Come and Practice Your Spanish in Boise
Hablas español? If you're an adult who would like to practice your Spanish with others in Boise, there are several options available to you.
Though I am fairly new to the Boise area, I have been pleasantly surprised at the opportunities there are to find others who want to converse in Spanish.
The first place I know of, and participate in, is:
Practice Aquí, at the
Garden City Public Library
Thurs. 6:30- 7:30pm
The Garden City library is located in northwest Boise. From Glenwood Ave., turn at the corner of Marigold Ave. toward the Les Bois Credit Union. The library shares the same parking area as the credit union.
Practice Aquí is a free program of conversation in Spanish and English for teens and adults. If you are at least a high beginner in Spanish and can carry on a conversation this is the place for you.
The meeting goes from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (when the conversation is good it can tend go longer). Sometimes there is a short presentation of a cultural or grammar lesson at the beginning or end of the time. Usually those attending are divided into small groups that include native speakers of both languages. Once in a group, everyone speaks English for the first half hour and then Spanish for the next. This way each person has the advantage of hearing the native language spoken and being corrected as needed.
It is an informal time where you can converse and have the benefit of learning Spanish and help others to learn English. It is meeting now as of Sept. 13, 2012 and runs through the school year. It takes a break during the summer.
I hope to meet you there.
This is a Spanish language school in Boise. Located at
1605 S. Phillippi, SW corner of Overland and Phillippi.
Trudy and Scott McGavin run the Puentes school with various times of group Spanish lessons for adults and children. They also have travel programs. You can see what they offer here:
Puentes Language Programs & Preschool
El Grupo, every second Wednesday of the month
This group has been meeting in Boise for almost 30 years, even before being bilingual was in! It was started by a group of women that included a Spanish teacher who saw the need for a time to practice Spanish outside of a class setting. It has grown to a bigger group that meets every 2nd Wed. of the month at 7pm to 9pm.
El Grupo meets at a different home each month. The setting is informal with drinks and "bocadillas/botanas" available. There are a few native Spanish speakers and many non native Spanish speakers at various levels of fluency.
It may seem a little intimidating at first if you feel weak about your Spanish, but put your fears aside and enjoy yourself.
Everyone is very nice. I have met fascinating people at these get-togethers. It is a very pleasant social time.
Write me through my
if you would like to be added to the email list to know where El Grupo will be meeting each month.
Page last updated 9/14/12
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