Mundo Lingo are free language social events that happen independently in various metropolises in different countries.[1] They usually take place in the late evening during the week (7pm to midnight) in a specific bar. They gather many men and women of all ages and all nationalities that wish to learn or improve one or more languages.[2]

PrincipleEdit

Each participant receives flags to stick to their clothes.[3] They are supposed to indicate their native language at the top, and the rest below (generally the languages they master and below the one they want to learn). Then, people are free to chat with each other while having drinks.[4]

HistoryEdit

The first Mundo Lingo event was an initiative of UK born Benji Moreira when he was an immigrant in Buenos Aires (Argentina). It took place on July 7, 2011 and was aimed for local Argentines to learn foreign languages and for internationals to practice Spanish. After a while, around 50 people per week were attending and the flag system was introduced. In 2014 the event grew increasingly popular and was exported to Cologne, London, Montreal, and then Melbourne.[5]

CitiesEdit

As of September 2018, Mundo Lingo events regularly take place in up to 30 cities, 24 countries and 5 continents.[6]

AsiaEdit

As of September 2018, Mundo Lingo events regularly take place in Saigon and Hanoi (Vietnam), Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Thailand), Nanjing (China), Osaka (Japan), Singapore and Yangon (Myanmar) .

OceaniaEdit

As of September 2018, Mundo Lingo events regularly take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (Australia) and Wellington and Auckland (New Zealand).

EuropeEdit

As of September 2018, Mundo Lingo events regularly take place in Barcelona (Spain), Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Geneva (Switzerland), London (England), Paris (France) and Oslo (Norway).

AmericaEdit

As of September 2018, Mundo Lingo events regularly take place in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and La Plata (Argentina), Lima (Peru), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Montréal and Toronto (Canada), New York (United States).

Move to social networks after COVID-19Edit

Mundo Lingo always relies on social networking. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the live events to be suspended until further notice, the subscribers to Facebook and Telegram groups began to increase dramatically instead. As of August 1st, 2020, Facebook groups show a total of more than 135,000 subscribers worldwide[7] while Telegram groups show more than 12,000 daily users.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fossati, Magica (17 Aug 2017). "There's a monthly global event where you can learn new languages - free". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ unknown (Jan 2016). "'Mundo Lingo' Language Exchange Social". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ Lavoie, Hugo (15 January 2015). "Intégrer le Montréal multilingue". radio-canada.ca (in French). Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "About Mundo Lingo". mundolingo.org. 2017. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  5. ^ "History of Mundo Lingo". mundolingo.org. 2016. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Mundo Lingo Cities". mundolingo.org. 2017. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pg/MundoLingo/groups/
  8. ^ "Mundo Lingo".

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