Des Moines Spanish Language Conversation Group Weekly Meetup

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  • Becky E.

    We had a great time reviewing the book. Sarah had prepared a worksheet which really helped with the discussion. Everyone felt that they learned a lot. It was a very lively and fun time. We had a new guest tonight Tim and he will be joining us again next week. I have decided that I need to get the English version of the book. I will read it side by side with the Spanish version. I want to be able to really be in on the discussion; besides, Sarah says it is a really good book and there is a movie as well. We plan to view it in the near future. The book is "En el Tiempo de las Mariposas", by Julia Alvarez. I got my copy on Amazon for $11. Hope to see you next week! The plan is to discuss chapter 2 on April 24.

    April 10, 2013

    • Sarah V.

      I can't take credit for making the worksheet - that was Shashi :) We both enjoyed preparing questions to ask the other and would suggest others to do the same for future conversations just because it gets you (as the reader) thinking more about what you just read.

      April 11, 2013

  • Hugh H.

    Sorry must cancel tomorrow April 10 due to a conflict. Hugh

    April 9, 2013

    • Becky E.

      We are sorry you could not join us tonight. Hopefully, you will "meetup" with us next week.

      April 10, 2013

  • Hugh H.

    I think it may be the wrong group because I am a beginner. I only know a few survival words. I'm trying to arrange a three month contract with the Peace Corps in Honduras.

    April 8, 2013

    • Sarah V.

      All levels are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Spanish at their level of ability. Everyone is very patient and eager to help. 6-7 is free conversation, 7-8 is book discussion but those who want to continue conversing are welcome to do so. I have heard of another group with more grammatical and vocabulary structure but I'll have to get back to you on if the group is still around and a contact person.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come to the meeting on Wednesday prepared, but am having trouble locating a copy of the book. I tried looking for it at the local B&N but they don't have any in stock nor is it available on my Nook. Any suggestions?

    April 7, 2013

    • Sarah V.

      You could order a copy from Amazon and in the meantime all the Des Moines Public Libraries except South have the book checked in (as of today 4/7).

      April 7, 2013

    • Sarah V.

      Even if you can't get a copy of the book before hand, don't be deterred from coming. You won't have any trouble contributing to the conversation even without having read the pages.

      April 7, 2013

  • Becky E.

    <<<Club de lectores>>>>
    ... is in the works and our first book will be, "En el Tiempo de las Mariposas", by Julia Alvarez. For anyone interested, we will discuss a selected book each week from 7pm - 8pm until the book's completion. Our first discussion will be April 10 and cover pages 17-33. The book takes place in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael "el Jefe" Trujillo (1930 - 1960), the most oppressive, ruthless, and feared dictator in all the history of Latina America. The "Butterflies" was the code name for the Mirabal sisters that were instrumental in the underground movement to free the Dominicans from Trujillo's tyranny. The Mirabal sisters along with countless others fought for freedom and change in-spite of the on-going threat of being captured, imprisoned, tortured, and killed.

    March 25, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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