Conversation Practice Opportunities

This page lists conversation practice opportunities for many of the languages offered at Columbia. These include weekly conversation hours, meetings, and similar events for informal speaking practice. Please send an email to if you have any questions or would like to add an event to this list.

Language Event Name
Format Time and Location
Arabic The Arabic Circle In person Wednesdays 6:10-7:30pm, 207 Knox Hall
Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian BCS Conversation Hour In person Fridays 2:00-3:00pm, 352C International Affairs Bldg.
Email for more info
Czech Czech and Slovak Conversation Hour In person Friday, October 22 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Amity Hall (982 Amsterdam Ave)

Tentatively every other week alternating between Fridays at 4:30 and Thursdays at 8:00 pm

Email for more info.

French Café Conversation Elementary Level: Virtual
Intermediate & Advanced: In person

Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m

Intermediate & Advanced: Tuesdays 5:00pm-6:00pm at Buell Hall, Second Floor

German Kaffeestunde In person Mondays at 5.30pm:
Dec 13
Jan 24
Feb 7, Feb 21
Mar 7, Mar 21
Apr 4, Apr 18
May 2
@ Deutsches Haus 420 W 116th St.
Indonesian Indonesian Language Table In person. More info here. Fridays 2-3pm, Room 352A International Affairs Building
Italian Caffè e conversazione In person and virtual Mondays 12pm-1pm (outside of Hamilton Hall) and Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm on Zoom.
Persian Persian Circle In person Fridays 12-1pm, Knox Hall 207
Portuguese Bate-papo Virtual Tuesdays, 7-8pm on Zoom
Email for more info.
Spanish Café y Conversación Virtual (via Google Meet) Thursdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm; online, beginning on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Register here

Somali Somali Circle In Person Fridays at 4pm in Earl Hall
Schiff Room (1st Floor)

Sign up here

Yiddish Kave Sho In person Nov 3 and Dec 1 at 6-7pm
at German House 420 W 116th St.