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Taking Private Spanish conversation classes are one of the best and quickest ways to improve your Spanish language skills from an intermediate to advanced level, but it all depends what is being done and seen during each session. It is our experience that there’s very little point in wasting lots of time on correcting grammar or clearing up doubts relating to accuracy. Instead, Spanish Conversation Classes should focus on fluency and be as fun and light-hearted as possible.
We believe that one conversation class a week isn't enough to improve your Spanish level. The only real way to become fluent in Spanish is to speak as frequently as possible. Twice a week is a really good start, but three times a week or more is ideal. It’s also absolutely vital that you speak with a native speaker and that is why all our Spanish teachers are native Spanish teachers.
While taking Spanish Conversation Classes, meeting Mexicans (that don't speak English with you!) is essential because they force you to speak Spanish. It is a good practice to find a variety of people to talk to. Besides seeing your teacher, try to meet new people that don't speak English. You will hear different expressions and accents. This variety is really important. You will improve your street slang from some, and formal speech and an extensive vocabulary from others. Soon you will have the appropriate vocabulary to express your views through words that fit the social context.
If your level of Spanish is anything between beginner to intermediate, it’s a good idea to read or watch something in Spanish before turning up to your conversation class—in order to have something to talk about. When first starting out, the most difficult thing about a conversation class is having the vocabulary to be able to keep the dialogue moving. By watching or reading something specific beforehand, you’ll arrive to your conversation class with a bank of vocabulary to draw upon and a topic in mind.
Get into the habit of taking a small notebook to the conversation sessions with you. Write down all new words that crop up during the class and re-read your notes throughout the week. This will help you familiarize yourself with the vocabulary and employ it more often.
Take turns in asking questions or the one who responds when participating in conversation practice. The goal is that you need to ensure you get the chance to practice asking questions and answering them. You need to have the chance to improve both kinds of grammar constructions.
Record your conversations
One of the best things you can do to get the most out of your conversation classes is to record each session. Once the class is through, you can listen to the conversation over and over again. Hearing yourself in the recordings helps you notice the incorrect vowel tones you are making and you are able to hear how the teacher pronounces certain words.
Focus on pronunciation
Finally, to get the most out of your conversation sessions, it’s important to recognize that these classes are meant to improve fluidity and pronunciation. They’re not designed for grammar practice or for correcting poorly constructed sentences. You must make sure that you stay focused during these sessions, and that you don’t waste valuable time asking your teacher to help you conjugate in the past tense, for example.
Remember: Think less, speak more, ignore your mistakes and keep talking with a smile. Conversation classes are all about fluidity, so avoid stopping in the middle of every sentence to make corrections.
Just go with the flow, and you’ll be practicing your Spanish like a pro!