Online Spanish Conversation Classes: The Best Way to Become Fluent
Do you want to learn how to speak Spanish but can’t find anyone to practice with? Maybe you could move to a country where they speak the language. If you have such a chance, you’d learn it quickly. But let me guess, your personal situation doesn’t allow you to do so. Then, why not having online Spanish conversation classes to improve your speaking skills?
We’re here to help explain why online Spanish conversation classes are the best way to become fluent. But since speaking alone is not enough, we also have a few suggestions on other learning activities that can help you communicate better in Spanish.
How Do Online Conversation Classes Help You Improve Your Spanish?
Why would I want to pay to talk with a native speaker? How would this be useful for me to speak better Spanish? As someone committed to becoming a fluent Spanish speaker, you must work on your communication skills.
But why is having online Spanish conversation classes the best way to become fluent? Let’s go through a set of reasons why one-on-one conversation sessions with a native speaker can help you improve your Spanish.
Fluency or Accuracy?
On the one hand, we have fluency. Being fluent in Spanish means that you can communicate your ideas and thoughts more or less effortlessly.
Accuracy, on the other hand, involves vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. English teacher Kat Sylwester from The Ladies’ Project says that “Accuracy is about using correct grammar in speaking and writing. It is about understanding the deeper meaning and usage of vocabulary and involves the correct pronunciation of words.” Although expressing yourself in Spanish without making mistakes takes lots of practice, it’s worth the effort.
What aspect do we want to focus on the most during a conversation class: Fluency or Accuracy?
You guessed right, both.
How do we help you speak both fluently and accurately during an online Spanish conversation class?
- Answering your questions, clarifying your doubts, and giving you instant feedback.
- Introducing new Spanish words and expressions.
- Talking about common daily topics such as love, work, family, music, sports, etc.
What’s more, this class type allows you to speak the language at ease and without feeling judged. It’s a convenient and safe setting to express yourself.
If you need more help with Spanish grammar, make sure to book a guided lesson with us.
Much of our success depends on the quality of the feedback that we receive. This is true for learning Spanish too. Because going from A (where you’re now) to B (where you want to be) without getting effective feedback can be very time and energy-consuming. Luckily, you don’t have to figure things out on your own. We, your Spanish experts, are here to help you.
In their research article “The Power of Feedback,” academic authors John Hattie and Helen Timperley from the University of Auckland affirm: “Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but this impact can be either positive or negative.”
It turns out all feedback is not good feedback. Praise, rewards, and punishment have shown a lower or negative effect on achievement and performance. Therefore, we’re sorry (not really) to tell you we won’t be giving you stickers or awards. On the other hand, the good news is that you won’t receive any discouraging comments from us either. Quite the opposite!
Jokes apart, what we’re trying to say here is that we want to give you the kind of feedback that enhances your Spanish. During our online conversation classes, you get instant information about how you use the Spanish language and how you should use it.
What does providing you with effective feedback entail?
- Appropriate, challenging, and specific goals
- Criteria for success in attaining them
- Clarifying goals
- Creating a learning environment where you can detect your own mistakes (those “aha” moments are precious for learning!)
Someone You Can Trust
Let’s face it; in a one-on-one conversation class, it’s very likely that you open up and tell about yourself, your family, thoughts, hobbies, etc. Doing so with a person you barely know can be intimidating, though. At least for some people.
As professional tutors, our job is to make you feel at ease to open up and talk freely in Spanish. Otherwise, it can get boring. That’s why we try to be as approachable and friendly as possible.
We are good listeners. But we also don’t have a problem sharing with you personal details about us if the conversation requires it. Like friends do. Yet, we know how to keep things professional:
- We listen carefully
- You speak at your tempo.
- We show up prepared and on time.
- No awkward silences
Why Not An App?
If the goal is to practice your Spanish, why not using apps to find language pals or native speakers? Please, don’t get us wrong. We do encourage you to use apps like Tandem or HelloTalk as part of your learning. And yet, we think that those can’t substitute online Spanish conversation classes with professional tutors. Let me explain why.
By hiring a professional service, you:
- avoid having the same small talk conversation with a stranger over and over
- receive feedback over time from the same person
- have the guarantee of working with someone that is committed, punctual, and patient.
What Else Can You Do To Learn Spanish?
Speaking is one of the best ways to learn a language. But speaking is not enough. It takes a lot more than the act of speaking to acquiring a language. So what else can you do to learn to speak Spanish well? You might want to find ways to listen, write, learn grammar, and read, read a lot, in Spanish.
Here are some ideas:
- Listening: Podcasts, radio shows, songs, TV shows, YouTube videos.
- Writing: Journal, online chats, articles.
- Grammar: Textbooks, learning language apps, forums, YouTube videos, guided lessons.
- Reading: Blogs, online newspapers, books, magazines.
Conclusion: Online Spanish Conversation Classes Work
Becoming comfortable speaking Spanish takes practice, practice, and more practice. While building up a large vocabulary is easy, reaching fluency is not. It takes time. That’s why online conversation classes are the best way to become fluent. They make you use the language in a safe environment, like an astronaut who trains before heading up to space.
Hattie, J. and Timperley, H. (2007). The Power of Feedback. Review of Educational Research, 77(1), 81 – 112. http://www.columbia.edu/~mvp19/ETF/Feedback.pdf
Fluency vs Accuracy – The Ladies’ Project. https://www.theladiesproject.com/blog/fluency-accuracy/