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Do yourself a favor and spend your Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). That is where a volunteer Spanish-speaking teacher leads El Club. Sure, immersion is the best way to learn a new language, but if that alone were sufficient, there would not be a man, woman, or child in the tricounty area who could not have at least a basic conversation in Spanish. How is your Spanish? Osmosis works great for water but not for getting a new language into your skull. Attend the free group, made up of beginner and intermediate speakers. You can practice casual conversation en español without the pressure of a classroom or a real-world situation. To the "This is America; speak English" folks out there: Your stubbornness is not only ignorant; it's self-defeating and will put you at a serious disadvantage as the American ethnic landscape continues to evolve. Our closest neighbors and fastest immigrant group are Spanish-speaking. For more information about this and other classes available through the Broward County libraries, call 954-357-7444 or visit broward.org/library/eventsclasses.
Tue., Oct. 4, 6 p.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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