Language

Language Café | Part One

みなさん こんにちは!

In this world where the planet is becoming increasingly smaller in terms of interactions with people across seas and oceans, the need to learn foreign tongues has never been more important. If not for the mere interest of learning something new and different, the professional appeal of taking up a foreign language is a huge motivating factor.

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If you have tried to learn a language, you know how the speaking bit can be quite a challenge (in Nihongo, though, writing Kanji might be the biggest hurdle to overcome). Getting the accent, intonation and phrasing right is critical to truly learning a language. However, getting the exposure of speaking a new language does not come often especially where the language is not spoken in the country you live in.

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Spanish and Swahili Language Cafe in Nairobi last July

The concept of a language café was designed to address this need for a language student to have a way to test out their speaking skills outside the classroom setting. Language students get a chance to improve their language skills by speaking to fellow students and native speakers on various topics affecting the world. Native speakers get a chance to spread their culture and language to interested parties.

This video describes and shows how language cafés work.

The best part about the language café, it is done in an informal setting and the pressures of getting it right is reduced unlike the classroom setting. One organizer described it as, “a place for improving your language skills in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s an opportunity to meet people, native speakers as well as beginners, who share your interest in language and culture.”

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Shikow is a student of the law, life and day dreams. A lover of adventure and good times, she takes delight in learning and creating new things. She is a beautiful letdown and painfully uncool.

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  • zawadi wangui

    Great idea!!
    I might not be able to attend the 1st language cafe on Oct 31:(, but am definitely looking forward to hearing how it all turned out:)

    • Shikow

      Thanks Zawadi, we sure will miss you on the 31st but many more will follow 🙂