Café Lingua is a language learning community aiming to bring together people of highly diverse viewpoints and cultural backgrounds from around the globe. We hope to provide the means through this humble online community to be able to speak with native speakers of languages from around the globe including invented languages as well as languages for those who are hearing and visually impaired. You will learn more through your informal interactions with native speakers on our forums and in our discord voice chat than you would in a traditional classroom.
The language categories are all written in the native language rather than in English. In order to quickly find your language, please use the Language Code Guide.
While the primary mission is to help give a communal space for all language learners alike to practice together alongside native speakers, we also strive to bring understanding among disparate communities through civilized discourse.
We can all learn each other through sharing our perspectives, but this also means that we need to be open to criticize beliefs, not people.
We don’t have to all agree, but we do need to be respectful about our disagreements. Café Lingua is a free speech zone as in you may share your beliefs and you may present your reasoning behind those beliefs. However you may not personally insult or attack an individual. All critiques are limited to the argument and points being made themselves rather than directed at the individual. For example, a neo-Nazi may explain his/her hatred towards Jews but he/she may not personally insult them or state his/her hatred other than to explain his/her beliefs and point of view. Similarly a trans person may freely state his/her opinions without being personally attacked or being called transphobic slurs. That being said, people may freely express their negative beliefs on condition that it be limited to their explanation of said beliefs rather than to attack to the opposing side.
What will be tolerated:
- description of beliefs
- evidence-based arguments
What will not be tolerated:
- hate speech or slurs (racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, etc.)
- name calling
Examples of dangerous conversations that would be tolerated:
- arguing in favor of vaccines
- arguing in favor of communism
Examples of dangerous conversations that will not be tolerated:
- inciting violence against Jews
- advertising hate group websites
While we may not ultimately persuade one another to hold the same beliefs as us 100%, this community will serve as a first step towards bringing our disparate communities around the globe back together as one fold, the human race.
The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
There are tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s leave our community better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention. But remember that dangerous conversations are allowed as long as there are no specific attacks on a member, so please don’t abuse the flagging system on posts you simply disagree with.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
- Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Don’t post no-content replies.
- Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.
Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.