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Announcement :: Education : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Race : War and Militarism
Spanish for Social Change Classes
02 Dec 2010
Centro Presente is offering a new cycle of Spanish classes that will run January 14-March 12 2011!
Centro Presente, an immigrant rights and community organizing group in Somerville, is offering a new cycle of Spanish classes that will run January 14-March 12 2011! Classes meet at Centro Presente located at 17 Inner Belt Rd, Somerville, and are easily accessible by the orange line (Sullivan Sq) and the 91, 86 and CT2 buses. There is also parking.

There are two classes being offered: Basic Spanish and Conversational Spanish. Both offer 36 hours of instruction (4 hrs/wk) over the 9-week cycle and cost $200.

Basic Spanish: a fast-paced, comprehensive class that challenges students to explore language through thematic units that address larger issues of social justice, such as development theory, free trade, food sovereignty, etc. There will be 2 sections of the class, one meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11am, and the other meeting Saturdays (either from 9-1pm or from 1-5pm depending on teacher availability).

Conversational Spanish: a class that advances Spanish language skills while bringing together English-learners with Spanish-learners to explore themes of identity, community and language. To take this class it is expected that you can speak comfortably in the present, past and future tenses. If you don't feel quite comfortable yet operating in these tenses but would like to participate in the conversational class, Centro offers intensive booster classes the week leading up to the start of the cycle. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

For more information or to sign-up for classes, please contact Jessye Weinstein at jessye.weinstein (at) gmail.com.

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Useful phrases for use with CISPES
01 Jan 2011
┬┐Donde esta mi dinero?
- Where is my money? (A useful question when you discover that the "spending money" CISPES had your group leader hold onto while you were on a delegation has been donated, without your consent, to some shady local organization.

¡Lo siento, no supe que es contra los regles de CISPES a ser un hombre heterosexual!
- I'm sorry, I didn't realize it was against the regulations to be a heterosexual male. (Useful when charged with being "an ugly American" for flirting with a local (and receptive) Salvadoran women))

No conosco la mujer loca.
- I don't know the crazy woman. (Useful when being misidentified by a psychotic feminist who thinks she's seen you somewhere before.)