TorontoBabel: Toronto's International Language Exchange Meetup

OVERVIEW

Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Take advantage of it with TorontoBabel! Many groups focus on one language, but this group provides an opportunity to practice many languages. At a regular TorontoBabel gathering we have native speakers of French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, German, Polish, Italian, Cantonese, Turkish, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi and many other languages. Don't be shy! Learners of all levels, from beginner to native fluency are welcome!

TorontoBabel gatherings take place in a bar with music in the background and plenty of pool tables (to play pool it's $8 per hour, paid to the bar). Usually there is about 100 people, so it does get a bit loud with people from all over the world chatting away until late in the evening.

You'll get to meet people from all over the world and improve your language skills at the same time! The objective is to practice your language skills in real life with native speakers and have fun while doing it.

HOW IT WORKS

TorontoBabel is a language exchange group. You can help people learn your native language and other members help you learn their native language. If it's your first time attending a TorontoBabel event, please introduce yourself to the organizers, Anna and Eduardo. They will direct you to native speakers of the language you are interested in. The organizers will also introduce to people who want to learn your language. We usually have groups of people practicing French, Spanish, Korean, etc. and will show you where they are. If you are comfortable finding native speakers of your favourite language yourself, that's fine too! Please remember to talk to us first, so we know who's who.

IMPORTANT

The group meets every Wednesday: same place, same time.

Bring original ID showing your age, it could a passport, a driver's license, Canadian Health Card, etc. If you don't bring an ID, you might not be allowed into the bar.

Wednesday gatherings start at 7 p.m. and the group is usually there until at least 11 p.m., you can arrive and leave whenever you like.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BARTENDER (leave about $1 extra per drink that you buy)

How to Babel: 

1. Be open-minded! 
We are a very diverse group. You'll meet people from all over the world. Enjoy the chance to have the international experience in Toronto! 

2. Tip your bartender! 
Although it's common not to tip in many cultures, it is very much a part of Canadian culture, so remember to leave a tip for your bartender, even if you buy a drink directly from the bar. 

3. Ask the organizers! 
If you have any questions, concerns, problems or ideas, please talk to the organizers about it!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any comments, questions, problems, concerns or ideas, just talk to the organizers about it.  We will do our best to make sure you have a positive experience!  Everyone is welcome!

Remember, this group is a hobby for us; we run it just for fun, we love it and we hope you will love it too!

Check out the calendar (http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBabel/#calendar) to see what other events we have coming up and to RSVP.

CONTACT

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http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBabel

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  • mark f.

    Good, as it was last week. Thank you to the organizers. You might want to tell the people at the Rivoli to turn the volume of the music down a little. We are there to talk, not yell. Difficult to have face to face conversation sometimes when the music is so loud.

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you! I was very grateful to be able to practice/speak all of my languages! Hope to be back again!

    August 15, 2013

  • Razi J.

    It was awesome meeting new people with different perspectives.
    Thank you every one

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a good way to travel around all the World without moving from Toronto and meet great people!

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Mary

    Great way to meet interesting people

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • prashanth b.

    I am looking to practice French , in which I am just a beginner and I am terrible at it now. Please French speakers, if u see me just strike a conversation. Thanks

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to practice my German, French and tiny bit of Brazilian Portuguese. I can share my Spanish, maybe some English

    August 14, 2013

  • Patricia

    I'd like to take up Spanish and trade for English.

    August 14, 2013

  • Rick Rashid H.

    want to learn basic Chinese mandarin and can trade with other languages.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to practice my Spanish and can practice my English and Russian.

    August 13, 2013

  • Yamileth

    sorry I can't I have a cold .. see you the next one !!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am a newcomer in Toronto and I would like to practice English and meet new people.

    See you on Wednesday

    Miren

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Hi, I just relocated from Paris. I'm looking to meet people in Toronto and quickly improve my english so I'll be there tonight. See u there guys

    August 13, 2013

  • chloé

    Hi everybody ! I am French and I would like to improve my English and to meet new people!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Mary

    Hi everyone, I will be attending this Wednesday for the first time. Looking forward to meeting new people.

    August 11, 2013

  • Andrea F.

    Hi My name is Andrea and I will go on wednesday evening. This will be my first time. I would like to learn Spanish and or Russian and meet new people, friends.
    I am Hungarian.

    August 11, 2013

  • Bruno S.

    Hello everyone. I'm a new member. I'm Bruno. I'm from Brazil. I'd like to improve and to practice my English and at the same time to make new friendships.

    August 10, 2013

  • Anna

    Additional people will come from other groups such as Polyglot and Couchsurfing.

    August 10, 2013

  • Jogi

    Hope i can connect with korean speakers :)

    August 8, 2013

  • Yamileth

    I really have a good time last night .. see you next Wednesday

    August 8, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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