, just a heads up that there is subway construction on the day of the Meetup, so the subway will turn back north at Bloor on the Yonge Line and at St. Andrew Station on the University-Spadina Line.

    However, not to worry - there's going to be frequent shuttle buses from Bloor going southbound. Get off at Queen Station to get to City Hall :) It's still very quick and convenient to access!

    If you're coming on the University-Spadina Line, get off at Osgoode and take the 501 Streetcar to Queen. Or you can probably walk it - takes around 10-15 minutes.

    Here's a helpful map:

    See you guys there!

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the headsup. I had no idea! :O

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Sean X.

    Hey what if I know both chinese and English? I will only answer the japaneae questions I guess.

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, i rsvped but i most likely will show up late if u dont mind. doing a painting meetup earlier that day. Hope i can finish before 2:00pm :p

    1 · March 15, 2014

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