I would like to use this first post as an explanation of what “Ontinar Talks” is.
It all started in August when, thanks to an idea that an anonymous “Ontinian” (this is how the group agreed to call someone who lives in Ontinar) presented to the Organization Ontinar Sostenible, we were born.
The objective was to promote the use of the English language in the village, and it was decided to start a monthly meeting where everyone who wanted to practice their spoken English would be welcomed.
Since the first meeting was a complete success, we decided two things:
- Meet every Friday at 20.00 in Bar Breton, situated in downtown Ontinar.
- Start a blog that we could use as a support to improve our English where we’d post the most common mistakes heard during the meetings, and as a forum where we could discuss different topics. .
We would define ourselves as an open group of random people who like to speak in English. I’m pretty sure that at this point you are asking yourself, “yeah, that’s great, but cut to the chase and tell us what you do”. Well, I’d like to make it simple for you: we like to have fun. We leave our shy-selves (you got me, I just made that word up, but doen’t it sound cool?) at home and start speaking, although I’d like to add that since we are in a bar it is easier to “warm up” to speak a bit more fluently (wink, wink).
Our English is not perfect, but we meet every week and start talking about anything you can think of and, before we realize it, two hours have gone by. What I personally love about these meetings is that you talk with all kinds of people who share with us all kinds of interesting stories. In addition, you learn things about someone you already knew that you wouldn’t get to know otherwise.
We love people. We love stories. We love English. We love to have fun.
Do you have the best spoken English mankind has ever heard? We welcome you!
Are you fluent in English? We welcome you!
Are you starting to learn/speak English? We welcome you!
You don’t feel comfortable speaking English, but would like to come and listen? We welcome you!
Are you curious about this project? We welcome you!
We’ll be meeting next Friday.
Are you in?