Language Practice in Seoul: Language, Culture and Social Exchange

If you have already checked out the Language Exchange Cafe events in Seoul and are looking for something a bit different, then this group might be for you. Language, Culture and Social Exchange is a Meetup group run by Global Seoul Mates – an expat group in Seoul, and they focus on providing some very high-quality language practice events.


Unlike the Language Exchange Cafe, this group specialises less in offering a wide variety of different languages, instead focusing more on Korean and English. What they lack in diversity, however, they make up for in thoroughness and quality.

For language learners looking to improve their Korean, this group offers a weekly workshop which is supervised by volunteer Korean teachers. Although the event is not free, it costs you 10,000 won to get a lesson, follow-up language exchange, and two drinks. The following language exchange event is open for all. So, even if you’re not learning Korean, this group still offers some excellent chances for finding a conversation practice partner.

Additionally, if you’re looking to do some socialising with your language practice, this group is something to keep an eye on. Every month or so, they also organise general get-togethers for expats with clubbing or beers.


Similarly to the Language Exchange Café, we covered in our previous post, this group also organises events mainly in Hongdae and Gangnam. The Korean workshops followed by a general language exchange take place in these two areas.

In Hongdae, you need to find Argo Coffee and Beer – a bar that has been specially reserved for the event. In Gangnam, head over to the GSM Terrace for the weekly event. Although it is not necessary to register to take part in either of these events, it would be better you RSVP’d either on Meetup or on their Facebook page.

Other events not regularly organised also pop up in this group, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on their Meetup page to see what’s going on.


The regular Korean workshops are a weekly event, taking place on Saturdays in Gangnam, and Sundays and Wednesdays in Hongdae. The events in Gangnam begin at 1:45pm, with the general language exchange beginning at 3pm. In Hongdae, the Sunday’s Korean workshop begins at 2pm, and the cultural exchange follows an hour later.

Additionally, on every Monday and Thursday at 7pm you have the chance to attend a language exchange event in Gangnam without the workshop, as well as on Sundays at 3pm.

To get the most up-to-date info, you should keep an eye on the group’s upcoming events calendar. That’s also the best place for finding out about not regularly organised events, such as international parties and pub nights.


If you are looking for a cheap, fun, and social way of improving your Korean, this is definitely the group to join. The regular events will help you improve quickly, while the relaxed atmosphere will hopefully keep inviting you back.

Even if Korean is not your target language, you will still find plenty events to take part in, so be sure to check out this group when you have the chance.

Photo credit: Language, Culture and Social Exchange photo album.