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Saturday Social Meetup at City Place
We traditionally have a large (typically 15-30 people, but as low as 10 and as high as 45) social meetup every two weeks. This gives everyone an opportunity to come and make new friends, practice their Japanese or English, and spend time with a bunch of interesting people from the U.S. Japan, and elsewhere. Close to Boylston on the Green Line, or Chinatown on the Orange Line. Also a short walk from Park Street or Downtown Crossing. • From Boylston Station, go south on Tremont Street (away from Boston Common), then take a right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. • From Chinatown Station, go west on Boylston Street (toward Boston Common), then take a left onto Tremont Street. Turn right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. There is a map of the area below. If you have trouble finding us, please feel free to call or text me at[masked]. If you want to come to dinner, please be there by 6 or so, although we sometimes don't leave until 630. It usually doesn't work to join us at the restaurant, as we are often short of space. Come on by, relax, practice in either language of your choice, and enjoy being part of our growing community! The Meetup generally does not end at 6 - instead, some time around there, we go out to Chinatown for dinner afterwards to eat family style - anyone who wants to come is welcome. The cost is usually around $12-20/person (not including any drinks for which people pay their own way). We are open to restaurant suggestions. However, I am not willing to get into dividing up large numbers of orders on one giant check, which is why we generally go to Chinatown and split everything down the middle. If you don't want to eat at all, you can come and just enjoy the company for free. Please BRING CASH if you can and want to go to dinner - many of the restaurants limit cards to two per table, so if a lot of people have no cash it can be a problem. Parking: We recommend public transit, as the building parking is something like $24. But if you are willing to walk 10 minutes or so you can park at the Post Office Square Garage for $9 (weekends). https://www.posquare.com/rates-hours/ Stuart Street view

City Place Food Court

8 - 10 Park Plaza · Boston, MA

What we're about

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 $180 per year.

Suzanne

Organizer

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