***The Language Cafe is temporarily on hold during the winter months.  Please check back for more information about future events!***

Language Cafe

Conversation, Diverse Languages, and a Multi-cultural Drink

Every Thursday from 7-8pm at our 420 Elmira Street location. Join the Language Cafe group located on our Facebook page for current updates.


Drop in for an hour to share conversation in languages like English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Farsi, or Mandarin. This is a relaxed setting for people in our community to enjoy talking and practicing language together. Fluent English speakers can help those who are learning English. Fluent speakers of other languages can help people who are learning those languages. We’re excited to see people interact and just enjoy the time getting to know and help others. The languages available on any evening vary and depend on who joins us that week.  While the weather permits, the Language Cafe will be held outside near the back of City Alliance Church.

There are questions on the tables to start conversations if needed, but guests are welcome to enjoy casual conversation about diverse topics. Our facilitators help partner/group people who are looking to practice.  They are excellent at making people feel comfortable at the Language Cafe.

This program is great for those who have at least a beginning knowledge of another language. However, guests are welcome even if they only speak one language (like only English or only Spanish) and are willing to help others practice that language throughout the hour. It is still a great way to get to know and help others.

A non-alcholic drink is available each evening.

The Language Cafe program is open to adults, college students, and high school students. (The first time a high school student comes, his/her parent needs to check in with our facilitators upon arrival.)  Currently, childcare is not available.  However, children may accompany their parents.  Children must be under the close supervision of their parents at all times.

Before coming, we encourage all potential participants to read our Language Cafe Guidelines, and to remember that the Language Cafe is open to the public so our organization may not know everyone who comes.

There is no cost to join us at the Language Cafe.  However, if you benefit from the Language Cafe or would like to help keep it available, donations are welcome.