Due to Covid-19, Thrive’s Language Cafe is currently on hold.

Language Cafe

Conversation, Diverse Languages, and a Multi-cultural Drink!

Special Covid-19 Announcement:  Due to social distancing, we are trying a Language Cafe online on 3/25 at 7pm.  If you are new and would like to join, let us know at staff@thriveip.org or by sending a FB message to Thrive.  We’ll be glad to connect you with the link to join us via Zoom.  Check back for information about future Language Cafes.

Drop in for an hour to share conversation in languages like English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, 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.

There are questions on the tables to start conversations if needed, but guests are welcome to enjoy casual conversation about diverse topics. Our facilitator, Jenn Holdren, helps partner/group people who are looking to practice.  She is 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-alcholoic 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 facilitator, Jenn Holdren, upon arrival.)  Childcare is usually available for kids in K to 6th grade provided by Thrive staff/volunteers with required clearances.  If you will need childcare, it is especially helpful to notify us at 570-337-2898 before coming to help us plan.  Younger children are welcome to stay at the Language Cafe with parents.

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.  To keep up-to-date about these bi-weekly events, be sure to request to join the Facebook group on Thrive’s page (@thriveip).