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First Language Meetup


I bet the majority of language learners from anywhere around the world must have heard about an event where language learners meet and converse in foreign languages, so-called Language Meetups. Me either, but I just joined my very first meetup yesterday! Don't know what hold me back from joining it before, anyway, I enjoyed it very much.

Meetups

Finding language meetups has been so easy nowadays, as easy as clicking your computer mouse. One website that many people might have known, Meetup, has many meetups for various themes, such as language, travelling, photography, and parenting, to name a few. Here is the result of language meetups near my place.

Apart from Meetup, Facebook has played an important role in connecting people too. One can simply type "language" and a bunch of results appear in seconds. For example, here are events nearby my place:
  1. Language Exchange in Taipei 語言交換在台北
  2. Language Exchange in Taiwan 語言交換在臺灣

Multilingual Cafe

I was lucky that my friend told me about this event. If not, I might have lost my first chance to be in language meetup. I had so much fun in the event, speaking several languages like crazy.

Participants are grouped into several language tables, with one language at each table. There are German, English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, French, and Chinese Mandarin. English and Chinese Mandarin are the lingua franca for everyone, since the official language in Taiwan in Chinese Mandarin, and English is an international language that everyone use in international context with no doubt.

Remember to visit Multilingual Cafe website and follow their Facebook group too.

That's me in green shirt :D
I was in Spanish table all the time
English (left) and German (right)
I got the chance to speak several languages. Apart from English and Chinese Mandarin, I spoke Spanish most of the time since I joined the Spanish group. I spoke Indonesian with a Taiwanese whose level is quite good, and I also spoke Portuguese with a Sao Tomean friend.

Then, I went to the French group just to check out how they were doing and impressed them with some basic French phrases. At the end of the meeting, I spoke a little bit of Russian with a guy from Kazakhstan whose Chinese Mandarin is quite good too.

You might not believe that there were speakers of Esperanto, the widely-used artificial language in the world, in the event. One is a Canadian, and another one is me! :D

Have you ever joined any language meetups? Share your story with us in the comment box.

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