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Monthly Online 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.

Online World Language Café is held once a month year-round on the fourth Tuesday or Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Zoom.

Feel free to join and select which language table you want to join. 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 or to become a native speaker table host, or request that your email be added to the Online Languages Café email group, please contact Junji Akashi at 240-544-7230 or nagahana@gmail.com.

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In-person Conversation & Culture @ the World Languages Cafe

50+ Center at the East Columbia Library

The World Languages Café is back in person!
*Wearing a mask and vaccination is mandatory at this event.

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 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. 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 Junji Akashi 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 Junji Akashi [masked] or calling[masked]. If you are new and would like to host a table, please specify which language you speak fluently.

Zoom World Languages Café on 4th Tuesday

Online event

World Languages Café is held on Zoom biweekly. By gathering in the main "room" and then divided into different language-specific meeting "rooms" for the languages that were represented.

How to join?
Join Zoom meeting using the link when you are received after RSVP

*Please, follow the instruction to change your name on Zoom temporary. So, less waiting time guaranteed.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

*If you join Japanese tables, join at 6:30 PM rather than 7:00 PM. It reduces congestion in the main room.

*Maximum capacity is 100 people. First come first serve.

The World Languages Cafe 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.

Join the Zoom call and we'll do our best to set up language rooms for the languages of the people who show up. Language tables are normally hosted by a native speaker or equivalent.

Languages: 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, Swahili and Turkish. But other languages can be hosted upon request. All we need is a fluent language host and people who want to practice.

Our rules:
1. Camera is on

2. Add your languages on your zoom name temporarily
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

3.Prohibit private message and asking private contact
You will be banned. If you receive these requests, you shall report them to me.

4.Listening only member is accepted. Tell people that you are in listening mode.

5.Avoid English as possible

6.Listen to your friends. Don't take over someone's speaking time.

7.Respect each other
If you feel uncomfortable talking about the topic, you can ask to stop it. Please report it to me if you feel uncomfortable.

8. Come early if fewer members join your language table.

For more information, please contact Jun at[masked] or [masked].

We shall respect others. We strictly prohibit harassment. I will take proper action against it. Feel free to report anytime when you feel harassed, someone is involved, or you are annoyed by others. Report to (240)[masked] or [masked].

Zoom World Languages Café on 2nd Wednesday

Online event

World Languages Café is held on Zoom biweekly. By gathering in the main "room" and then divided into different language-specific meeting "rooms" for the languages that were represented.

How to join?
Join Zoom meeting using the link when you are received after RSVP

*Please, follow the instruction to change your name on Zoom temporary. So, less waiting time guaranteed.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

*If you join Japanese tables, join at 6:30 PM rather than 7:00 PM. It reduces congestion in the main room.

*Maximum capacity is 100 people. First come first serve.

The World Languages Cafe 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.

Join the Zoom call and we'll do our best to set up language rooms for the languages of the people who show up. Language tables are normally hosted by a native speaker or equivalent.

Languages: 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, Swahili and Turkish. But other languages can be hosted upon request. All we need is a fluent language host and people who want to practice.

Our rules:
1. Camera is on

2. Add your languages on your zoom name temporarily
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

3.Prohibit private message and asking private contact
You will be banned. If you receive these requests, you shall report them to me.

4.Listening only member is accepted. Tell people that you are in listening mode.

5.Avoid English as possible

6.Listen to your friends. Don't take over someone's speaking time.

7.Respect each other
If you feel uncomfortable talking about the topic, you can ask to stop it. Please report it to me if you feel uncomfortable.

8. Come early if fewer members join your language table.

For more information, please contact Jun at[masked] or [masked].

We shall respect others. We strictly prohibit harassment. I will take proper action against it. Feel free to report anytime when you feel harassed, someone is involved, or you are annoyed by others. Report to (240)[masked] or [masked].

Zoom World Languages Café on 4th Tuesday

Online event

World Languages Café is held on Zoom biweekly. By gathering in the main "room" and then divided into different language-specific meeting "rooms" for the languages that were represented.

How to join?
Join Zoom meeting using the link when you are received after RSVP

*Please, follow the instruction to change your name on Zoom temporary. So, less waiting time guaranteed.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

*If you join Japanese tables, join at 6:30 PM rather than 7:00 PM. It reduces congestion in the main room.

*Maximum capacity is 100 people. First come first serve.

The World Languages Cafe 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.

Join the Zoom call and we'll do our best to set up language rooms for the languages of the people who show up. Language tables are normally hosted by a native speaker or equivalent.

Languages: 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, Swahili and Turkish. But other languages can be hosted upon request. All we need is a fluent language host and people who want to practice.

Our rules:
1. Camera is on

2. Add your languages on your zoom name temporarily
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1adLG7wifK8XbxYb_AWv9IPC_K3EH3W8I/view?usp=sharing

3.Prohibit private message and asking private contact
You will be banned. If you receive these requests, you shall report them to me.

4.Listening only member is accepted. Tell people that you are in listening mode.

5.Avoid English as possible

6.Listen to your friends. Don't take over someone's speaking time.

7.Respect each other
If you feel uncomfortable talking about the topic, you can ask to stop it. Please report it to me if you feel uncomfortable.

8. Come early if fewer members join your language table.

For more information, please contact Jun at[masked] or [masked].

We shall respect others. We strictly prohibit harassment. I will take proper action against it. Feel free to report anytime when you feel harassed, someone is involved, or you are annoyed by others. Report to (240)[masked] or [masked].

Past events (102)

Zoom World Languages Café on 2nd Wednesday

Online event

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