What we're about

THE LANGUAGE LOVERS

The Language Lovers is a casual language-learning group based in Singapore. We welcome both language learners and proficient speakers. Come and join us and have an enjoyable time learning to say something new and say everything in a new way. Come and experience The Language Lovers and have loads of fun with us!

Currently, we organise meetups for learning Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean and Cantonese Chinese, German, French, Bahasa (Malayu & Indonesia) and Italian. So check out our various language sessions. Meetups for other languages will be available in the future when we have more resources (event organisers, event hosts and 'teachers').

The Language Lovers was interviewed by Mediacorp Channel 8 News 29 December 2018. Here's the news telecast on 30 December 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdaHZOO-6JU

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OUR APPROACH

We take a casual yet engaging approach towards helping everyone learn the language they are interested in through peer-teaching/peer-sharing. Anyone who speaks a language fluently, regardless of nationality, may be a 'teacher' of that language and help to 'teach' it. Our meetups are NOT structured classroom lessons; there is usually no lesson plan and we learn through conversation. Nonetheless, some ‘teachers’ may take it upon themselves to prepare learning materials, but this is entirely ad hoc. You can also bring your learning materials if you have (but the 'teachers' and other learners can decided if they want to use them).

Our meetups are free of charge and the ‘teachers’, just like the event organisers and hosts, are not paid for their 'teaching'. So, we urge everyone to be thankful for their very presence and sharing at the meetups.

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HELPING OUT

We are constantly looking out for ‘teachers’ and proficient speakers to help out at our meetups. We also want to expand our language repertoire. So, if you are keen to ‘teach’ or share your knowledge of a language, please let us know.
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ETIQUETTE

1. Attendance
We would appreciate it if you would attend the meetup events you have signed up for. We believe you understand that organisers and ‘teachers’ take time and effort to run the meetups. So it is only polite to attend the events which we have said we would. Because the purpose of our meetups is language-learning, rather than merely socialising, so if there are no learners, the events would be meaningless.

2. Expectation
Some individuals may have expectations of our meetups that differ from what we can offer. It is best to do a reality check. Firstly, all of our meetups are FREE of charge. Secondly, the organisers, event hosts and ‘teachers’ spend time and effort to plan and host events, doing all of these out of passion. No one makes a single cent from doing all these. Hence, it is only meaningful that learners come with an open mind. Of course, we welcome suggestions, but whether or not we could cater to every learner’s specific needs depends on whether we have the capacity to do so. Very often, our resources are limited. If you find that you need help at out meetups, feel free to speak to the event hosts or organisers and can always try to sort things out. But experience tells us that individuals who take a proactive approach to learning – that is, by offering solutions rather that just voicing out dissatisfaction – learn better. So, we urge our meetup participants to be proactive in helping themselves and others learn, instead of passively waiting for the learning to happen for and to them.

3. Intent
We welcome anyone who is interested in learning languages or helping others learn. However, if you have other intentions, such as recruiting members for your business or organisation or selling products or services, then this meetup is NOT a suitable platform for you. We are particularly wary of individuals who engage in multi-level marketing businesses coming to our meetups, and we will confront them if we feel or discover that they are preaching their ideologies and promoting their businesses, explicitly or covertly. We will not hesitate to ask such individuals to stop attending our meetups if they have been found to be pestering our members for such purposes.

Additionally, this is not a dating group, and we do not come welcome individuals who attend our event specifically to seek out romantic partners. There are many other meetups groups for that purpose; our purpose is solely language learning. Should we receive complaints from our members, we will investigate and will not hesitate to remove such the individuals involved from our group permanently. We will deal with complaints of harassment from members seriously.

Upcoming events (5+)

Japanese Practice (Tanjong Pagar)

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Please come around the time, sit down the tables depending on your level, and guide others to sit down as well. Some of natives can join to teach you Japanese. Please ask them to sit down the table. It's better to have at least one Japanese native for each tables. Especially advanced learners who have joined our events previously, we would much appreciate if you could assist others. Please read the important basic rules for attending our meetups at the Koufu food court in 100AM shopping mall: https://goo.gl/DhspwD Important points to remember: (1) Do not consume food not bought from the food court; (2) Do not block the aisles by overcrowding at any one table; (3) Please buy at least an item from any of the stalls there (it is the goodwill of the food court's management to allow us to use the premises free of charge, so it is only right that we reciprocate by patronising the vendors). (4) Any attendance which purpose is to acquire potential customers (=sales activities) for their own business are strictly prohibited. (5) This session is for learners who know all hiragana and katakana letters. Even if you don't know hiragana and katakana, you can still join. However, please be reminded that teachers do not write every single Japanese pronunciation into Roman alphabets in the session. 日本語を教えるために参加してくれるメンバーはRSVP不要です。 日本語を教えたご経験がなくても問題ありません!ご希望のレベル(初級・中級・上級)があれば教えてください。 LOCTION Koufu Foodcourt (100AM Shopping Mall 4th floor) Address 100 Tras Street Singapore[masked] Q. Do I need to pay? A. No! All the native Japanese participants are volunteers. Q. I’m in the waiting list, but can I join? A. Sorry, our volunteer team is not so big, so we need to limit the number of attendees who would like to learn Japanese. If you are native or fluent Japanese speaker, then welcome to join anytime! Please note that the organizer would not response to the message like "I'm in the waiting list but can I join?". Thank you for your cooperation!!

Cakap Cakap: Learn Malay & Bahasa Indonesia

Koufu Food Court @100AM

Join us at Cakap Cakap: Learn Malay & Bahasa Indonesia Meetup and pick up some Bahasa. Currently, this meetup incorporates both Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia. You may get 'teachers' who speak only one variety of Bahasa but not the other - it really depends on who attends the meetup. We are looking for individuals who are keen to help as event hosts. Please contact any of our co-organisers if you are interested to help. ______________________________________________ [ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ] 1. BASIC RULES Important points to remember: (1) Do not consume food not bought from the food court; (2) Do not block the aisles by overcrowding at any one table; (3) Please buy at least an item from any of the stalls there (it is the goodwill of the food court's management to allow us to use the premises free of charge, so it is only right that we reciprocate by patronising the vendors). Please see the details important rules for attending our meetups at the Koufu food court in 100AM shopping mall here: https://goo.gl/DhspwD 2. NO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES We welcome anyone who is keen to learn Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Indonesia or help others learn the languages. However, this is NOT the platform for individuals who have other intentions, such as recruiting members for their business or organisation or selling products or services. We will not hesitate to ask such individuals to stop attending our meetups if they have been found to be pestering our members for such purposes. 3. GETTING THERE 100AM Mall is next to Amara Singapore hotel. From Tanjong Pagar MRT: 3-minute walk Public Bus: Tanjong Pagar Road, Bus Nos: 80, 145 Anson Road, Bus Nos: 57, 131, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548, 549, 550, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 569, 700, 970 2 bus stops at Tanjong Pagar Road facing the mall. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/WAPGJSzzTtD2 4. LOCATING US INSIDE THE FOOD COURT We usually sit at one end of the food court, somewhere in between the drinks stall and the Indian food stall -- not directly in front of the stalls but next to them, at the corner where there are a lot of round and rectangular tables and glass windows. There are two entrances to the food court. If you enter from the side where there is a pet shop, walk all the way to the end (do not turn left or right). If you enter from the other entrance, turn right and walk towards the drinks/Indian stall and you will see us on your left. Bring a jacket or sweater as the food court can be quite cold.

Saturday Spanish: Sábado de Español

Koufu Food Court, Level 4, 100 AM Shopping Mall

The Language Lovers presents Saturday Spanish: Sábado de Español. Hola! Come and pick up some Spanish at Saturday Spanish: Sábado de Español. Regardless of your level of proficiency, you are welcome to join us. That means ANYBODY of ANY LEVEL can attend this meetup. See you there, amigos! WE WANT SPANISH SPEAKERS TOO! We are on a constant lookout for proficient Spanish speakers (not necessarily native) to come and share their knowledge of the language. If you speak the language, come and join us 'teachers' and make lots of friends. All our language-learning meetup events are free of charge. ________________________________________________ IMPORTANT BASIC RULES TO FOLLOW Please read the important basic rules for attending our meetups at the Koufu food court in 100AM shopping mall: https://goo.gl/DhspwD Important points to remember: (1) Do not consume food not bought from the food court; (2) Do not block the aisles by overcrowding at any one table; (3) Please buy at least an item from any of the stalls there (it is the goodwill of the food court's management to allow us to use the premises free of charge, so it is only right that we reciprocate by patronising the vendors). ________________________________________________ IMPORTANT We welcome anyone who is keen to learn Mandarin or help others learn the language. However, if you have other intentions, such as recruiting members for your business or organisation or selling products or services, then this meetup is NOT the platform for you. We will not hesitate to ask such individuals to stop attending our meetups if they have been found to be pestering our members for such purposes. ________________________________________________ GETTING THERE 100AM Mall is next to Amara Singapore hotel. From Tanjong Pagar MRT: 3-minute walk Public Bus: Tanjong Pagar Road, Bus Nos: 80, 145 Anson Road, Bus Nos: 57, 131, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548, 549, 550, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 569, 700, 970 2 bus stops at Tanjong Pagar Road facing the mall. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/WAPGJSzzTtD2 ________________________________________________ LOCATING US INSIDE 100AM KOU FU FOOD COURT We usually sit at one end of the food court, somewhere in between the drinks stall and the Indian food stall -- not directly in front of the stalls but next to them, at the corner where there are a lot of round and rectangular tables and glass windows. There are two entrances to the food court. If you enter from the side where there is a pet shop, walk all the way to the end (do not turn left or right). If you enter from the other entrance, turn right and walk towards the drinks/Indian stall and you will see us on your left.

學下粵語傾下偈 Say it in Cantonese

100 AM Shopping Mall, Koufu Foodcourt

無論你嘅粵語/廣府話/廣州話/廣東話程度如何,係講得麻麻地定係講得好流利都冇所謂,歡迎你嚟同我哋一齊學習。擒擒青嗱嗱聲! 即刻㩒落去! 你对粤语感到好奇吗?想学习这门语言却又完全听不懂,觉得太难了吗?来参加我们这个学习小组,和正宗的广东人/广府人一起学说这个有六个声调和中古汉语音韵的有趣语言吧。 Have you always wanted to able to speak Cantonese but never get to learn it? Cantonese is a complex language - it has six tones and some phonological features of Middle Chinese. Come and join us at our 學下粵語傾下偈 Say it in Cantonese meetup and pick up the language from proficient speakers in a friendly and casual atmosphere. In addition, you will also get to make new friends from all around the world. Learners of all proficiency levels are welcome. -------------------------------------- IMPORTANT BASIC RULES TO FOLLOW 重要基本規則 Please read the important basic rules for attending our meetups at the Koufu food court in 100AM shopping mall: https://goo.gl/DhspwD Important points to remember: (1) Do not consume food not bought from the food court; (2) Do not block the aisles by overcrowding at any one table; (3) Please buy at least an item from any of the stalls there (it is the goodwill of the food court's management to allow us to use the premises free of charge, so it is only right that we reciprocate by patronising the vendors). 請參閱有關參與我們在100AM口服食閣進行的Meetup的重要基本規則: https://goo.gl/DhspwD 主要事項: (1) 切勿在食閣內食用不是在食閣內售賣的食物或飲料。 (2) 切勿因為多人聚集在同一桌而阻礙通道。 (3) 請在食閣內購買至少一份食物或飲料(食閣經理在不另外收費的情況下理允許我們在食閣內進行meetup是出自善意,我們也應該光顧食閣內的攤販)。 --------------------------------------- RESOURCES 參考資料 1. Explanations 簡介 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantonese https://zh-yue.wikipedia.org/wiki/廣府話 (in Chinese) https://baike.baidu.com/item/广府话 (in Chinese) https://zh-yue.wikipedia.org/wiki/粵語 (in Chinese) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUoAcry1LnE (in Canto) 2. Dictionaries 字典: http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/ http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-can/ http://www.yueyv.cn 3. Cantonese Tones 粵音: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r23biw79OM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwJGPUP9AZc 4. Learning Materials 學習資料 http://www.clc.scicube.info/book_link/book_link.html . --------------------------------------------- GETTING THERE 100AM Mall is next to Amara Singapore hotel. From Tanjong Pagar MRT: 3-minute walk. Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/WAPGJSzzTtD2 Public buses: Tanjong Pagar Road - Bus Nos: 80, 145 Anson Road - Bus Nos: 57, 131, 167, 186, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548, 549, 550, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 569, 700, 970 ------------------------------------ LOCATING US INSIDE 100AM KOU FU FOOD COURT We usually sit at one end of the food court, somewhere in between the drinks stall and the Indian food stall -- not directly in front of the stalls but next to them, at the corner where there are a lot of round and rectangular tables and glass windows. There are two entrances to the food court. If you enter from the side where there is a pet shop, walk all the way to the end (do not turn left or right). If you enter from the other entrance, turn right and walk towards the drinks/Indian stall and you will see us on your left. ----------------------------------- Bring a jacket or sweater as the food court can be quite cold. All our meetups are free of charge.

Past events (396)

Let's Learn Spanish: Español Para Todos (Beginner)

Hanis Cafe @ National Library Building

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