Conversation Tables

Conversation tables

Meet for coffee and conversation in German (Kaffeestunde), Dutch (Koffietijd), or Norwegian (Norsk Kaffepause). These casual gatherings take place during the Fall and Spring semesters, except during the first and last weeks of classes.


We sponsor a weekly Kaffeestunde as a setting for informal conversation in German, to encourage academic community and supplement work in the classroom. Students at all levels, faculty, and associate instructors, are invited to attend. Kaffeestunde currently takes place on Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Germanic Studies common area in GISB 3115W.


Students of Dutch also meet regularly for conversation. Contact Esther Ham for more information.

Norsk Kaffepause

The Pan-Scandinavian conversation hour is held every other week at different locations in Bloomington, usually around 6 p.m. This gathering is a great social opportunity for anyone who speaks a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or Icelandic) to come together, establish connections and friendships, exchange ideas and information, practice speaking and understanding the language, and advance their oral proficiency.

The Coffee Hour is student-run and meets at different locations depending on the organizer. Previous venues include Indiana Memorial Union Starbucks and Anatolia Turkish Restaurant. The current location is the Runcible Spoon restaurant in Bloomington.

For most current information and to subscribe to the Scandinavian Events list serve, please email Gergana May.