Conversation Exchange at the Central Library

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Conversation ExchangeIf you are currently learning a language or want to maintain your speaking skills in a particular language,  then come along to one of our conversation exchange sessions in the Central Library.

We have eight such sessions in the following languages: Italian, Spanish, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Russian and a multilingual session for any language not included here.

These are informal; there's no need to book, just come along to the Activity Room at the appropriate time (listed below). For example, on Monday evenings Italian people who want to practice and improve their English will attend and speak to English speakers who want to improve their Italian. It's a pleasant way to speak with native speakers, learn about their country and make new friends.

On Fridays, the multilingual exchange is for all other languages not covered on the other days. English speakers are particularly welcome to this as there are lots of Brazilians, Koreans who want to practice with native speakers. Even if you don't speak Portuguese or Korean etc., it's a nice way to get to know people from a different culture.

Similar exchanges also take place in some of our other branch libraries.

The timetable for the Central Library is as follows:

  • English/Multilingual Conversation Exchange - open to speakers of all languages including English speakers: Fridays, 3.30 - 4.45pm
  • French/English Conversation Exchange: Wednesdays, 6.00 - 7.45pm
  • German/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 1.00 - 2.30pm
  • Irish/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 11.30am - 1.00pm
  • Japanese/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 10.00 - 11.30am
  • Russian/English Conversation Exchange: Friday, 2.00 - 3.30pm
  • Spanish/English Conversation Exchange: Tuesdays, 6.00 - 7.45pm
  • Italian/English Conversation Exchange: Mondays, 6.00 - 7.45pm


i´ve in in dublin last december and i fell in love with your accent.And i´d like to improve my english conversation as well.i,m a native spanish speaker so i hope i gan get in your sessions.see you.

Hi there

I am Ernesto from Mexico. If I want to go to central library for the Language Interchange do I have to pay something or be previously on a attendance list?

I want to go today and practice my English.


Hi Ernesto. No need to book and there is no charge. These are informal gatherings. Just come along at the appropriate time (Spanish is on Tuesday at 6pm). Enjoy!

Hi i want to join the japanese language exchange but i am only 14. can i still come? thank you</p>

Apologies for delay in replying. The conversation exchanges are normally for those aged 18 years and older. But you are more than welcome to contact the Open Learning Centre, Central Library, if you would like to discuss further. Tel. 01 8734333 (dial 4 when instructed) for further details.

Hello, I'm interested in coming along for the Japanese language exchange. I hope that this is still happening.

Yes the Japanese language exchange takes place on Saturdays 12pm - 2pm. For more information contact Central Library T. 873 4333 E.

Hi. Nice to meet you. I&#39;d like to take part in language exchange course. However, I don&#39;t know where this library located. If someone checks my message, please leave a reply. Thank you.</p>

Hi Sungjin, the Central Library is located in the Ilac Shopping Centre on Henry Street, Dublin 2.

Hi, is Russian still happening 15.30 - 16.45 on Saturdays? Thanks!

Yes, the Russian conversation exchange takes place every Saturday from 3.30pm to 4.45pm.

View details of all our conversation exchanges.

Kind regards, Eddie, Dublin City Public Libraries

Hello I want to participate Monday to the Conversation Exchanges at the Central Library.
Please put my name in the booking.Many Thanks.

These are informal; there's no need to book, just come along to the Activity Room at the appropriate time.

My name is George I am from Greece. I want to improve my english, does anyone want to learn greek?

Kind regards,

Hi, my name is Tatiane, I want to go to the library on Friday. is it working normally? I speak Portuguese and need to learn English.

Hi Tatiane,

Yes the conversation exchange is still running on Fridays. You can sign up for a library card with photo ID to avail of our free language learning courses that we provide in the library for learning in the library or at home.



Hi all,
does anyone know if the language exchange is still running?



Ciao, we are a class of 25 students looking for an opportunity to practice Italian for our leaving cert oral exam. We would be delighted to come to the library on Mondays. Rispondici il piú presto possibile, grazie!

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