The MJELC Mission: We are a social community in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area who share Japanese and English as a second language and acknowledge the best of both Japanese and American culture.
Organizer's Report: March 2015
The Conversation Partner Program is for anyone interested in Japanese or English as a second language. The idea of a Conversation Partner is for two people to work one-on-one for the purpose of language exchange. A small group may also work together all as Conversation Partners for the same objective.
We are a community sharing events centralized around language exchange and cultural exchange. In other words, people who want to speak (or hear) Japanese or English may join. It is open to all skill levels. People who have an interest in Japanese or American culture may also join. However, as it should be with any group you may discover through social media, the safety and the well-being of our members comes first. It is expected that everyone abide by the following basic guidelines:
Before you join, for the safety of our members, we kindly ask you to provide us with a brief introduction about yourself and answer the questions you should receive when you request to join. If you leave the questions blank, your request to join will be declined.
Bearing in mind that our focus as a community lies in language exchange and cultural exchange, you may not solicit within your introduction or within any of the supplementary questions you will be asked during your request to join. Do not post your phone number or your e-mail address in your introduction or within any of the supplementary questions as our organizer qualifies this also as soliciting. Profiles with soliciting will be declined!
Per Meetup.com's rules, people under 18, being considered minors, are not able to join as members. However, if you are under 18, you may still join us as a guest of someone who is a member as long as that member accompanies you at all times.
1. The Cardinal Rule - Respect one another!
In short, this means that hazing and/or harassment will not be tolerated. In addition, please do not treat our community as a dating service. And finally, please make every effort to avoid sensitive topics like politics, religion, racial/ethnic stereotypes, and any sexual topics.
We know it's difficult with how a person's daily life can make him or her busy, but please do your best to make an effort to join us for events. Many times, members have joined us and then participated little to no times. Please understand that this is a community and not like a Facebook group that people join just because everyone else is doing it. We want the best for our members and that means that we want our members to be active. Break a leg and join us for events. It's the only way to make this community a true community.
3. Keep a positive attitude, and let's have a really great time!
At the end of the day, we are a community that shares common goals and common interests in language exchange and cultural exchange within the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. If we are not having fun at the various activities we do together, we have no community to share within our area and with the rest of the world. Our organizers care about its members. Have fun in this group!
Unlike a classroom setting, we meet in a casual environment such as a restaurant, a coffee house, or even online using Skype to network with our members in Japan. People then simply form natural conversations or practice groups. We also feature a Conversation Partner Program where members may unofficially work either one-on-one or in a small group to practice language exchange. If you are looking for a conversation partner, our organizers will help to find you one.
Yes you may. You are always welcome to invite guests to an event, or to refer them to mjelc.org to sign up.
Our schedule has a tendency to change frequently. We currently have some recurring events that take place on Tuesday nights, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons. We usually also have an event scheduled for Saturday nights. Some of our events occur monthly while others recur weekly. The best advice is to keep an eye on the calendar to see what's new.
Yes. There is no cost to join us and will not be just as long as we as a community can pay our bills (through donations members may make at any time). If we meet at a restaurant, people pay individually at the end. Some venues such as a karaoke studio would have an equally shared cost. Otherwise, it is our expectation that we are never going to ask you for money. However, donations to our community are always welcome.
If you do want to donate, you must be a member. Contact the organizer to ask how you can donate. Donations will be used to compensate any members who host our occasional Cook + Social event and also the required subscription fee for this group to stay on Meetup.com which is $144 per year. If we receive very generous donations, special events may also include a free Dine + Social event or a trip paid in full.
Our mission statement: We are a social community in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area sharing theJapanese and English languages and the best of both Japanese and American culture.
We host events in MD, DC, and Northern VA. Study Japanese and/or English with a community that shares the same language exchange interests as you. People who want to speak (or hear) Japanese or English can join. It is open to all ages 18 and over and all levels of skill.
Unlike a classroom setting, we meet in a casual environment such as a restaurant, a coffee house, or even online using Skype. People then simply form natural conversations, practice groups, and/or friends. And if you are looking for a conversation partner, you are likely to find one through our community.
We feature a diverse variety of events. As we open doors to new opportunities for our members, our exact schedule tends to be very dynamic. Some events occur monthly while others recur weekly.
We also feature a Conversation Partner Program that our organizers regularly manage. The concept of a conversation partner is that two members (or perhaps a small group of members) meet at least once a week to practice language exchange through casual conversation. Those two members (or group) decide the best day and time to meet on a regular basis and most importantly, stick to it. Remember that when learning a target language, the general rule is use or lose.
There is absolutely no cost to join us. If we meet at a restaurant, people pay individually at the end. Some venues, such as a karaoke studio, would have an equally shared cost. Otherwise, we are never going to ask you for money (however, we will accept any voluntary donations. Please contact an organizer to learn how to donate to our community).
Before joining us, please visit http://www.mjelc.org/about. ; This page outlines the basics and the rules of our community which we expect all members to carry out.