Thursday, June 17, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Learning A Foreign Language
They say "communication is key" but with South Florida being such a melting pot -- it can be difficult. However -- if you want to learn a second language -- there are plenty of options. And as we found in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck -- talk is cheap.
(WSVN) -- Habla espanol?
Voce Fala portugese?
At Mosaiques in morningside, food isn't the only thing on the menu.
Every thursday night, customers sit at a specific table where they can only speak a specific language.
Restaurant owner Joaquin Martinez: "It's a way to perfect skills."
He came up with the idea.
He hopes it provides a more relaxed atmosphere for beginners and advanced speakers.
Joaquin: "I won't have a grade book. I won't have a pop quiz."
There' s a spanish table...
Donn Starr wants to improve his communication skills
Don Starr: "Living in Miami, I found it was neccessary."
A french table...
An italian table...
Guests are reccomended to make reservations and order wine quickly
A portugese table...
The learning is free. The average meal costs $15 to 20 dollars.
And an english table for people who are new to the States.
It's the best way to learn according to Barry Univerisity Professor Oilda Martinez.
Oilda Martinez: "The more relaxed you are, the more you can pick up the language. I think the secret is make it fun."
And that's just what joaquin hopes to hear.
He knows in today's world learning a foreign language es muy importante... Grave...vital e necesario.
Joaquin: "This is the way to practice the language... to learn the language."
Joaquin came up with the idea because before he owned the restaurant, he was a teacher.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Language Nights: Thursday 7 pm