Neighborhood Opportunity Network

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A Dinner Without An Agenda

Posted by irakowler on March 30, 2010

The Gaithersburg Neighbor Corps group has been experiencing the value of informal relationship building for several months now.  While activities like the Trust Fall were fun and brought us closer together, the best times to build relationships are down times, like playing Scrabble during the retreat, our conversations during lunch and carpooling, or catching up with reminder calls.

Last Friday, we took our relationships a step further by meeting for dinner at Ay Jalisco in Gaithersburg.  The other patrons were certainly surprised to see such a big group of diverse people laughing and enjoying quesadillas, nachos, tacquitos, and more!  We were even treated to some live music at the end of the evening.

However, the dinner also raised some interesting issues around language.  Without Katie (she’s vacationing in Spain!) or any other translator, we struggled with some language/communication difficulties.  In the future though, we might not always have a translator available when out in the community.  How can we get better at communicating across these lines of difference?  During the dinner, each person wrote down one question they have about language on an index card.  We might be exploring some of those questions at our next session.

Is there something that you’ve always wondered about language?

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