F.A.Qs

What is Skype?

Skype is the most popular voice communication service in the world and one of the pioneers in voice communication over the Internet. You can make unlimited free calls to anyone in the world provided that person is using Skype too.

How do I use Skype?

Getting ready for your Skype Spanish lesson with El Blog para Aprender Español is very easy. Just create a free Skype account and download the software from Skype.com, and you will be ready to go in minutes.  If your computer does not already have a built-in camera and microphone, you may need to purchase a webcam and headset.

What happens if there are problems with the sound?

If a problem occurs with the sound due to a weak Internet signal, faulty computer equipment, or the Skype program, the interrupted lesson can be rescheduled.

When it is an isolated/punctual problem the lesson or time lost will be made up without any additional cost.  You will never miss out on a lesson due to technical problems!

Some recommendations to optimize audio and video quality:

1. Make sure Skype is updated.  Find the latest version of Skype here.

2. Wear headphones. If you hear echoes in the audio, it is because the other party’s speakers are too loud. Wear headphones and the echoes will subside instantly.

3. Adjust the light.  Ample frontal lighting can mean the difference between talking to a real person and talking to a grainy silhouette.

4. Minimize ambient noise.  Try to create a quiet, classroom-like environment when you are having a lesson.

5. Close other programs during the lesson.  Overloading your Internet capacity with open programs could worsen audio and video quality.

6. Use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi.  Ethernet will give you a much smoother, more consistent experience.

Skype Spanish Lessons

How are the Lessons?

Here you can take a look at a sample Skype Spanish Lesson between Raquel (teacher) and Frank (USA).

The aim of our lessons is to make each student feel more confident using Spanish.  Therefore, the lessons are tailored to each student’s learning style and needs.

To achieve fluency, we help each student to increase vocabulary, improve listening comprehension, and refine pronunciation.  We work on a multitude of skills using conversation and exercises.  Only Spanish is allowed, so students must follow, understand, listen, and react to the different challenges presented in the lesson.

Skype Chat may be used if necessary during the lesson allowing for the exchange of new words and grammar structures.  Homework will be given after every session to reinforce and practice the topics covered in the lesson.

Start with our “trial lesson” and decide if you would like to continue!  Students may also find FREE materials and activities on El Blog para Aprender Español, which are meant to complement each lesson.

Can I prepare DELE examinations with EBPAES?

Of course, a special program for the preparation of the examinations will be designed and tailored to your personal needs. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses; once we know your level we will be ready to start with your personalized program.

Are any specialized Spanish courses offered?

Besides General Spanish, we offer courses in the following:

Medical Spanish

Business Spanish

Spanish for flight attendants

DELE Examinations preparation

What is the methodology used?

At El Blog para Aprender Español, we place an emphasis on conversationSupplementary material intended to optimize a student’s involvement in a lesson will be emailed to the student before or after the lesson at the teacher’s discretion.

Grammar, vocabulary and communicative skills will be practiced through conversation making use of a multitude of strategies, activities, and practice. The student has the lead role, as the lessons are designed for him or her to participate actively.

Who are the teachers?

We are Raquel and María, Spanish (ELE) teachers from Madrid, with vast classroom experience all over Europe. We have been teaching together in Madrid for several years now, and we share a passion for teaching Spanish and spreading Spanish culture. Our goal is to leverage our experience to create a platform of ideas, which resolves communicative difficulties for those who study Spanish. Click here for further information.

Why is it useful to take Skype Spanish Lessons?

  • To learn, improve, refresh your Spanish, or simply maintain what you have already learned.
  • To get ready for an exam by answering last-minute questions.
  • To prepare DELE Examinations.
  • To prepare yourself for interviews, oral presentations, and/or international meetings.

Can I cancel a lesson?

Lessons canceled 24 hours in advance can be made up, usually within the same month.

If there are technical problems, the lesson or time lost will always be made up.

The lesson will be considered as canceled if the student does not appear after 15 minutes from the scheduled time of the appointment.

Does my course pack expire?

Yes. You can enjoy the five lessons pack for a two-month time period and the ten lessons pack for a three-month time period.
 Is there a maximum number of lessons per week?
You may schedule as many lessons as you like. We recommend a minimum of one lesson per week.

How can I start with the lessons?

  1. Complete our level test.
  2. Choose one of our packs or individual lessons.
  3. Schedule your lessons in our calendar.

How can I pay for the lessons?

At this time, we are accepting payments by PayPal.