Studying and Student life

Language and Culture Afternoon

Always wanted to know more about sign language? Or to dance the Paraguayan polka? Or learn Portuguese ? All this, and more, is possible during the Language & Culture Afternoon. During this afternoon, inspiring workshops and demonstration lessons will be offered to students and staff by the Language Center.

Starting at 14:45 on Wednesday 6 December at the Academia Building, you are welcome to take part in 11 workshops and demonstration lessons, offered in two rounds. At 16:30 in the Atrium, the 'Language Café' begins. There you enjoy snacks and drinks while having a chat with other workshop participants and teachers from the Language Center.

Would you like more information? Take a look at the program and sign up for a workshop or two via the Registration Form Language & Culture Afternoon! Participation is free!

Workshops and demonstration lessons

Round 1: 14:45 - 15:30 hrs

Sign Language (in Dutch, minimum A2 level)

Dive into the fascinating world of sign language. How can we communicate with our hands? This workshop is given in Dutch Sign Language with a sign language translator there to assist. During this workshop you’ll learn the hand alphabet and a few gestures. Come and discover just how interesting visual language is.

Experience the Paraguyan Polka

The traditional dances of Paraguay are a way of expressing the Paraguyan culture. The polka dance has a huge social-cultural content which reflects the feeling of its people. In this workshop you”ll get in touch with these different dances and feel what it’s like to be a polka dancer! 

Bem vindo ao Portugues

Deseja falar português? Portuguese is the seventh most spoken language in the world. It’s the mother tongue in upcoming economies such as Brazil, Angola and Mozambique. In this demo session you’ll experience the first contact with an astonishing language and culture.

Experience your own culture

What is 'typically Dutch'? And what do aspects of daily life, such as special cheese-cutters and an obsession with bicycles, say about the people who live here? In this workshop, we will look at a few Dutch customs and explore these and other questions about Dutch culture. By exploring these questions, we will reflect on how our own (multi)cultural backgrounds influence how we experience, for example, so-called Dutch 'bluntness' and how we manage these cultural differences at university or at work.

The idiom is the medium

What would happen if you saw an old flame looking better now than ten years ago? Would you have an ax to grind or would you drop dead and meet your maker

In this workshop, we will enjoy investigating the origins and usage of some of the best known English language Shakespearean idioms and other more obscure idioms that will simply knock your socks off.  

Why are idioms such a great medium to communicate meaning? Come and find out. Will you end the afternoon laughing so hard you will be in stitches? Come try your hand. We await you with bated breath. 

In touch with Swedish

Vill du lära dig svenska? Det är inte svårt! Swedish is a North-Germanic or Scandinavian language with about 9 million speakers in Sweden and Finland. Learn your first sentences in Swedish during this interactive workshop, which focuses on pronunciation and the differences between Dutch and Swedish.


Round 2: 15:45 - 16:30 hrs

Decipher Swahili

Come and experience a taste of Swahili and a taste of Africa. During this workshop you’ll not only get to learn your first words and expressions in Swahili, but you’ll also learn more about the African habits and customs of the tens of millions of people who speak the language. Swahili is a fascinating language with Arabic, Persian, German, Portuguese and English influences. But why don’t you come see for yourself!

The Joy of Bad Rhymes – Andrew Cartwright’s Bad Poetry Workshop

In this fun workshop for those interested in English and poetry, participants will read, write, and perform BAD POETRY. The workshop leader is a self-confessed poet yet he knows that poetry can sometimes be boring, pretentious or just plain bad. Oddly enough, this has made him even more passionate about poetry…

A BAD POETRY workshop! Not just mediocre but really BAD POETRY. Afterwards, participants may feel like writing some GOOD POETRY! Give it a try!

The sound of Russia (In Dutch, minimum A2 level)

“The Russian soul is darkness”, they say. But Russian music is also full of surprises! Not only is it Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Stravinski, it’s also the music of the people. So what exactly is the music of the people like? Is it subtle and sensitive or rebellious and emotional? Join the workshop and come discover, hear and make music of your own! It will be an extraordinary workshop full of emotion, dance and drumming!

Sign Language

Dive into the fascinating world of sign language. How can we communicate with our hands? This workshop is given in Dutch Sign Language with a sign language translator there to assist. During this workshop you’ll learn the hand alphabet and a few gestures. Come and discover just how interesting visual language is.

Speed Debating

Have you always wanted to learn how to communicate diplomatically and how to defend your position regarding controversial topics? Would you like to develop more fluency, and learn language to be able to take a stance at the same time? Enroll and participate in our workshop in which you will enter into speed debating, which a useful skill to master in academia and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!