Chartered Institute
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Café Lingo

Event Report

CIOL Gloucestershire's latest Cafe Lingo was a great success. We had six different language 'rooms'; for people to talk in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish and Russian.

It was great to see people attending from all over England, as well as further afield, for example Brazil, Italy and Ireland. As well as translators and interpreters there were teachers and students.

The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly; enabling people to feel comfortable enough to practise their third languages - some of which they hadn’t spoken for decades! - as well as their second languages. It was a great opportunity to have a go and improve, or chat informally in a language you love.

We talked about our work, our family Easter traditions, books, films, and holiday plans. It was a fun and inspiring event and everyone enjoyed taking part. 

Thank you to those who participated, and especially to those who hosted the language rooms.

Join Gloucestershire Network for a fun and informal chat in different languages, via Zoom.

Come and talk in different languages about yourself, your work and interests and spring and Easter traditions in countries whose languages you speak.

Feel free to bring along some food or drink related to spring or Easter, and perhaps a decoration or object that you want to talk about.

You will be able to join one or two different virtual ‘rooms’, and speak one or two languages, during the session.

There will be a separate room for French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, and we hope to add more languages to these before the day. Visit our CIOL Gloucestershire Networking Group Facebook page for an update.

All levels of language learning are welcome to join.

We are looking for volunteers to host other language rooms, such as English. If you would like to volunteer to host a room in your language, which involves keeping the discussion going and making sure everyone has a chance to speak, please email

Programme timings

4.30pm: Introductions (in English)

4.35pm – 5.05pm: First language room

5.05pm – 5.10pm: Break

5.10pm – 5.40pm: Second language room


March 30th, 2022 4:30 PM   to   5:40 PM
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