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Our language conversation partners (LCPs) are excited to meet you to have unstructured and structured conversations in your target language, practice oral drills, and meet someone new who is fluent in the language. Read about our LCPs that host sessions in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Arabic LCPs

Asmaa Sultan

Chinese LCPs

Denise Lee

Denise Lee

Hi! My name is Denise Lee, and I'm a junior interested in Computer Science and Economics. Born and raised in Singapore, I grew up speaking both Mandarin Chinese and English and have experience translating between both languages. Other than Chinese, I also understand a bit of Bahasa Indonesia. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching shows and trying new foods with friends. I am looking forward to chatting with you and learning more about your interests!

Tianshu Luo

Tianshu Luo

Hey! I am Tianshu from Shanghai, China. I was born in a small city in Henan, and then moved to Shanghai with my family before elementary school. I went to Long Island, New York for high school, and then moved to Cali for undergrad. Besides mandarin, I also speak two dialects in Chinese, Henanese and Shanghainese. I love playing tennis, and cooking. I can't wait to meet and have a great conversation with you! 

Vivian Zhu, Lead LCP

Vivian Chu

My name is Vivian Zhu, and I'm a Senior from Sydney, Australia majoring in International Relations and East Asian Studies. I was born in Hangzhou, China and have always loved all aspects of the Chinese language, from everyday speech to classical literary works. When I’m not learning a language (I have studied French and Latin, and am now studying Korean), I enjoy reading Chinese novels, going on jogs and long walks, cooking, photography, and debating. I am so excited to get to know you and share our love for Chinese!

French LCPs

Angie Lopez, Lead LCP

Angie Lopez

Hello! My name is Angie Lopez, and I’m an upcoming senior studying Art History and French Studies. I grew up in Miami, Florida where I spoke Spanish at home and began my French studies in first grade! Over the years, I fell in love with French’s global scope and rich literary history. I am so excited to connect with you all, talk about anything and everything, and become part of your language learning journey!

Uche Ochuba

Uche Ochuba

Hello, my name is Uche Ochuba and I am excited to share a passion for the French language with you!

 

Maleah Webster 

Maleah Webster

Hello! My name is Maleah (she/her) and I am a Korean and French LCP this year. I am a Junior from the Chicago area. I major in International Relations with a specialization in East and South Asia and I minor in Translation Studies. I've studied Korean and French both for 5+ years. Outside of classes I spend my time cooking, reading, painting, and watching my favorite Youtube channels. I can’t wait to get to know y’all through LCP and to support you in your language-learning journey!

Pauline Arnoud

Pauline Arnoud

Hello! My name is Pauline Arnoud and I'm super excited to be one of the French LCPs this year! I'm currently a Junior pursuing a major in Computer Science and minor in education. I speak French, English and a little bit of Spanish. I was born and raised in San Francisco but attended a French high school and only speak French at home. I also enjoy traveling back to France a couple months a year to see my family! I'm very excited to chat together this year and look forward to meeting you and being a part of your language learning journey!

German LCPs

Atash Sadeghi Heil

Atash Heil

Hey, my name is Atash (he/him) and I’m a sophomore from Germany. I grew up in Kiel, a small city by the Baltic Sea. Aside from my mother languages, German and Persian, I took English and eight years of Latin in school. A year ago, I moved to Stanford for an undergraduate degree in Geophysics. Listening to German rap is among the secrets that keep me going on a journey so far from home and I’d definitely love to share some songs when meeting you!

Italian LCPs

Giulia Scagliotti

Giulia Scagliotti

Hello! My name is Giulia and I’m a PhD student in Civil Engineering. I was born in Casale Monferrato, a small town in northern Italy. I speak Italian, English and German. I have been in the United States since 2016 but I always enjoy spending a few weeks of the year in Italy, visiting my family and traveling. In my free time, I love cooking, gardening and hiking. I am excited to meet you and have conversations in Italian!

Rachel Dubit

Rachel Dubit

Hi, my name is Rachel. I was born and raised in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and I am currently in my fifth year at Stanford as a PhD candidate in the Classics department with a focus on genre, gender, and landscape in first-century Latin love poetry. I love languages in general, and Italian has a special place in my heart as one of Latin’s closest modern relatives. I have lived in Italy at various times for a total of more than two years and studied Italian for about 9 years, and now I am excited to share my experience with you as an LCP here at Stanford!

Japanese LCPs

Mario DePavia

Mario DePavia

Mario DePavia is a sophomore at Stanford University. He has been studying Japanese language for seven years, over a year of which he spent living in Japan, working and commuting to a public high school. He is considering majoring in East Asian Studies and Computer Science.

 

Mayumi Kuze

Mayumi Kuze

Hello! My name is Mayumi, I use she/her pronouns, and I'm a rising senior at Stanford. I was born in Kanagawa, Japan, and I grew up in Tokyo. At Stanford, I'm majoring in Economics, minoring in Data Science, and I am a very passionate member of Stanford Taiko, a student-run music group at Stanford dedicated to the art of Japanese drumming! I am interested in traditional Japanese culture, especially traditional music and performing arts. My other hobbies include reading, writing, and listening to music. I'm excited to be an LCP this year, especially because I took Spanish and French courses at Stanford. I'm looking forward to meeting you all through this program!

Korean LCPs

Maleah Webster

Maleah Webster

Hello! My name is Maleah (she/her) and I am a Korean and French LCP this year. I am a Junior from the Chicago area. I major in International Relations with a specialization in East and South Asia and I minor in Translation Studies. I've studied Korean and French both for 5+ years. Outside of classes I spend my time cooking, reading, painting, and watching my favorite Youtube channels. I can’t wait to get to know y’all through LCP and to support you in your language-learning journey!

Yoo Ra Sung

Yoo Ra Sung

My name is Yoo Ra Sung, and I am a Junior from Honolulu, Hawaii majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. I was born in Incheon, South Korea and moved to Hawaii with my family when I was young. Besides Korean I have also studied Mandarin Chinese and have a general interest in East Asian language and culture! On campus, I am a part of SIAS (Society for International Affairs at Stanford), am an editor for the Stanford Undergraduate Law Review, and worked at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Among other things, I love photography, painting, bowling, writing, and watching Korean dramas on Netflix. I am excited to get to know you by conversing in Korean and look forward to supporting you in your language learning journey!

Portuguese LCPs

Sierra Wells

Sierra Wells

Hi, my name is Sierra, and I am a senior studying International Relations and Data Science. I speak Spanish and Portuguese and think language learning is an important part of engaging with the world. I've lived and worked in Mexico City and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, so I understand the challenges encountered using another language in social, academic, and professional settings. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trying to figure out how to use a film camera. I'd love to meet you and talk more about why you're interested in learning Spanish and/or Portuguese!

Spanish LCPs

Ana Ximena Sosa, Lead LCP

Ximena Sosa

Hola! My name is Ximena I am a junior majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Energy Resources Engineering. I was born in Linares, NL, Mexico and moved to South Texas when I was eight. I grew up with Spanish as my first language and continue to speak it with my family and friends. On campus, I am most involved in the Western Equestrian Team and Los Salseros de Stanford. I love speaking about life on campus, travel, classes, hobbies, your favorite books and movies, music recommendations to improve Spanish (Bad Bunny, La Rosalia, Juanes, Morat...), cooking, and pretty much anything you want to practice your vocabulary on. I can't wait to meet you!

Daniel Algazi

Daniel Algazi

Hello! My name is Dani, and I’m from Los Angeles. My family is from Mexico, so I grew up speaking Spanish at home. I love learning languages—I also speak French and am currently learning Mandarin. I’m a Mechanical Engineering major, although I’m also interested in linguistics and design. I also love doodling and playing music with others (I play the flute and saxophone and I am in an acapella group on campus). I’m really excited to be able to help you along your language-learning journey!

Elaine Michelle Hernández González

Elaine Michelle Hernández González

Hi! My name is Elaine and I am a senior majoring in Biology. Being from Puerto Rico, I have been speaking both Spanish and English since I was very young and now I have decided to learn a third language, French. I love to talk about Spanish and Latin American culture, especially the cuisine and literature. I also love to go to the beach and listen to any type of music (I am always open to recommendations). I am looking forward to meeting you and speaking in such a beautiful language!

Luciana Bridges

Luciana Bridges

Hola! My name is Luciana, and I’m from Lima, Peru and New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a sophomore planning on majoring in Psychology and minoring in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Growing up in a bilingual and bicultural household, I had to quickly learn how to switch between languages and cultures, in order to fit into both. My upbringing also gave me a love for reading, playing volleyball, baking, and treating people with kindness. I can’t wait to work and share with you my love for Spanish!

Mila Camargo

Mila Carmago

Hola! My name is Mila, and I’m a Senior from Boston. I’m French-Colombian, so I grew up speaking Spanish, French, and English at home (and eating a lot of good food!). At Stanford, I'm majoring in Public Policy and International Relations and love jogging the Dish, playing on the Women’s Club Soccer Team, and doing social impact consulting. I can't wait to meet you! ​

Sierra Wells

Sierra Wells

Hi, my name is Sierra, and I am a senior studying International Relations and Data Science. I speak Spanish and Portuguese and think language learning is an important part of engaging with the world. I've lived and worked in Mexico City and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, so I understand the challenges encountered using another language in social, academic, and professional settings. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and trying to figure out how to use a film camera. I'd love to meet you and talk more about why you're interested in learning Spanish and/or Portuguese!

Silvana Alfaro 

Silvana Alfaro

Hi! My name is Silvana and I am a sophomore from El Salvador. I love languages: Spanish is my native one, I learned English and French at school, and am now currently learning Italian. At Stanford, I am majoring in Human Biology and am very interested in Neuroscience and Psychology. In my free time I love to go on outdoor adventures like scuba diving, water skiing, and kayaking and I also love to cook savory food. I'm really excited to meet you and help you learn this wonderful language!

 Valerie Hernández

Valerie Hernandez

Hello! My name is Valerie Hernández and I'm a rising Junior majoring in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in HAI. I'm from Puerto Rico, so I grew up speaking Spanish at home, in school, and around the island. Some of the things I love to do are going to concerts, trying new foods, and spending time at the beach. Excited to chat!