¡Relajarse! Tertulia es divertido.

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Spanish speakers only: Tertulia is in progress.

With its wide selection of accredited teachers and versatile application to most career paths, Spanish has become one of the most popular second languages to take. College of Charleston has embraced this popularity, encouraging students to indulge in the language experience outside of the classroom. Tertulia offers an opportunity to do just that.

Students and professors mingle at Mynt. (Photo Courtesy of Julia Reilly)

Every other Friday, the Spanish club invites all students enrolled in any Spanish class to Mynt, a nightclub on Calhoun Street. Tertulia offers the chance to practice Spanish in a relaxing environment with professors and students of all levels. But choose your words carefully: strictly Spanish is allowed.

On the cozy back porch of Mynt, it is easy to forget that it is a club. Complete with nap-worthy porch swings, fire pits and a bar, the space begs to be filled with intimate gatherings like Tertulia. As if atmosphere was not enough, happy hour prices are available and soda is free for those under 21.

Whether you have attended every event, or it is your first Spanish-only experience, dozens of smiling faces welcome each individual, ready to assist in practice of the language. Dr. Barnes has been attending Tertulia for as long as she can remember being a Spanish professor at the College.

Tertulia is a strictly Spanish-speaking environment. (Photo Courtesy of Julia Reilly)

“Most people come because they want to,” Barnes said. “It’s a great opportunity for students and other professors to just relax and practice their Spanish.”

Dr. Del Mastro, head of the Spanish department, takes the time to talk to every student in attendance. Del Mastro estimated Tertulia had been happening for about 20 years. A well-established tradition for the Spanish department, the club expects a turnout of about 40 students at each meeting.

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