New facilitator for Language Tea Times


CLC’s language tea time has been in existence since October 2010 and currently has almost 700 members.  They are held from 4pm-6pm, where French is practiced on Mondays, Japanese on Tuesdays, Spanish on Wednesdays and English on Thursdays.  They are free but donations are welcomed to cover the cost of the tea and the use of the space.  The most amazing part is that it has been run by volunteers.  We can never thank them enough for taking the time to guide others in their language practice.

Some of you may have noticed that we have a new member at the language tea times. His name is Ricardo.  I interviewed him to get to know him a little more.

What is your role in the CLC language tea times?

“My role as a facilitator is to greet all tea time participants as they come in. If it’s their first time visiting, I introduce myself and explain how it works. I’m also there to keep the flow of conversation going and answer any questions anyone might have about tea time or CLC while maintaining a welcoming and cheerful atmosphere.”

Which languages do you speak and why did you decide to learn them?

“I speak English, French, Spanish, and a little bit of Japanese and Italian. I decided to learn them because I’ve always been interested in languages and their connection to culture.”

In your opinion, what are the challenges of learning a new language?

“I think the biggest challenge is actually you yourself. You need to have dedication, determination and self confidence when learning a language. Without those, you wont progress.”
As a multi-lingual and well-traveled person, Ricardo really understands the ups and downs of learning a new language and culture.  If you have any comments or suggestions about the language tea time, please feel free to approach him.  He’s a very friendly person!  You can also stay up-to-date with CLC’s language tea times via our Meetup Page.

If you want to be a volunteer or facilitator, please email  CLC is happy to give reference letters to our volunteers/facilitators.

Happy language practice!

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