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Best Spanish Classes Miami 2009 - University of Miami Intensive Language Institute

At a Cuban café, you attempt to order a steamed-milk espresso and you get a meat-filled pastry instead. When an irate driver on I-95 suggests you fellate your cousin, you smile bewilderedly and give a thumbs-up. And at work, the Colombian fellow in the next cubicle always seems to pull twice as many clients as you do. Oye, hombre, this is Miami, where if you don't have at least a working grasp of Spanish, you're a second-class citizen. But there's hope yet for a lead-tongued gringo like you. At the University of Miami's Intensive Language Institute, a handsome facility tucked into a corner of the Coral Gables campus, you can redeem yourself of your high school Spanish-class truancy. The schedule is designed with professionals in mind, meeting two evenings a week or every Saturday. If you feel like bludgeoning yourself with knowledge, the intensive course is eight hours a day for one marathon week. The classes top out around six or seven students, and the veteran professors are attentive and patient. The best part: It's pass/fail, so if you can persuade your boss to pay — an eight-week biweekly course costs $625 — you can miss a class or two without fear of turning in a C-minus with your expense report.

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aribgood
aribgood

Can anyone provide a review of this program (and when you attended?) Thanks!

2ndclassgringo
2ndclassgringo

This is an extremely offensive article. The word gringo is a racial slur and it's of no surprise that nobody protested against this.

ljs96076
ljs96076

@2ndclassgringo Racial slurs only matter when the recipient is thin-skinned or otherwise self-conscious. As it turns out, white people in general don't suffer from this collective feeling of lack of worth...although an increasing number of them have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into thinking they are supposed to be offended and therefore they pretend as if they are. It would appear you are one of these silly people. Get over it.

2ndclassgringo
2ndclassgringo

@ljs96076 Racial slurs lead to entire cultural movements, by acknowledging something as being "OK". Keep making generalizations if mental shortcuts are easier for you. This has nothing to do with a lack of self worth, and I maintain my original opinion about the article. There's no use in arguing with me about it.

ljs96076
ljs96076

Be silly then. You have plenty of company with the rest of the silly PC crowd.

It has everything to do with self-worth for the people who are genuinely hurt by a word, because it is the connotation that does the actual stinging. Otherwise why doesn't the word have the same effect in foreign lands?

As for whitey, only the dopey among them are brainwashed into believing that they are supposed to be hurt by a word. It is driven by the desire of the non-gringos to bring the gringo down to their level......the level where being called a name is hurtful. Which the silly ones like you accept out of a desire to   bring yourself down to that level, then we all are "equal" right? Forget lifting people up out of levels where harmless names and colloquialisms offend, let's just drag everybody down to that lowest common denominator. It's so much easier to stoop down than rise up.

Marknhel05
Marknhel05

This will be one of the best way for the students to cope up more. And we never know that this will be the path of learning on some other languages.

Sandra Reed
Sandra Reed

I am interested in your marathon course for eight hours a day for one marathon week. I am upper intermediate, advanced level. Please send me information. Thank you, Sandra Reed

rain
rain

I want to learn basic spanish. I can use Spanish in the life, shopping, talking.

Julia
Julia

the program web address is www.educationmiami.com Visit us and learn about our 7-day Intensive Spanish Program -- improve your spanish dramatically in just 7 days.

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