Frequently Asked Questions
How does SpeakSpanishLive.com work?
- What makes SpeakSpanishLive.com unique?
- Why Spanish?
- Who are your Instructors?
- Why Antigua, Guatemala?
- How long are the classes?
- When are the classes offered?
- What is discussed during the video conference? How is the video conference structured?
- How is the SpeakSpanishLive.com Program structured?
- Can more than one video conference be scheduled per week?
- How do I know whether I am an Intermediate 1, 2 or Advanced student?
- How much does the SpeakSpanishLive.com Program cost?
- How does the Study Abroad Immersion Program work?
- Are there specific technical requirements for enrolling?
- When I sign into my class and the browser says I need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, what do I need to do?
- Is the entire class done in Spanish?
- Can I cancel a scheduled class?
- Is there a refund policy?
- If I were already learning Spanish through other tools, would SpeakSpanishLive.com be beneficial?
- I have a child who is struggling with Spanish classes. Will SpeakSpanishLive.com improve their performance?
- Can I use SpeakSpanishLive.com to help home school my children in another language?
- I am planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and would like a general introduction to the language. Can I use SpeakSpanishLive.com for this kind of training?
- I teach language courses to children and young adults. Can I incorporate SpeakSpanishLive.com in my classroom?
- I am in business and feel that learning the Spanish language would open many new doors in my career. Is SpeakSpanishLive.com a good choice?
What makes SpeakSpanishLive.com unique?
We offer a unique method of learning Spanish through streaming video/audio conference calls with a native Spanish-speaking professor. Our program employs experienced language professors and is structured to teach Spanish utilizing a proven method of learning by combining conversations, reading, writing and listening. You pick the time, and in the comfort of your home, you will quickly progress through the beginner program and be on your way to fluency. To jumpstart your Spanish or follow up your training, a study abroad immersion program is available, allowing you to practice what you’ve learned while living and participating in the Guatemalan culture. See the details below.
Globalization has increased the need for English-speaking individuals to become fluent in other languages in order to communicate and work with those from other countries. Spanish is spoken by almost 400 million people worldwide. Half of the population in the Western Hemisphere speaks Spanish, making it the primary language for as many people as English in this part of the world. In the United States, by a very wide margin, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language. Opportunities are increasing at an alarming rate for those who are fluent in both Spanish and English mostly due to the explosion in the Spanish-speaking population.
The ability to speak both languages will continue to become a tremendous asset with each passing year. In 2010, the Latino population in the United States exceeded the projected 45.1 million. By 2050, the U.S. Latino population is projected to be approximately 96.5 million, and one out of every four U.S. residents will be Latino.
Spanish is also gaining popularity in Europe, becoming the foreign language of choice after English. Being fluent in Spanish can often help one communicate with those speaking Italian and French. Overall, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is the primary language in countries across four different continents.
Who are your Instructors?
SpeakSpanishLive.com employs qualified language professors who have over 10 years of experience teaching others their native Spanish language. Most of the teachers are located in Antigua, Guatemala.
Why Antigua, Guatemala?
Antigua is recognized as one of the leading destinations in the world for learning Spanish. Over the last two decades, Antigua, Guatemala has become the hub of learning for people around the world interested in speaking the Spanish language. There are over 100 language schools in Antigua. Consequently, the instructors have a tremendous amount of experience in effectively breaking down the language, resulting in a proven method of teaching, which greatly enhances their students’ ability of gaining fluency.
Among the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Americas, Antigua is a Unesco World Heritage Site of cobbled streets, crumbling ruins and classic colonial architecture. Surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes, Antigua's sturdy colonial buildings have weathered 16 earthquakes and numerous floods and fires. The city is at its most vibrant during Semana Santa (Easter Week), when the streets are carpeted with elaborate decorations and colorful flower petals.
How long are the classes?
When are the classes offered?
Classes are offered on the hour Monday—Friday from 1pm–8pm Central Standard Time (CST) and on Saturdays from 7am–8pm Central Standard Time (CST). Students may schedule classes back to back or as often as they like each week.
What is discussed during the video conference? How is the video conference structured?
The video conference is flexible and is adjusted to fit the needs and desires of each student. Typically, the 60 minutes is broken out as follows: The first fifteen minutes are open forum conversational Spanish that allows you to ask the teacher questions and respond to his/her inquiries, thereby building a student/teacher relationship. The second fifteen minutes are spent reviewing the weekly lesson plan and discussing mistakes, corrections and key areas you need to focus on. In the last 30 minutes of the video, your professor will cover the new material for the next lesson.
How is the SpeakSpanishLive.com Program structured?
This program is structured for individuals who truly want to become fluent in Spanish. SpeakSpanishLive.com is divided into seven steps. These seven steps are incorporated into Beginner, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Advanced. Every week, you will participate in as many one-hour live classes with your instructor as you would like to schedule. You move through the program at your own pace.
Can more than one video conference be scheduled per week?
Yes. You set the pace and can schedule an unlimited number of classes each week.
How do I know whether I am an Intermediate 1, 2 or Advanced student?
If you do not know where to begin or which course to purchase, you may complete a proficiency questionnaire that will help us determine the best place for you to start. The results will determine the level of training that’s right for you. If at any time during your studies, it is determined that you are more or less advanced than the topics being covered, you will be moved to the appropriate level of training to ensure you are receiving the best instruction possible for your level of understanding.
How much does the SpeakSpanishLive.com Program cost?
Detailed pricing information is provided under the Courses Tab.
How does the Study Abroad Immersion Program work?
You can jumpstart your study of Spanish by traveling to Guatemala for one or two weeks to live with a Guatemalan family. Four hours each day are spent one-on-one with your language professor. What a fast way to take your Spanish to a new level! Your free time can be spent building much-needed homes in Guatemala through Common Hope, climbing volcanoes, or just enjoying the beautiful architecture and scenery of Antigua. Please call 1.800.764.7105 for more information.
Are there specific technical requirements for enrolling?
Voice Over IP Technology has been greatly perfected. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, an audio headset with a microphone and a webcam (optional, but highly recommended). Your professor will have a webcam, always allowing you to see and hear him/her speaking.
When I sign into my class and the browser says I need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, what do I need to do?
A small plug-in for your browser, Adobe Flash Player 7 is already installed on 95% of home computers. If you need to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, go to http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html and click on Get the Latest Version.
Is the entire class done in Spanish?
As much as possible—immersion is the goal!! Your instructor, however, understands that especially for “beginners,” it will be necessary to speak English at times to enhance both student and instructor understanding of lesson material.
Can I cancel a scheduled class?
Yes. A scheduled video conference can be cancelled up to 12 hours in advance. The conference can be rescheduled for another time convenient for you and your instructor. Less than a 12-hour notice of cancellation will result in a loss of that one video conference.
Is there a refund policy?
Yes. We are so confident you are going to love the online live video conferencing with a Guatemalan Spanish Professor that we will refund the unused video conferences if you decide to discontinue our services within the first month of registering.
If I were already learning Spanish through other tools, would SpeakSpanishLive.com be beneficial?
Absolutely. This program will greatly enhance your learning experience with any other method or tool you may be using. After experiencing the ease of learning through SpeakSpanishLive.com, you may find it to be your primary learning tool for studying and learning Spanish. We offer a discounted $20 video conference specifically designed to tutor students using alternative methods as their primary learning source.
I have a child who is struggling with Spanish classes. Will SpeakSpanishLive.com improve their performance?
Absolutely. Perfect for High School, Junior High and Elementary students, SpeakSpanishLive.com offers a unique and fun experience in learning a second language and connecting with people from another country. We offer a discounted $20 video conference specifically designed to tutor students using alternative methods as their primary learning source.
Can I use SpeakSpanishLive.com to help home school my children in another language?
Yes. This program provides a new and fun avenue for learning Spanish. We can work with your children in a safe, controlled environment where their language skills will soar to new levels in preparation for college admission or other career paths.
I am planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and would like a general introduction to the language. Can I use SpeakSpanishLive.com for this kind of training?
Yes. An introductory cram session is offered by SpeakSpanishLive. This session is 10 video conferences for $250 and is specifically tailored for travelers. This course will greatly enrich your travel experience by giving you the confidence to converse and mingle with the locals.
I teach language courses to children and young adults. Can I incorporate SpeakSpanishLive.com in my classroom?
Absolutely. SpeakSpanishLive.com creates a new avenue of learning in a classroom environment that greatly improves a student’s desire and ability to speak Spanish correctly. Lesson plans can be tailored to meet the needs of weekly objectives, and supplemental video conferences are offered to enhance your students’ fluency and command of the language.
I am in business and feel that learning the Spanish language would open many new doors in my career. Is SpeakSpanishLive.com a good choice?
Yes. Often, corporations provide training opportunities for employees, ensuring their staffs are efficient and knowledgeable in skills required for company success. Language is a skill, and SpeakSpanishLive.com provides an efficient and effective approach to becoming fluent in speaking and understanding the Spanish language. Enroll Now
What better way to learn Spanish?
Our one-on-one instruction via live video conferencing provides an immersion experience that cannot be matched by any computer program. The conversation and relationship that develops between a student and the instructor tremendously accelerates learning.
Spanish Courses we offer
- Free Trial Offer (1 Session)
- One-on-One Conversational Spanish Classes (10 Sessions)
- One-on-One Conversational Spanish Classes (20 Sessions)
- One-on-One Conversational Spanish Classes (40 Sessions)
- Fast Track (10 sessions)
- Tutoring (10 sessions)