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.



Upcoming events (5+)

Tuesday Night Conversation Group @ Super 88

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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! We meet in the food court attached to the Super 88 supermarket located at Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner in Allston. Usually we will sit at several tables pushed together in front of Pho Viet's or Lollicup. We may be in the back of the food court if it is very busy. If you arrive early or can't find the group, please contact Seth or Masa, or leave a comment! Available public transportation: 1. B Line of the Green Line - Packards Corner (see map below) 2. Bus 57/57A - Brighton Ave @ Commonwealth Ave Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner

Talk over drinks in Kendall Sq. Cambridge @ Champions

(日本語は下にあります) Come grab some food and do some 飲ミュニケーション (nomunication — a portmanteau of “drink” and “communicate” :D) with us at the biweekly Champions Thursday Meetup located right next to the MIT/Kendall Square T-Stop on the redline in Cambridge!! Champions is a normal restaurant, and you do not need to be 21 to attend this event. If you’d like to drink, make sure to bring an ID (a school ID will not work, a valid government ID or passport is necessary). There are a few rules: • Please bring cash or venmo! Paying by credit card requires us to close the tab, which we like to do as late as possible, so please bring another form of payment so things go smoothly. (You are responsible for calculating how much you owe by summing the prices on the menu, which already include tip and tax.) • Please order something! (Around $10 should be fine). • Please RSVP! If a ton of people show up randomly the restaurant is unhappy, so please RSVP, and if you realize you can’t come, please un-RSVP so someone on the waitlist can come instead! If you show up without RSVPing we may need to turn you away. Any Japanese or English skill level is welcome, as long as you have an interest! If you have questions feel free to bring them; coming to make friends is just fine too! Looking forward to seeing you! Darius & Chris Directions: Champions is located directly next to the MIT/Kendall Sq. station. The entrance is on the Main Street side, where the station is. (Note: If you come from the Broadway street side, you need to cut through the Marriott hotel to get to the restaurant.) When you arrive, we are usually to the right of the host station at a long table near the front. Just ask the hostess for the “Japanese meetup group” and they will point you to wherever we are for the night! 〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜 ご飯を食べながら飲んで日本語・英語の勉強や文化交流をしましょう!隔週木曜日にChampionsで開催されるミートアップです! Championsはバーではなくて普通のレストランなので、21歳未満の方も是非来てください!お酒を飲みたい場合は必ずIDを持ってきてください。(*学校の学生証はNGなのでパスポートなど正式な身分証明書を持ってきてください。) 幾つかルールがあります。 • 現金を持ってきてください。メニューの値段に消費税とチップはあらかじめ含まれていますので、自分が頼んだ商品の値段を合計して、オーガナイザーに現金で支払ってください。 • 少なくとも一品頼んでください。10ドルあたりの物で大丈夫です。 • Meetup上でRSVPしてください。RSVPなしで来られる場合、参加をお断りする可能性もありますのでご了承ください。(人∀・) どの英語・日本語のレベルでも歓迎ですので、お気軽にいらしてください!勉強の質問などありましたら持ってきてもいいですし、質問等がなくても友達を作ったり英会話をしてもいいのでなんでもOKです! では、ご参加をお待ちしております! ダリウス&クリス 行き方: ChampionsはMIT/Kendall Square駅のすぐ隣にあります。店の入り口はMain Street側(駅の出口があるほう)にあります。(*Broadway Street側から来る場合、マリオットホテルを通り抜ける必要があります。) 到着しましたら大抵の場合入って右手のほうに座っていますが、入り口にいる店員に”Japanese meetup group”と言ったら案内してくれます。

Saturday Social Meetup at City Place - and Structured Exchange

First we have language exchange (15-minute intervals) 3-4. Beginning at 4, 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. After the first hour where we try to keep the exchange on a schedule, it is unstructured and there are conversations in both Japanese and English. Come any time, no need to be right on time. Note: GPS may send you to the wrong place, so please read the directions the first time you come! 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/

Structured Japanese/English Practice

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This is a new event, designed for those who wish for more structured language practice activities, similar to being in a language classroom. We will run through a series of activities designed to build fluency and learn new vocabulary, in both Japanese and English. Please note that this is not a purely "social" event; the aim is to improve language ability through structured practice. We hope to eventually hold meetings targeted toward different levels, but this first meeting is for students of intermediate ability and up (able to hold a basic conversation in Japanese/English). Of course, anyone is free to attend and just listen in to get exposure to the language! Each week, a video or article will be posted as "homework" to watch/read in advance so we can all be on the same page and discuss the same topic, use the same new vocabulary, etc. The article to preview for the first meeting is below. It's about "Hazard Maps" in Japan. Please read/listen to it, study some new words if needed, and prepare to share your thoughts. If you click "普通のニュースを読む" at the bottom, you can read the original, unsimplified article, which desribes more about the citizens' negative reaction to the government's release of the "hazard map." Interesting stuff! https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10011941501000/k10011941501000.html Here is a tentative plan for our first meeting: 1. Warmup: 10-min free chat in Japanese 2. Warmup: 10-min free chat in English (if desired) 3. Discuss the YouTube video: share new words you hear, practice using the words in sentences, etc. 4. Vocabulary eraser challenge - Which team will be the first to "use up" all of the target vocab words? 4. Vocabulary-building "taboo" activity (Secret picture on your forehead) 5. "Dictogloss" dialogue activity to build fluency (handouts will be provided) 6. Free chat, discuss topics for next time, etc. Please post any suggestions your have for activities or reading/listening materials!

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Structured Japanese/English Practice

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