Basic Conversation

83 reviews

Basic Conversation is an immersion course, taught 100% in Spanish, that aims to practice all the basic simple and compound indicative tenses as students acquire vocabulary and gain confidence. Group activities, debates, articles, and relaxed conversation make this course an excellent way of improving your conversational skills.

Please note that, because we all learn at a different pace, 10 sessions at the Basic Conversation level may not be sufficient to reach an Intermediate Conversation level. Students should consider re-enrolling on the Basic Conversation level to further improve fluency and proficiency before considering a higher conversational level. If you need help deciding, please request an oral assessment with us (it’s free!) and we’ll give you our insight.

Please also note that our instructors tend not to review grammar rules in conversation classes, as the most important thing is to keep the conversation flowing! If you want to review specific grammar topics, it’s best to take one of our regular L1-5 classes and/or private lessons :)


Please note that, in order to register for this course, you should have scored at least 19 points on our Online Placement Test.

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Basic Conversation (Code OL-0125C)

2022-01-25 - 2022-03-29
Tue 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT
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Basic Conversation (Code OL-0208B)

2022-02-08 - 2022-04-12
Tue 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0210D)

2022-02-10 - 2022-04-14
Thu 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT
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Basic Conversation (Code OL-0216D)

2022-02-16 - 2022-04-20
Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0221E)

2022-02-21 - 2022-04-25
Mon 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0224D)

2022-02-24 - 2022-04-28
Thu 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0301F)

2022-03-01 - 2022-05-03
Tue 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0305D)

2022-03-05 - 2022-05-07
Sat 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0329H)

2022-03-29 - 2022-05-31
Tue 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0329G)

2022-03-29 - 2022-05-31
Tue 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0331F)

2022-03-31 - 2022-06-02
Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0404B)

2022-04-04 - 2022-06-13
Mon 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Student Reviews

  Carole Oblenes | Online | 7/28/2021
Rolando is terrific! Engaging, interesting and patient. The classes were fun.

  Maxine Phillps | Online | 5/18/2021
Congenial people, lively conversation. Nelson makes sure that everyone participates and that the topics are interesting.

  Samantha Grund-Wickramasekera | Online | 5/16/2021
The transition from Beginner's spanish to Basic conversation was a little jarring. On my end, it was definitely less structured and I did not study my conjugations as often as I should have. However, I feel like more guidance could have been provided as to how to approach reading fairly complex articles in Spanish. In order to save time, I would read the article in English first and then read it in Spanish, which I feel kind of defeats the purpose of the course. Perhaps more guidance on this would be helpful.

  Robyn Occhiogrosso | Online | 5/15/2021
Enjoyable, relaxed discussion in Spanish. Eva is welcoming and encouraging, always.

  Lisa Drapkin | Online | 5/12/2021
This course was great! Nelson was a wonderful teacher and he made sure everyone felt comfortable. For me it was the right mix of challenging but also not so much so that I felt I wasn't good enough to be there. I would definitely recommend to others.

  Peter Kulesza | Online | 5/11/2021
Excellent quality with this particular teacher. I have to say there are not many quality ones. But Andres is.

  Maxine Phillips | Online | 3/3/2021
Lively conversation on a wide range of topics with interesting people that I might never meet otherwise.

  John Sabulis | Online | 2/25/2021
This didn’t seem to be a beginner conversation class. The other students were a very different and various levels. There was little time for corrections from the instructor and there was some really bad Spanish and painful pronunciation. Also, the instructor seemed focused on getting through the assignments not correcting grammar or pronunciation. The assignments, to research and talk about current news events were not picked well. In the second class of the 6 or 7 topics chosen, I researched all of them in El País, La Jornada, La Prensa, News in Slow Spanish, Latin American and News in Slow Spanish, Spain. NOTHING ON ANY OF THEM! What a waste of time. I left the classes after that, neither the teacher, nor the other classmates engaged me. I won’t be taking another class at Berges and frankly should have my money refunded.