Other resources for improving language skills

In addition to UBC tandem, there are many resources available on campus, in Vancouver, and online to improve your language skills and learn about diverse cultures. Is there anything we missed? Send us your suggestions for helpful language learning and teaching resources at tandem.program@ubc.ca!

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American Sign Language

logoQueer ASL

Queer ASL is a queer & transgender positive environment with a focus on creating a more accessible, affordable, and safer space for folks who want to learn ASL in Vancouver, BC.

UBC Signs

UBC Signs is the first and only club which seeks to bridge the gap between the University of British Columbia and the Deaf community (of Vancouver). UBC signs focuses on ASL, the 5+ sign languages of Canada, and the hundreds of sign languages worldwide.
Arabic
Language Partners BC Welcome to Language Partners BC! We bring people together in their neighbourhoods to learn languages, for free. We offer a Arabic-English Programs for Men and Women, with a focus on supporting refugees in conversation and settlement.
Bengali

UTSAV UBC Indian Student Association

A student-run organization which endeavours to celebrate South Asian culture. ISA-UTSAV was founded in 1980 by a group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest student run organization in UBC encompassing all the students and alumni of all south Asian backgrounds.
Cantonese
Chinese Collegiate Society Welcome to the Chinese Collegiate Society (CCS)! We are a student-run club at the University of British Columbia. As a part of UBC, we hope to provide students the opportunity to meet new people through exciting social events and voluntary activities.
Chinese Students Association CSA works towards acting as a bridge between the Chinese students’ and the local community, while promoting multiculturalism through building a better relationship between the Chinese and local communities of British Columbia.
Chinese Students and Scholars Association The UBC CSSA organizes events and activities on the regular or irregular bases, including those big events and celebrations of the traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival, the Full-Moon Festival and the China ‘s National Day. It also organizes seasonal tours and various healthy entertainments

Hong Kong at Heart

HK at Heart offers Cantonese lessons and socials for students in all faculties. With the help of our former Cantopie club creators and faculty staff for Asian Studies CNTO: Chinese courses, we have successfully rebranded into a new club that shares the unique goal of enhancing language abilities.
Learn Chinese Here Created by one of our Facilitators (2016-17), Miao Dong, this website is a great resource for discovering Chinese culture, while also learning new vocabulary and character writing.
UBC ASIA UBC Asian Studies Interest Association. Bonded by the passion to learn and share the cultural, academic and social aspects of Asia, the club serves students as part of the UBC Alma Mater Society.
Danish

UBC Scandinavian and Nordic Club

UBC SNCA helps gather students that may have an interest in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and the Nordic region. We are a diverse and accepting club which accepts all students regardless of language skills or cultural background. Students are welcome to join us at their leisure and are encouraged to come meet us in any of our activities. See you soon! —Vi ses snart!
English
 

Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC

Many neighbourhood houses offer volunteer-run, low-cost English Conversation Circles. The closest Neighbourhood House to UBC Campus is the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (3683 West 4th Ave). For more information, visit Kits House Conversation Circles or Association of Neighbourhood Houses in BC for a listing of other neighbourhood houses.

Vancouver Community Centres offer various English classes for different skill levels and age groups. Visit their website to find the program that's right for you.

Free language conversation groups open to anyone wanting to improve their English skills and occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street.

For improving your English, UBC has compiled a number of resources on campus that are both free and with fees.
French

Duolinguo

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!

L'objectif de notre Club est aussi bien d'encourager le développement que la rencontre de la communauté francophone au sein de l'Université de Colombie Britannique. All are welcome!

Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach language, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects, including science, music, history, philosophy, and popular culture. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics (known within the service as "mems")—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.

This app helps you find native speakers of almost any language who want to learn your language in exchange. Practice listening, improve your pronunciation, and learn to speak a foreign language like a local – no matter where you are.
German

Duolinguo

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!

Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach language, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects, including science, music, history, philosophy, and popular culture. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics (known within the service as "mems")—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.
 

This app helps you find native speakers of almost any language who want to learn your language in exchange. Practice listening, improve your pronunciation, and learn to speak a foreign language like a local – no matter where you are.
Greek

UBC κλαμπ ελληνων.  UBC Greek Student Association

The UBC Greek Student Association intends to enrich campus life on UBC for all students. The club intends to introduce students to Greek culture, food, and language.
Hindi

UTSAV UBC Indian Student Association

A student-run organization which endeavours to celebrate South Asian culture. ISA-UTSAV was founded in 1980 by a group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest student run organization in UBC encompassing all the students and alumni of all south Asian backgrounds.
Italian
 UBC Club d'Italiano EVERYONE is welcome! You might be Italian, or you might not be; you might speak Italian, or you might not; you might be taking Italian classes; or you might not be! Whoever you are, we've got something for you (food, drinks, movies, music, soccer, networking, study groups, etc!!!)
Mandarin

Chinese Collegiate Society

Welcome to the Chinese Collegiate Society (CCS)! We are a student-run club at the University of British Columbia. As a part of UBC, we hope to provide students the opportunity to meet new people through exciting social events and voluntary activities.
Chinese Students Association CSA works towards acting as a bridge between the Chinese students’ and the local community, while promoting multiculturalism through building a better relationship between the Chinese and local communities of British Columbia.
Chinese Students and Scholars Association The UBC CSSA organizes events and activities on the regular or irregular bases, including those big events and celebrations of the traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival, the Full-Moon Festival and the China ‘s National Day. It also organizes seasonal tours and various healthy entertainments
Learn Chinese Here Created by one of our Facilitators (2016-17), Miao Dong, this website is a great resource for discovering Chinese culture, while also learning new vocabulary and character writing.
UBC ASIA UBC Asian Studies Interest Association. Bonded by the passion to learn and share the cultural, academic and social aspects of Asia, the club serves students as part of the UBC Alma Mater Society.
Norwegian

UBC Scandinavian and Nordic Club

UBC SNCA helps gather students that may have an interest in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and the Nordic region. We are a diverse and accepting club which accepts all students regardless of language skills or cultural background. Students are welcome to join us at their leisure and are encouraged to come meet us in any of our activities. See you soon! —Vi ses snart!
Spanish

Duolinguo

Duolingo is the world’s most popular way to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!

UBC Club de Español

La página oficial del Club de Español de UBC - para los que hablan, aprenden o quieren mejorar su español.  Hosts weekly conversation circles in Spanish at the Global Lounge, all are welcome!

[caption id="attachment_2826" align="alignnone" width="250"] Memrise Language Learning App[/caption]

 Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach language, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects, including science, music, history, philosophy, and popular culture. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics (known within the service as “mems”)—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.

Tandem - Language Exchange App

This app helps you find native speakers of almost any language who want to learn your language in exchange. Practice listening, improve your pronunciation, and learn to speak a foreign language like a local – no matter where you are.
Swedish

UBC SNCA helps gather students that may have an interest in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and the Nordic region. We are a diverse and accepting club which accepts all students regardless of language skills or cultural background. Students are welcome to join us at their leisure and are encouraged to come meet us in any of our activities. See you soon! —Vi ses snart!
Tamil

Tamil Students’ Association of UBC

We act as a gathering point for post-secondary students who wish to learn of or engage in activities and events relevant to Tamil culture and heritage. A club in which the rich cultural aspects of Tamil music, dance, poetry, literature, art, etc. can be expressed and enjoyed by its members.
Turkish
Language Partners BC Welcome to Language Partners BC! We bring people together in their neighbourhoods to learn languages, for free. We offer a Turkish-English Mixed program, with a focus on supporting refugees in conversation and settlement.

UBC Turkish Student Society

We are a student led, non-political group open to people from all backgrounds, aimed to increase the awareness & knowledge of the Turkish culture, language and cuisine across UBC and Vancouver.
Urdu

UTSAV UBC Indian Student Association

A student-run organization which endeavours to celebrate South Asian culture. ISA-UTSAV was founded in 1980 by a group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. Since then it has grown to be one of the biggest student run organization in UBC encompassing all the students and alumni of all south Asian backgrounds.
Other Resources

UBC Alma Mater Society

The Alma Mater Society has a list of cultural clubs at UBC, which may offer language learning and sharing in addition to cultural and social activities.

Meetup Vancouver

Language and Cultural Meetups Vancouver

A diverse list of language and cultural meetup groups in Vancouver. Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive. UBC tandem recommends making sure the Meetup is in a public place to ensure your security.

Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre

The tandem program is part of the activities at the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre hosts the tandem program and also hosts a variety of other intercultural and international activities, with a network of over 40 student clubs on campus.