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The St. Louis Spanish Language Meetup Group Pages

Check out our FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions to find out more!

Our Mission Statement: To provide a positive environment where people of all levels can practice their Spanish

Want to practice your Spanish? Join us and come to a meeting to enjoy casual conversation in Spanish, share stories, and meet new people who are also interested in the Spanish language. Whether you are new to Spanish or a fluent Spanish speaker, this group is open to everyone!

laughing This meetup belongs to its members. The organizers provide an event for you to attend, but it is up to you to get out of it what you want. If you want to improve your Spanish, make every effort to speak Spanish at the events. If you want to meet new people, be sure to mingle and talk to new people. If you want to organize an event, contact Kathleen. We are always looking for new events and even more assistant organizers.

People have questions and here are the answers. Enjoy!

1. What is this group about?
Our mission statement: To provide a positive environment where people of all levels can practice speaking Spanish.

It means this group is about everything and all things Spanish! It’s also about meeting new people and making new friends.

2. Does it cost money to join this group?
Currently, Meetup charges all organizers $72 for 6 months, or $19 monthly to use their site.
In order to pay the monthly fee, I will periodically ask for a $5 donation. This is voluntary, and you can pay more, or less, depending on your involvement, and you financial situation.
Members do not pay a fee to join this group.

3. Do I need to be able to speak Spanish fluently?
Great question!
No, definitely not. This group is open to everyone who is interested in speaking Spanish. We generally have a wide range of abilities of Spanish-speakers, from beginners to native speakers, in attendance attending.
People who are learning another language often have a fear of saying something wrong, not knowing all the words or being embarrassed about their level of Spanish. We are all learning and we all make mistakes. We are a great group, accepting of any level of Spanish. You must attend an event to really experience it and get over your anxiety.

4. Are the Meetups like Spanish classes?

No. Meetups are for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of all members / attendees. Unless the description says otherwise, Meetups are not classes, but are times for informal discussion. It's OK to ask questions, but try not to monopolize a single person so that they are unable to participate in conversations with others.

5. Can I bring a friend to the event?
Please do! The more amigos, the better. Bringing friends will help us grow the group and bring diverse new ideas and experiences to the conversation.
However, don't feel obligated to bring a friend. Most of us come to the meetups solo, so don't be intimidated to come by yourself.

We all have friends but one benefit of a group like this is to actually meet NEW people.

6. Do I have to RSVP to events if I'm not attending?
No, but it would be nice. You can RSVP "maybe" or "no", because that lets everyone know that you're an active member who is still interested in participating, but may not be able to attend that specific event. Also you can always change your RSVP answer on the website.

7. My schedule is unpredictable, can I just show up at an event if I have not sent an RSVP?
Yes! Come to the event even if you originally RSVP’d “No” – but you might want to verify the details before attending. If you haven’t RSVP’d, the host won’t know to contact you if plans change. Don’t forget you can also change your RSVP at any time on the website.

8. The event starts at [xxx], what if I can't attend until later?
No problem. The meetup is very casual and people come when they can and leave when they need. Again, it helps if you RSVP and let the host know that you’ll be late, but it’s not obligatory.

9. How will I know where to find you?
You won't exactly. The website provides the location of the event and you can click on the map to see how to get there. When you arrive, you can check with the host and ask where the Spanish group is. Some organizers try to have a sign on their table that says Spanish Meetup but sometimes it is hard to see when we have all our things on the table. You can always contact the organizer if you have any doubts.

10. I joined this group but have never attended an event. Is that okay?
Sure...but the meetup site does show your activity (or lack thereof) on the site. If you have not visited the site in a long time, then you may get a message warning of your impending removal. If you are removed, you are free to re-join at another time when your schedule permits more active membership.

11. Stop emailing me! My email is full of meetup emails and I want get off of this mailing list?! angry
While I only send you a few emails every month, automatically sends you reminders and other emails that may be overflowing your inbox. In your own profile, you should be able to adjust your settings to reduce the amount of email from any or all groups to which you belong.

12. I want to learn Spanish and found this site, do you have recommendations for classes, books, or online lessons?
I’d suggest starting by attending a Spanish Meetup and asking what others have liked, and checking out what’s available (free!) at the library. We have tutors and teachers who attend our Meetups; you may be able to make arrangements with one of them for additional teaching.

Your organizer,
STL Spanish Meetup Group

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Links April 30, 2006 9:46 PM former member
About The St. Louis Spanish Language Meetup Group June 3, 2015 4:36 PM Shelley

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