¡Hola! Soy Rodney, Your Conversational Spanish Coach

Traveler. Blogger. Podcaster. Self-taught Spanish Speaker.

About me

I’ve been running Spanish conversation groups since 2011 and teaching grammar and conversational Spanish classes since 2013. I love helping people learn and improve their Conversational Spanish by sharing my language, travel and cultural experiences that I’ve gained over the last 17 years.

Are you ready to learn real Latin American Conversational Spanish?

The goal of my classes is to help you improve your conversational Spanish. You’ll learn how to speak naturally, like a native Spanish speaker instead of a textbook.

Both online and in-person classes are small, typically with no more than 5-6 students and you’ll be learning with others in a fun and friendly environment.

Everyone gets a chance to participate in class, so you get the opportunity practice your pronunciation, reading, writing, translation skills, as well as improving your comprehension and listening abilities so that you can finally understand spoken Spanish.

I teach topics you actually need to communicate, so whether you’re just making small talk with friends and family, traveling or living in a Spanish speaking country, you’ll be able to speak with confidence.

You can click here to see a list of the classes I offer, and I add new classes on a regular basis.

Here’s what my students have to say

Alexandra

Jun 15, 2022

Fun and Educational!

Rodney’s classes are always fun, and topics are things you will actually need to communicate. He’s great at explaining things so I would r...
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Fun and Educational!

Rodney’s classes are always fun, and topics are things you will actually need to communicate. He’s great at explaining things so I would recommend to both true beginners and those with more experience. I’ve forgotten a lot of Spanish, and the classes always help me remember, practice, and learn new things. Between Rodney’s travels and the diverse backgrounds we have as students, we also learn how words, phrases, and customs differ from country to country, which is incredibly interesting.

Alexandra

Jun 15, 2022

Gerrilyn Brill

Apr 1, 2022

Rodney is a great Spanish teacher

I have been taking Rodney’s Spanish classes weekly for about two months . Things I like about Rodney’s Spanish classes: Rodney prepares and sends out...
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Rodney is a great Spanish teacher

I have been taking Rodney’s Spanish classes weekly for about two months .
Things I like about Rodney’s Spanish classes:
Rodney prepares and sends out written materials in advance so that his students can prepare for class;
Rodney teaches practical Spanish that you can use in everyday conversations;
Rodney teaches idioms that you would not learn from a dictionary but it is the way native speakers speak in a casual way;
Rodney conducts online small group live classes where it is easy to ask questions and get answers;
Rodney gives practical advice on how to become fluent in Spanish;
Rodney’s classes force you to speak in Spanish- the best way to learn and remember.
Rodney sends out follow up materials after his classes to clarify things that came up in class.
Rodney is an inspiration because he is a non-native speaker who taught himself Spanish.
Rodney’s classes are not for absolute beginners but a wide range of intermediate to advanced speakers would benefit from his classes.

Gerrilyn Brill

Apr 1, 2022

Tadassi

Feb 24, 2022

Beginner Approved

For me, learning and speaking a foreign language is an intimidating challenge. This class is welcoming, engaging and challenging. The material is avai...
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Beginner Approved

For me, learning and speaking a foreign language is an intimidating challenge. This class is welcoming, engaging and challenging. The material is available a few days before class allowing me to familiarize myself with the content before class. This really helps with nerves and promotes comfortable participation. I appreciate the informal format, if I am confused, which often is the case, I feel welcome to ask questions.
If you’re seeking a beginners course, want to improve or practice what you know, you will enjoy this class. Rodney is not a magician, I have a ways to go before fluency but I do enjoy his class.

Tadassi

Feb 24, 2022

Melvin Howard

Feb 24, 2022

A Family That Learns Together…

My family and I started classes with Rodney in the summer of 2021. We planned to visit several spanish speaking countries in the next few years and al...
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A Family That Learns Together…

My family and I started classes with Rodney in the summer of 2021. We planned to visit several spanish speaking countries in the next few years and although I had taken spanish in college it had been over 20 years and I needed a refresher. My wife and son had never taken spanish, so everything was new. We all found the classes extrememly helpful. For me it was the refresher that I needed to wake up some of the things that I had forgotten. Because of the easy conversational approach that Rodney uses I interact with learners on different levels and learn new things that weren’t covered in the text book. Rodney’s knowledge helped fill in some gaps from the extremely mundane like how to say “I am hot or cold” to many culturally different aspects like the different ways to ask for a drinking straw, and much more. And I feel more confident in communicating with locals as we travel around different parts of the globe.

The most exciting part for me however was watching the growth of my wife and son, who up to that point hadn’t had any language learning. I was able to see them begin to put it together enough to be able to have simple conversations with locals, order food and ask for directions. While we all still have a ways to go, I feel that Rodney’s course has been a great experience.

Melvin Howard

Feb 24, 2022

Uriyah R.

Feb 23, 2022

Amazing Conversational Spanish class that makes an impact!!!

Rodney’s class has been nothing short of amazing in regards to helping me learn conversational Spanish and apply insights immediately. Of the ma...
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Amazing Conversational Spanish class that makes an impact!!!

Rodney’s class has been nothing short of amazing in regards to helping me learn conversational Spanish and apply insights immediately. Of the many Spanish classes offered on Meetup, I was drawn to his Conversational Spanish class because of the friendly and family atmosphere offered by both Rodney and his students that allows individuals to learn the language in a fun and exciting way. Not only that, but he provides great notes, resources, and interactive discussions to ensure he helps each student reach their potential. From taking his classes, I’ve been able to travel to several Spanish-speaking countries and effectively communicate with the locals. If you’re looking to learn Spanish and speak with confidence, I highly recommend this instructor.

Uriyah R.

Feb 23, 2022

Bob Altman

Feb 21, 2022

A Great Program – Un Programa Maravilloso

I have worked with Rodney for more than 4 years. His classes are welcoming and geared to every level. His internet resources are extremely interesting...
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A Great Program – Un Programa Maravilloso

I have worked with Rodney for more than 4 years. His classes are welcoming and geared to every level. His internet resources are extremely interesting and useful. I highly recommend Rodney and all of his resources.

He trabajado con Rodney durante más de 4 años. Sus clases son acogedoras y adaptadas a todos los niveles. Sus recursos de Internet son extremadamente interesantes y útiles. Recomiendo mucho a Rodney y todos sus recursos.

Bob Altman

Feb 21, 2022

DeLain R. Climmons

Jan 22, 2022

Excellent Spanish Teacher

I joined Rodney’s online and in-person class almost two years ago. I have seen a huge improvement in speaking and comprehension. He is very know...
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Excellent Spanish Teacher

I joined Rodney’s online and in-person class almost two years ago.
I have seen a huge improvement in speaking and comprehension. He is very knowledgeable and welcomes questions. Rodney has tons of resources that he is willing to share. If you want to learn Spanish and practice with an AWESOME group of likeminded people — join his class!

DeLain R. Climmons

DeLain R. Climmons

Jan 22, 2022

Michael M.

Jan 19, 2022

A great place for all levels of students of Spanish

I studied Spanish through a local institute that promoted Latin information, culture, classes, etc. After finishing the eight levels of instruction th...
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A great place for all levels of students of Spanish

I studied Spanish through a local institute that promoted Latin information, culture, classes, etc. After finishing the eight levels of instruction there, I and several others from those classes took private lessons from one of the institute’s instructors twice a week for several years. While I learned a lot of grammar and how to translate and we conversed with each other in Spanish, I felt as if I stopped advancing in my learning. Through a fellow classmate I learned of Rodney’s classes. I have been studying through Rodney and his classes for about two years.

I like the classes because Rodney is knowledgeable and understands how to reach all levels of students. He is very patient with everyone, from the basic beginner to the more advanced students such as myself.

He offers classes geared to multiple levels of students. He has lessons in grammar, translating, and ordinary conversation that someone would have in different settings. These settings are anything from ordering in a restaurant to getting around in a Spanish-speaking city to visiting a doctor. Some weeks his classes are very basic and others more advanced. Generally, I still take even the basic classes because they are good not only for review, but I always seem to still learn something new each time. When offering a class beyond the basic level, he still manages to impart learning and help to any basic level student taking the class.

I feel that I have improved my Spanish greatly. I feel more comfortable and relaxed when trying to communicate with Spanish speakers wherever I am. I feel confident enough so that I try to speak Spanish to a native speaker whenever I encounter one, such as at the grocery store or restaurant or the person who helps me with yard work. Rodney stresses that it’s not important to try to be fluent before using your Spanish. Just use it. We are generally patient with someone speaking English for whom English is a second language. So know that Spanish speakers will be generally patient with us learning this new language.

Not only does Rodney offer live classes online and now again in person at a local restaurant or other gathering place, but he also has podcasts and other material available online.

The price is right too. There is no contract. You pay a few dollars for only the classes you attend.

For all these reasons and a few more that I would offer if I spoke with you, I highly recommend taking these classes and checking his other resources.

Michael M.

Michael M.

Jan 19, 2022