Conversation Hours

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The LRC hosts conversation hours in many languages, some in collaboration with the Language House. These are led by speakers of the target language and offer an opportunity to use a language you are learning, outside of class, in an informal, low-pressure atmosphere. They are open to any learner, but are probably most useful to those at an intermediate level or above. Have fun listening to and speaking in a language you are learning! Gain confidence through experience! Just using your new language skills helps you learn more than you might think, without instruction or correction. Come to Conversation Hour in your language and enjoy! If you are learning a language we don’t have a conversation hour in, find a group of learners and we’ll help set it up. See us in G04 Stimson Hall during the day or send us an email at to get started.

We also have a variety of board games available for checkout (Bananagrams, Guess Who?, Jenga, Pictionary, Scattegories, Taboo, and Uno)!

Fall 2019 Schedule

Language Date, Time & Location Facilitator
American Sign Language Tuesdays 4:45-5:45pm (G24A Stimson) Brenda Schertz
Arabic Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (G25 Stimson) Roanne Yehia
Chinese (Mandarin) Sundays 4:00-5:00pm (Boldt Hall) Anna Hu
French beginning Mondays 11:30a-12:30p (G25 Stimson) Elettra Repetto
Ally Ratkowski-Howe
French intermediate Fridays 4:45-5:45pm (Boldt Hall) Mrinal Ramsaha
German Sundays 8:00-9:00pm (Boldt Hall) Anissa Dallmann
Igbo Fridays 3:00-4:00pm (G25 Stimson) Kene-Chukwu Ifeagwu
Japanese Thursdays 8:00-9:00pm (Boltd Hall) Ai Mochida
Kinyarwanda Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm (G25 Stimson) Marie Grace Giramahoro
Korean Meets monthly on Wednesdays 7-8pm
9/11, 10/23, 11/13, 12/4 (G25 Stimson)
Yuna Seo
Russian Mondays 5:00-6:00pm (G25 Stimson) Mashka Sutton
Spanish beginning* Fridays 10:00-11:00am (G25 Stimson) Mark Schneider
Spanish intermediate Sundays 6:00-7:00pm (Boldt Hall) Lucy Contreras
KiSwahili Meets monthly on Tuesdays 5-6pm
10/8, 11/5, 12/3 (G12 Stimson)
Sudan Kariuki
Tamil Mondays 6:00-7:00pm (G25 Stimson) Nayanathara Palanivel
Thai Mondays 5:00-6:00pm (G27 Stimson) Mary Moroney
Turkish beginning Fridays 4:30-5:30pm (G25 Stimson) Kaya Ito Alpturer
Turkish intermediate Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm (G25 Stimson) Emine Ozen
Yoruba Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm (G27 Stimson) Ayomide Akinrebiyo


*Beginning Spanish is offered as a conversation pair format with the facilitator.