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Cafe de las Lenguas

Café de las Lenguas and Covid-19:

October 2020: Recently we have made an inventory of what you prefer for the Café de las Lenguas: meeting each other on campus or speaking online.

A vast majority would prefer a physical language café. We realise that the strength of this event lies in meeting each other in real life and in practising the language in a pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately, this is not possible due to safety regulations at the moment. Many of you indicated not to be interested in an online version. Because of this all we have decided not to offer the Café de las Lenguas online.

When it is possible we hope to meet you again at the Café de las Lenguas for informal conversations in various languages and to make new contacts.

So keep an eye on our Facebook page and this website. As soon as we have good news, we will let you know there as soon as possible.

Stay healthy, keep in touch online and support each other so that we can get through this difficult period together and hopefully we can meet again on campus in the spring.

see you soon – tot gauw – te veo pronto – bis bald – à bientôt


P.S. The UT Language Centre offers a Virtual Dutch Language Café, every workday from 12.00 to 13.00 hours. If you want to join this on Canvas, please check this website:



Informal & Free to join!

Do you want to practice your language skills and meet likeminded people?
Practice and improve your language skills with various native and non-native speakers in an informal setting!

What is the Café de las Lenguas?
The faculty of Engineering Technology offers a service we like to call Cafe de las Lenguas or Language Café. This is an informal gathering of people that would like to practice their language skills and interact with other people.

How does it work?
The aim is to speak with each other. Through the verbal practice of the language you will get more confident in speaking it. There will be an experienced speaker of each of the five languages present to keep the conversation on track if necessary. Note, this is NOT intended as a language course or lesson; You will not be taught grammar but, of course, you can always ask questions.

After these sessions, swap phone numbers, go out for some food and realize you have just made new friends from round the globe.

Which languages?
So far we will pro-actively facilitate 5 languages. English, Dutch, Spanish, German and French. If you feel you want to practice other languages, do join in and bring some friends.

When and where?
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, From 5:30pm – 7pm, 
In the Horst Canteen!




to be determined


Do I need to register to participate?
No, you can join in, at any time during the evening. You do not need to be there exactly at the start, if you cannot make it from the beginning.

What are the costs?
This is a free service from the Engineering Technology International Office.

Can I bring friends that are not in Engineering Technology?
Yes. The aim is to help you learn and meet new people. This knows no faculty boundaries.

I would like to practice Chinese/Arabic/Portuguese. Is that possible?
You are welcome to practice other languages. However note that we will not provide an experienced speaker automatically. So make sure that you come with more people that want to practice the same language. Else, there is little practice opportunity!

I have an idea/suggestion/question/concern. How can I contact you?
Please contact the ET International Office through Mrs. Astrid Oppers-van den Berg, international student support officer.