Many people already know about this worldwide initiative where language enthusiasts come together at a bar, mingle and unwind , while practising languages using a flag sticker system.
I have been lucky enough to be part of this community, first as a participant, and then moving on to become the manager of Mundo Lingo Melbourne.
(Mundo Lingo in Mebourne, European Bier café)
Mundo Lingo (ML) first started in 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the idea by an English guy called Benjamin Moreira, who had Spanish roots. Encountering difficulty in making friends, practising Spanish, and meeting other English speakers, he came up with this idea that would facilitate locals and foreigners to interact in a fun and clean environment.
(Mundo Lingo team in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
How are these events held during the week different from normal weekend events at a bar? The events are organised and managed by the ML manager and his/her team of ambassadors. We help newcomers to feel welcome if they are shy, everyone is generally friendlier and more understanding towards people that are speaking a second language. The events are also not ‘pick-up’ sleazy events. We come together to speak languages, make friends, enjoy cultural exchange, network. It is possible to meet people who may click with you on the same wavelength, where friendships will continue out of Mundo Lingo. But it is generally frowned upon if participants show up with the main purpose of hitting on someone. Weekend party events might be more suitable for such a purpose.
Who comes to the events? Anyone that is 18+ and no one is too young or too old. The vibe and atmosphere of the event is of the utmost importance to our community. Our motto is the spreading of buena onda (good vibes). We have participants from all nations, races, cultures, religions. Everyone is welcome as long as you are friendly, and have a smile on your face. 🙂
What’s amazing for me? The fact that I get to come into contact with such a wonderful ML family worldwide. The city managers and ambassadors all work under the same umbrella with a strong bond between us.
Check out http://www.mundolingo.org to see if Mundo Lingo is in your city. We have 16 cities so far: Barcelona, London, Montreal, Chiang Mai, Saigon etc.