What we're about

Americans with an interest in learning about other cultures and who are willing to help English learners improve their English are welcome to join.

This is a group aiming to provide frequent meetings (in-person as well as online) for international women and women who have moved to the U.S.. The purpose of this group is to provide opportunities for English conversation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

All skill levels are welcome.

I started to organize this group in the summer of 2019, because I enjoyed a similar group (after I moved from Germany to NJ in 2009) until the group organizer retired, and the group stopped meeting. I enjoyed those monthly meetings a lot, made friends, and improved my English skills. Members of the group shared experiences about living in the USA, learned about different cultures, and most importantly, made friends.

After you have attended one of our gatherings, you might wish to join our closed Facebook group for more events, social and learning activities.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/International.Womens.Friendship.Group/

Update 05-10-2020: Circumstances have actually changed the format of our group quite a bit during the last few weeks. If the meetings were held monthly at our local library at the beginning, we are now having online events almost every once a week. We decided to continue with at least one monthly online event even after our lives will go back to "normal". Also, friends from abroad are very welcome to join and attend our online events!

Schedule of recurring Events:

Every first Saturday of a month, international friends of the IWFG meet online at 9 - 11 a.m..

Every second Monday of a month, we meet at 5 - 7 p.m. (preferably in-person, but online for now).

Every third Wednesday, we discuss a short story, poem, painting, or some other piece of art/literature. We meet at 5 - 7 p.m. (preferably in-person, but online for now).

Important:

NEVER SHARE OUR ZOOM LINK,

as you are probably aware, sharing the link publicly creates a security risk. Keep in mind "public" includes our Meetup group page, because this page is open to the public.

Some women were not able to locate the group emails including the Zoom links in the past. A very common reason for that was that the notification settings within their Meetup accounts were set OFF. Please make sure your settings for email notifications are ON:

https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002879591-Editing-my-email-settings

Please understand that we cannot assist you with technical issues you might encounter. If you have not received the Zoom link prior to an event (at least 5 hours before it takes place), you may want to contact Meetup directly for support:

https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025475652-Contacting-Meetup-Support

Thanks for your interest in joining our group! We look forward to meeting you:)

~ Michaela

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Saturday Brunch for Non-Native Speakers

Online event

If you have an international background, come from a foreign country, want to practice English with other women, talk about culture, language and share experiences, if you are female, enjoy meeting women from different countries and look for fun activities and friendship, let's meet up... This Meetup is going to be held online. An invitation with a link and password to join the online chat room will be provided to each participant via email prior to the event. Make sure you sign up for the event at least one day in advance. All levels of language comprehension are welcome! Discussion Topic:

Short Story Discussion Group for ESL Learners

Online event

This meetup event is for English learners! The purpose of this sequence of events is to provide opportunities for English conversation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Native English speakers with an interest in learning about other cultures and who are willing to help English learners improve their English are welcome to join. Given the constraints of social distancing, this Meetup is going to be held online. An invitation with a link and password to join the online chat room will be provided to each participant via email prior to the event. Make sure you sign up for the event at least one day in advance. If you have an international background, come from a foreign country, want to practice English with other women, talk about culture, language and share experiences, if you are female, enjoy meeting women from different countries and look for fun activities and friendship, let's meet up.

English Conversation Group for Non-Native Speakers

Online event

Given the constraints of social distancing, this Meetup is going to be held online. An invitation with a link and password to join the online chat room will be provided to each participant via email prior to the event. Make sure you sign up for the event at least one day in advance. If you have an international background, come from a foreign country, want to practice English with other women, talk about culture, language and share experiences, if you are female, enjoy meeting women from different countries and look for fun activities and friendship, let's meet up... All levels of language comprehension are welcome! Discussion Topic:

Virtual Saturday Brunch for Non-Native Speakers

Online event

If you have an international background, come from a foreign country, want to practice English with other women, talk about culture, language and share experiences, if you are female, enjoy meeting women from different countries and look for fun activities and friendship, let's meet up... This Meetup is going to be held online. An invitation with a link and password to join the online chat room will be provided to each participant via email prior to the event. Make sure you sign up for the event at least one day in advance. All levels of language comprehension are welcome! Discussion Topic:

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