Basic Conversation

79 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-1020C)

2021-10-20 - 2022-01-05
Wed 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1101D)

2021-11-01 - 2022-01-10
Mon 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1104K)

2021-11-04 - 2022-01-27
Thu 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1117D)

2021-11-17 - 2022-02-02
Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1129I)

2021-11-29 - 2022-02-07
Mon 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-1201D)

2021-12-01 - 2022-02-09
Wed 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CT

Basic Conversation (Code OL-0110D)

2022-01-10 - 2022-03-14
Mon 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CT

Student Reviews

  Roslyn | New York | 4/3/2018
Good course and instructor. Assignments were useful and I liked the flexibility that existed: if you were not interested in any of the topics, you could find your own. Real-world issues, not just pedagogical ones.

  Rhonda | New York | 3/31/2018
I liked the fact that Nelson didn't slow down, because I know that native-speakers are not going to stop to accommodate me. I also like the fact that the class was small & it lived up to it's title. We conversed in Spanish for 90 minutes.

  Evanah Hill | New York | 3/30/2018
I loved the course. My Spanish has greatly improve. Before I was terrible at Spanish now I'm just mediocre.

  michael | New York | 3/2/2018
The class often veered off into English because of political discussions. The reading material had odd subject matter for a spanish course. Also there was no progression from class to class. I hoped the vocabulary used from the previous class (words that came up that were written on the board) would be used again in the next class to strengthen the students' knowledge of new words. No time at all was spent on pronunciation.

  Grace Parisi | New York | 12/29/2017
Conversation classes are great at Berges! The collection of short stories that comes with the class is a great jumping off point because we speak about topics that might not come up otherwise. We start out with suggested topics, but quickly veer towards other things--as any good conversation does.

  Anonymous | New York | 11/24/2017
Great opportunity to improve Spanish-speaking skills. Would have been nice to have more diverse range of conversation topics. Enjoyed when there would be a topic presented for discussion.

  Eleanor Lam | New York | 11/23/2017
Classes are engaging and fun and move at a good pace. Lessons and course materials are presented in a clear manner.

  Anonymous | New York | 11/22/2017
I've taken basic conversation twice. The first time around the class was smaller which I preferred. It was easier to get everyone involved in the conversation and we were able to just talk about current events and our lives and have real conversations that seemed natural. The second time around they added a book that was meant to prompt our conversations. The book was good for learning new vocabulary and practicing throughout the week but the topics aren't the most interesting so having a conversation around them seemed a little forced. Overall I recommend this course to help you get comfortable speaking spanish