What we're about

We are a mixed group of English and Spanish speakers interested in improving our conversational skills. We are very informal and relaxed and always welcome new members! It's a social group and not a class - just friends helping friends. (And, of course, if you are a native Spanish speaker who is willing to help us Gringos learn, well..... we really need you to join.)

We normally meet several times per week: we rotate between various downtown Sarasota cafés/restaurants. We also have "paid", limited attendance, tutoring sessions ($5 - $10 to the Tutor and the location venue). You are welcome and encouraged to find Study Buddies and meet on your own time.

We also organize other activities related to Hispanic cultures, ranging from salsa dance classes and Spanish-language movies to all types of cultural events. There may even be some travel to Spanish-speaking countries.

We don't have a lot of rules, but we do have a few.

1. Any Member can post an Event, but, you must attend your events (Event Manager) and write and update a description, choose the location, set the limits and cancel it if necessary.

2. RSVP Please! We strongly encourage you to RSVP (and un-rsvp). In some cases where seating is limited, it is mandatory. This is how we measure our success, and communicate with each other, and.... it is our 'appearance' to people looking to join.

3. Spend Money at the restaurants! It is difficult to find good locations and we need to be as generous with them and they are with us!

4. Not a School. Please note we are not a school (you need some basic knowledge of Spanish or English) and not all Meetups are suitable for all members.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events (5+)

Inglés - Espanol Intercambio: "What Did You Call Me?"... "Como Te Llamaste?"

For Wednesday 10/16/19.... A bi-cultural explanation of nicknames, terms of endearment, idioms, patois(?), lingo, jargon, slang, vernacular, lingo, and on and on. Guys, chicks, guapas, boys, senoritas and on and on. For example: My Mexican Daughter-in-Law calls me: "Suegro" (Father-in-Law)..... and her Dad calls her: "Hija". But in English, we would never call someone those words in conversations with them. Huh? What's all that about? I routinely refer to myself as a "Gringo". Entonces, ¿qué escuchas Hispano-Hablantes cuando escuchas eso? So what do you Hispano-Hablantes 'hear' when you hear that? Let's talk about this, have some laughs and keep one another out of trouble. ******* Eres Hispano-hablante quien quiere practicar Inglés, o mejorar tu Inglais? Are you a Gringo (like me) who wants to be able to speak in whole sentences? And 'get-it-right'? This Meetup is NOT for beginners! You must RSVP. Usted debe confirmar su asistencia La idea aquí es gente que ayuda a la gente, gringos y latinos, cara a cara en grupos pequeños, solo hablando. Todos hemos tenido suficiente escuela, suficiente gramática, suficiente tarea. Lo que necesitamos ahora, es lento, suave, práctica ... con alguien que haga correcciones . ¿Si o no? Estas de acuerdo? En Ingles decimos: "Get it Right". Como se dice "Get it Right" en espanol? The idea here is people-helping-people, Gringos and Latinos, face to face in small groups, just talking. We have all had enough school, enough grammar, enough homework. What we need now, is slow, gentle, practice... with someone making corrections. Si o No? Estas de acuerdo? Elixer Tea House has a private room with a round table for 8 -10, but, overflow or those who want to pair off can move to a separate area. **The Meetup is Free but..... You must buy something from Elixer.

Impromptu Pre Grammar Class Study Session

Lucky's Market

This group is an informal study group. We will primarily (but not solely) practice the topics tackled during the grammar class with Faly. Please join us to practice what we are learning in class in order to reinforce, clarify, and solidify the topic. **We will meet in the cafe in front of the store (or outside if it warms up)**

Focus on special Spanish grammar topics . $10. Must RSVP

Lucky's Market

USD 10.00

This class is about reviewing the different grammar topics. The topic will be explained, and students will do oral as well as written practice as needed. The first time you sign for the class, you will need to email faly at [masked] from your personal email so that I can send you a document to print before the class. Some more difficult topics may need be covered with more than one class. Please, if you change your mind after you RSVP, be courteous and change your RSVP so that other students will get in. Faly is originally from Sevilla, Spain. She has a Permanent teaching certification from both the State of Ohio and Florida, and 28 years of teaching all levels of Spanish, both and High School in University. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about Languages and sharing her love of Spanish

Thursday conversation with Faley (Same as Saturday Class)

Lucky's Market

USD 10.00

This is a conversational class for people with an intermediate to advance level of Spanish. We will keep the class in Spanish. It is the same clase as Saturday so that no body is left out. Depending of the number of people, the class will last 90 minutes to 2 hours. With less people we cover more material. . You will be able to progress to your own pace depending on how much you are willing to work before and after the class.. Please, if you change your mind after you RSVP, be courteous and change your RSVP. **************************** Faly is originally from Sevilla, Spain. She has a Permanent teaching certification from both the State of Ohio and Florida, and 28 years of teaching all levels of Spanish, both and High School in University. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about Languages and sharing her love of Spanish.

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