Tag: Speak Spanish

Brunchayuno Ecuatoriano

Come join us for a wonderful opportunity to have a delicious brunchayuno* at a cozy Ecuadorean restaurant in Queens, El Rincón Melania. This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse in the culture, taste good food, and practice your Spanish with new amigos! El Rincón Melania was featured in the New York Times as an awesome restaurant in the neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, specializing in Ecuadorean cuisine.

Read the NYT article here!

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Where: Rincón Melania (35-19 Queens Blvd · Long Island City, NY)

How to find us: Take the 7 line from Manhattan or Queens and get off at 33 Street/Rawson Street and walk from there to the restaurant where the group will meet.

Who: Anybody who wants to practice Spanish.

Why: To have a good time, make new friends and converse in Spanish.

How much: $20. We’ll split just one big check for the group. No separate checks. You will end up paying $20 tax and tips included.

RSVP here!

* Brunchayuno: Desayuno gringo y almuerzo latinoamericano. Palabra Spanglish inventada; por favor no utilizar en clase.

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Brunch at a French Restaurant

Join us for a delicious brunch at a new French restaurant with charming ambiance, exquisite dishes, and gracious hospitality. This is a great opportunity to hone-in your Spanish (and maybe French as well) conversational skills while enjoying delicious food in the company of amazing people.

When: Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Where: Le Privé Restaurant (626 10th Avenue)

How to find us: The group will meet in the garden. Ask the waiter for the Easy Español group.

Who: Anybody who wants to practice Spanish.

Why: To have a good time, make new friends and converse in Spanish.

How much: $29 (Three course menu). The price does not include tax and tip. RSVP now!

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7 Tricks To Learn Languages… When You’re Bad At Languages

Having trouble with your Spanish? Check out these easy and useful tricks from Babbel:

1) Memory:

Create connections between topics that interest you and the language you’re learning. How are you going to use the subjunctive in Spanish to express your desire to see your team avoid relegation? “¡Deseo que mi equipo no baje a la segunda liga!”

2) Pronunciation:

Perfect pronunciation isn’t fundamental to communicating in a language, but people will understand you more easily if you can train yourself to avoid the most common pronunciation errors. […] Fortunately, there are always tricks to elevate you from pronunciation purgatory to enunciation ecstasy. There are specific tricks for every sound — I picked up the German r by gargling progressively smaller amounts of water while saying trinken — but it’s most important to pay attention to the way native speakers talk, and then imitate them.

3) Speak, speak and… you guessed it, speak!:

Get speaking and get familiar with the music of the language. Have you ever noticed how people who speak more than one language seem to have more than one voice? Sometimes they even seem to have a whole different personality. Don’t be afraid of playing with the sounds and intonations of your new language. Imitate the music of Italian, the conspicuous consonants of German, and the gentle lisps of Spanish or Danish

4) Face your fears:

Take a deep breath, remember that empathy exists and […] afford you the time necessary to collect your thoughts and deliver your response. Recognize also that learning a language is a humbling experience. Learn to laugh at yourself now and again, and you’ll learn even more quickly.

5) Apply your skills from other fields:

Are you good at math? Programming? Cooking? Craft work? Now’s the time to identify your strengths and apply them to the world of languages. Personalize your learning techniques. For example, if you’re good at math, you may want to focus on grammar. […] More in favor of learning by doing? Write out your shopping list in your learning language, head to the supermarket, and follow your foreign language recipe. Verbalize the steps as you execute them.

6) Read and understand, and concentrate!

If you read a Spanish novel in bed, you’ll probably find it especially taxing in the morning and detrimental to staying awake in the evening. When starting out, it’s important to set aside some quiet time — free of distractions and at a time of day when you’re alert — to read. Select a topic which interests you, or an author you like, and read.

7) Don’t fret!

There’s no need to impose pressure upon yourself, nor rush toward unreachable goals. Accept from the beginning that you’re in it for the long haul, and organize your learning so that it can become as integrated into your daily routine […]Be sure to recognize and reward your progress, and you’ll soon see what you thought was impossible becoming possible.

Source: Babbel Magazine

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