On any given weekday, rookies and native speakers, professors and students alike gather for lunch at tables sponsored by a variety of Smith's foreign language departments and programs. If it's Friday, it's Korean, and visitors and students at all levels of language proficiency are welcome. They tell stories, crack jokes, make weekend plans. The beginners fall back on English words when they are flummoxed. The more proficient Korean speakers talk easily and quickly.
When Kathy Zieja, director of dining services, sought to add some authentic spices to international dining nights in response to student requests, she brought in the experts. Esther Hong '11, whose parents are from Korea, assisted with Korean cuisine; Martin Carrera, owner of La Veracruzana restaurant in Northampton, consulted on recipes of Latin America.