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NOTICE: IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELLED THROUGH MAY DUE TO COVID-19. ZOOM EVENTS WILL BE LISTED.

Welcome to Boston Japanese and English Language Club! (日本語はこちら) (http://www.meetup.com/boston-japanese/pages/About_Us_%28%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E8%AA%9E%EF%BC%89/)

We connect language learners with native speakers of Japanese or English. Practice speaking, find out about cultures, styles, history, current events, and meet new friends!

People who want to speak (or hear) Japanese or English can join. It is open to all ages, and all levels of skill. Generally speaking, all people are welcome to join this club, however it is expected that everyone abide by the following basic guidelines:

Individuals must respect one another.

Let's keep a positive attitude about things!

Let's have a really great time!

We meet in a casual environment such as a restaurant, and people just form natural conversations or practice groups. And if you are looking for a language exchange partner, you are likely to find one here. But we are not a class - please don't show up and expect one. If you have specific questions, you can get answers here.

Please fill your application/profile as much as possible. On the language question, for example, you could say "English - Native, Japanese - Beginner" or vice versa. We will decline blank applications.

We are not a dating club. Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases where male members have been making passes at female members, asking for dates, emailing women and asking to meet up, asking women for their phone numbers or pestering them to be added to their Facebook friends. In the past we have had female members who stopped coming to meetups because they were made uncomfortable by some of our members' behavior. We will not tolerate this type of behavior. You should assume that our members are there to discuss culture and ask and answer questions about language and are not looking for dates, and should not initiate any request for dates without very clear signals that these requests are welcome. If a woman offers you to make you her Facebook friend, that is fine to accept, but be very cautious about asking for hers. Also, do not message through Meetup looking for dates under any circumstances. If you make other members uncomfortable you will either be banned immediately or given a warning depending on the seriousness. If you get a warning and if there are any further concerns with respect to your behavior after the warning, you will be banned at that point. We have done this before and we will not hesitate to do so in future.

To our female members: please do not hesitate to message or call me (my number is generally listed on the Saturday meetup) if anyone bothers you, emails you or otherwise pesters you or makes you uncomfortable. This type of activity happens when no one talks about it. I am more than happy to talk to any members about any issues, and to warn or ban them if appropriate. But I can only do that if I either see it personally (which rarely happens) or if someone tells me about it.

Dues are currently suspended. At some point I may start asking for people to pay $1 per meetup of $5 for the year, but at the moment I am not bothering. Member dues are mainly used for the Meetup website cost which is $190 per year.

Suzanne

Organizer

Upcoming events (5)

Japanese Zoom chat Sunday morning

Online event

Zoom chat. Nel will be hosting, so see meeting number below for this time. When we are cut off after 40 minutes please rejoin the same meeting. Meeting number will be[masked]

Japanese Zoom chat Friday

Online event

Zoom chat. Because space is limited, please be sure to RSVP only if you will attend (or will cancel your RSVP if your plans change). I have had several no-shows the last few times, and I reserve the right to kick no-shows off these calls in future where space is limited. I will let some people in off the waiting list, if there is one, and will try to balance natives of each language, but I plan to keep it fairly small. Please text me at[masked] if you can't get in for the password and tell me who you are. Meeting ID:[masked]. Same password as last time, will be sent to RSVPs. I have only the free version of Zoom, so we will be kicked off after 40 minutes. Just go back into the same meeting again, it will work. Depending how many people we get tonight, we may try to make a separate meeting by level if someone else can also open a Zoom meeting.

Tuesday Night Conversation Group @ Boston University

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Welcome to the FABULOUS Tuesday Night Conversation Group! All levels of English and Japanese are welcome and warmly encouraged to join us! If you want to study, feel free to bring texts or other materials and ask questions! ATTENTION! We will NO LONGER be meeting up at Super 88 supermarket located at Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner in Allston The location will temporarily be changed to Boston University for a few weeks. I am very sorry for the sudden change but there has been complaints about our meet Up group utilizing the free space. Please keep tuned as I am diligently looking for a new location. If you arrive early or can't find the group, please contact Me or Brian or leave comment! I will be Standing inside the building until a decent amount of attendants come and then we will guide you to our designated seating area. This is a SAFE SPACE , so Be prepared for conversation session. Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Available public transportation: 1. B Line of the Green Line - Boston University East (see map below) 2. Bus 57/57A - Brighton Ave @ Commonwealth Ave

Tuesday Night Conversation Group @ Boston University

Location visible to members

Welcome to the FABULOUS Tuesday Night Conversation Group! All levels of English and Japanese are welcome and warmly encouraged to join us! If you want to study, feel free to bring texts or other materials and ask questions! ATTENTION! We will NO LONGER be meeting up at Super 88 supermarket located at Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner in Allston The location will temporarily be changed to Boston University for a few weeks. I am very sorry for the sudden change but there has been complaints about our meet Up group utilizing the free space. Please keep tuned as I am diligently looking for a new location. If you arrive early or can't find the group, please contact Me or Brian or leave comment! I will be Standing inside the building until a decent amount of attendants come and then we will guide you to our designated seating area. This is a SAFE SPACE , so Be prepared for conversation session. Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Available public transportation: 1. B Line of the Green Line - Boston University East (see map below) 2. Bus 57/57A - Brighton Ave @ Commonwealth Ave

Past events (2,570)

Japanese Zoom chat Friday

Online event

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