San Rafael Public Library

Speed-Learn Conversational Spanish

Posted by bonnie on

September 19, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Library Meeting Room
1100 E St
San Rafael, CA 94901
Reference Desk


An ongoing, free Spanish conversation group that meets every Monday afternoon at 1 pm.



If you ever wanted to learn a bit of conversational Spanish, here is your opportunity.

This integrated 4 week course covers the fundamentals of basic verbs, grammar, and tenses used to speak in present, past, and future contexts. Each course module builds on the previous week’s content but it is possible to drop-in at any point, and learn something. Congratulations and kudos to those who complete all 4 modules.

Instructors: Joseph Cillo, instructional technologist + Carol Costa, native speaker, Madrid Spain


Course Website:


Beginner’s Guide to Spanish pdf

PDF of 1001 Spanish Words You Already Know:

acabar de 70 slides Powerpoint

December 11 – Session 1
Introduction/Basics; Present: present indicative tense, present progressive tense; Super Present: acabar de …. form, estar a punto de …. form

December 18 – Session 2
Future: ir + a + infinitive form, future tense, conditional tense

December 25 – no class – closed for Christmas

January 1 – no class – closed for New Years

January 8 – Session 3
Past 1: past tense, present perfect tense, imperfect tense

January 15 – no class – closed for Martin Luther King Day

January 22 –  Conversational Practice with Carol Costa

January 29 – Session 4
Past 2: past perfect tense; Summary/Recap

February 5, 12, 26 & March 5: Sessions 1-4 repeats (closed February 19 for Presidents’ Day)

Optional but recommended reference texts:

Larousse Unabridged Dictionary: Spanish-/English/English-Spanish Blg Una Edition or equivalent

The Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs, Second Edition
(NTC Foreign Language) 2nd Edition  or equivalent

Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

Starting March 12 we’ll start a new format.



4 responses to “Speed-Learn Conversational Spanish”

  1. Marilyn says:

    Wondered if the Spanish spoken in the class Latin Spanish or Castilian Spanish?

    • bonnie says:

      Thanks for your interest in the new Spanish Club. Here is the response from Joe, one of the the instructors:

      The club/class is in “classic Latin Spanish”.
      The other instructor. Carol, having lived in Spain, and with family there, can speak to Castilian but we are specifically NOT using the vosotros form in any conjugation/conversation.

      Hope to see you at the class!

      Bonnie Groshong
      Adult Services Librbarian

  2. Angie says:

    Is this class appropriate for beginners? I know many spanish words, but very little grammar. Also do you recommend starting with the first class in the next series vs joining now? Thanks!

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