With their ice breaker conversation cards in hand, Umbra students and local Italian university students spoke a mixture of Italian and English at the Umbra Institute’s first Tandem Language Exchange of the semester at Il Birraio, a local restaurant. Over 85 students came, marking one of the largest turnouts ever for a tandem event.
Tandem is designed for students to practice their Italian conversation skills in an informal setting. It also provides the Umbra students with the opportunity to meet locals and learn about Italian culture during their study abroad experience.
“I liked that it was at an adorable location and that Umbra is organizing activities to get everyone together to practice,” said Umbra student Lauren Iacono. “I also liked that it was aperitivo-style–it made it easier for everyone to get comfortable and talk.”
The next tandem will be on Wednesday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Il Birraio. We hope to see you there!
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