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！)
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.
• 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
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. 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.
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 only when a seating cap is not listed on the event page.
• We reserve the right to cancel any meetups where just 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. 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
We are always looking to improve the group and make this beneficial for everyone so please send your ideas/comments/suggestions to us!