I am happy because I’m one step closer to my dream of speaking Spanish fluently. I have discovered a new language meet-up initiative not too far from me. The method of helping each other by sharing knowledge gives confidence, and that is certainly needed when you learn a new language.
Immersion with supportive locals in language meet-ups is an efficient method when struggling to break the ice in a new country. The right environment or language exposure can do wonders. It is also a good way to make new friends and that is not always easy. Local communities, especially small ones, can be hard to be accepted in.
After returning from El Hierro, I learned about a new language meet-up initiative with meetings every Thursday from 8.30 PM to 11 PM at Mas Q Tapas bar in Almuñecar. At the same time, my husband and I met some Norwegian friends who had just arrived too so the timing was perfect. We ladies could do something clever in Spanish, while our husbands talked about old times in Norwegian in a bar nearby 🙂
My friend, Ingeborg, and I went with full curiosity to the meet-up organized by some Spanish teachers. After getting to know each of the participants a bit, the drill started facing each partner. The first practice was English and the topic was what we like to do during our spare time. After 20 minutes, we’re back in line again and on counter clockwise, we got new partners and talked in Spanish. The second topic was what country we would love to travel to. We proceeded in the same manner with the third English topic and we talked about Donald Trump. The organizers and attendees are cool people. Here are some of our photos:
All in all, the event came out successful. It was not bad for a first time and I know it will keep on getting better and better. The meeting place was a bit noisy for us to clearly hear each other though as there were also other customers in the bar. However, it was not so disturbing for us. Plus, we are in Spain haha. Anyway, the Virgo in me called for an organizational itch and my mind was running wild with suggestions. But there is always a room for improvement and at least, an initiative is up and standing. We just have to keep at it. Salute to the organizers!