In Toronto we have lots of Meetup groups dedicated to one particular language or where Meetups take place in coffee shops or parks. TorontoBabel aims to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere in a bar environment where speakers of many different languages come together to practice speaking a different language in a real-world context with real people and make new friends with people from all over the world for FREE!
Since our gatherings take place in a bar, there is usually music playing and there are pool tables you can use ($8 per hour, paid to the bar). Our goal is to have a night-out, with an international crowd!
With music and about 100 people speaking it can sometimes be a bit loud, but this is your chance to practice your language skills in a real-world context with real people!
HOW IT WORKS
The idea of the group is that you give help to the group (helping those who are learning your native language) and you get help from the group (you are helped by others who speak the language you want to practice). This way everyone benefits!
We typically have native speakers of French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, German, Polish, Italian, Cantonese, Turkish, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi and many other languages.
When you arrive, just introduce yourself to the organizers (Anna and Eduardo) and they will introduce you to others who speak the language you want to practice to get you started. It's fun and FREE! You only pay for what you order at the bar. PLEASE REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BARTENDER! (leave about $1 extra per drink that you buy). See the pointers on "How to Babel" below!
HOW LONG IT LASTS
We get started at 7:30pm and the group is usually there until at least 11pm, but you can arrive and leave at whatever time you like. Check out the calendar (http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBabel/#calendar) to see what events we have coming up and to RSVP.
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!
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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!