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Every Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 in Café Montal in Plaza San Felipe. Every Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00 in Malabares in El Tubo. (From Plaza España go into El Tubo. At the end, turn right. And there it is.) The first conversation is free – to see if you like it or not.

WE BREAK FRIDAY 13 AND SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER.

HAPPY PILAR, EVERYBODY

Do you want to practise your English? Then join the conversation. Do you know a lot of grammar and theory but have a problem with putting it all together? Then join the conversation. Do you feel tongue-tied, and worried about speaking correctly before you speak? Then join the conversation.

ZaragozaConversation is a tertulia, a conversation group, not a class. This means that you are free to come and go whenever you please. The atmosphere is relaxed, the conversation is continuous, and it’s easy to make new friends.

Here, there is always at least one native English speaker who controls the conversation. We correct any mistakes you make very lightly.

What does that mean?

It means, for example, that if we understand you but you make mistakes, we’ll only correct you after you speak. We like mistakes. Much better than being silent, and doing nothing. We encourage everyone to get speaking. The trick is to speak when you feel like it, not when you think you know all the grammar to speak a perfect sentence.

Here you get to practise English – real English – for up to 4 hours every week. Contrast this with most academies where you’re lucky to have one hour a month, plus several minutes a week in a class ‘listening’ to a tape about three times. (In real life, we don’t usually say the same thing three times, do we?)

Grammar classes in conventional academies or in official schools are fine … for grammar.

But imagine that one day you, or your children, decide to learn how to swim. You go to the swimming academy, or to the Official School of Swimming where you are given manuals of swimming. Manuals to memorize, to learn by heart. After a few months, there is a written exam. And you pass it! Hooray! Get out the champagne!

BUT can you save your life in the water with a swimming certificate?

Of course not.

You need practice in a real – and occasionally noisy – environment with different people, all with different levels, different personalities, and different interests. You need to get real practice to overcome any inhibition you might have. You need permission, perhaps, to speak badly.

Maybe you have suffered from perfectionism. (Please understand, we like perfectionism very much. We want our surgeons, our air traffic controllers, and our nuclear power station attendants to be perfect. Every time.) But if you want to enjoy yourself in English, then open your mouth, smile, and start talking!

If you have something to say, then say it! We’ll worry about the details later. Relax.

Just join the conversation.

As you speak, your fluency will automatically increase. You’ll be using your English, and your confidence will increase. You’ll feel fine. You’ll be getting ‘wet in the water’, and you can save your life in English.

As your confidence increases, you will relax more – in English – which will help you to learn faster. Psychology studies show that, for more than 19 out of 20 people, we learn a foreign language much better when we are relaxed.

It’s more fun, too.

Every Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 at Café Montal in Plaza San Felipe, and every Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00 in Malabares, a lovely room with a 15th century ceiling, in El Tubo.

The first conversation is free – so you can find out if you like it – and from then on it is €40 a month for 4 hours a week.

If you have a busy life and you can only come one day a week, then the price is only €20 a month.

For my students, of course, it’s free.

Contact me if you want to know more. But you can always just turn up.