Conversation Hours

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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, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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

Spring 2022 Schedule

We are in the process of scheduling additional spring hours. Please check back for more details and follow us on social media (@CornellLRC).
All times are ET.
Conversation Hours start the week of February 7, 2022 and run through Friday, May 6, 2022, unless noted otherwise. There are no Conversation Hours during February Break (2/28-3/1) and Spring Break (4/2-4/10).

Language Date, Time & Location Facilitator
American Sign Language Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Brenda Schertz
Arabic Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall)
meets every other week: 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28
Majd Aldaye
Farsi Fridays, 3:40-4:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Andy Kim
French Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall)
meets every other week: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/12 (Tuesday), 4/18, 5/2
Rafaela Uzan
German (Sprachcafé*) Mondays, 5-6pm (Big Red Barn) Isabel Choinowski
Dennis Wegner
Hindi Wednesday, 5-6 pm (Zoom)
meets monthly: 2/16, 3/16, 4/13
Sujata Singh
Japanese Fridays, 1-2 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Bora Shin
Portuguese Wednesdays, 3-4 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Marina Carbi
Quechua/Kichwa Mondays, 2-3 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Soledad Chango
Russian Fridays, 4:30-5:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Aidan Uckun
Spanish Mondays, 1-2 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Lindsey Forg
Swahili Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm (Zoom)
starts February 1
Sudan Kariuki
Turkish Mondays, 4:45-5:45 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Derin Aksu
Urdu Fridays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Zoom) Zarmeen Salim
Yiddish Fridays, 12-1 pm (Zoom)
starts January 28
David Forman
Yoruba Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm (G25 Stimson Hall) Isabella Animadu

*Organized by the German Studies Department.

Current as of 2/17/2022
Subject to change