Learn Spanish in NYC :: Manhattan

$365 for each 20-hour class

Our Spanish classes are 20 hours each. Our Manhattan classrooms are rented by the hour on Broadway between 40th and 41st (near Times Square).

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At Fluent City, we have teachers who are from or studied in both Spain and Latin America. Because we focus on the fundamental grammar structures and how to think about the language as a whole, our classes don't focus on Spanish as it is spoken in one specific country. For example, even our teachers who are from or studied in Latin America still teach "vosotros" (a pronoun only used in Spain) in case you need it when in Spain or speaking with Spaniards, even if the teacher doesn't use it in everyday speech when they are speaking themselves. In short, the Spanish you will learn at Fluent City will be useful no matter where or with whom you'll be speaking Spanish.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Spanish or for those who took a little bit of Spanish in high school. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in Spanish like: I am American, I study Spanish, I like football, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Saturdays 11:00am-1:30pm
November 22 - January 31 * Skips Nov 29, Dec 27 and Jan 3
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 9 - February 24 * Skips Dec 23 and 30
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 27 - March 31, 2015
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 28 - April 1, 2015

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who have studied basic Spanish before, even if it's been a while. At the start of Level 2, you should already be able to say a few things about yourself in Spanish at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in Spanish such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or “my brother does not live in Brooklyn” or “my sister does not live in Brooklyn” if you don’t know the word for friend.)

I have a car.

I speak English.

2) You are familiar with the idea of verb conjugation. The following make sense to you:

Yo

Hablo

Nosotros

Hablamos

Hablas

Vosotros

Habláis

Él/Ella/Usted

Habla

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

Hablan

You get that IR is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way.
You understand that Spanish has two verbs that both mean “to be” and are used in different contexts. It’s ok if you are still struggling with which verb to use when. For Level 2, you just need to have a basic familiarity with the differences between the two verbs.

3) You get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:
un libro = a book 
el libro = the book

For feminine nouns:
una mesa = a table
la mesa = the table

In general, if you’re fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then you can keep up with a Level 2 class. Level 2 is taught primarily in Spanish with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to Spanish being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
December 8 - March 2 * Skips Dec 29, Jan 19 and Feb 16

*Only a few spots left!*

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
January 26 - April 6, 2015 * Skips Feb 16
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 27 - March 31, 2015

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are feeling pretty comfortable speaking in the present tense and are ready to dive into the past tenses. Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say phrases in Spanish in the present tense such as:

Normally, I wake up at 7am every morning.

He likes cars.

I love to go to museums!
She is ten years old, but she is very tall.
We go to the beach every the weekend.

I eat a lot when I am hungry.
I’ve been studying Spanish for 2 months.

2) You can recognize the differences between the two phrases in each of these three examples:

Me gusta el té. vs. Me gustan las papas
Soy Americana. vs. Estoy contenta
Hace frío vs. Tengo frío

3) You understand that the following phrases all have pronouns before the verbs, but that they are different types, and they have different meanings:

Me importa mucho estudiar el Español.
Me duelen los pies.
Me lavo los manos.
Aquí se habla español.

In general, if you’re comfortable with the above concepts, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class.

Level 3 introduces the pretérito and the imperfecto (yo hablaba, él comía, etc.) tenses, with the goal of enabling students to speak comfortably about events that already happened. Level 3 also introduces the concept of direct and indirect object pronouns (Le di flores y la besé.) If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 4 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
November 18 - February 3 * Skips Dec 23 and 30
Saturdays 11:00am-1:30pm
November 22 - January 31 * Skips Nov 29, Dec 27 and Jan 3
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 11 - February 26 * Skips Dec 25 and Jan 1

*Only a few spots left!*

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
January 26 - April 6, 2015 * Skips Feb 16
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 29 - April 2, 2015

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present and the main past tenses. They are also starting to understand how to use direct and indirect object pronouns. (Compraste un regalo para tu madre? –Sí, Se lo compré ayer.)

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 4 is right for you:

1) You should understand the differences between the following phrases:

Miré la tele anoche.
Miraba la tele todas las noches.
Miraba la tele cuando me llamaste.
Miraba la tele mientras te hablaba por telefono.
Iba a mirar la tele pero me llamaste.

2) You should be able to say the following in Spanish using the imperfect and preterit correctly:

She was very timid.
She was only 16.
Yesterday he ran at the park.
They liked the movie last night.
When I was a little boy, I liked to play baseball.

3) You should understand the differences between the following:

Compré una chaqueta.

La compré.

Se la compré.

In general, if you’re comfortable with the above concepts, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class. In Level 4, you will get even more comfortable using the present and past perfect tenses (He hablado, Había visitado). You will also practice the future and the conditional tenses (hablaré vs. hablaría). Finally, Level 4 will introduce one of the harder verb tenses: the subjunctive (Ella quiere que lo haga).

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 4 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 11 - February 26 * Skips Dec 25 and Jan 1
Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 29 - April 2, 2015

Level 5

More about Level 5

Level 5 is for students who have mastered the present and the past tenses and are getting comfortable with the idea of the subjunctive.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:

1) You can conjugate many common verbs in the present tense, the main past tenses, the conditional and the future tense. For example, you can use the verb “hablar” to say, “I speak, I spoke, I was speaking, I had spoken, I would speak, and I will speak.”

2) You understand the difference between the following:

Caminé al trabajo.

Caminaba al trabajo.

Cuando caminaba al trabajo empezó a llover.

He caminado al trabajo una vez.

Ya había llegado a trabajo cuando empezó a llover.

3) You are starting to get comfortable using the subjunctive in the present tense. For example:

In English, the conjugation of “to do” is:

I do
You do

He does

But notice how it becomes, "His parents require he do his homework…"

In Spanish, the conjugation is

Yo hago
Tú haces
Él hace

But notice how it’s, "Sus padres requieren que él haga la tarea…"

You should be fairly comfortable with the subjunctive.

Level 5 will help you get comfortable with phrases like the following:

Ella quería que le llamaras antes de la clase.

Si tuviera más dinero, comparía una casa más grande.

No creo que mi madre haya visitado México.

¡Dámelo!
No sabes lo que sé yo.

Level 5 focuses on solidifying major grammar points and is meant to gear you up for Advanced Conversation Practice. If you are already feeling pretty solid with all this grammar, you should sign up for Advanced Conversation Practice.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 5 Group Classes
in Manhattan

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
January 26 - April 6, 2015 * Skips Feb 16

Advanced Conversation Practice

More about Advanced Conversation Practice

Advanced Conversation Practice is for students who have completed Level 5 at Fluent City or the equivalent elsewhere. Each 20-hour session is designed to be taken multiple times by any one student.*

Advanced students might need a quick grammar refresher here and there, but are comfortable speaking Spanish, even if they are still making a lot of mistakes and still need to refine the details. Mini grammar reviews based on the group's specific weaknesses are part of each 2-hour session and increasing listening skills is also a major component of Advanced Conversation Practice class with the goal in mind of moving towards being able to comfortably have conversations with native Spanish speakers. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; Spanish and Argentine musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in Spanish-speaking countries and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more.

*Most students do about 60 hours of Advanced Conversation Practice (three 20-hour sessions) before moving to Expert Spanish.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Advanced Conversation Practice
in Manhattan

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 15 - March 19, 2015

Expert

More about Expert

Expert Spanish is for students who need a weekly refresher to keep actively speaking fluent or near-fluent Spanish and maintain the level they have already achieved at some point in their life. This class allows you to practice Spanish in a guided conversation with a teacher offering corrections, insight into cultural slang, and creative conversational topics that allow you to learn new vocabulary. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; Spanish and Argentine musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in Spanish-speaking countries and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more. The conversation topics will largely depend on the interests of the students in the class. Students signing up for Expert Spanish should feel comfortable having fairly robust conversations with native speakers. 

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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