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반반 영어 & 한국어 언어 교환 50/50 English & Korean Language Exchange Pages

Hi Members ;)

This is our format and rules , Please check it out all details !
I hope we meet soon ^^

Purpose / Goals of the Group

The primary purpose of our group is to bring together Native English speakers learning Korean and native Korean speakers learning English to help each other improve their language skills. We organize language exchange “meetup” events designed for practicing both listening and speaking the target language. Our group is named “50/50”, or 반반, meaning half/half in Korean, because our language exchanges are designed to share the time equally between each language and each participant.

Our group also seeks to create a safe community of people who are serious about improving their language skills, therefore, dating related or romantic solicitation activity at our events will not be tolerated. Promotion of businesses, parties or other events are not permitted unless explicitly approved by the Organizer.

Membership Policies

Membership Criteria

Our ideal member is one who is:
- Serious about improving their language and communications skills;
- Willing to attend our events on a regular basis;
- Kind, friendly, cooperative and considerate of others.

We do not wish to have members who are casually dabbling in studying a language and wish to attend our events for mostly social reasons.

In order for someone to join our group they must meet the following criteria:
1) Be able to read and write hangeul.
2) Be able to introduce themselves (verbally) in their target language. The self introduction should include where the member is from, what kind of work they do or what they are studying and other basic information about themselves.

All members who join the group must have a profile picture that clearly shows their face.

Membership in the group is granted and revoked at the discretion leadership team, however the organizer can overrule any decisions of the leadership team.

Removal from the group

Members may be removed (and banned) from the group for the following reasons:
- Violation of no-show policy.
- Speaking or acting inappropriately towards other members or the leadership team.
- Other violation of group rules depending on severity and frequency.
- They are an inactive member.

Description of our exchange format

Our language exchange format is designed to spend an equal amount of time speaking in each language, English and Korean, so that the learner can focus on speaking the language they are learning and get corrections from a native speaker. Part of the format is trying to say the same things in both languages and practice it many time with different partners. We think that this is a good way to practice both listening and speaking and have a chance to try to incorporate corrections given by each partner.

Each exchange event has a set topic so that everyone will talk about the same thing.

Format details:
- One-on-one practice with a partner (one English native speaker with a Korean native speaker)
- Speak about the topic for 8 minutes in one language.
- Speak about the same topic for 8 minutes in the other language.
- After both 8 minute conversations are finished, change partners, do the same thing with the new partner (same topic too), trying to practice the corrections.

Exchange Guidelines:
- During each of the 8 minute conversations try to focus on speaking 100% in that language. If your partner does not understand something or if you need to give an explanation then using the other language is OK.
- Try to help your partner by correcting them if they make a mistake or by telling them what would be a more natural way to say something.
- We prefer that you try to stay on the topic. sometimes you may find that you run out of things to say, then yes, if you sort of stray into other topics that is ok too.

Because our exchange format is timed one-on-one conversations we need everyone’s cooperation with the following 3 rules:

1) Don’t be late:
- Please make sure to arrive before the meetup is scheduled to start so that everyone can be seated and ready to begin at the same time. If you are late very often you may be marked as a “no-show”.

2) Change partners when everyone is changing:
- Do not try to finish what you were saying, everyone is waiting for you to change partners so that we can begin at the same time.

3) Begin and end the break at same time as everyone:
- We take a break about halfway through the exchange event. Please take the break at the same time as everyone else and take care of what you need to, such as buying something from the venue, or going to the bathroom. Please return the same time as everyone else so that everyone can resume the exchange at the same time. Leaving late and returning late from the break is disruptive to the timing of the meetup and disrespectful to your next partner.

Additional Rules:

Buy something from the venue:
- Since our meeting spaces are meant for customers only, in order to not jeopardize losing our meeting space, please make sure the buy something.

Be respectful to hosts and other members:
- Do not talk or make noise while hosts are making announcements or members are introducing themselves.
- Please cooperate with members of the leadership team (Organizers, Assistant Organizers, and Hosts), they are responsible for making sure everyone has a good time.

Event participation price is $1, cash only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I participate in an event?
A: Click “Yes” to Join Wait-List”. When you are confirmed as “Going” you can participate.

Q: What does RSVP Closed mean? Can I still participate in the event?
A: There are 2 situations that RSVPs are closed:
1) RSVPs did not yet open, in this case wait until RSVPs open the click “Yes” to Join Wait-List”. When you are confirmed as “Going” you can participate.
2) RSVP deadline has past, in this case we don’t accept any more RSVPs. You cannot participate in the event.

Q: When do RSVS’s open?
A: RSVPs open at least one day after the event has been announced. This is to give all members the opportunity to see the notification that a new event has been scheduled. Once RSVPs open members who want to participate in an event should click “Yes” to join the wait list.

Q: When do RSVP’s close?
A: RSVPs close 8 hours before the event starts. Once RSVPs close we do not accept any more RSVPs. If you have been confirmed as “Yes” (Going) and change to “No” (not going), you will be marked as a no-show. This is because it is too late for us to try to find a replacement and ensure the balance of speakers of each language. Unfortunately, members who are still on the wait-list once RSVPs close cannot participate.

Q: The event is full can I still participate?
A: Click “Yes” to Join Wait-List”. When you are confirmed as “Going” you can participate.

Q: I am on the wait list can I participate in the event?
A: No. You can only participate if you have been confirmed as “Going”.

Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: No

Q: I am a Korean speaker, can I bring an english speaker and skip the wait-list?
A: No. We we have our own way of managing the wait-list.

Q: I am a English speaker, can I bring a Korean speaker and skip the wait-list?
A: No. We we have our own way of managing the wait-list.

Q: What happens if there are too many speakers of one language?
A: Unfortunately this happens because of No-shows and late cancellations. Please try to be understanding in this situation.

Q: Why are some people on the Going list before RSVPs open?
A: Please see “About the wait-list”

Q: I RSVP’ed Yes but I can’t attend, what should I do?
A: Please update your RSVP as soon as possible so that we can re-balance the event. If the RSVP deadline has already past you will be marked as a no-show.

Q: Why did I get a “no-show”?
A: See “No-show Policy”.

Q: Why don’t we have “free” natural conversation?
A: Please see “About our topics”

Q: What if I don’t like the topic?
A: If you don’t like the topic, don’t sign up for the event

Q: What can I do to help the group?
A: See “How to get more involved”.

About the wait-list

Since our exchange format is one-to-one conversation, one English native speaker with one Korean native speaker, we use the wait-list to make sure we have an equal number of speakers of each language participating in our events. We also use the wait-list to get our ideal ratio of long time regular members compared to newer members and first timers. This means that if many newer members happen to RSVP before long time members we will confirm some of the long time members before the newer members. We also aim to have a good gender balance as well. Having a well balanced event of long time members and genders makes a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for all participant.

We are glad that our events have become popular, but unfortunately we often have more people on the wait-list than we can allow to participate. We are sorry about this.

About the No-show Policy

We work very hard to maintain the balance between English and Korean Speakers at our exchange events therefore we have very strict policies regarding RSVPs and Attendance. Not only do these things upset the balance of speakers, they are actions that are inconsiderate towards our members and disruptive to our events. We use “no-shows” as a way of keeping track of instances that members have violated our policies.

Here are reasons for which you can be marked as “no-show”:
1) Lateness: If you are excessively late, arriving once we have already started. Please arrive before the scheduled start time.
2) Late Cancellation: If you have been confirmed as “Yes” (Going) and change to “No” (not going) after RSVPs have closed.
3) No-show: If you have been confirmed as “Yes” (Going) but don’t come.
4) Leaving Early: If you are participating in an event but leave early.

If you are marked as “no-show” 3 times, you will automatically be removed from our group.

About our topics

What kinds of topics we choose:
- We try to choose topics that are practical for discussing on our own personal experiences, preferences or goals for the future that allow our members to show their personality and get to know one another. We also try to choose topics that that are useful for conversation at social gatherings, parties, job interviews, or when making new friends.
- Because we have members at various skill levels we try to set a topic that is accessible to all levels. People at lower skill levels can speak more generally, higher levels more specifically and in more depth. Occasionally we will have a hypothetical/outrageous topic for fun as well as for the challenge.
- We avoid sensitive topics such as politics and religion, as well as marriage and dating.
- If you have a suggestion for a topic, please read the “Topic Guidelines”. If your suggestion meets the guidelines please let us know.

Why our exchange format is not “Free Talk” or casual conversation:
- Typically “Free talk” conversations start out with introducing oneself and basic small talk but tend to end soon thereafter. This is especially true if you don’t find a common interest with your conversation partner.
- It is our hope to that members attend our events regularly, but it will become increasingly boring if at every exchange we make small talk.
- We feel that we can challenge ourselves to grow if we limit ourselves to talk about a set topic at each event.

Benefits of having a set topic:
- Give us the opportunity to practice using vocabulary and grammar related to the topic that we might not use frequently or is new to us.
- Because all participants are discussing the same topic we get repeated practice with multiple partners. We also get to hear different peoples’ experiences, ideas and points of view, hopefully this will also lead to further cultural understanding.
- Because of the kinds of topics we choose participants will broaden what topics they are comfortable with for casual conversation.
- Since the topic is announced in advance we have time to prepare what we might want to say. This is especially helpful for people at lower levels, as well as when a more difficult topic is set.

Why we repeat topics:
- If we find that a topic is successful we will repeat it so that new members have a chance to practice it.
- Long-time members also benefit from working on a topic they’ve already discussed because they can see how much they have improved. They can also discuss it more in depth, or talk about another aspect of the topic.

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About us - Korean Version May 20, 2018 2:17 PM anonymous
About us (한국어) July 7, 2017 10:09 PM anonymous
About 반반 영어 & 한국어 언어 교환 50/50 English & Korean Language Exchange May 20, 2018 8:48 PM anonymous

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