Improve your Spanish
by improving your Confidence

No correcting - No teaching - No pressure!

¡Charlemos! is a place where intermediate Spanish learners come to enjoy the company of others and to practice Spanish conversation with other learners.

Are you looking for ¡Charlemos! French! It’s here.

We talk about our language learning journey and share our experiences of the challenges and joys of learning this wonderful language.
It is a place of encouragement and inspiration and a super-safe place to practice Spanish conversation.

There are no teachers, native speakers or impatient advanced speakers here so:

  • we don’t speak very fast
  • we have fairly simple vocabulary
  • we don’t have strong accents.
Of course, being learners means we make mistakes in our grammar and pronunciation but the goal of this group is more about confidence than competence.
When you speak in this group you won’t be corrected or taught how to say something correctly.
At times we’ll speak English and, when you’re practicing Spanish, you can switch to English if you need to.
Spanish, English, Spanglish and Jibberish are all accepted at ¡Charlemos!

How does it work?

The charlas take place on Zoom and there are currently three each week: (you can see the days and times here)

When you first arrive you’ll be in the main zoom room and in this room we speak English. So when you first arrive you’ll be greeted in English and you have a chance to settle in without having to worry about speaking any Spanish at all!

Then we do two things:

1. We break into pairs and have a conversation in Spanish, and then

We talk abut everyday things such as where we live, our family, our jobs, our interests etc. Common discussion points are why you’ve started to learn Spanish and how long you’ve been learning.

If you get stuck, you can switch to English to get yourself past the block and then continue in Spanish.

Because your charla partner is also a learner, you’ll probably find the vocabulary not too hard and of course, if there’s a word or phrase you don’t understand, just ask!

The chats last 10-15 minutes and then you’ll be returned to the main group. We have three charlas during the hour. At each one, you’ll get a different person to speak to (depending on how well I can manage the break-out rooms!)

Usually you’ll be in a pair but sometimes you’ll be in a group of three depending of how many people turn up.

2. We return to the main room and talk about our experiences as Spanish learners

One of the benefits of belonging to this group is the ability to talk about our challenges, learnings, breakthroughs.

So after each charla there’s an opportunity for a debrief where we can reflect on how the charla went and what we learned from doing it.

We have these conversations in English so that it’s not a strain to express the sometimes intricate ideas we want to talk about.

At the end of the hour, if you have time, you’re welcome to stay in the main room for our “sobre mesa” where we share stories – both poignant and funny – about when we used our Spanish in el mundo real!

Here’s a typical conversation.

We also talk about tools and resources we’ve found useful.

But I want my speaking to be corrected!

Then this is not the group for you. There are heaps of resources out there for people wanting teachers or feedback but this is not one of them.

We are different – we just open our mouths and give it a go and nobody interrupts to correct you or tries to give you a lesson.

How do I get invited?

Watch the introductory video below and decide whether to continue on the the self-assessment / application process. If you’ve been studying Spanish for a while, have intermediate levels of comprehension and want to practice conversational Spanish, you’ll be a welcome member of this community.

I'm nervous about joining!

I get it. Many or our members have had difficult experiences using their Spanish with teachers and in practice groups. That’s one of the reason I created ¡Charlemos! to be the way it is!
Check out this video where participants talk about their experience of the group:

Participants' Experience

“Thank you for such a warm welcome. I have been involved in dozens of group chats and this is 100% different.

Just to give everyone an idea of how phobic I am of speaking Spanish: the night before I know I will be on a chat, I don’t sleep and all day I have anxiety. Most of the time, I am a no-show. Even groups like Rosetta Stone where NO ONE can see you or even know who you are, I have such anxiety that I pay for the class and don’t show up. I have read articles about it and nothing seems to help.

Until now.

I feel a complete weight has been lifted off and I was so excited when I hung up that I called my husband to tell him. It was a huge step for me. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone who feels even remotely shy to join Tony Burns and his group whenever you can. Thank you Tony and everyone for your patience and kindness. I had so much fun!!!!!!! 🇨🇦

What level of Spanish do I need?

We are not a teaching group so you need to be beyond Beginner. You need to be able to understand every day questions and statements so that you can take part in a conversation.

Your listening skills are more important than your speaking skills because, if you need to or want to, you can respond in English. But you’ll need to be able to understand Intermediate Spanish in order to do that.

I’ve created a self-assessment so that you can check out your level and determine if you’re ready to participate. If you’d like to do the self-assessment, watch the video below and if you understand most or all of it, then it’s worth your while to ask to do the self-assessment.

If you struggle to understand this video, do more work on your listening skills and come back to us later!

This introductory video will help you to decide whether to continue to the self-assessment.

So you'd like to join us?

How did you get on? Did you understand most of that? If so, it’s worth doing the self-assessment. If that indicates that your comprehension is OK you’ll be taken to our application to join. You’ll be asked to agree to these rules.

To access the self-assessment you need to first contact me using Facebook Messenger and let me know that you’ve watched this video and that you’d like to join ¡Charlemos!

1. tell me a little a bit about yourself and your Spanish learning journey up to now
2. any background as to why you’re learning Spanish
3. any reasons why ¡Charlemos! specifically appeals to you.

Then I’ll send you the link the self-assessment so you can get started.

If you’re on your phone: Click here to Contact me via Messenger right now
On computer: go to my Facebook Profile and click the Messenger Button that looks like this:

If you don’t think you’re ready to join us, click here for some suggested resources to help you with your listening comprehension.

Rules for during our Charlas

1. I’ll be patient, kind and courteous
2. I realise that mistakes are OK
3. I won’t correct other speakers or do any teaching
4. I’ll share the time
5. I’ll respect people’s privacy
6. If I’m not participating I understand that I may be removed from the group
7. I’m over 18 years old
8. I’ll have my video on and all my attention will be focused on the conversation. I’ll not be on the move, multi-tasking or caring for children during the charla.