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Japanese/English/Man­darin Tea Language Exchange

FINAL UPDATE (June 4, 2014):

There will be 8 members attending this event!

1) Nate (English) and Rena (Japanese)

2) Nancy (English) and Tina (Mandarin)

3) Maurice (English) and David (Mandarin)

4) Yamato (Japanese) and Elaine (English)

To the many members who wished to practice Japanese and couldn't be scheduled for this week's event, I have heard back from a few Japanese members who plan to attend next week's bubble-tea language exchange. So we should have more English-Japanese partnerships available for next Thursday!

This will be a weekly language exchange night on Thursdays for Japanese, English and Mandarin speakers.

This event is meant to be a serious 1-on-1 language exchange, where members have the option of exchanging their native-level Japanese, English or Mandarin for another one of these three languages.  The first 45 mins will be in one language and the second half will be the other. You will be paired with somebody who is a native speaker of the language you are studying and vice versa.

For the purposes of providing both our Japanese and Mandarin friends with the best opportunity to practice alongside a native or as close-to-native English speaker as possible, this event will only accept English speakers who were either born in Canada (or another English-speaking country) OR those who immigrated to Canada before they were 10 years old.

Likewise, Japanese and Mandarin participants who are here to teach should also be native speakers of that language.

Also, I know some females strongly prefer to do language exchange with female partners only, so if that is the case, please let us know in the questions below and we will pair you up that way, if possible.


Meet inside Taiwanese bubble tea shop, Tea Shop 168 at 6:00 PM. It's at 5193 Yonge Street, a 2 minute walk from North York Centre TTC Station. 

We'll have 5 individual tables for each language exchange pair. Since the tea shop is a business, to be courteous for their venue space, you should each order a drink from the menu. Tea Shop 168 is probably the cheapest Taiwanese tea franchise in Toronto.  It's of decent quality, fair for the price. You'll be doing a lot of talking with your language exchange partner, so you'll need a drink anyway :-)

Please arrive by 6 PM so you have time to sit down, get comfortable and order your drinks before 6:15. We start on the dot at 6:15 PM.  After 45 mins, we convert to the second language from 7:00 to 7:45 PM.  We'll then pay our individual bills and be done by 8 PM.


* IMPORTANT: For members who arrive late to Tea Shop 168, after 6:10 PM, you'll be placed at the end of the list for future weeks just for this language exchange event. This is just to be fair to your language exchange partner, as we want everyone to be prompt and have an equal time to learn the opposite language. That being said, if there's a major TTC service disruption, traffic issues or an emergency in the family, we will obviously make exceptions.

If you would like to attend, indicate your interest below by clicking that you "want a spot." You must answer the relevant questions when you RSVP.


10 people maximum. Members only, no guests. Waitlist available. We'll do our best to rotate language exchange partners so you get to talk with a new friend each week. 

Reservations will  generally open 4 days before at 5:00 AM and close on the Wednesday night before at 10:00 PM.  After 10:00 PM on Wednesday, RSVPs will close and you are expected to attend.  If you're on the list but fail to attend, you will be considered a no show and moved to the back of the list for future language exchange nights.  However, since most of you are enjoying our massive Victoria Day meetup right now and most likely not checking your e-mails right now, this first event's RSVP period will start tomorrow (Tuesday afternoon) at 3:00 PM.

As this is meant to be a weekly language exchange event for our  members who are here to seriously learn English and for our English-speaking members who have a sincere interest in speaking Mandarin or Japanese, I recommend you bring a notebook with you to jot down all the new phrases and idioms you'll learn :-)

*Once inside the tea shop, you'll see we'll have 5 individual tables for each pair.  Each of the 5 tables will have this Meetup sign on my bird's cage :)

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  • Maurice

    Thanks everyone for making it enjoyable, kudos to Elaine and Nathan for organizing.
    There was a lot of new things everybody has taught me and i'll try to retain as much as I can.

    Cheers

    1 · June 6, 2014

    • Elaine

      It was all Nate's effort :) Thanks Nate for organizing :)

      June 6, 2014

  • Elaine

    I am sad that I missed dinner! Hope to see everyone again next time :)

    June 6, 2014

  • Nathaniel Chan (.

    Thank you to everyone that came! Nice to have Yamato and Nancy back in town :-) Great to meet Rena, Tina and Maurice! And always a pleasure to hang out with Elaine and Medium D. Also, special thanks to Maurice for generously grabbing the bill at dinner (against all our wishes, but we'll get u next time!) and for the rides home for everybody (you too, Nancy!).

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was still an awesome meetup group.
    Great job Nate, and Thanks a lot Maurice.

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Maurice

    I'm driving from Scarborough if anyone wants a ride.

    June 5, 2014

  • Nathaniel Chan (.

    FINAL UPDATE (June 4, 2014):

    There will be 8 members attending this event!

    1) Nate (English) and Rena (Japanese)

    2) Nancy (English) and Tina (Mandarin)

    3) Maurice (English) and David (Mandarin)

    4) Yamato (Japanese) and Elaine (English)

    To the many members who wished to practice Japanese and couldn't be scheduled for this week's event, I have heard back from a few Japanese members who plan to attend next week's bubble-tea language exchange. So we should have more English-Japanese partnerships available for next Thursday!

    June 4, 2014

  • Nancy ♥

    Do they have free parking at 168?

    June 4, 2014

    • Nancy ♥

      You're right Andrew. Parking is $2 at the TTC lot.

      June 4, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      I haven't parked there for a while, so I guess it's $2 then :-)

      June 4, 2014

  • Nathaniel Chan (.

    RSVP's continue until tonight at 10 PM. Based on the order that people RSVP'ed so far IN CONJUNCTION with their language requirements (what they can teach and what they want to learn), as well as gender preferences, so far we have:

    1) Myself and Rena (English and Japanese, respectively)
    2) Tina and Nancy (Mandarin and English)
    3) David and Peter (Mandarin and English)

    There's a number of members who RSVP'ed that wish to learn Japanese. We're still waiting on more Japanese friends to RSVP to pair those people up.

    June 4, 2014

    • Jack

      Thx Nat. If I don't see you tomorrow, I will see you next week.

      1 · June 4, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      I should see you for tennis on Sunday :)

      June 4, 2014

  • Mark

    Just curious but why is everyone still on the waitlist? The rsvp deadline to confirm is tomorrow night. I'm guessing this will be cancelled this week if no Japanese ppl rsvp...am I right?

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      Hi Mark, the event will definitely occur tomorrow. Everybody's still on the waitlist because people have to be paired up with another partner, so it's not like the first 10 people who RSVP will automatically attend. It's based on which language each person can teach and that they want to learn - so we have to manually pair people up accordingly first

      June 4, 2014

  • George

    Hey guys,
    Seeing as this is a multi-language language exchange, Do you plan to balance between native speakers and people who want to learn that language? For example, right now there are several people learning Japanese, but no native Japanese speakers attending.

    June 2, 2014

    • Nathaniel Chan (.

      Hi George, we definitely need to balance it out. Hopefully, more Japanese members RSVP in the next two days :-)

      June 2, 2014

  • Mark

    If I come, I'll do my best to help ppl learn english. Although I likely cant afford to buy anything from tea shop 168. But I might be able to find some $ to give them for support (I'll give them $2 or something for support without gettin a drink in return maybe)

    June 2, 2014

  • Mark

    Oh and I wanna learn both japanese and mandarin seriously...I wanna learn korean too.

    June 2, 2014

  • Mark

    Yay! a serious learning experience...and this location is close to my house! This is perfect! I'd like to sign up as soon as the rsvp's open.

    May 23, 2014

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