Not only did we discuss the ills of dictatorship or the drawbacks of democracy, but we also talked about personalities like Pérez Jiménez or Oscar de León, and traditional recipes such as arepas or pabellón criollo. Then, we were told about the magnificence of Venezuelan natural landscapes by René (and Assum, who has been there too!) Now, how do lamas, baboons (?), Bielorússia or Albania fit into the previous discussion is a little more complicated to explain. If you did not come, you missed our participants telling you about all that. Thank you Frank, Eduard and Maria for your valuable and humourous contributions: we had a very good time!!
After a few harmless raindrops, twelve people gathered again at the swimming pool in good companionship and lovely weather. With three of the attendants coming from Balaguer, our Speak Up group seems to be gaining popularity. However, we hope Menarguins/ines on holidays and those attending different duties can join us again next week.
Just as promised, here is the short glossary of political terms we introduced yesterday, before a long talk and very nice discussion about projects, parliaments, politicians and historical heroes:
POLICY una política
POLITICS la política
POLITICIANS els polítics
POLITICAL PARTIES els partits
TO CALL AN ELECTION convocar unes eleccions
TO HOLD AN ELECTION celebrar
TO VOTE IN AN ELECTION
CANDIDATES STAND FOR ELECTIONS es presenten
MPs / MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT diputats
TO PASS A LAW aprovar una llei
STATUTORY LAWS estatut
DEVOLVED POWERS competències
PRIME MINISTER <> FIRST MINISTER
Next Thursday, without leaving Scotland, Maria del Mar Miret is going to talk about politics and school projects: "Catalonia and Scotland, two nations without a state within Europe”. This is the school project title that they started in 2008 with a group of about thirty students.
As a part of the project they interviewed politicians, economists and so many other experts in that matter, not only here in Catalonia but also in Scotland. They travelled to Edinburgh and they managed to be received in Holyrood Parliament by MPs for the Scottish Nationalist Party and all the other major parties.
Maria del Mar has been teaching English for twenty two years now and she has spent her last eleven years at INS RONDA, Lleida. This school strongly promotes learning foreign languages including English, French, German and even Chinese, and they usually travel abroad as an important part of their projects.