Conversation Club Review for June 20th: Latin America!

Are you looking for a place to practice your English in a cool environment? Come check out the Bogota Business English conversation club at Author’s Bookstore (Calle 70 #5-23)  on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm.

If you did not attend last week you don’t have to worry because on this blog you will be able to review the conversation topics, vocabulary and trivia that we discussed. We sincerely hope to see you there this Wednesday, June 27th to talk about Soccer with us! We are going to learn a lot of really cool things and new vocabulary. Make sure to bring your friends, family and colleagues to share knowledge with  us!

Here’s what we talked about last week…

“Let’s Talk About…”

LATIN AMERICA

Vocabulary Bank

n. Central America / South America / The Caribbean v. To include adj. Central AmericanSouth AmericanCaribbean
n. Colonization / Independence v. To colonize / To claim independence adj. Colonized / Independent
n. Ethnic groups v. To be comprised of adj.  ethnic
n. Living standards / Income inequality n. Economy / resources v. To improve / To worsen adj. Wide

*Do you know what all of these words mean? Discuss with your group or ask a native speaker if you need clarification! Try to figure them out!

Conversation  topics…

  1. Latin America includes many different regions. What are these different regions? Have you or anyone you know ever travelled to other regions of Latin America? What are some similarities and differences between other Latin countries and Colombia?
  2. When was Colombia colonized and when did it achieve independence?
  3. Latin America is comprised of many different ethnic groups. Can you name a few different ethnic groups in Colombia or other parts of Latin America? What are their defining characteristics?
  4. Many Latin American societies have a large degree of income inequality  or wide income gaps. Why do you think this is? What can be done to improve this situation? Is there anything going on right now that is worsening this situation?
  5. What are some languages other than Spanish that are spoken in Latin America? Can you speak any of them? What are some differences between the Spanish spoken in the different regions of Latin America?

Quotes of the week…

“Latin America is very fond of the word “hope.” We like to be called the “continent of hope.” Candidates for deputy, senator, president, call themselves “candidates of hope.” This hope is really something like a promise of heaven, an IOU whose payment is always being put off. It is put off until the next legislative campaign, until next year, until the next century.”   —Pablo Neruda

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