Toronto Babel: interview with the organizer Eduardo Costa
What is Toronto Babel
By Karol in Toronto & Leila Monteiro Lins | June 29, 2017
Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Take advantage of it with TorontoBabel! Many groups focus on one language, but this group provides an opportunity to practice many languages. At a regular TorontoBabel gathering native speakers of French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, German, Polish, Italian, Cantonese, Turkish, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Farsi and many other languages meet to practice English .
Don’t be shy! Learners of all levels, from beginner to native fluency are welcome!
TorontoBabel gatherings take place in a bar with music in the background and plenty of pool tables (to play pool it’s $8 per hour, paid to the bar). Usually, there are a lot of people, so it does get a bit loud with people from all over the world chatting away until late in the evening.
* BRING AN ORIGINAL PHOTO ID (NOT A PHOTOCOPY) SHOWING YOUR AGE. IT COULD BE A PASSPORT, A DRIVER’S LICENSE, CANADIAN HEALTH CARD, ETC. IF YOU DON’T BRING ID YOU MIGHT NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BAR. THE MINIMUM DRINKING AGE IN ONTARIO IS 19.
You’ll get to meet people from all over the world and improve your language skills at the same time! The objective is to practice your language skills in real life with native speakers and have fun while doing it.
HOW IT WORKS
TorontoBabel is a language exchange group. You can help people learn your native language and other members help you learn their native language. If it’s your first time attending a TorontoBabel event, please introduce yourself to the organizer, Eduardo. He will direct you to native speakers of the language you are interested in. The organizers will also introduce to people who want to learn your language. We usually have groups of people practicing French, Spanish, Korean, etc. and will show you where they are. If you are comfortable finding native speakers of your favourite language yourself, that’s fine too! Please remember to talk to us first, so we know who’s who.
The group meets every Wednesday: same place, same time.
Wednesday gatherings start at 7 p.m. and the group is usually there until at least 11 p.m., you can arrive and leave whenever you like.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BARTENDER (leave about $1 extra per drink that you buy)
How to Babel:
1. Be open-minded!
We are a very diverse group. You’ll meet people from all over the world. Enjoy the chance to have the international experience in Toronto!
2. Ask the organizer!
If you have any questions, concerns, problems or ideas, please talk to the organizer about it!
We usually take photos. By participating in the group, you agree that you may be photographed and the photos may be published on FB, Instagram and meetup. If you don’t want to take photos, no problem. Just let us know. We will remove them.
Check out the calendar (http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBabel/#calendar) to see what other events we have coming up and to RSVP.