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Columbia Association's (CA's) monthly World Languages Café is a place to speak a language you know or one you are learning, converse in a friendly atmosphere, meet new people who enjoy learning about other cultures, increase your fluency by speaking and listening, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling and recall your childhood language.

World Language Café's are held once a month year-round on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the 50+ Center of the East Columbia Library (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia).

Come in and and join the language table of your choice. Language tables are hosted by a native speaker who will facilitate conversation. Languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

For more information, to find out if there will be a native speaker of the language you are interested in practicing, to become a native speaker table host, or request that your email be added to the World Languages Café email group, please contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Info Session - Sister Cities High School Student Exchange (French-Spanish)

Information Session for Columbia Association's 2019 Sister Cities High School Summer Exchange with Tres Cantos, Spain and Cergy-Pontoise, France Columbia Association’s annual student summer exchange program with Columbia’s sister cities in Europe offers Columbia/Howard County high school teens the opportunity to spend two weeks in Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, and then host the same French or Spanish student they lived with in their own home here for another two weeks. The Information Session will be held on Jan 16, from 7 - 8pm at Columbia Association headquarters. High school students and their parents can come find out about the month-long cultural and linguistic immersion program, which will take place in July 2019, with departure for Europe in the last weekend in June. Both in Europe and here, there are plenty of planned trips and activities, along with free days where teens can get to meet each others’ friends and explore their surroundings. At each information session, students who participated in last year’s Sister Cities High School Summer Exchange Program will be in attendance to share their experiences. The Exchange program accepts high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Level III and above of Spanish and French (and native speakers). The fee is $700 for CA residents and $850 for nonresidents. Airplane tickets are purchased by CA and reimbursed by participants. Airfares will range from $1,000 to $1,400 per ticket. There are excellent scholarships available for Columbia/Howard County residents who qualify. Teen participants often say: “This was the best summer of my life!” Students who participated last year were interviewed about their experience - you can read about it here: https://www.columbiaassociation.org/student-summer-exchange-program/ Students from Atholton High School were also interviewed by their school newspaper, the Raider Review in this article, Sister Cities: A Foreign Adventure. https://ahsraiderreview.com/2018/10/29/sister-cities-a-foreign-adventure/ Information about the exchange program, as well as the Application Packet, is online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/teenexchange. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. For more information on the program or to be a chaperone, contact Laura Smit at[masked] or [masked]. Chaperones Needed: Columbia Association is seeking chaperones for both the Spain and France exchanges. Chaperones must speak fluent Spanish and French, enjoy being with high school teens, and be available to travel (and not work) from the end of June to July 31. CA provides a free ticket to Europe but there is no payment for being a chaperone. Chaperones live with their counterparts in Spain and France.

Portugues e café, in Baltimore City

Starbucks (Federal Hill area)

Hello World Language Cafe patrons. if you enjoy attending our Columbia Association monthly World Language Cafe meetups and would like to continue practicing your language skills, we are creating more opportunities for you. Our Portuguese hosts would like to invite you to join us at our next meetup held in the Baltimore City Area where we will gather to have a cup of coffee and practice Portuguese. Please meet us at the Starbucks on 919 East Fort Ave, Baltimore City. MD 21230. Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please pay attention to parking signs. Parking is available on the Starbucks/Chipotle parking area (do not park in McDonalds parking)

Conversation & Culture @ the Monthly World Languages Cafe

50+ Center at the East Columbia Library

CA’s monthly World Languages Café is a place to speak a language you know or one you are learning, converse in a friendly atmosphere, meet new people who enjoy learning about other cultures, increase your fluency by speaking and listening, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling and recall your childhood language. World Language Cafés are held once a month year-round. The World Languages Café meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm at the 50+ Center of the East Columbia Library (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia). Come in and and join the language table of your choice. Language tables are hosted by a native speaker who will facilitate conversation. Languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese - Mandarin, Chinese - Cantonese, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Tea, coffee and water will be available; vending machines with snacks are inside the library. People are welcome to bring food and beverages and may bring treats from their culture to share with their table. For more information, to find out if there will be a native speaker of the language you are interested in practicing, to become a native speaker table host, or request that your email be added to the World Languages Café email group, please contact Laura Smit at[masked] or [masked] . If you are a Language Table Host (native or fluent speaker of a particular language), please let us know if you will be able to host by sending an email to [masked] or calling[masked]. If you are new and would like to host a table, please specify which language you speak fluently. Howard County Library System has a variety of resources to help you practice your language skills at home.! You can participate in free online classes and conversations on sites like Mango and Rosetta Stone — just use your Howard County Library System 14-digit barcode and PIN or password by going to HCLS Now! Online Classes.

Info Session - Sister Cities High School Student Exchange (French-Spanish)

Information Session for Columbia Association's 2019 Sister Cities High School Summer Exchange with Tres Cantos, Spain and Cergy-Pontoise, France Columbia Association’s annual student summer exchange program with Columbia’s sister cities in Europe offers Columbia/Howard County high school teens the opportunity to spend two weeks in Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, and then host the same French or Spanish student they lived with in their own home here for another two weeks. The Information Session will be held on Jan 31, from 7 - 8pm at Columbia Association headquarters. High school students and their parents can come find out about the month-long cultural and linguistic immersion program, which will take place in July 2019, with departure for Europe in the last weekend in June. Both in Europe and here, there are plenty of planned trips and activities, along with free days where teens can get to meet each others’ friends and explore their surroundings. At each information session, students who participated in last year’s Sister Cities High School Summer Exchange Program will be in attendance to share their experiences. The Exchange program accepts high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Level III and above of Spanish and French (and native speakers). The fee is $700 for CA residents and $850 for nonresidents. Airplane tickets are purchased by CA and reimbursed by participants. Airfares will range from $1,000 to $1,400 per ticket. There are excellent scholarships available for Columbia/Howard County residents who qualify. Teen participants often say: “This was the best summer of my life!” Students who participated last year were interviewed about their experience - you can read about it here: https://www.columbiaassociation.org/student-summer-exchange-program/ Students from Atholton High School were also interviewed by their school newspaper, the Raider Review in this article, Sister Cities: A Foreign Adventure. https://ahsraiderreview.com/2018/10/29/sister-cities-a-foreign-adventure/ Information about the exchange program, as well as the Application Packet, is online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/teenexchange. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. For more information on the program or to be a chaperone, contact Laura Smit at[masked] or [masked]. Chaperones Needed: Columbia Association is seeking chaperones for both the Spain and France exchanges. Chaperones must speak fluent Spanish and French, enjoy being with high school teens, and be available to travel (and not work) from the end of June to July 31. CA provides a free ticket to Europe but there is no payment for being a chaperone. Chaperones live with their counterparts in Spain and France.

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Portugues e café, in Baltimore City

Starbucks (Federal Hill area)

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