MBA Students Use Lunch to Learn a New Language

January 30, 2012 Language Lunch and Learn 2012
On Tuesday, January 24, Georgetown McDonough MBA students used their lunch break to brush up on their Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, or Spanish at the first Language Lunch and Learn sponsored by the MBA Student Government Association (SGA).
“We have students from more than 35 different countries in the MBA program,” said Allen Wang, vice president of international relations. “The lunch and learn is a great opportunity to further enrich the experiences of those [international] students, as well as broaden the horizons and knowledge of students wanting to learn a new language and culture.”
At the lunch and learn, students were invited to join a table based on the language they wanted to speak and their skill level—non-experienced or experienced. Each table was hosted by an MBA student who facilitated conversation and some instruction.
At the beginner Spanish language table, Enrique Lopez, MBA ’13, conversed with his classmates about their day and favorite activities. At the Chinese language table, Eric Zu, MBA ’13, taught students greetings and numbers.
“From learning a language, one can better understand a culture,” said Zu. “This is valuable in our program as we all develop a global mindset when it comes to conducting business.”
The SGA hopes to continue this program, turning it into a monthly series and including faculty members from the McDonough School of Business. For more information about the language lunch and learn, contact Allen Wang at
-          Lamar Dawson