Spanish Conversation Meetup Details for
Tuesday 22 November 2022

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Meeting ID: 650 422 6477
Passcode: 110122

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No correcting - No teaching - No pressure!

This meetup is a place where Spanish learners come to enjoy the company of others and to practice a little Spanish speaking and listening with other learners.

It is a place of encouragement and inspiration and a super-safe place to do a little Spanish conversation practice.

 

There are no teachers, native speakers or 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!

How does it work?

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 about 10 minutes and then you’ll be returned to the main group. I try and fit three charlas into 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!)

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 where we share stories – both poignant and funny – about when we used our Spanish in el mundo real!

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

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.

What level of Spanish do I need? Watch the video below:

We are not a teaching group so you need to be beyond absolute beginner. If you’ve started to feel the desire to try out the Spanish that you’ve learned so far (even though you may be super-nervous) you’re probably at the right level to take part.

Watch the introductory video below – ¿Es ¡Charlemos! para ti? – and if you follow most of what I’m saying, you’re going to be fine speaking in the charlas!

I'm an intermediate speaker. Can I take part?

For sure! Particularly if you’d like to be speaking a bit more but don’t yet have the confidence to find a teacher or initiate conversations with native speakers for fear that… well the list is endless right!
Or – you may be looking for an active community of Spanish learners, an alternative way to practice, or to be a listener to support someone who is not as far forward on the path as you. We just need to conscious of not speaking too fast, using simple vocabulary and not correcting your partner or doing any teaching!

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!!!!!!! 🇨🇦

Come along to our next
Open Charlemos Session. It's totally in English.