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 (for a complete list of games, check our online library)!

Spring 2020 Schedule

Conversation Hours are canceled effective March 13, 2020 for the remainder of spring semester.

Language Date, Time & Location Facilitator
American Sign Language beginning Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm (G24A Stimson) Janel Excell
American Sign Language intermediate Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm (G24A Stimson) Makana Tave
Arabic Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm (G25 Stimson) Roanne Yehia
Chinese (Mandarin) Saturdays 7:00-8:00pm (Alice Cook House Living Room) Anna (Shiyu) Hu
French beginning Thursdays 3:35-4:35pm (G25 Stimson) Elettra Repetto,
Ally Ratkowski-Howe
French intermediate Fridays 4:40-5:40pm (Boldt Hall) Mrinal Ramsaha
German Sundays 8:00-9:00pm (Boldt Hall) Anissa Dallmann
Japanese Saturdays 7:00-8:00pm (Boldt Hall) Ai Mochida
Kinyarwanda Tuesdays 4:45-5:45pm (G25 Stimson) Eric Nshimyumukiza
Korean Fridays 3:30-4:30pm (G25 Stimson) Hyein Park Charles
Russian Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (G25 Stimson) Mashka Sutton
Spanish beginning Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (G25 Stimson) Jessica Ames
Spanish intermediate Sundays 4:00-5:00pm (Boldt Hall) Lucy Contreras
KiSwahili Meets monthly on 2/13, 3/12, 4/16, and 5/5 from 4:00-5:00pm (G12 Stimson) Sudan Kariuki
Tamil Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm (G25 Stimson)

Komukill Loganathan,
Amanda Pathmanathan

Turkish Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm (G25 Stimson) Kaya Alpturer
Yoruba Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm (G27 Stimson) Ayomide Akinrebiyo
Current as of 3/13/2020
Subject to change