Language Café – 26 October
Wednesday 26 October at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The Language Café is an informal language practising event where you can casually converse with fluent speakers of 20+ languages. The Café is a great place to meet other people, learn something new, and share from your own experience! Open once a week during term time, we welcome all students and staff to come enjoy free refreshments and friendly discussions.
How to join in?
We’re a welcoming bunch, so come and drop by the Global Lounge, where the weekly Language Café is held!
Please note that we may stop accepting entry to the Café if conversation groups get too large. Therefore, to ensure your place, we recommend turning up earlier rather than later.
Time & Date: 5PM–6:30PM, every Wednesday in term-time till 03 May 2023
Location: The Global Lounge, Floor 01, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TH
What languages are available today?
The Language Café is home to over 20 languages. The number of languages offered at each event varies depending on the availability of our fantastic volunteers.
The list of available languages will be uploaded here by the weekend preceding the Café, so please check back here closer to the event. At that time the rota will refresh for volunteers. If you’re a volunteer, you can check the updated rota via the Language Café Volunteer’s Homepage (the password can be found in your induction emails).
Want to offer a new language at the Café or want to help with one we already host? If you wish to use your language skills to support others, please see our volunteering page for more information. Hours accrued volunteering at the Café count towards your Bristol PLUS Award.
Want to just practise English?
Last year, the English-conversation groups got so large that we no longer had enough room to accommodate everyone at our 5PM Language Cafe! If you’re only looking to practise English, we welcome you to join us at our new English-only Language Café at 2PM-3:30PM on Wednesdays. Check out the upcoming English-only events.
What can you expect?
Join us at the Language Café and seize the opportunity to improve your language and facilitation skills, learn about other cultures, and make new friends from around the world!
The Language Café is run by volunteers, who are native or fluent speakers of various wonderful languages.
Every available language has its own conversation group, sat at different tables. Where possible, we also try to divide groups by language level (either ‘beginner’ or ‘intermediate+’).
We aim to keep our conversation groups small so that everyone gets a chance to speak. However, you may find yourself in a larger group owing to volunteer dropouts or unusually high demand.
Every week, we introduce a new theme (such as travel, festive traditions, or food) and our volunteers can help guide you through these topics. This means that every time you return, you have the chance to learn something new. Alternatively, if you’re seeking to strengthen your skill in a particular area (like ‘how to order at a restaurant’), let your volunteer know and they might be able to help you out with those too!
As you come in, you can help yourself to free tea, coffee and snacks. Please ask one of our Global Lounge Ambassadors to help you find the language table that you’re after.
Our success story
Since its launch in November 2019, Language Café has been a success story with a few hundred language learners, 150+ volunteers and 20+ languages. Join us and be part of this exciting community!