Photo via Fluente Facebook page

Local social entrepreneur and community organizer Jose Luis Marantes has seen the issues and struggle that late-language learners go through when trying to communicate, namely community segregation and isolation. Marantes, after a stint with the magical nuns of the Farmworkers Association and the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, has launched a language learning program called Fluente (Facebook | Website), an immersive learning experience that places English and Spanish learners in fun situations to learn to a together.

Fluente’s goal is to connect people through language rather than letting them sit at home in silos of fear that keeps them from having fun with the process. The organization hosts a number of regular events and mixers as well as 7-week immersion “Journey” courses for English and Spanish speakers.

Participants of all levels gather together and practice their second language by answering a number of prompts and taking part in a series of fun activities.

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