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 2023 Schedule

Conversation Hours start on Tuesday, September 5 and run through Monday, December 4 unless noted otherwise. There is no sessions during Fall Break (October 7-10) and Thanksgiving Break (November 22-26). We are in the process of scheduling additional fall hours, so 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
American Sign Language (ASL) Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm Nora Owen
Arabic Thursdays, 6-7 pm Suzanna Moustafa & 
Mohammad Al-Labadi
Armenian Mondays, 6-7 pm Armen Abrahamian
Azerbaijani Wednesdays, 7-8 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 9/6, 10/4. 11/1, 12/6
Hamid Razifard &
Emma Britton
Bengali Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Kushan Lahiri &
Nahida Sultana
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Admir Cekic
Cantonese Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Wilson Kan &
Toby Yung
Catalan Wednesdays, 7-8 pm Caleb Kimble
Czech Wednesdays, 3-4 pm
meets from 5-6 pm on 9/13
Simon Ilincev
Dutch Mondays, 2:30-3:30 pm Noah Duguma
English Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Serene Wang &
Ralph Wang
French Mondays, 2-3 pm Ezra Winston
French Fridays, 12-1 pm
no session on 9/29
Tess Anna Crane
Georgian Mondays, 5-6 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 9/11, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27
Suzanna Moustafa
German (Sprachcafé*) Mondays, 5-6 pm (Big Red Barn) Nicolau Spadoni &
Spencer Hadley
Greek Fridays, 3-4 pm Sophia Trapani
Gujarati Sundays, 3-4 pm Naiya Patel
Hindi Sundays, 3-4 pm Naiya Patel
Italian Thursdays, 4-5 pm Pedro Pontes García
Japanese Fridays, 4-5 pm (G12) Bora ShinTami Takada,
Sara Goto, & Shun Tanaka
Korean Thursdays, 5-6 pm
meets on  9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30
Doyeon Kong
Latin Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm Charlie Preston
Mandarin Wednesdays, 4-5 pm
last session on 10/25
Beth Lai
Mandarin Fridays, 4-5 pm April Chen &
Toby Yung
Norwegian Thursdays, 5-6 pm Sarah Uttormark
Polish Mondays, 7-8 pm Jeremi Urbaniak,
Daria Badger, & 
Szymon Gwóźdź
Portuguese Thursdays, 5-6 pm Caleb Kimble
Quechua Fridays, 9-10 pm (on Zoom) Janeth Arias
Romanian Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm
meets on 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12
Patricia Young
Russian Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm Arina Danilina
Spanish Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Ines Brun
Swahili Mondays, 5-6 pm (on Zoom)
meets on  9/25, 10/9, 10/30, 11/6, 11/27
Jensen Njagi
Thai Mondays, 7-8 pm (on Zoom) June Boonyanuphong
Turkish Tuesdays, 10-11 am
meets on  9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28
Berk Balkir
Ukrainian Mondays, 5-6 pm Krystyna Golovakova
Vietnamese Fridays, 4-5 pm Trung-Nghia Le
Yiddish Fridays, 12-1 pm (on Zoom) David Forman
*Organized by the German Studies Department.
Current as of 9/28/2023
Subject to change