Last updated 2 years ago by Michael Darmanin
Utrecht Library sees a new Taalcafé or Language Café at Kanaleneiland.
The first experiences from the new Language Café
In addition to our language cafés in Overvecht, Lombok and Vleuten-De Meern, Kanaleneiland is now also a language café richer! Taal Doet Meer (Language Does More) organizes a language café every Tuesday from 15: 00-17: 00 in the Kanaleneiland Library. Here you can read the stories of the volunteers every week. One of the participants reported how the very first language café at Kanaleneiland, was exciting! After the participants put their name stickers on, they began by playing games so that the ice was broken and they immediately got to know each other. Soon people were getting into conversations with each other between the Dutch, Moroccan, Eritrean and Turkish participants. They were able to talk about the Dutch weather.
Why not become a volunteer at Taal Doet Meer?
Taal Doet Meer works with a team of around 900 volunteers on an annual basis who work as language coaches or as a mentor. Increasingly volunteers are also active in other areas, for example administrative support, communication advice or ICT. A growing group of volunteers also carries out coordinating activities. If you want to make a difference to Utrecht society why not spend a few hours a week volunteering. It’s just like a hobby, but different as you are supporting the community in a very positive way.
Contact Taal Doet Meer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 030 294 75 94 or take a look at their web page here.
For more than 30 years Taal Doet Meer has been working with volunteers for new, non-native Utrecht – young and old – to participate in Utrecht society. Learning the Dutch language is a common thread in our work. After all, language is needed to find a job, talk to your children’s teacher, go to the doctor, work with a computer or do your homework. We encourage foreign speakers of Utrecht to learn and enable mutual encounters between Utrechters. Language connects Utrechters and we connect Utrechters with language!
So how many of you English only speakers have tried the journey into speaking Dutch?
does the thought of a new language frighten you?
Do you think you should give it a try?
Let us know your thoughts and feelings.