SOMERS, N.Y. Somers resident Kaminie Balkaran , who just graduated from Boston Universitys School of Management, currently is entangled in the sticky world of job-hunting.
In the meantime, wondering what she could do besides sit around the house, she brain-stormed with the staff at the Somers Library. Together, they hit upon teaching a foreign language.
We lived in the Chicago suburbs when I was little, Balkaran said, and I learned Spanish in grades one and two. When we moved back to Somers, language wasn't offered until seventh grade, but then I took it up again and got as far as the AP level in high school.
She bypassed a language major in college, however, to study marketing and advertising. Her fluency in Spanish continued through music and reading.
Spanish is a good language to know, Balkaran said. Its the second-most used language in this country. And we get a lot of exposure to the culture.
Has she ever been to Spain? I've just come back from a whole week in Barcelona with my best friend, she said. When I was 14, I started saving money, though I didnt know what for. Now, I know what it was for.
Barcelona was wonderful. But its different from other Spanish cities because the main language is Catalan. All the signs are in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English. It throws you a little.
Balkarans free Spanish lessons at the Somers Library will be available from 1-8 p.m.Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.Thursdays. Lessons are geared to middle school-aged students and will be arranged by appointment only.
For more information or to set up an appointment, call Kaminie Balkaran at (914) 610-1991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Information also is available by calling the library at (914) 232-5717.
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