Posted by: Anni Orekh | December 31, 2012

How to Learn Spanish in Conversational Classes

The trouble is, it seems that after a course like this, people may learn Spanish
to a degree without ever learning how to hold up their end of a conversation.
Speaking in an informal setting is very different from speaking in a formal
class.

For this reason, many people who give courses for people to learn
Spanish have changed. They now give what are called “conversational Spanish
classes.” These classes, by their nature, must be taught by someone who is
extremely fluent in conversational Spanish.

Purists would have you dive
right into a conversational setting, stumbling as you find your way. Generally,
though, you will learn Spanish words that are necessary parts of a conversation
first. These can be small words like “and, or, she, what,” and so on.

After you have that basis, you will usually be given a thin volume of
conversational topics. These have about two short pages for each topic. Words
related to that topic are given. Then, some questions are given as conversation
starters.

When you use topics like this, you use the book as a starting
point to learn Spanish rather than as the point of the class. You might, for
example, have a topic about going on a trip in a car. There will be words that
denote different parts of the car, such as the trunk. Then there will be words
about stops you make along the way, like gas station.

You use the
conversation starters to get you going. In this instance, a question might say,
“How did you get your car ready for your last trip?” The students can all use
the topic words, along with the small words they know, to answer the question
and learn Spanish.

Everyone will get a chance to answer the question
eventually, but the conversation should be a lively interchange of ideas if the
facilitator is any good at all. As you learn Spanish more, you will have even
more to say about each topic. You can draw on words you have learned in other
lessons.

Once you have a few lessons under your belt, the facilitator
might have you set aside the book for some lessons. During these times, you can
talk about yourselves. You can get to know each other. As you learn Spanish, you
will also find out what your classmates do and what they like.

Of course
the topic words will not give you all the words you need to carry on a normal
conversation. They are just a starting point after all. This is where the
facilitator comes in. You try to use Spanish words that you do know to describe
what you mean. When you get your point across, the facilitator will supply the
word.

In conversational classes, the facilitator helps you out, but
classmates also help each other. It’s a group effort to begin and sustain a
conversation. As you learn Spanish, you will find that it’s less effort than
pleasure.

Register for Conversational Spanish here

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