[Conferences] Make me speak Spanish

JJ Merelo jjmerelo at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 07:39:18 CEST 2015

2015-06-16 1:37 GMT+02:00 James E Keenan <jkeen at verizon.net>:

> I am planning to attend YAPC::EU in Granada this year and I am soliciting
> suggestions for things to do in the *pre*-conference period, say, from Sat
> Aug 22 to Tue Sep 01.
> But there's a catch:  I do not want to speak English during this period.
> I want to speak Spanish.
> I know from past IT events in Europe that >= 99% of the presentations and
> discussions at the conference itself will be in English.
> I also know that I would have no difficulty if I were to simply play the
> role of Anglophone Tourist in the pre-conference period.  I don't want
> that.  My Spanish is good enough for me to survive in a Spanish-speaking
> country without a dictionary, but since I have never been to Spain before,
> I want to use this as an opportunity to really hone my Spanish chops.
> From this I infer that I should try to find some structured activity to
> engage in that will force me to speak a lot of Spanish all day long.

There's nothing more Spanish than un-structured activity. And holidays,
which is what most people will be doing in those dates. However, what are
you exactly looking for? Stuff like needlepoint courses, walks in the
woods, suggestions for sightseeing to off-the-beaten track places?


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