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LEADERS : John Aldridge and Mike Crompton

 MEETINGS: 1st and 3rd Monday Mornings


The group now has over a dozen regular members, who meet at 10.00 every first & third Monday of the month, at the Footsteps social centre and coffee bar in Whaley Bridge (almost opposite the Mechanics' Institute).


Classes are informal, and encourage members to develop sufficient confidence to speak the language when travelling to Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. Particular attention is paid to correct pronunciation, and developing suitable vocabulary for everyday situations, with just enough time on grammar for it to hang together.


The 2 hour sessions incorporate a break for tea or coffee, to rest the brain and wet the tongue.

Last year we had an evening meal out at a Spanish restaurant, and organized a tapas bar at the annual U3A summer social, both of which we hope to repeat this year.


While almost all of the group now have enough Spanish to be able to say a few words, new members, even without any previous knowledge, are always welcome.

For further details, contact John Aldridge (janjohn.aldridge@btinternet.com)

The Spanish group has been running for over 6 years now, and most of the current class (including some "founder members") have a fair grasp of pronunciation, and are able to hold brief conversations or talk about simple topics with confidence. One or two recent recruits have dropped out as they have found it hard to catch up, but they, and a number of other U3A members, have expressed interest in a beginners' class.
Mike Crompton, who has been helping with the existing class, has kindly offered to take this on. The intention is to start in January 2015, and to hold the class on the same days (first & third Mondays of the month), at the same venue (Footsteps in Whaley Bridge, but in the top floor reading room) and at the same time (10.00 to 12.00). This will enable the 2 groups to get together socially for the mid-session coffee break on the ground floor. The classes are informal, and concentrate on the spoken language rather than too much grammar. Whether you want to be able to communicate with the locals during your Spanish (or South American?) vacations, or just want to learn a new language (one of the easier ones), you are welcome.
For more information, whether on the new or existing classes, please contact John Aldridge on 01663 719560, or at janjohn.aldridge@btinternet.com


January 2016