Kathia Toledo says the Language Cafe has helped her meet new people.
Kathia Toledo says the Language Cafe has helped her meet new people. Mike Richards GLA121113MIGR

Cafe stirring up language lesson for new residents

PERUVIAN migrant Kathia Toledo is becoming more fair dinkum by the day, even if she's a bit confused about what that actually means.

"The slang like 'fair dinkum' is hard…what is that?" Mrs Toledo came to Australia in 2008 after studying law in Lima.

Five years later and she has two and a half years of study in Australia under her belt, and is looking for work in Gladstone's law firms.

She's one of the participants involved in the "Language Cafe" program run by the Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours through the Gladstone Library.

The regular meetings are open to all and aim to encourage those coming to Gladstone from other parts of the world to swap their stories and better their conversational English.

But the main game is setting up a support network for those new to our shores.

"All the people who always go from different countries, we know each other so we see each other on the street, we talk," Mrs Toledo said.

In September, she also took part in WIN's "What's Your Story?" workshop, as members shared their journeys to Gladstone.

The next Language Cafe is on Tuesday, December 10, 9.30-11am, call 0487422142 for more.