Conversation Hours

The LRC hosts conversation hours in many languages, some in collaboration with the language departments. 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. 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 have fun! 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. Conversation Hours are open to the public. Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell's public health requirements for events.

We also have a variety of board games available for checkout (for a complete list of games, check our LRC library holdings)!

Fall 2022 Schedule

Conversation Hours start on Tuesday, September 6 and run through the last day of instruction on Monday, December 5. There are no sessions on Labor Day (9/5), Fall Break (10/7-11), and Thanksgiving Break (11/23-27). We are in the process of scheduling additional fall hours. Please check back for more details and follow us on social media (@CornellLRC).
Conversation Hours meet in G25 Stimson Hall unless noted otherwise.
All times are ET.

Language Date, Time & Location Facilitator
Arabic Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Mena Attia & Suzanna Moustafa
ASL Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm Nora Owen
Azerbaijani Wednesdays, 7-8 pm (Zoom)
meets on 11/16, 11/30
Saeed Hosseinzadeh
Bengali Saturdays, 1-2 pm (Zoom, starts on 10/1) Shreya Majumdur & Sumiya Amin
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
meets on 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30
Larisa Kasumagic-Kafedzic
Cantonese Mondays, 7-8 pm Toby Yung & Wilson Kan
Dutch Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm (G24A Stimson Hall)
meets on 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
Robbert Van Renesse
French (beginning) Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm
no session on 11/22
Alix Choinet
French (intermediate) Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm Osian Nzoyisenga
French (advanced) Wednesdays, 3-4 pm
no session on 11/2
Claire Beck-Belaman
German (Sprachcafé*) Mondays, 5-6 pm (Big Red Barn) Isabel Choinowski &
Dennis Wegner
Greek Thursdays, 4-5 pm Vasilios Venetis Zaharioudakis
Haitian Creole Sundays, 3-4 pm
runs through 10/16
Keenbelynn Bellande
Hawaiian/'Ōlelo Hawai'i Thursdays, 5-6 pm
runs through 10/20
Leina McLaugulin
Indonesian Fridays, 2-3 pm
no session on 10/28
Ashley Effendy
Japanese Fridays, 2-3 pm
no session on 10/28
Bora Shin
Korean Thursdays, 5-6 pm
no session on 10/6
Doyeon Kong
Mandarin Mondays, 3:45-4:45 pm (G24B Stimson Hall)
starts on 10/3
Toby Yung & April Chen
  Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Brenna Tosh &
Qiyu "Kelly" Hu 
Norwegian Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
no session on 11/22
Sarah Uttormark
Portuguese Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm

Caleb Kimble &
Marina Carbi

Quechua Thursdays, 3-4 pm Janeth Arias
Russian Thursdays, 5-6 pm Daria Kuzoukova & Dallin Richards
Spanish (beginning) Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm (starts on 9/22)
no session on 10/6 and 11/3
Pedro Pontes García
Spanish (intermediate) Mondays, 4-5 pm
no session on 10/17
Julia Khinno
Spanish (advanced) Tuesdays, 3-4 pm Nicolas Arce Zevallos
Swahili Fridays, 3-4 pm (G24A Stimson and on Zoom)
meets on 9/9, 9/23, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
Menansili Abraham Mejooli
Swedish Sundays, 3-4 pm
meets on 9/18, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4
Axel Ljunggren
Tamil Thursdays, 4-5 pm
no session on 11/10
Nirmal Selva Srinivasan
Thai Fridays, 2-3 pm
no session on 10/28
Thitirat "June" Boonyanuphong
Turkish Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
meets on 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Berk Balkir
  Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
meets on 10/12, 10/26, 11/9
Marla Munkh-Achit
Urdu Fridays, 3:30-4:30 pm
no session on 10/28
Awais Javaid
Yiddish Fridays, 12-1 pm (Zoom) David Forman
Yoruba Thursdays, 3-4 pm Isabella Animmadu
*Organized by the German Studies Department.
Current as of 11/22/2022
Subject to change