CAFÉ MALLETTE: A Spanish Salon
Many Unitarian Universalists are working on their Spanish language skills ahead of Justice General Assembly. In this post, Rev. Hope Johnson tells us about her discoveries as she brushed up on her Spanish, and about the wonderful way her congregation has joined in- Ed.
Grab a cup of “café” and let’s begin to practice our Spanish.
Those who speak Spanish, please come and support the rest of us.
Those who are wanting to learn Spanish, let’s take a big breath and practice together.
It doesn’t matter what level we find ourselves at, let us communicate with each other.
If we are serious about getting to know our neighbors, one way is for to begin to communicate in Spanish.
Friends, what led us to this invitation?
Let’s go back to February, 2012. I headed for Playa del Carmen, México to work on my Spanish language skills in preparation for Justice General Assembly 2012 (Phoenix, AZ) Although almost fluent while growing up, I needed to work on unlocking my fear of making mistakes in Spanish. I traveled with my twin sister.
Our linguistic adventure began when we proudly found our way to the Soléxico School from Cancun Airport. After arrival in Playa, we found our way from the bus station to a taxi stand. We had been advised to negotiate prices—in Spanish—before getting into a cab… Next shock, the Spanish Assessment Placement Exam was conducted in Spanish! (more…)