Most Asked Questions

How long will it take to be fluent in Spanish?

It depends on your fluency goals. If what you seek is to be able to maintain simple conversations with native Spanish speakers about common topics, our Beginner I and II courses target those goals very effectively. 

One-to-one Spanish lessons are generally faster in helping you become fluent, because of the personalized design and attention you receive. I have had students capable of maintaining in-depth conversations in Spanish after six months of private tuition, meeting one hour a week. It widely depends on the type of learner you are, and how much dedication and time for self study you put into it.

Do you assign any homework?

Yes. Both group students and private students are assigned weekly homework to prepare for the next session.  This at-home activities take about 1.5  hours to complete.

I'm not sure if I'm a beginner level 1 or Level 2.

Basically, if you are acquainted with Spanish verb conjugations, and know the most frequent conjugations of the present tense (for verbs such as comer, vivir, ser, hablar, mirar), and can speak and understand sentences of three or four words (although not perfectly!), then you probably belong in the Beginner 2 Spanish course.

Otherwise, the Beginner 1 is a safer bet.

You can do our Spanish Level Quiz to help you decide which course is right for you.

Contact us for a consultation, if in doubt.

Is grammar covered in class?

Yes, it is. Structure is important to understand how the language works, and how to put it together in a meaningful way to us.

The difference from traditional Spanish courses is that we use the structures we learn in conversations. We don't just move on to the next topic, but incorporate what we learn in activities with meaningful content. This way, students learn holistically, blurring the line between grammar and communication as much as possible.

For answers to more questions, and a list of helpful resources to learn Spanish, visit our Blog.