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If you're looking to learn or practice speaking Japanese, you've come to the right place! (If you're a native Japanese speaker and would like to practice your English, we would also love to help! 日本人の方は英語を練習したかったら、私達もぜひ手伝って上げたいんです!)


Meetup Types
While our group does have culture-related meetups from time to time, about 85% of our meetups center around the language.

• Cultural/social meetups
We go see movies, attend festivals, sing karaoke, and do anything else our members want--as long as it's legal.  =)  Japanese isn't required but you are welcome to use it.

• Gengo Koukan (Language Exchange) meetups
Normally for two hours, these meetups are broken up into four 30-minute sessions--two English only and two Japanese only.  We may split into beginner and advanced tables, depending on the turnout.

Anyone want to be an Event Host?

How often, where, and when is all up to you!  The current hosts work downtown and live on the north side so that's where the meetups happen.  Host a meetup yourself if you want a meetup closer to you!  Here is a link to tips we've compiled for hosting meetups: Guidelines for Hosting Meetups.  Please read if it's your first time holding one for our group.

Membership Dues

Meetup.com charges us to have a group page on their site -- approximately $180/yr since our group is large.  Our fundraising efforts were taking away from the time and energy we want to put towards improving the group.
毎年ミートアップのサイトにページあるために180ドルぐらいを払います。

The first 60 days after you join is a trial period, during which you can attend meetups or start your own events and see if this is what you are expecting from a language group.  If, after testing the waters for 60 days, this isn’t the group for you, you don't need to do anything--the Meetup.com system will automatically remove you from the group if membership dues are not paid.
グルプに加わった日の60日の後に会費を払わなかったら、グルプから外します。その60日間イベントに行って自分のイベントを仕切って下さい。その後、「言語のグルプはこうじゃない。にがてだ。」と思ったら、払わなくっていいけど、グルプから出て行く前にグルプよくするためのフィードバックを知らせいただけないでしょうか。


Group Rules

•  Please feel free to come to events without RSVPing only when a seating cap is not listed on the event page. If you want the meetup to count towards your attendance total, please check in with the host before you leave the event.
ミートアップのページで席がいくつあるのを書きなかったら、予約せずに来てもいいです.

• Please do not attend events if you are on the waiting list without checking with the host first.
イベントのキャンセル待ち名簿にある時オーガナイザーに連絡せずに参加しないで下さい.

•  We reserve the right to cancel any meetups where just event/group organizer(s) are RSVP'd.
オーガナイザー以外誰も予約しないエベントをキャンセルする権利があります。

• Attendance
A max of 3 no-shows are allowed per year.  Unfortunately, members who exceed this will be dropped from the group. 年間に三つのノ・ショーを許します。それ以上のノ・ショーするメンバーは、残念にグループから外します。

No-shows are defined as 1) RSVPing "Yes" for a meetup and not showing up without letting the event host know before the event and 2) cancelling without 24-hours notice for events with limited seating, as it doesn't give other members enough time to fill the spot. 「ノ・ショー」は ミートアップに予約したのにミートアップの前にオーガナイザーに何も言わずに来ない事で、24時前までに通知せずに席が少ないミートアップから予約を取り消す事です。

• Half Hour Rule
All conversation meetups will be in Japanese only for at least half an hour.  If the conversation slides into English, we will ask everyone to switch back to Japanese after half an hour.  会話のミートアップは全部日本語だけで少なくとも30分話します。会話が英語での話になったら、30分の後で、「また日本語で話しましょう」と言い出します。

If native Japanese speakers wish to practice their English or if someone asks for this, every 30 minutes we will switch from speaking in Japanese only to speaking in English only and vice versa. 日本人は英語を練習してほしかったら、誰かが頼んだら、半時間ごとに日本語の会話が英会話に返って逆の場合も同じです。

Currently in the Works

    joint meetups with other groups interested in Japanese culture

    beginner's meetups


We are always looking to improve the group and make this beneficial for everyone so please send your ideas/comments/suggestions to us!

Samantha

We're 166 Wonderful Japanese Speakers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:00 PM

    Coffee & Language Exchange (言語交換)

    10 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Saturday, July 2, 2016 12:00 PM

    Lunch & Japanese @ Panera in Tinley Park

    3 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:45 PM

    言語交換 (Language Exchange) @ Macy's on State

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6:00 PM

    言語交換(Language Exchange) @Water Tower Place

    2 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:00 PM

    Coffee & Language Exchange (言語交換)

    5 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:00 PM

    Lunch & Japanese @ Panera in Tinley Park

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:45 PM

    言語交換 (Language Exchange) @ Macy's on State

    2 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:00 PM

    言語交換(Language Exchange) @Water Tower Place

    2 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00 PM

    Coffee & Language Exchange (言語交換)

    3 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:00 PM

    Lunch & Japanese @ Panera in Tinley Park

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 5:45 PM

    言語交換 (Language Exchange) @ Macy's on State

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:00 PM

    言語交換(Language Exchange) @Water Tower Place

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:00 PM

    Coffee & Language Exchange (言語交換)

    3 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Saturday, August 13, 2016 12:00 PM

    Lunch & Japanese @ Panera in Tinley Park

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 5:45 PM

    言語交換 (Language Exchange) @ Macy's on State

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:00 PM

    言語交換(Language Exchange) @Water Tower Place

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:00 PM

    Coffee & Language Exchange (言語交換)

    2 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    Lunch & Japanese @ Panera in Tinley Park

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:45 PM

    言語交換 (Language Exchange) @ Macy's on State

    2 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:00 PM

    言語交換(Language Exchange) @Water Tower Place

    1 Wonderful Japanese Speakers attending
 

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Founded Mar 5, 2003
  • Wonderful Japanese Speakers 166
  • Group reviews 9
  • Upcoming Meetups 41
  • Past Meetups 660

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Samantha Chan
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