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)!

Spring 2023 Schedule

Conversation Hours start on Monday, January 30 and run through the last day of instruction on Tuesday, May 9. There are no sessions during February Break (2/25-28) and Spring Break (4/1-9). We are in the process of scheduling additional spring 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
American Sign Language Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm Nora Owen
Arabic Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Suzanna Moustafa & 
Mohammed Al-Labadi 
Azerbaijani Wednesdays, 7-8 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 2/8, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3
Hamid Razifard
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm
meets on 2/7, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2
Larisa Kasumagic- Kafedzic
Cantonese Thursdays, 4-5 pm Toby Yung & Wilson Kan
Dutch Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm (G24A and on Zoom) Robbert Van Renesse
English Thursdays, 3-4 pm
starts on 2/9
Serene Wang
French (beginning) Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
no session on 2/16
Alix Choinet
French (intermediate) Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
starts on 2/7
Adrien Martin Sion &
Mika Jean Yannick Cassou-Souvre
French (advanced) Mondays, 2-3 pm
starts on 2/13
Claire Beck-Belaman
Georgian Tuesdays, 6-7 pm (on Zoom)
meets on 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9
Suzanna Moustafa
German (Sprachcafé*) Mondays, 5-6 pm (Big Red Barn) Isabel Choinowski &
Dennis Wegner
Gujarati Sundays, 3-4 pm
starts on 2/12
Naiya Patel
Hindi Sundays, 4-5 pm
starts on 2/12
Naiya Patel
Hungarian Mondays, 6-7 pm (G12 and on Zoom)
no session on 3/6
Krisztina Ambrus
Italian Thursdays, 3-4 pm
no session on 3/16
Valentina Fulginiti
Japanese Fridays, 4-5 pm (G12)
no session on 3/31
Bora Shin
Korean Thursdays, 5-6 pm
no session on 2/16
Doyeon Kong
Mandarin Fridays, 4-5 pm April Chen
Mandarin Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 pm
meets on 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27
Qiyu "Kelly" Hu & Toby Yung
Norwegian Tuesdays, 5-6 pm
no session on 2/21
Sarah Uttormark
Polish Thursdays, 6-7 pm
no session on 2/23
Julia Pienkowska
Portuguese Thursdays, 12:20-1:20 pm

Caleb Kimble &
Marina Carbi

Quechua Wednesdays, 12-1 pm
starts on 2/8
Janeth Arias
Russian Thursdays, 5-6 pm Daria Kuzoukova &
Arina Danilina
Spanish (beginning) Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
no session on 3/9
Pedro Pontes García
Spanish (intermediate) Wednesdays, 5-6 pm
no session on 3/22
Julia Khinno
Spanish (advanced) Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
no session on 2/22
Nicolas Arce Zevallos
Swahili Fridays, 3-4 pm (G24A and on Zoom)
meets on 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/14, 4/28
Jensen Njagi
Thai Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
starts on 2/7
Thitirat "June" Boonyanuphong
Turkish Wednesdays, 5-6 pm
meets on 2/8, 2/22, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26
Marla Munkh-Achit
Turkish Fridays, 12-1 pm
meets on 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28
Berk Can Balkir
Ukrainian Mondays, 5-6 pm
starts on 2/6
Krystyna Golovakova
Vietnamese Tuesdays, 5-6 pm
starts on 2/14
Trung-Nghia Le
Yiddish Fridays, 12-1 pm (on Zoom) David Forman
*Organized by the German Studies Department.
Current as of 3/8/2023
Subject to change