AN ENGLISH CONVERSATION EVENING
I had heard about some pubs and cafes in Valencia where people like us, who are learning English, or just people who want to keep refreshing it, can practise their English conversation skills with other people, and even carry out conversation exchange Spanish-English. I spent some time finding out about them and finally a friend of mine encouraged me to attend a meeting and try.
The place we decided to go is called EL CAFE DE LAS HORAS, and it is located at the Carmen district, in Valencia. Although I had heard about it before, being a well-known Carmen’s cafe-pub for a long time, I didn’t know about these kind of activities there. It is a nice cafe and when you enter, you realise it has a peculiar atmosphere, with a neobaroque decoration, which takes you back to past times, and makes you feel relaxed.
The English conversation evening in EL CAFE DE LAS HORAS takes place every Monday at 8:00 pm. It’s free, you just have to pay for your drink. There are usually two groups of different levels: the advanced one and the intermediate one. First of all you gather with several people around a table and the conversation starts in a pleasant atmosphere. At the advanced group a sort of moderator guides the conversation group making use of some text, and it turns into a little English class. Despite the majority of attendants are Spanish, there are some English-speaking ones as well, and the most important thing, you are only allowed to speak English.
In conclusion, this is a nice place to spend a Monday evening, to meet interesting people and above all, to practise your English near home. If you are interested in attending, you can find more information on this link:
Below you have some other pubs I have found, where you can also practise your English in Valencia, nearly every day of week:
THE LOUNGE: Every Monday at 9:00 pm
EL LABORATORIO: Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm
PORTLAND ALE HOUSE: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 8:30 pm
THE GUINNESS HOUSE: Every Thursday at 8:30 pm
SALLY O’BRIEN: Every Thursday at 8:30 pm
But if you know any other places I would appreciate your comments.
I hope this information is useful for all of you. We have no excuse not to speak English anymore!