Spanish English Practice Group: Online Course & Language Exchange
Did you know…? There are two key elements that are critical in learning and improving Spanish, however these two “must have” elements are often the most neglected in many language learning programs.
Let me explain…
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The opportunity to practice SPEAKING is paramount to improving your Spanish proficiency and often the most underestimated in the learning journey.
Intercambio solves two major obstacles that we have as adult learners AND provides…
📌 A teaching and learning model that is based off of real-life, relevant conversations.
📌 And Intercambio is centered on the most critical component that is often left out of online learning programs = SPEAKING
Intercambio will transfer your head knowledge into speaking ability.
When you join Intercambio, you will gain communication confidence and fluency in your Spanish. You will massively improve when you participate in our weekly:
Intercambio is the sweet spot between just enough instruction and lots of guided communication practice in an encouraging and enthusiastic environment.
Spanish & English Exchange Group and Course for Motivated Language Learners
Are you able to ACTUALLY communicate in Spanish?
More time practicing & speaking Spanish is the only way to improve your COMMUNICATION in Spanish
This is your opportunity to focus on the ONE ELEMENT you’ve been missing in your Spanish journey…
This is NOT another directionless, informal conversation platform. Members of Intercambio receive weekly conversational guides, grammar & vocabulary lessons and weekly instruction for our language coaches.
Everything about Intercambio is intentional and directed at moving you toward your goal of communicating in Spanish.
Don’t miss your chance to grab a spot in this professional community of dedicated Spanish and English learners who want to boost their communication skills!
Join this language exchange community today to bring your language to LIFE in a guided, structured, professional environment.
You can’t become a great dancer by studying a textbook…
Same goes for Spanish…
You need to practice speaking Spanish in order to get comfortable and become a great Spanish speaker. Language proficiency requires PRACTICE. It’s impossible to “learn” your way to fluency in Spanish.
You have to practice, so join us in Intercambio and you’ll find…
We’ve created a network of career oriented professionals that share the goal of taking their Spanish skills to the next level.
Every week you get to practice conversations geared toward the specific language topics we cover in our lessons or the topics of your choice.
We’ve created a special bilingual community of language learners from across the Americas.
When you join the Intercambio community you get:
It’s important to know that Intercambio is NOT a sequential and linear Spanish language curriculum. We supplement your conversational guide with essential grammar and vocabulary to support your conversation practice, but we do not move through a rigid curriculum.
You have the opportunity to tell us exactly what grammar and vocabulary you need to improve. And we work these into the weekly topics. This is an opportunity to practice speaking with lots of structure and support in a safe group.
How is Intercambio different from other conversational groups out there?
We’re a community for career minded individuals who share the motivation and willingness to invest in intentional, guided weekly conversation to GROW their language skills.
This is not a public site. You have to be a paying member and a good fit to enter Intercambio. (This is not a dating site)
Our expert, bilingual language coaches are your guides! They direct your weekly conversations by providing downloadable conversation templates packed with ice-breaker questions, sentence starters, essential vocabulary, and grammar.
All members, language coaches and content in Intercambio have the same GOAL of growing in their communication skills.
Members receive weekly topical conversation guides to direct their conversations and not waste time in useless meet-ups!
How much does intercambio cost?
$99.97 / Quarter
OR pay 1 time for the year and get 2 months FREE.
- Conversation practice with one, two, three or more conversational partners. The only limit is your time and schedule.
- Grammar and Vocabulary lessons through our Intercambio Course that give structure to your conversations.
- Conversation Guides that include ice-breaker questions, sentence starters, essential vocabulary, and grammar for the weekly topic.
- Teaching & practice sessions with our expert teaching team.
- Personalized tips and strategies to achieve your learning goals.
The best part about Intercambio is that you’re surrounded by other like-minded professionals who share the same goal of bringing their language to life and launching their conversational skills. And let’s be honest, being involved in a supportive community is important.
HOW DOES INTERCAMBIO WORK?
Once you register you’ll create your profile and set your preferred schedule, learning goals and join the welcome party!
Every Friday, you’ll get a new lesson! Review the conversational guides and their related grammar and vocabulary lessons to support your conversations. Then you’ll meet online with your conversation partner(s) and practice speaking together!
Join office hours on Thursday evenings 6-7:00pm Mountain Time for additional practices, to meet other community members, and to get all your questions answered from the week’s lesson.
YOU’LL BENEFIT FROM:
- FOCUSED CONVERSATION PRACTICE WITH AN EQUALLY INVESTED SPANISH-ENGLISH EXCHANGE PARTNER
- CONFIDENCE IN YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- GUIDED STRUCTURE AND GOAL SETTING
- EXPERT & PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE COACHES
- SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY & FEEDBACK
What are Intercambio members saying about this opportunity and their Spanish progress?
I LOVE this program! I find that having chats set up with my conversational partners from other countries is a real motivation for me. The chats give me a reason to do the work. Normally, knowing I’d have an in-person class would be the reason, but of course that’s impossible now. Communicating with a native speaker is such a great way to match the pronunciation of words with what they look like on paper. I highly recommend Intercambio, and I’ve found all those reviews about the excellent service to be completely true. Leslie and Rory are fantastic!
Este tipo de ayuda en hablar y escuchar el idioma que estas aprendiendo con personas nativos del idioma nos ayuda mejor y es una buena estrategia en el aprendizaje. Y los compañeros de practica son geniales en ayudar..!
El mejor programa, estoy muy feliz de pertenecer a este maravilloso grupo , esto es un reto muy grande para mi hablar con personas del idioma Inglés nativo y tenía miedo de hablar ya que yo soy principiante de habla Inglés con tan solo unas semanas poco a poco perdí el miedo y a demás nos ayudamos entre todos , yo recomiendo a todas las personas que sea parte de este maravilloso programa.
I have really enjoyed my experience with Intercambio. It is a professional, valuable, flexible service that provides new avenues through which I am able to study Spanish. I have taken many good classes that have focused on Spanish grammar, reading, and writing, but this program allows me to put those skills into practice in a safe, friendly environment for all levels of Spanish and English speakers.
The enthusiasm, creativity, and organization of the teachers is AMAZING and top quality! I look forward to each week’s lesson and the online practice, but especially the practice with my friend in person! Each week Leslie tells us to “open your mouths and make mistakes” at the end of every video lesson and I always chuckle, but that is really what is making this class such a success for me. In classroom settings it’s all about getting the right conjugations, but with Intercambio it’s about just using what you DO know and having fun with your friend and your language. I have such a better relationship with Spanish now because I’m not so afraid of mistakes any longer. I actually feel hopeful that I could truly become competent with people who only speak Spanish because of Intercambio!
Intercambio provides a wonderful , supportive environment for all levels of Spanish/English learners. The lessons are well organized and professionally done. The opportunity to interact with other learners sets this program apart from others.
Intercambio is the answer to my wishes! I have been trying to learn Spanish for more years than I would like to admit, and then the ad for this program popped up in my email. It is fun, affordable, and effective. I have a conversation partner which keeps me accountable each week to study the fun and engaging materials provided by Leslie and Rory Foster. They provide many other resources, including “office hours,” which is a fun way to meet online and practice our Spanish (or English). I highly recommend this program.
This is a wonderful way to improve your Spanish speaking & listening skills. The organization of the course is outstanding. Each week focuses on a theme, and associated vocabulary and grammar topics. The vocabulary is available on the Quizlet phone app (e-flash cards), making it easy to study the vocabulary any time, any place. The lessons provide structure for the conversations with a partner, so there are no awkward pauses trying to figure out what to talk about next. And there is an emphasis on saying what you are thinking without stressing about getting it exactly right. I can sit down and write out a conjugation for many verbs, but coming up with the right form on the fly in conversation is a very different skill that I am developing now. I am very happy with this course, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to take their Spanish to a new level.
Intercambio has been a fun and very inexpensive way to help forward my Spanish learning. Speaking with native Spanish speakers is invaluable and the program has connected me to language partners I can skype or whatsapp with. It works with my schedule and I can practice as much or as little as I want. It reaches all types of learners – you get video instruction, written instruction, one-on-one practice with your partner(s), and group practice during “office hours” every week. You can ask questions each week and they will be answered in the group. So glad I found this program!
Intercambio is the next best thing to immersion travel to improve your Spanish skills (or even better for those of us who like to stay home!). Rory and Leslie provide a comfortable environment where it’s OK to be brave and learn by making mistakes. It’s easy to find a native Spanish speaker with whom to practice. The weekly guided lessons provide a comfortable platform for learning through conversation. Try it!
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If you can answer YES to these 3 questions then YES it is a good fit for you.
- Do you have a genuine motivation to improve your Spanish speaking skills?
- Do you have a basic foundation of the language you are trying to improve? For example, have you ever taken a Spanish class in high school, college, as an adult? Do you try to use it for your profession? Did you grow up in an area where Spanish was spoken and you used it?
- AND Are you motivated to boost your speaking ability?
If you can answer YES to these questions than it’s an easy YES. You are ready to transfer your “head knowledge” of Spanish into your speaking ability.
Yes! The objective of this group is for YOU to increase your speaking ability. Each week, you will get a lesson that includes the essential grammar and vocabulary you need to have successful conversations that week.
No, you will use FREE communication apps such as: Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp
In your profile you will select your availability and you will look for a conversation partner that has the same availability as you. The key is consistency over time! If you cannot find a parter within 3 to 5 days- we will so some “match-making”
When you build your profile, you will be asked to self-rate your level. You will want to find a conversational partner that has that similar level. You can either match with a native speaker OR another learner at your same level. OR both!
YES! When you build your profile you will be able to list your profession and you can look for an exchange partner with that same profession to practice there conversations.
You may have different conversation partners. We understand that it might take a few times to find a right fit. And there may be several “right fits”. You are not limited to 1 exchange partner.
No, the most important thing to consider is consistency and sustainability. What type of schedule can you commit to for a long period of time to see the maximum language growth?
Yes, we do and it is a price savings. When you register at this link, you can select “annually”
It’s important to know that members are not expected to teach the language to their parter. It is practice speaking with one another. Some partners, depending on their language level and experience may naturally be able to provide more corrections, and others will not be able to. This is precisely why we have expert language coaches to help you navigate the questions and improve your communication. The language coaches will not be live with you in your conversations, but you can jot down your doubts and attend weekly office hours to get your questions answered so you are ready for next time. And of course you can always chat or email us.
YES, there is flexibility. Once enrollment closes on May 1st, you will build your profile and select when you are available. You can change your availability in your profile on a week-by-week basis. Based off of that, you will be able to see who is available to you during your time frames.
If you are not completely satisfied with this Spanish English practice group, you can cancel at any time.
We recommend you meet at least once a week. The amount of time you meet with your partner is up to you and it can vary week by week. We think it’s most important to set up a schedule that is consistent and sustainable for you over a long period of time. We’ll instruct members with tips about scheduling to maximize exposure, sustainability and lifestyle :).
You are not alone. There are other healthcare workers with shifting schedules week by week in the group. There is the flexibility to set your schedule week by week. If you are having a hard time finding a conversation partner based off your schedule we will do all we can to help you.
Yes, you will be able to boost your intermediate conversational skills in this Spanish English practice group by pairing with a native Spanish speaker and reaching that near-native fluency with structured support and guidance from our language experts.