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If you're looking to 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くれたいんです！)
• 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.
• Kaiwa (conversation) meetups
Please keep your English to a minimum at meetups specifically labeled 'Kaiwa'. Even if your speaking in Japanese is limited, use whatever Japanese you know; if you've ever tried to speak in a language, you'll remember that the words don't come easily in the middle of a conversation until you've used it over and over.
• 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 two groups of beginner and advanced, depending on the turnout.
• Eikaiwa (English Conversation) meetups
Since native Japanese speakers are kind enough to attend Kaiwa meetups and help us with our Japanese, we want to help them with their English.
Anyone want to be an Event Host?
We would be super grateful! The current hosts work in downtown and live on the north side so that's where the meetups happen. We have plenty of people from the suburbs and the south side who are interested in going to meetups. How often, where, and when is all up 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.
• Please feel free to come to events without RSVPing when a seating cap is not listed on the event page.
• We reserve the right to cancel any meetups where only the event/group organizer(s) are RSVP'd.
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.
If someone asks to implement this rule during a meetup or if native Japanese speakers wish to practice their English, every 30 minutes we will switch from speaking in Japanese only to speaking in English only or vice versa.
Note use of this rule is at the discretion of the event host.
Currently in the Works
joint meetups with other groups interested in Japanese culture
We are always looking to improve the group and make this beneficial for everyone so please send your ideas/comments/suggestions to us!
Chris & Samantha
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