Learn and practice Spanish for free in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Those who want to learn a second language like Spanish without an exceptional cost are in luck.

A local group came together to teach and practice their Spanish skills. The “Spanish Language Exchange Program” is a non-traditional Spanish course. Whether someone is a beginner or advanced, the organizers said it was the perfect place to practice Spanish in a real setting.

“In middle school you’re going to learn grammar and stuff first, but it’s more strictly a conversation, so you can practice your Spanish with people,” organizer Jonathan Miller said.

Although English is her first language, Miller grew up in South America. He said this group allows people to practice their Spanish in a real setting.

“As it’s an unconventional group, there really are no rules. You don’t just need to learn grammar, you can learn other words too,” Miller said. “Teaching people the dialect. There are Mexican-Americans who come to our group, and we also know people who go to Guatemala and learn slang there, and we incorporate that into our group.

All levels of Spanish are welcome. Whether you need to learn proper grammar, a different dialect, or even Spanish slang, this is an informal way to teach Spanish.

“Higher or lower level than you, and through that you’re able to understand the language better, learn more,” Miller said.

Miller said their mission and goal is to help the Rockford area learn Spanish.

“Spanish has become a very popular language not only in the United States, but it’s also, I think, the second or third most important language in the world,” Miller said. “So if you know Spanish, it can help you communicate with more people in the United States and also in the Americas, as well as in Europe.”

The Spanish language exchange program has two meeting days; Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. The program is free, but they appreciate donations. More information on the group’s Meetup.

Edward K. Thompson