"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." - Chinese Proverb
What is The Language Lounge?
I'm glad you asked; simply put, The Language Lounge is the answer to the problem plaguing the language community the world over; where to go to practice and maintain language skills.The Language Lounge is meant to be the accessible, flexible and affordable venue that caters to the needs of the language community.
Think of a cozy coffee shop filled with the books from the library, a variety of games and resources all suited to the needs of a language learner. No matter how "unpopular" your foreign language of choice may be, you can feel confident in your ability to seek out and find others to learn, practice and maintain the precious skill that is speaking a foreign language."If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
Talk to a man in his own language, that goes to his heart." -Nelson Mandela"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time." -Thomas Edison
Think of The Language Lounge like the gym. You go to workout to be healthy and keep your muscles strong. But you don't necessarily use everything, you find what works for you.
In the same manner, we provide a variety of tools and resources from games created for the purpose of acquiring and speak a foreign tongue from day one, to books for study, magazines, videos, guides, information on the latest and best apps and websites for self study.
Many other resources that are "language free" and can be used in a variety of ways for fun interactive gatherings. Games such as Rory's Story Cubes that greatly help with quick thinking and natural speech through story telling or any of the many ways in which it can be played. It's perfect regardless of language or skill level!
Get access to locals in your community who share the same linguistic goals. Always know where to 'find someone to practice with', have choices in how you interact with the language and others, participate in a wide range of activities.
All these and so much more available to you in one convenient location."To have another language is to possess a second soul." -Charlemagne
Are you tired of chasing Meetups and language exchanges that don't quite fit your schedule? Would you like to be as immersed as possible without changing your schedule? Do you want to make real connections on your journey to fluency?
This is the answer you seek. The Lounge is designed to fit your schedule and way of life. Visit as much or as little as you like. As you meet others in your language group, create your own schedule among yourselves and always have an entertaining venue in which to meet.
The Lounge will also be host to regular interactive workshops led by native or expert level speakers of a language. Workshops will be posted well ahead of time and include a variety of activities from reading circles to cooking classes. Have an idea? We'd love to hear it."The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." -B.B. KingAFFORDABILITY:
It's no secret that language learning has for a long time been segregated to the elite. Once upon a time only Aristocrats could afford to be educated in a foreign tongue. Not that long ago, the only real options were taking classes that let's face it, most could not afford no matter how badly they wanted to learn.
However over the last few years the internet and apps have made language learning accessible to anyone with a smart phone/computer. With tons of free and cost effective choices at your finger tips, the problem of where to go, what to do and who to talk to maintain the language you've worked so hard to acquire.
Becoming a member of The Language Lounge answers all these questions. It's time the language community had a place to call their own. Where everyone knows where to go for things language related. The place that will help keep you fluent long after your classes are over and you've returned from that glorious time spend abroad fully immersing themselves.
One small monthly fee gives you access to everything mentioned above and more. The goal is to provide not only a venue for language learners to gather, share and grow but also ensure that they can find the resources and aids suited to them and their language journey."A foreign language is like a frail, delicate muscle. If you don't use it, it weakens." - Thumpa Lahiri
We strongly believe in a multilingual world where it will be 'normal' that someone speaks 3 or 4 different languages. We believe that this is possible and can be achieved by making language a regular part of our lives. We also believe that the next step in making this happen is to create environments that cater to that goal.
Your donations will go to further these plans. We would like to update the current location in Ottawa as well as bring a much needed venue to the bustling and multicultural hub that is Montreal.
All size donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated as this project cannot move forward without your invaluable support.
We know that acquiring a new language later in life is not without its difficulties, however we are on a mission to make that process more interactive and fun.
We encourage you to subscribe for updates and the latest news on what we're up to and where we're off to next. (We have big dreams and big plans!)
Your generosity will go a long way in making language learning as enjoyable and sustainable as possible without the large price tag of long term travel. Learn, practice and maintain skills in your own back yard.