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 :)