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Conversation Classes
Topic of the Day

Conversation Classes recommended for students in Level 1 or higher.

This page gives you an idea of what to expect during Conversation Classes.
It's not required to prepare anything before joining, but you may find that you are able to participate more fully if you review this page and look up any vocabulary you will need and/or prepare yourself for conversation. 

Topics of the Day seem too difficult? Don't worry!
The conversation can be flexible, and questions asked by the teacher can be modified to fit a student's level.
If you are nervous about class, make sure to review the topics beforehand and prepare a few questions and answers. This will help you feel more confident before joining. Remember: it's okay to make mistakes! Mistakes are expected and how we learn.

Topics of the Day seem too easy? Don't worry!  
The conversation can be flexible, and questions asked by the teacher can be modified to fit a student's level.
It's possible to use simple topics for advanced conversation. Students can also bring their own questions, related to the Topic of the Day, to drive more advanced conversation with the teacher if they choose.

Conversation Classes recommended for students in Level 1 or higher.
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Topics of the Day are posted a few days before class, and may change slightly depending on the levels and/or needs of the students participating that day.

Optional: students can prepare and bring their own questions related to Topic of the Day. This helps move the conversation along and also gives students practice forming sentences and using new vocabulary. Be prepared to to not only ask your questions, but also answer them!


As is tradition for the first Conversation Class of the session, we are starting off with get to know you questions and will talk about ourselves and our friends and family.


Topic of the Day - Week 1 - "Getting to Know You"

Today we are getting to know each other, and this is an opportunity for me to get a better feel for your Spanish level. We will be talking about family, friends, and hobbies. How detailed the conversation is will depend on the Spanish level of the student(s) in class. The conversation topics are flexible - we could discuss only a few of these questions, or we could talk about all of them and more! ​ Some examples of questions to get us started: ​ ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿De dónde eres? ¿Dónde vives? ¿Cómo te describirías? ¿Tienes hijos? ¿Tienes hermanos? ¿Cuántos años tienen?

¿Dónde viven?

¿Qué hacen? ¿Cómo son? Cuéntame sobre su personalidad.

¿Qué les gusta hacer juntos/juntas? ¿En qué trabajas? ¿A qué te dedicas? ¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre?

¿Te gusta salir o prefieres quedarte en casa?

¿Prefieres ir al cine o mirar una película en casa? ​ Optional: prepare your own questions to practice formulating sentences, using new vocabulary, and to help steer the conversation. If you bring questions, I will most likely ask you the same question, so be prepared to answer. ​ Need to look up words? I suggest either www.wordreference.com or www.linguee.com. These sites provide examples and context. ​ Want to sound more natural in your conversation? Check out the conversational phrases below. ​ ¡Nos vemos en clase! - Elizabeth




Optional: students can prepare and bring their own questions related to Topic of the Day. This helps move the conversation along and also gives students practice forming sentences and using new vocabulary. Be prepared to to not only ask your questions, but also answer them!


Topic of the Day - Talking about the Future


We'll be talking about plans for the future or describing an upcoming event or activity. Think about an event, outing, plan, trip, or other occasion coming up soon. What are you doing? Who will be there? How long is the event or outing? What will you be eating? Who will you be seeing? Do you need to prepare for the event?


This topic can be as simple your plans for staying home next weekend, or it can be an event or trip that you are preparing for. If you choose something low-key, think about what information you can share to practice your Spanish. Maybe your weekend at home includes your reading list, what music you'll be listening to, if you need to run any errands that weekend, etc. Make sure you have more say that "No hago nada"! :)


Some examples of questions to get us started: ​

  • ¿Cuáles son tus planes?

  • ¿Con quién vas a estar?

  • ¿Qué vas a hacer?

  • ¿A dónde vas?

  • ¿Cómo te estás preparando?

  • ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que _____ ?

  • ¿Qué vas a comer?

  • ¿Cuántos días quedan para el evento o la fecha?

  • ¿Por qué estás emocionado/a?

  • ¿Es algo que has hecho antes?

  • ¿Con cuánta frecuencia ____ ?


One way to speak in the future is to use the structure IR + A + INFINITIVE. To do this, we conjugate the verb ir (that is, we put it into the right form according to the subject, or who is doing that action), we add the word a, and then we end this structure with a verb in its infinitive form (the ER, IR, or AR form).


A few examples with IR + A + INFINITIVE:

  • Voy a ir a la playa.

  • ¿Vas a comprar las entradas?

  • Ella me va a ayudar.

  • Vamos a comer en un restaurante famoso.

  • Mi amigo va a ir al concierto conmigo.

  • Ellos no van a preparar la comida.


Looking for more resources on talking in the future? The website www.studyspanish.com is a resource for learning grammar. You can check out the following links to learn more about:


Feeling nervous about Conversation Class? Think about how you would answer the questions above. Look up some words before class. You don't have to use both forms of the future tense. If you are studying the present tense conjugation at the moment, use the structure IR + A + INFINITIVE. That is perfectly fine, and it's great practice!


Prepare a few questions to ask your partner: when you ask the questions during conversation instead of always answering the questions, it can help you feel in control. It also gives you a break from speaking.


Need more of a challenge? Prepare questions that get you out of your comfort zone, and be prepared to answer them as well. Use these questions with the teacher for level-appropriate conversation.


Remember: We are all here to practice our Spanish and feel more confident in a new language. Mistakes are expected, and it's how we grow!


Nos vemos en clase. :)



Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash


Let's talk in the past! Next week, we will practice referencing the future.


Topic of the Day - Sharing a Story / Memory in the Past


Think of a memory from your childhood, the story of how you met your spouse/partner, an adventure you had with a friend, or another significant memory. What was the situation? What happened? Who was there? Why is this an important memory? Be prepared to share a story with the class and also ask other students about their stories.


Here are some questions to get us started:


¿Qué pasó?

¿Cuándo pasó?

¿Con quién estabas?

¿Dónde estabas?

¿Qué pasó después?

¿Por qué es especial o importante este recuerdo?

¿Cómo conociste a .... tu pareja/esposo/esposa/amigo/amiga, etc?

¿Hace cuánto tiempo?


We've already seen in the Content Classes that the word hay means "there are" or "there is." If we are describing a scene in the past, we also need to put the word hay into the past tense: we'll use either hubo or había. Check out this link for more information on when to use hubo or había and for example sentences.


Looking for some words to connect your thoughts? Check out this article and scroll down the page to find some examples phrases.


You may also find yourself needing to decide between preterite & imperfect tense. See this website for more information.


Feeling nervous about Conversation Class? Think about how you would answer the questions above. Look up some words before class. You don't have to use all the grammar points listed above. If you'd like to stick to the preterite tense (and not choose between preterite & imperfect) that is perfectly fine, and it's great practice!


Prepare a few questions to ask your partner: when you ask the questions during conversation instead of always answering the questions, it can help you feel in control. It also gives you a break from speaking.


Need more of a challenge? Prepare questions that get you out of your comfort zone, and be prepared to answer them as well. Use these questions with the teacher for level-appropriate conversation.


Remember: We are all here to practice our Spanish and feel more confident in a new language. Mistakes are expected, and it's how we grow!


Nos vemos en clase. :)





Photo by Rirri on Unsplash

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