Languages Café

The Languages Café promotes communication across languages and across cultures. It helps home students and international students to make contact and network. It fosters cross-cultural friendships. In short, it brings people together!

Originally set up by languages staff in the Plymouth Business School, the Languages Café is a relaxed meeting place with a native speaker at each table to help guide conversations in French, Spanish and English, and occasionally German, Chinese or Italian.

Supported by the Plymouth Business School and the International Centre, it is open to the public as well as staff and students, and offers a platform for people of all levels to come together to practice conversing in a variety of languages.

When does the Languages Café run? 

The Languages Café will begin again every Wednesday from 29 September 2021 for an hour from 13:00–14:00. These sessions will initially be online; for the Digital Languages Café, the Zoom link will remain the same.

Join via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you.

What happens?

Groups for each language meet informally to chat, exchange views and enjoy each other's company over coffee. Holders of University ID can get a complimentary drink.

What do students say about it?

“Great way to prepare for exams, meet new people and learn about foreign cultures!”

“It is wonderful to meet people of different walks of life and different levels of ability.”

“This is an amazing arrangement. People are helping each other and having fun. Really improves understanding and language speaking skills!”

“I’m happy to be here.”

“We are lucky to have the languages café. It is very friendly and allows us to improve our languages while having fun.”

Tandem Language Exchange

Are you learning a language? 

Would you like to meet up with a native speaker?

Register for Tandem Language Exchange


Follow the PDF instructions to create a Synergies account.

Once you are into the Synergies site, click on ‘Create Post’ and use the title: (Your language) offered; (the language you are learning) wanted. e.g. French offered; English wanted.

Write a brief text about yourself: you could mention your course / your job / your interests plus how often you would like to meet and what aspects of the language you are learning that you want to improve. e.g. I am studying economics and I work part-time as a waiter. I would like to meet on Wednesday afternoons for an hour or two. I mainly need to improve my pronunciation and I am ready to help you with whatever you want to learn in French.

Once you have set up your post you can then log-in to check for “matching” partners. You will need to check this page on a regular basis as new members will be joining all the time.

To read about a potential exchange partner, click on their post (under the heading ‘Discussion’). You can then click on their name or email address to send them a message.

When meeting your partner for the first time, we recommend that you meet in a safe, public environment, e.g. a University café.