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Foreign Language Tables

Many departments at KU sponsor language tables for students to practice their language skills outside of the classroom.  Although these meetings are often organized by an instructor, they are primarily social in nature and often take place off campus.  Meetings usually take place only when classes are in session.

Select your desired language

Arabic   Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian   Chinese   French   German   Hindi   Italian   Japanese   KiSwahili   Korean   Persian (Farsi/Tajik)   Polish   Portuguese   Russian   Spanish   Turkish   Wolof


All levels: Mondays, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and Wednesdays 1:30 pm – 2:030 pm 

Kansas Union, 4th Floor Lobby

Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian

All levels: TBD

For more information, contact Marta Pirnat-Greenberg


Beginner: Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wescoe 2085 (Dec. 5: Wescoe 2131)

Intermediate: Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Wescoe 2085 (Dec. 5: Wescoe 2131)

Advanced: Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Wescoe 2085 (Oct. 18: Wescoe 2106)

All levels: Fridays, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wescoe 2085 (Oct. 18: Wescoe 2106)

Our Chinese Language table is a great way to practice your language skills in an informal setting. Join the fun!

For more information, contact: Siliu Xu

French (Le Speakeasy)

All Levels: Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, McLain's Market

Want to practice your French? Want to have fun, meet new people, play games, learn new vocabulary, talk about France and the Francophone world? Come and join us. For weekly reminders and updates, please send a text with "@speakeasy1" to the number 81010 or check out our facebook page at @parenthesesku.

For more information, contact Dr. Antje Ziethen

German (Stammtisch)

All levels: Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, McLain's Market

Stammtisch is a great way to practice your language skills in an informal setting. Join the fun!

For more information, contact Dr. Ari Linden 


All levels: Fridays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Wescoe 4076

Hindi Language Table is an excellent way to keep up your language skills outside of class. This hour is dedicated for clarifications, doing homework, drills or simple verbal practice. Hindi Book Club is also a part of the Hindi Language Table. Students who wish to participate in the Hindi Book club will read the selected reading over the course of the week and discuss the reading with the group in the next meeting. Happy Learning! 

For more information, contact Patrica Sabarwal

Italian (Tavola Italiana)

All levels: Thursdays, 5:00 pm -6:00 pm, Wheatfields (904 Vermont Street)

La Tavola Italiana is a weekly gathering for anyone interested in speaking or listening to Italian in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are a current student of Italian or studied Italian in the past, whether your proficiency in the language is at the beginning or at the advanced level, whether you are a native Italian or just love to speak and listen to Italian ... you are welcome! 

For more information, contact Edward Bowen


All levels: Tuesdays, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Wescoe 4025

The Japanese Language Table is a great place for learners and native speakers of Japanese to get together to practice the language and have fun together. Come and join us!

For more information, contact Yuka Naito


All levels: Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm and Thursdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Kansas Union, 4th Floor Lobby

Kiswahili table is a relaxed place to grow your Kiswahili speaking skills at any level. Come and have fun speaking with our Kiswahili family!

For more information contact Brenda Wawire


Beginner : Mondays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Wescoe 4068 and Fridays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Wescoe 4038

For more information, contact Haseop Shin

Intermediate/Advanced : Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Anschutz Group Study Room

Our Korean language tables are designed to provide a relaxed environment where students can practice their Korean language outside of the typical classroom settings, while learning more about the Korean culture. Come ready to learn, laugh and explore!

For more information, contact Jane Yoo

Persian (Farsi/Tajik)

All levels: Tuesdays, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Wescoe 2096

Come, have tea and speak Persian in an informal and relaxed environment.  Anyone interested in practicing the language is welcome.

For more information, contact Razi Ahmad


All levels: Thursdays, 5:00 pm, McLain's Market

For more information, contact the Department of Spanish & Portuguese


All levels: TBD

For more information contact Svetlana Vassilieva-Karagyozova

Russian (Русский стол)

All levels: Every other Tuesday, 5:30 pm, McLains Market

Join us for our bi-weekly Russian Conversation Table! We will meet on September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 5,19, and December 3.

For more information, contact: Olga A. Savchenko​

Spanish (Hablemos)

All levels: Fridays, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, McLain's Market 

For more information, contact Medina Hipatia


All levels: Wednesdays, 1:15 pm, McLain's Market

Merhaba KU! Do you know some Turkish words and would like to learn more? Have you been learning Turkish for a while and need practice? Or are you simply interested in Turkish language and culture? Our Turkish Language table is exactly what you are looking for!

For more information, contact Esra Predolac

Wolof: Attaya Sessions

All levels: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Bailey 204

Come drink attaya (tea) from Senegal and the Gambia and learn a few words of Wolof while you’re at it! This is a fun opportunity to make friends, enjoy conversation in English, Wolof, and French! 

For more information, contact Brenda Wawire

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