One of my favorite memories from the Language Café is the night we tried to teach idioms to our Non-Native English Speakers. We laughed and laughed… try explaining, clean as a whistle, it’s raining cats and dogs, costs an arm and a leg, sweating like a pig, break a leg, and under the weather to someone who is just learning English!? And then they told us some idioms from the Farsi and Japanese languages, which really sent us into laughter. We all agreed that these silly idioms could really cause a lot of miscommunication.
If you are looking for a ministry to join, if you enjoy people from all nations and if you have a welcoming heart please come to the Connection Point today, and find out more about the Language Café – Calvary’s conversational ministry to non-native English speakers. Gary and Linda Rodenburg, the Language Café leaders, are avaialble to answer any questions you may have and to hand out posters. We would love your help in getting the word out. We are inviting non-native English Speakers around Grand Rapids to practice their conversational English at Calvary’s Gathering Place Café on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. If you join us as a volunteer you would be there to laugh, listen, and learn as we converse together.
Come learn more on Sunday, September 15 from the Language Café volunteers waiting to speak with you at the Connection Point (just inside the Gathering Place). If you cannot make it after the service, contact Gary and Linda Rodenburg at 956-9377, ext. 5093.