Leader: Lindsay Whitehouse
10.30 3rd Wednesday
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 10.30 am
Throughout the covid restrictions we have continued to meet using zoom. Our meetings last for 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the subject matter we are reviewing, and our own individual level of motivation on the day! We always take time out for a snack and hot drink at the halfway point.
All of our members have a grasp of basic Spanish. Some members are much more fluent than others, so potential new members should not be put off if their Spanish is a bit rusty. One of our members is a Mexican born lady. She helps all of us with pronunciation, accents, and the general local idiom variations between European and South American Spanish.
All of our meetings start with “noticias” where we share news and updates of what has happened in our life since the previous meeting. All of this conversation is conducted in Spanish. At the end of each person’s presentation, we check that everyone understood what was said.
The agenda for the rest of the meeting is different every time. We look at various aspects of the language, including words with more than one meaning, different tenses and how the form of the verb changes within the tense. We have found that quizzes, with links to the Spanish language and culture, are particularly popular.
When we are able to meet face to face, we utilise other resources, especially You Tube lessons, Spanish language TV programmes, and music with Spanish lyrics. We have employed a qualified Spanish tutor in the past and will seek to continue to do this when a normal meeting regime resumes.
When we meet face to face, we do so in individual houses. Not every member is able to host the group, so if your house is not suitable to host meetings, please do not let that be a barrier to joining. There are about three properties that can accommodate the whole group and we rotate meetings between these places.
We currently have capacity to accommodate new members. If you would like to know more, please click on the contact icon to email the group leader.
Possible Beginner’s group
We are committed to starting a second group for absolute beginners, who wish to learn the language. In order to make this group viable we would need a minimum of 6, but ideally 10 people to join. At the moment 3 members have expressed an interest. If you are interested in learning to speak simple Spanish, perhaps to holiday standard, please contact the group leader using the contact icon.