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Songs, skits greet guests at Foreign Language Night

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From left, Lindsay Tryba, Lisa Villalobos, and Angelia Fanning sing and dance to a Spanish song during the Sixth Annual Foreighn Language Night held at Solano Community College in Fairfield. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | April 05, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Scott Wylie was supposed to sing three-part harmony on the French tune “Comment ca va?” He ended up singing the verses solo when one of his fellow singers took ill.

With a dash of fanfaronner (French for swagger), the Vacaville resident kept it very entertaining at Solano Community College’s sixth annual Foreign Language night Friday.

The event drew about 100 people to the student center for an evening of songs and skits in French, German and Spanish.

A trio of three students played “Jeopardy” in Spanish. When it came time to ring in with their answers, lacking a buzzer, the women made their own buzzing sound.

During final “Jeopardy,” audience members joined in humming the “Thinking Music,” the tune associated with the TV show.

The three contestants went home winners, earning bragging rights, as they all answered the question correctly.

Student emcees tempted the audience with trivia questions such as the capital of Uruguay and what city in France is known for its film festival.

A group of about 20 Spanish students entertained the crowd with the song “Bonito.”

“I dare you all to keep up with my students,” Spanish instructor Laura Pirott said before her students broke into song. The audience clapped along while the students swayed to the music.

Wylie enjoyed his brief moment in the spotlight. It’s his first year taking French. He took German in high school and college and traveled to Germany.

His goal is to learn the different European languages and then teach English in Germany.

The Baxter family made the trip from Vallejo to the Fairfield campus for the event. Annavictoria Baxter is studying Spanish on the campus.

She sang twice at the event while husband Fortier Baxter and daughters Ev Baxter, 2, and Fortier Baxter, 4, watched.

Fortier Baxter is learning Spanish from his wife. She is teaching their children to speak the language.

“I grew up around Spanish,” Annavictoria Baxter said. “I had an understanding of it but not the confidence to use it.”

She plans on working as a bilingual math tutor.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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