Last night was our very first italki Language Exchange Meetup! More than 45 people, from at least 5 different countries, came out on Wednesday night to chat with each other. Being based in Shanghai, Chinese and English were the most popular languages, but we also had people who spoke Korean, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. We also ran some activities to help people get to know each other and get comfortable with participating in language exchanges.
It always makes an impression on us when we meet people who tell us that this was their first time speaking to a foreigner. Many of the attendees told us about the friends they had made through italki, in addition to the help they received on learning a language. Hearing stories like this make us feel that italki really has a role to play in bringing people together. Based on everyone’s encouragement, we’ll definitely be holding more language exchange meetups in the future.
If you’re an italki member, and you think you’d like to organize a meetup in your city, please contact Toffler (at) italki (dot) com. We’re thinking about Bangkok, Thailand and Seoul, Korea in the near future, but we don’t want to discourage other cities that have vibrant communities. As always, let us know what you think — and keep on sharing languages and cultures!
The italki.com team