A language exchange is when a group of people of different nationalities and linguistic abilities congregate to talk, share, learn and connect. As Brisbane hosts a richly diverse and transient population of many cultures, you just never know who you're going to meet.
Rebecca, the founder of this meet-up group, created the language exchange about a year ago after just having moved to Brisbane. She had humble intentions to form friendship networks and connections with other travel and language lovers residing in Brisbane. What she didn't anticipate was how her simple idea would flourish into something big (which is great news for us all). With the help of Tony, Daniel and Nana, language exchanges are now run weekly in Brisbane.
Friendly hosts of the language exchange at Jade Buddha (from left: Tony Aslett, Nana Sakamoto, Rebecca Blender, Daniel Loh). Photo courtesy of Brisbane World United Multi Language Exchange
The Brisbane World United Multi Language Exchange at Jade Buddha starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Participants are welcome to register at any time during the evening for the small price of $2. All participants are given a sticky label to put on their shirts to identify their Country of origin. Participants are then given a table number at random where they meet the first group of fellow language exchange enthusiasts. During the course of the evening, participants will swap tables multiple times giving them the opportunity to meet many people.
Attending a language exchange offers many things depending on what you are looking for. Some people attend purely for the social experience and to meet interesting people, some come to learn useful phrases before travelling abroad, some come to exchange stories with fellow travel lovers, and some come to improve their English. Who knows? You may even meet people who have contacts in the Countries that you want to visit.
Jade Buddha is located at 14/1 Eagle Street, Brisbane. Jade Buddha has a Beer And Burger Deal for $10 on Mondays. Other delicious food and beverages are also available to purchase throughout the evening. And of course, the stunning water views are completely free for you to enjoy.
Participants at the language exchange night. Photo courtesy of Brisbane World United Multi Language Exchange
Capped-price parking is available at Eagle Street Pier car park (45 Eagle Street) for $15 for the evening. There is a bus-stop and also the Eagle Street Pier ferry terminal just metres away from the entrance to Jade Buddha.
To find out when the next Brisbane World United Multi Language Exchange is on please contact Rebecca and her friendly team on 0427047189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/1470416143036444