Residents Learn a New Language at MCPL’s Conversation Clubs (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Learning a new language can be difficult, but Montgomery County residents can participate in conversation clubs throughout Montgomery County Public Libraries to practice English or Spanish.

Residents and volunteers sat around the table to learn English and American culture by sharing experiences and asking questions at the Quince Orchard Library in Gaithersburg.

This conversation program is offered at the Quince Orchard library four times a week. A diverse group of residents speaking Russian, Chinese, and Spanish participated in this morning’s session.

“If i had known about it, I would have come earlier. But I had a baby, and I couldn’t come. They are so professionals, and I think they help us to get familiar with American culture,” said Gaithersburg resident Chenfei Chen.

The clubs are held in different times, days and locations. You can find English and Spanish conversation groups for the month of February at the Montgomery County Libraries events calendar.

In addition to conversation clubs, libraries around the county offer books and other material in twelve languages, all part of the World Language Collection.

According to Carol Legarreta, public services administrator for human resources and community engagement at Montgomery County Public Libraries, the World Language Collection can also help residents learn more about music, arts or literature from another culture. According to MCPL’s website, since 1986 the libraries have been acquiring books and periodicals on Amharic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Volunteers at the Quince Orchard Library said attendees always show enthusiasm and “really want to learn” a new language.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching and I feel very grateful that I have an opportunity to help people who are coming to our country,” said Harriet Clyman, volunteer at the conversation club for the past seven years.

Residents Learn a New Language at MCPL’s Conversation Clubs (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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Learning a new language can be difficult, but Montgomery County residents can participate in conversation clubs throughout Montgomery County Public Libraries to practice English or Spanish. Residents and volunteers sat around the table to learn English and American culture by sharing experiences and asking questions at the Quince Orchard Library in Gaithersburg. This conversation program […]

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Learning a New Language at MCPL's Conversation Clubs

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Learning a new language can be difficult. Residents in Montgomery County, however, can participate in conversation clubs hosted at county libraries.This program is offered in English and Spanish where people can practice a new language in an “informal” and “friendly” environment. “Everyone is welcome and registration is not required. These sessions are discussions led by […]

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Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at Abarros@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.

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