What we're about

Do you have an interest in Japan, its culture, language, or food? Are you Japanese and looking for a safe and friendly environment to make Canadian and international friends and practice your English? Or are you an avid traveler looking for exotic new places to visit? The Japan Victoria Friends Meetup Group is a social group that promotes intercultural exchange while having fun.

Our members are from all over the world, and many have some kind of connection to Japan. We have regular conversation meetups weekly, where we chat and practice our language fluency, and we also do a few social gatherings each month too. All are welcome! Come hang out with us and learn about a different culture!

We ask that all new members use their real name (first name, or last name, or both) and also use a picture that shows who they are. This is to make sure that Group Leaders can know who will be participating in the events and make sure that everyone has a good time.

Please note that we don't allow aggressive or predatory behaviour in our group. This is a place to make friends and new connections. If you feel like you are the target of any unwanted behaviour, please tell one of the Group Leaders immediately. We are here to keep the group safe and fun for everyone.

If you've been to our meetup several times and are interested in becoming an event leader, please talk to the Group Organizers, Kyle or Tomo.

Upcoming events (4+)

Japanese-English Language Exchange ・ 英語と日本語交流会

Halpern Centre for Graduate Students (GSC)

Join us for a fun and useful biweekly language exchange for English and Japanese language learners!

Basic conversational skills in both languages is required. It's not necessary to be fluent, but this event is for serious language learners with at least an upper beginner skill level.

Participants will be divided into pairs or small groups and chat exclusively in English for 15 minutes, then switch to Japanese for 15 minutes. After each 30 minute round participants will switch to new partners. The event host will keep track of time and let everyone know when it's time to switch.

Topic cards will be available in case you need some interesting conversational cues to spice up the conversation!

Location: Room 108 of the Halpern Centre for Graduate Students at UVic. First room in the the hallway on the left after entering the building.

Cost: 2$ per drop-in, paid at the event. This will go towards the Japan Victoria Friends Meetup, to help keep this great group going.

Please Note

  1. A conversational skill level is required in both languages to be able to participate in this Meetup. If you'd like to participate in events without language requirements, please check out the other fun events offered through this Meetup group.

  2. If we don't have at least 3 participants in each language signed up ahead of the weekend, the event may be cancelled for that Saturday.

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ランゲージエクスチェンジ(言語交換)に参加して、英語と日本語を勉強しよう!

参加者は1組2,3人の小グループで言語交換します。まず英語もしくは日本語で20分話し、リーダーの合図で言語を変えてまた20分話します。これを二回繰り返します。話題カードを用意しますので、それを使って会話してもいいでしょう。

小グループでの日英80分の練習を終えたら、残りの時間はグループに関係なく自由に会話してください。

言語交換に参加するには、中級レベルの会話能力が必要です。文法や単語についての質問も大歓迎!ぜひ、筆記用具も持ってきてください。

場所:University of Victoria のHalpern Centre for Graduate Students(108室) 。バス停側、University of Victoria Bookstoreの向いのビルです。

参加料:$2

注意事項:マスクを着用してください。また飲食禁止です。 これは教室の­使用条件なので、より自由な 場所が見つかるまで、こ­の二つのルールを守ってください。

Conversation Meetup

The Atrium

Come drop in for our weekly informal social! No study materials required. We'll be speaking in both English and Japanese. Relax, grab a nice drink, and enjoy chatting with new friends. It's recommended you can speak a little of both languages, but not required. :-)

Please bring $1 to $2 to support our meetup group. We are non-profit and use donations to keep our site active on Meetup!

Also note that this is a COVID-19 free event. Please stay at home if you show signs of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle ache, or sore throat.

Restaurant Series #2 - Xin Korean Restaurant

XIN KOREAN RESTAURANT

Join us for dinner at Xin Korean Restaurant after the Conversation Meetup! Xin is a local Korean favorite in Victoria with very good jjajangmyeon. It was suggested by one of our regular Korean members.

We will go there together after the regular Sunday meetup. Alternatively, you can join us there (please ask for Kevin's table).

Please consider bringing $1 to keep our great Meetup group running. Thank you!

Conversation Meetup

The Atrium

Come drop in for our weekly informal social! No study materials required. We'll be speaking in both English and Japanese. Relax, grab a nice drink, and enjoy chatting with new friends. It's recommended you can speak a little of both languages, but not required. :-)

Please bring $1 to $2 to support our meetup group. We are non-profit and use donations to keep our site active on Meetup!

Also note that this is a COVID-19 free event. Please stay at home if you show signs of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle ache, or sore throat.

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Conversation Meetup

The Atrium

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