Suggested Identity & Language Groups near California
Palo Alto US-China Dialogue Meetup
Palo Alto, CA
Hello everyone! 大家好！This meetup is for everybody who wants to practice and improve their Chinese or just enjoy some fun conversations in Mandarin! We welcome native speakers of Mandarin Chinese as well as beginning learners and everyone in between. Come join us for some casual Mandarin practice and making new friends who share your interests! Also, U.S.-China Dialogue Meetup group established U.S.-China Dialogue as a platform for cultivating constructive dialogue and building mutual understanding between American and Chinese audiences. US-China Dialogue Meetup group brings together experts, participants in education, culture, philanthropy, arts, and media to discuss issues in a U.S.-China context. This group also exist to facilitate the practice of Chinese languages by fluent and non-fluent speakers in the Chinese languages, and to facilitate professional, business and cultural networking between its members If you are a native speaker, you will be of great assistance to those trying to learn and improve in the Chinese languages. A main purpose of this group is to facilitate business, professional and cultural relations among its members. You should join this group if you like to focus on improving your Chinese or helping someone with Chinese language through teamwork, and your objective is to help, contribute, share, learn with members of this group. You should join this group if you like to network for business, professional or for cultural reasons. Mutual respect is important in this group and it is required to stay in this group. We think that enjoying Chinese culture is a great way to learn the Chinese language. See you soon! 等会见！
NorCal Asian American
San Mateo, CA
Welcome to the NorCal Asian American group!
We were originally formed back in 2011 and have now grown to 6700+ members! Our group is for men and women of Asian descent or for those are would like to be exposed to Asian culture.
The concentration of our activities are in Northern California, ranging from Monterey to Sacramento and Tahoe. We have wide range of activities, including dinners (casual to fine dining), adventures (hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking), sports (skiing/snowboarding, tennis, softball, golf, badminton, rock climbing), cultural (musicals, museums, art exhibits, wine tasting), travel (Yosemite, Bryce, Zion, Crater Lake National Parks) and so much more.
We hope you'll join us in our activities and adventures where the possibilities of building long lasting memories with genuinely great folks are endless!
Book Club Dropouts
Palo Alto, CA
ABOUT US: <br>This is a multifaceted social club. Preferential recruitment is extended to LGBTQ people of any gender, but STR8's may be permitted with a chaperone.¹ Those who are keenly in tune with the humor and cultural milieu of Gay Twitter receive additional consideration. We read voraciously (ask us for great queer YA recommendations),² we love to learn, we play bar trivia and mostly lose, we hang out at the park and other outdoor locations, we like board games, we like meeting new people. And, we're very nice.
ABOUT YOU: <br>LGBTQ-identifying or straight but nice about it. Probably (but not necessarily) in your 20's in the SF peninsula area. Looking for friends and things to do. Likes good, wholesome fun. Could be convinced to go for a hike maybe.
STRICTLY FORBIDDEN: <br>- harassment of any kind <br>- homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, derogatory language, or any other behavior that compromises our ability to create a safe and welcoming space for all members <br>
--------------------- <br>The Fine Print
¹You can come if you're straight, you don't actually need a chaperone. It was just a joke. Also, we won't grill anyone about their sexual orientation or gender identity, so you don't have to disclose anything you don't want to share. Let us know your pronouns though. <br>²You may be wondering, "If you love to read so much, why are you Book Club Dropouts?" It's because we actually read way too fast for the pacing of a normal book club, plus we like hanging out more regularly than a normal book club does. It's kinda like an Anti-Book Club-Book Club. Something like that. Plus we do other stuff. And we got really tired of trying to pick a cooler name.
Bay Area Black Lesbians 50+ and Having Fun
We are a group of mature (50+) Lesbians of African Descent who are looking for real connections with other mature Black Lesbians who are 50+. Our goal is to foster like-minded connections and develop a community to encourage gatherings which satisfy a diverse group of interests. We have an optional questionnaire which when completed, highlights individual group member’s interests to facilitate finding like-minded connections.
The group promotes Bay Area venues because it is our desire to do face-to-face Meetups and be a conduit for face-to-face connections which will (for now) predominantly originate in and around the Bay Area. Come join us and let’s get out there and create community with other Sistahs of African Descent.
San Francisco, CA
Looking to meet queer womxn in the Bay Area? Look no further! We are a group of queer womxn (trans-womxn, non-binary inclusive) seeking to foster connections with others in the Bay Area.\*\* Our primary goals will be to support queer/BIPOC/womxn owned businesses and events throughout the area while fostering connections with other queer womxn leaning folx. (\*\*currently we are not a group focused on connecting queer folx who identify as men, there are plenty of active meet-ups who do though!) We are going to be hosting a variety of events including bar socials, hiking, dancing, live music, roller skating, karaoke, picnics, potlucks, crafting parties, game nights and so much more! Please post events or businesses you would like to see us support! Hope to meet you soon!! We also have a Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1013661652743956/?ref=share \*\*\* please make sure you have a current profile photo of your own face (not your animal's) and your real name before requesting to join or you will be denied.
Bisexual & Bi-Curious Women and the Women Who Love Them
San Francisco, CA
We welcome all bisexual women, bi-curious women and all women who love bi women from anywhere in the nation or world. Please join us once a month for this online support group. As everyone starts to get outside we want to be a safe haven for anyone who is still at home during the pandemic. We require that you sign up with your current face photo so we can verify you are a woman. Please have your video on when entering an online meeting or you will be removed from the zoom meeting. We want to build trust and real friendship throughout time and sharing in mutual reciprocation when it comes to photo and video is a way to get closer to one another. There will be some collaboration with other queer groups throughout the world so we hope that you find this support group connective and expansive for our community. Please spread the word about this new meetup group! December 2021 Update: Any member who has not been active for over 4 months will be removed. If you are interested in getting together in person once the pandemic is over then you can stay an active member of this group by checking this meetup page every few weeks. Meetup.com will update you as an active member each time you click around on this meetup page (even if you cannot make it to the online meeting). If you are removed please re-submit to re-join the group. You must have a photo (further away with body and face or wearing sunglasses facing the camera are okay if you aren't out ) to retain membership. Thank you everyone!
QUEER FEAR! AN LGBTQ+ HORROR MOVIE DISCUSSION GROUP
San Francisco, CA
Join our online community every other Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. (California time) as we discuss horror films that engage with LGBTQ+ themes, characters, and styles. We choose movies from various eras, cultures and sub-genres to examine and describe all the different ways queerness exists in the wide world of horror cinema. Anyone and everyone from anywhere is invited to participate. This is a discussion group, but you're welcome to just come and listen, whether you've seen the film or not.
ESL Meetup Group
San Jose, CA
We are the people who long to improve our English including speaking skills, listening skills, communication skills, soft skills, whatever skills. We are also the people who like making friends and learning more about American culture. Besides, in our group, there could be native speakers who are doctors, lawyers, teachers, mathematicians, engineers, students...and would love to share and help each other. Our ultimate goal is that English will not be our barriers any more and that we can enjoy American things like the way real Americans do.
LezBayIns: Lesbians Around The Bay Over 50
*REQUEST ALL MEMBERS ATTENDING IN-PERSON EVENTS DURING PANDEMIC TO BE FULLY VACCINATED, OR WEAR A MASK (as appropriate to activities) FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL*
Please read our description below carefully before applying and apply only if you are a 50+ Lesbian in the more immediate Bay Area and have a recent/recognizable photo of your full face (no sunglasses) uploaded in your main MU acct. It will accompany your application. This is for security of all and recognizability at events. THANKS!
What do YOU Love to do? This is a MEMBER DRIVEN Meetup...our events/activities come from YOU and ALL are welcome to post/host well organized outings.
We are a community of Lesbians over 50 (sorry, no exceptions) who live in the Bay Area (east, south, north, SF) who want more options to do FUN, interesting, artistic, athletic, intellectual, culinary, outdoor, and indoor activities. The goal is to post a wide variety of interests/locations around the Bay.
***RECENT/CLEAR FORWARD FACING PHOTO OF YOU/YOUR FACE REQUIRED (without sunglasses, mask, hat shade, etc) for security of all and to help identify you at events and avoid voyeurs online. If you have a security issue, write us.
***ALL PROFILE APPLICATION QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED SPECIFICALLY & FULLY.
***CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T MAKE AN EVENT. If you NO SHOW consistently, you will be removed from the group.
***HAVE YOUR SETTINGS TURNED ON TO RECEIVE EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS/REMINDERS AND MESSAGES FROM ORGANIZERS AND EVENT HOSTS. Otherwise, events and important event comments tend to be missed.
***DURING PANDEMIC, IF NOT FULLY VACCINATED, MUST WEAR A MASK
**DISCLAIMER: The organizers and leaders of this group are volunteers, not professional guides. When joining, you agree to attend all events at your own risk. You and your guests agree to hold no one liable in the event of injury or mishap. Hiking, other outdoor activities, and travel to/from events are not risk-free. You are solely responsible for your preparedness and well-being.
Silicon Valley Polyglots and Language Lovers
Palo Alto, CA
This group is for all who love to speak or learn foreign languages. There is a similar meetup group in San Diego which I was active in, which has been around since 2015 and often draws 30-40 attendees in their events, and I'm hoping to get a similar group going here.
Events will include coffee, lunch/dinner or other gatherings where we can do language exchanges or just chat about anything we like. We'll try to post suggested topics ahead of events, so that you can look up words and sentence structures ahead of time and use them during the meet-up in your target languages. But you're free to talk about anything you like, in English if you want (though the use of other languages is encouraged.)
Check out the message board for various topics such as language learning resources!
【SF】Japanese - English language exchange at Online
San Francisco, CA
Hello, my name is Ryu😊 I am Japanese🇯🇵 I can speak a little English
My favorite food is Udon. (Japanese noodle)
This group aims to create online opportunities for "language exchange" in which "Japanese learners who can speak English" and "English learners who can speak Japanese" practice and teach each other's learning languages.
We are also considering holding it at the same time as Japan and other countries.
I don’t know if it’s correct ( because I can speak only a little English ) but I think that talking with someone is the best way to learn a language. In addition, I believe that we can discover new wisdom and values through the opportunity to talk with people from different cultures.
Nowadays, it is not easy for us to go abroad.
But online, wherever we are, we can create opportunities for "language exchange" with each other.
I am happy that various exchanges will be born from here to all over the world.
I also want to create an opportunity where "global friends become more normal".
Let’s join and have fun👍.
Peninsula Italian Language Meetup
San Mateo, CA
Ciao Tutti! Come join other Italian language lovers every Sunday online with Zoom. Intermediate through advanced and native speakers. All you need is your great attitude and enthusiasm to meet new people, learn and speak Italian. We look forward to seeing you there! Ci vediamo presto! We are a **"donation based"** group, all donations go to cover the Meetup and Zoom costs to maintain the group. Any donations are welcome through the following Venmo or PayPal links: •Venmo address: @Barbara-ODell-4 • PayPal Link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LBYQJ548TG69C
SF German Stammtisch
San Francisco, CA
Amiable group who enjoy speaking German and good company! This group is open to anyone who would like to further their German language exposure. Varying levels of proficiency exist among the members. Hope to see you all soon at the next meetup. We are a very friendly group and welcome anyone with an interest in the German language :) If you are a beginner, please make an attempt to converse in German and you will find that others are very helpful.
Please include a profile photo that shows your face, so that people can recognize you at meetups.
Event organizers are needed. If you would like to host an event please write the organizer to discuss it.
Want to listen to news in German? Deutsche Welle is available on https://www.youtube.com/c/dwdeutsch
This is a conversation group and may not be used for marketing or promotional purposes. Unhosted in-person meetups will not be approved either. <br>
Two or more no-shows within a twelve month period will be grounds for a one year ban from the group. For events with limited seating, one no-show will result in removal, as noted in the event announcement. The locales which have hosted us in the past are beginning to re-open. Every no-show impacts their bottom line.
Out and About Lesbians
Active Sacramento Lesbians was established in 2010 and is a safe space for lesbian women to come together and socialize.
This past fall I became the new organizer of Active Sacramento Lesbians. I welcome your contribution for new event ideas. Want to host an event? Let me know!
What activities should you expect? Kayaking, Bike rides, Firepit Socials, Picnics in the Park, Hikes and more!
Look forward to new activities in 2021 as we become Out and About Lesbians!
Saheli - Desi girls get together
Saheli is a women's group that primarily connects women of Indian and South Asian origin. It's main goal is to engage and support women; and provide a safe place for them to socialize, build and grow deep, meaningful friendships. We also welcome women of other ethnic backgrounds who are interested in South Asian culture. We strive to be a strong, supportive and inclusive community.
Science has proven that Women who have close female friends are healthier and happier. At Saheli women can come together , build connections through 3 distinct categories of activities.
1. Fun Activities:
We organize many activities such as potlucks, picnics, camping trips, coffee/lunch/dinner meets, movie nights, Girls night outs, sleepovers, karaokes, musical gatherings, ticketed parties, road trips. We celebrate global festivals together. The larger scale ticketed events in this category helps us raise funds for the Support and empowerment activities listed below.
2. Support Activities:
*Saheli has started a "Friends in Need" Support group that regularly meets in an intimate , confidential setting (5-10 ladies per session) where women can freely discuss their challenges and share anything weighing heavy on their hearts. They can seek support, help and connections to help them deal with their issues.
*We also volunteer together to support the needy via soup kitchens, donation drives, food and hygiene supply distributions to homeless and many such group activities.
3. Empowerment Activities
*Saheli organizes various workshops such as personality development, meditations, retreats, emotional fitness to help women build inner strength and peace
*Saheli offers emotional fitness and clarity coaching to women.
*Book Clubs - Women interested in reading and sharing knowledge can join our book club sessions.
We strive to be a strong, supportive and inclusive community.
About The members:
Some of us love to dress up, some of us are happy with just a pair of jeans and a pony tail. Some of us love to cook, some of us only like to eat! :) some of us are from north, some of us from south. Some of us like to dance, some of us would rather be invisible when dancing starts! So you got it! You will always fit in! We accept and love everyone the way they are!
The only rule we follow is : No drama please! We laugh (a lot!!) and most importantly we stick together for the ones in need.
Do not worry if if it is your first time joining us at a meetup and you don't know anyone here. We will make sure that you feel welcome and are comfortable. So join us for any of the meetups without any hesitation. We are a very inclusive group.
Running a meetup has a significant recurring monetary cost to the organizers, apart from efforts and time investment. However we are able to keep it a free experience for members to be a part of this community. How? Thanks to our sponsors, who chip in to make this happen for you. Let's be grateful to them for bringing wonderful connections, opportunities to have fun and support in our lives.
Here's a list of Saheli sponsors:
EthnicThread app - Desi girl's app to buy/sell fashion closet to closet.
Realtor, Heena Joshi Bhagwat
LP Party - Event decorators
Revive Body MD - Body Sculpting & Slim Spa
Neepa G Photography
Hamsa - The mind Spa (Emotional Fitness and clarity Coaching)
Note: If you want to promote your business or events to Saheli members, you will need to become a sponsor for Saheli. Contact organizer for details.
Free Chinese language exchange meet-up
Mountain View, CA
You are learning Chinese and believe real casual interaction is the best way to go? You lived in China and fear to lose your level now that you are in the USA? You are Chinese and want to help laowai perfect their tones and maybe learn some English, French, Spanish... From Chinese 'tong' expert to curious everyone is welcome to meet-up for a milk tea and chat in mandarin!
For the Saturday meetup, it will be easier to follow if you have at least a few hundred words of Mandarin.
For the Sunday meetup, absolute newbies will feel right at home.
Here is a dropbox of some Chinese learning materials.
Hope you enjoy it and shoot me an email if you want me to add something (carole.waihai[at]gmail[dot]com)
San Francisco French Language and Culture Lovers
San Francisco, CA
You love French language or culture.
Vous parlez français? or You are learning French or just interested in French or French speaking cultures.... Join us! We offer 2 events weekly and 1 big event each month! Every Tuesday : movie in french with english subtitles @7:00pm
Every Thursday : Apero conversation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
One event (or more) each month : conference, concert,...
Modesto/Turlock Area LGBTQ Social Group 🏳️🌈
We encourage you to plan and post events here as a great way to bring our community together! This is a great an opportunity to meet others and build casual-to-meaningful friendships within the LGBTQ community. Virtual now that can flow over into in-person events and community! We are looking for hosts and co-hosts who are exited to present a variety of virtual events and fun LGBT related events. We would love for this group to be interactive by sharing each others interests, which will help create events within the Meetup group. Those who are interested in participating can express their interest and connect with that event. Please join and help us connect with your friends to bring their interests into the group. Let's "Meetup"! :)
SF Free Walking Tours (English and Spanish)
San Francisco, CA
Welcome city lovers! This group's purpose is to gather travelers and city enthusiasts that want to learn more about San Francisco to join our free walking tour (in English and Spanish language) that goes through Union Square, Chinatown, and FiDi. We talk about the history of San Francisco, walk through the small alleyways in Chinatown, taste fresh-of-the-oven fortune cookies from the Fortune Cookie Factory, and discover hidden gardens in FiDi.
Anyone that wants to learn more about San Francisco, meet travelers, and have fun should join this group and our tour!
Bienvenidos amantes de la ciudad! El propósito de este grupo es reunir a viajeros y entusiastas de la ciudad que quieran aprender más sobre San Francisco para unirse a nuestro recorrido a pie gratuito (en inglés y español) que pasa por Union Square, Chinatown y FiDi. Hablamos sobre la historia de San Francisco, caminamos por los pequeños callejones de Chinatown, degustamos galletas de la fortuna recién horneadas de Fortune Cookie Factory y descubrimos jardines escondidos en FiDi.
¡Cualquiera que quiera aprender más sobre San Francisco, conocer viajeros y divertirse debe unirse a este grupo y a nuestro recorrido!