What is Taalcafé Macharius (TCM)?
How does it work?
A Gent-based meeting point about languages, for foreign students and PhDs, expats, migrants, refugees, travellers and locals.
Taalcafé Macharius is a bi-weekly, international exchange mart, where you can meet people and practise and share languages.
Brush up on your language skills in conversations with native or very experienced speakers. In return, you help others master your mother tongue, or any other language that you speak fluently.
On an average language night, some 80 to 120 visitors come and join us. There is usually a fine 50/50 ratio between non-Dutch speakers and locals.
Dutch is the most popular language.
That's because many expats and foreigners want a regular dose of everyday Dutch, very often in addition to a traditional language course.
Also Spanish, Italian, French, English and German are popular. And you will very probably also hear Chinese, Swedish, Polish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Arabic. All in all, some 15 languages are spoken on an average language night.
Taalcafé Macharius is not a school. There are no teachers.
There may be a hint at grammar or the occasional linguistic digression. But it is simple practice that will boost your speaking skills.
In principle, talks are held on all levels. But the concept is not suitable for absolute beginners. They will benefit much more from traditional classes than from TCM.
There is only one House Rule: 1 TABLE = 1 LANGUAGE !!
This is the build-up of a language night:
19.00 - Taalcafé Macharius opens
19.15 - Welcome and introduction
19.30 - First session
20.30 - Second session
21.30 - Third session
23.00 - Taalcafé Macharius closes
Offering a language?
No experience? No problem! Offering a language means that you simply help people out in a casual conversation. As if you would meet them in a local bar. That’s it.
You are not expected to teach. Raising conversation topics and providing smooth interactions are shared responsibilities.
We'll help you with all this.
You can 'tutor' as long as you wish. But don't feel obliged to do so all evening.