Take the fast lane to fluency

Conversation Confidence

Speaking is hard…

Think about it: you need to not only follow a conversation and think of something relevant and (hopefully) interesting to say, but then summon the right words, put them in the right order, conjugate the verbs, decline the adjectives, and then pronounce them so that people can actually understand you.

Add to that lack of confidence, noisy environments, multiple speakers, and it’s no wonder that many learners prefer just to study a book, thinking they’ll “get to” speaking when they’re ready.

I know how this feels, because I’ve been through that process and have come out the other side.

When you can finally put it all together and express yourself fluently, there’s no other feeling like it. It took me years to develop my fluency, but with the right approach I could have got there much quicker.

We’ve built this course to help you develop fluency in the most common areas of conversation, and learn the underlying principles of becoming fluent.

You can have that liberating feeling of fluency, and of confidence and relaxation in your conversations. Isn’t that why you’re learning Spanish, after all?

Natural Spanish, for common conversations

Most conversations are formulaic. Crack the formula, and you’re already one step ahead.

Learn how to express yourself in the most common conversations like a native, and practise with a variety of exercises.

Feel confident, and let your Spanish flow

The key to confidence? Preparation.

We’ll show you how you can prepare for conversations, and we’ll help you do it.

Real Accountability

We’ll help give you the push you need to practise, even on your own!

From the course…

This video is taken from module 4. In it, we listen to a couple of real conversations with native Spanish speakers, and look at how they use and combine different tenses to build their narratives.

Course Contents

Module 1: Smalltalk
  • Beginnings and endings
    • Saying “hello”, beyond hola
    • Asking and answering “how are you”, and creating original conversations
    • Expressing thanks, beyond gracias
    • Complimenting and wishing someone well
    • Saying “goodbye” in interesting ways
  • Icebreaker strategies
    • Strategy 1: Finding mutual links
    • Strategy 2: Opening questions
    • Strategy 3: Follow-up questions
  • Keeping a conversation going and flowing
    • Commenting and reacting to stay engaged
    • Prompting conversations to keep your partner engaged
    • “Muletillas”: Spanish conversation crutches to enhance your fluency
  • Meta Spanish: Talking about Spanish, in Spanish
    • Paraphrasing, and “working around” words
    • When you’re lost for words
    • Rephrasing yourself, and checking comprehension
    • When you’re completely lost in the conversation
    • Asking what something means
  • Challenge 1
Module 2: Conversations with strangers
  • Short interactions
  • Asking for something
    • Using poder in everyday conversation
    • “Is it ok for you”? – an easy and natural phrase
    • Ordering in 101 ways (well, maybe not 101…)
    • Other ways to ask for things
  • Challenge 2
Module 3: Bring your conversations alive with descriptions
  • Describing people
    • Our favourite people adjectives
  • Describing places
    • ¿Cómo es…? Vs ¿Cómo está…? , how to finally nail them
    • Phrases using ¿Cómo es…?
    • Phrases using ¿Cómo está…?
    • Our favourite place adjectives, to bring your description alive
  • Challenge 3
Module 4: Storytelling and narratives
  • The preterite and imperfect: the key you’ve been missing
  • Practical tips for using the imperfect
  • Practical tips for using the preterite
  • Time phrases and patterns: useful tense “signals”
  • Challenge 4
Module 5: Self expression
  • Expressing likes and dislikes, beyond gustar
  • Saying how you feel
  • Subjunctive hooks with emotions
  • Agreeing and disagreeing in original ways
  • Challenge 5
Module 6: Getting stuff done
  • Making requests and offers
  • Arguments
    • Starting an argument
    • Connecting your ideas
    • Finishing an argument
  • Challenge 6

Q + A

What exactly is in this course?

This course features 90 bite-sized videos between 3 – 10 minutes each, alongside an accompanying 50 page pdf handbook. It’s a highly structured course, and features language challenges and exercises to push you, a group to keep you accountable, and can be used in combination with a language coach (coming soon). Check out the modules overview below for a comprehensive look.

Who is this course for?

If you are between beginner and upper-intermediate, and find yourself struggling to get your words out fluently, this course is for you. While some of the concepts may seem “beginner” (like introducing yourself, saying goodbye, etc), we re-present these crucial conversation areas, giving you new, original ways to express yourself, and helping you build fluency. You’ll also learn and practice key grammar areas which typically cause the biggest stumbling blocks in spoken Spanish, such as story-telling (preterite vs imperfect), using reverse construction verbs properly, and keys to the subjunctive.

If you’re a complete beginner, this course will still help you, but you may struggle. If you’re already advanced and have built out fluency, you’ll find new perspectives in this course, but may find it too easy.

Is there any kind of guarantee?

Sure – if the course isn’t for you, we have a no-nonsense, 14 day guarantee. If it’s not for you, for whatever reason, let us know within 14 days of your purchase and we’ll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.

Am I going to have to go out and speak?

The more you put in, the more you’ll get out…! We’ve set speaking challenges throughout the course, and want to hear the results of these. If you do these, you’ll find yourself much more motivated, and will develop your fluency faster.

Of course, it’s up to you if you do them or not!

Is the payment secure?

Yes. We use Paypal and Stripe to handle payments, meaning we do not handle or have access to any of your credit card or payment data. Thousands of the world’s largest companies use both of these providers to handle their shopping carts, so you are in safe hands.

What's the forum?

We’ve created a forum, especially for our Conversation Confidence students. This is a place to share your challenges, achievements, highs, lows, and general questions/comments. We’ll be in the forum offering support and advice, along with your fellow learners. It’s a great way to build real accountability, and find a supportive community.

Is the course finished?

We’ll be constantly adding new lessons, tips and tricks, and exercises into the course, to keep you challenged and engaged!

I have more questions! What do I do?

Sure! Just email rob@spanishobsessed.com, and we’ll do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Real Learners’ Stories

Amy

Intermediate Learner

I started listening to Spanish Obsessed Podcasts over four years ago. However, my real-life conversations with Spanish speakers didn’t sound anything like the smooth banter between Lis and Rob! I had terrible performance anxiety speaking Spanish and it resulted in my rambling on and on (there are just so many ways to say things in Spanish). Spanish Obsessed’ s Conversation Course calmed down my anxiety once and for all and helped me speak with confidence!

The extensive range of the lessons covers every possible social situation you could encounter, from introducing yourself, breaking the ice with strangers, telling stories (anything from telling about your weekend to sharing stories about your life), ways to ask things (without sounding like a dummy!), ordering food in restaurants, and much more. The written examples in the videos were incredibly helpful to me since I am a visual learner.

Each video includes a component to check your comprehension and because they are short, they go quickly so they are never monotonous. During the course I practiced my personal  list of “toolkit” phrases (the key is choosing only a few and practice saying them). I saw improvement immediately after I started the course. I had signed up for a Spanish class demo, which always includes the dreaded ice breaker part (talking about yourself). This time I breezed through this part with confidence in knowing my phrases were vetted & approved by what I had learned in the course so far.  This positive feedback told me that the method was really going to work for me!

I was delighted at the variety of grammar concepts that was reviewed along the way. The lessons on “Telling Stories in the Past Tense” finally are worth the cost of the course alone, with the clear examples of using the preterite and imperfect tenses. Also, it was the first time I understood gustar verbs, and the subjunctive. Since completing the course, I have noticed that my fluency has improved (probably since I am not stumbling over my words and the high levels of stress have disappeared).

I recommend Spanish Obsessed’s Conversation Course to any intermediate student!

Course Packages

Conversation Confidence

$99

  • Access all modules of Conversation Confidence
  • 50 page accompanying handbook with all the phrases, vocabulary, and exercises
  • Get support from us and fellow learners in a dedicated forum
  • One payment, lifetime access

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