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)!

Summer 2023 Schedule

Conversation Hours start on Thursday, June 1 and run through Friday, August 11. We are in the process of scheduling additional summer hours. Please check back for more details and follow us on social media (@CornellLRC).
All times are ET.

Language Date, Time, & Location Facilitator
Arabic TBD Suzanna Moustafa
Azerbaijani Wednesdays, 7-8 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 6/7, 7/5, 8/2
Hamid Razifard
Cantonese TBD Wilson Kan
Georgian TBD Suzanna Moustafa
Mandarin Wednesdays, 8-9 pm (on Zoom) April Chen
Шахматный Клуб
Wednesdays, 4-5 pm (Klarman Hall Atrium)
meets on 6/16 (Friday), 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2
Interested participants should email Mallory in case of any last minute schedule or other logistical changes.
Be ready to play chess. :)
Mallory Gaspard
Swahili Thursdays, 4-5 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10
Jensen Njagi
Ukrainian Mondays, 5-6 pm (Klarman Hall Atrium)
meets on 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26
Krystyna Golovakova
Yiddish Fridays, 12-1 pm (on Zoom) David Forman
Current as of 6/1/2023
Subject to change