Toani

Speak naturally. Become fluent in Spanish.

TOANI is a conversation and pronunciation program dedicated to help students get better at speaking in Spanish. The fee is $550 pesos a month and it includes the following:

  • Weekly 45-minute conversation sessions.
  • Podcasts with short stories and real news in Spanish but simplified. 
  • Vocabulary and phrases used and heard in the local area.
  • Special prices for one-on-one private instruction.

We suggest you plan for three months to test out this class and evaluate the results at the end of this period of time. After this, if you like our method then you are welcome to continue practicing your Spanish with us. 

Click here to join. The first payment is for $1,650 pesos, and it covers three months in advance. Starting on the fourth month your card is charged $550 pesos each month until you cancel your subscription. 

If you have questions or are not too sure about your level of the language, don´t worry! We can first interview you (at no cost) and help you decide if this class is the right one for you. If necessary, we will suggest some one-on-one training before you join a class

La magia de la pronunciación

La magia de la pronunciación
The magic and power of pronunciation

La magia de la pronunciación

Click on the tabs below to learn more about each part of the membership.

How to join Toani

Just the membership
Add private lessons

$550 MXN pesos a month

The first payment is charged for the equivalent of three months in advance ($1,650MXN) after that your card is charged $550.00 Mexican pesos a month starting on the fourth month until you cancel. Prices are presented in Mexican pesos. 

This program is suitable for…

  • Advanced beginners currently enrolled in our Foundation Course (meaning you completed the course or you are towards the end of completion).
  • Intermediate and advanced students. 
  • Intermediate students ready to practice the spoken word and get better at speaking with guided instruction.
  • Students currently taking a break from their group class but want to occasionally join a conversation class during their break.
  • Students who want to continue to practice online in the summer or when they are not in Mexico.

This program is NOT suitable for students just starting out with Spanish, meaning you never had any contanct with Spanish before. Instead we suggest you take our Foundation Course first.

Our philosophy

Conversation is an entire world of possibilities to access a culture through language. Said world presents challenges that are hard to achieve with just books. As linguists and language teachers, we like to work with our students on improving their conversational skills and pronunciation. That is the reason we created TOANI. We have a strong opinion regarding certain aspects of learning Spanish:  

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We believe in the power of pronunciation. Learning how to produce the sounds for the words you learn is the best way to retain vocabulary since you' re putting the words into action rather than just learning how to spell them out.

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Pronunciation goes both ways- speaking and also listening. When you're listening to a conversation or a podcast in Spanish, you're practicing pronunciation. The objective is to associate what you hear with written words and improve your comprehension skills.

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You gain confidence when you improve your pronunciation. You feel safe when you know for sure that what you're saying is clear. People understand you and they react accordingly. The natural consequence of this is that you start using the words spontaneously without thinking about grammar or structure.

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Fluency is the opposite of making unnecessary pauses. Most students think Spanish speakers talk too fast, which is true at some extent. But, also native Spanish speakers don´t pause or stop between words. When you understand this logic and start connecting the sounds of the words, just like they do, your speaking skills improve significantly. For us, this is the key to become fluent in Spanish- you must learn how not to make pauses and connect the sounds of the words to naturally form sentences.

All the learning tools within TOANI, including the podcasts and the pronunciation exercises, are designed with these basic principles in mind.

Vocabulary has been an issue for new students we interview since some words presented in some popular language apps are usually from other Spanish speaking countries and locals don’t entirely recognize them. Therefore, words and phrases in our classes are taught as used and heard in Mexico and Baja.

Toani is short for Tlatoani, which means ¨the one who speaks¨ in the beautiful language of Náhuatl. This language was once spoken by the Aztecs and is nowadays the second most spoken language in Mexico with nearly three million speakers. Spanish takes the first place. Toani is also the official name of our parent language school.

FAQ´s

The subscription fee is $550 Mexican pesos a month. The first payment is charged for the equivalent of three months in advance ($1,650MXN) after that your card is charged $550.00 Mexican pesos a month starting on the fourth month. You get access to our weekly conversation classes, access to our podcasts in Spanish and special reduced price (about 14%) for one-on-on private lesson packages. All prices are presented and charged in Mexican pesos.

To cancel follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your dashboard
  2. Click the “Orders History” on your profile drop-down menu
  3. From the list of orders, click “View Order”.
  4. Then click the “Cancel” button.
  5. A confirmation message will appear. Confirm to cancel the subscription.
  6. The subscription will now move from “Active” to “Pending Cancellation.” This will allow access to your scheduled classes until your next payment is due. When the next payment is due the subscription will be moved to “Cancelled” and you will be unenrolled from the course or membership and no further payments will be attempted.

From your dashboard you have access to a calendar showing all classes available in the month. You must add your name to the list and reserve a seat. You may schedule one or multiple classes in advance. For classes held on Zoom, you should get the meeting link and passcode by email right after you schedule a class.

We’ve had classes with 2, 4 and 6 students. When 6 students or more join a videoconference call, then we split the call into two “rooms” and create two small groups. We limit the number of seats to preserve the quality of the class. If a class gets full, the calendar will automatically block the availability and you will have to find a different time to join. We try to add extra sessions before the end of the month if all spots are booked. 

Go ahead and subscribe and your first class will be an interview with one of our teachers. We want to meet you first and help you with some suggestions before you join the conversation classes.

We believe listening to a conversation in Spanish a great way to practice as your brain is actively trying to associate what you hear with words or phrases. So, yes you can participate as a listener as long as you´re enrolled in the Foundation Course. When you reserve your spot for a class you have the option to indicate you will participate as a listener. Please, talk to one of us in class should you have any further questions.

The answer is no. You are never asked to speak in front of the group. At discretion we will let students talk to each other or ask simple questions. We mediate the session so we will help you participate as we go. Also, when you reserve your spot for a class you have the option to indicate you will participate as a listener only.

Yes, but it has to be related to the conversation we´re having at the moment. That way all students get something out of it. If we don’t have a short answer we may suggest to take notes and save the question for a later opportunity when we get more time. For most questions, we have a practical answer to get the conversation going so feel free to ask.

We suggest to use Englis if there is an “emergency” in case you are not sure about what to do for the activities in class. At discretion English can be used to clarify complex phrases, idioms or questions. Again, we mediate the session, so we might switch to English every now and then just to make a few clarifications and to make sure everyone feels comfortable.

Nothing happens. You can plan a month in advance and schedule one or multiple classes. Or you can skip classes and continue to work on your own with our podcasts. 

We suggest only something to write with and something to write on to take notes. we are periodically posting videos on the website to prepare before class, including a topic or theme to chat about and common questions or phrases like “How do you say…?”,  “I didn’ t understand. Can you say it again?” or “ Did I say it right?”. 

Yes, you have access to join a weekly conversation class on Zoom with prior reservation. You can join as many classes as you like, as long as you first reserve a spot as the seats are limited. 

We organize a conversation class in person, only from November to March each year, in Cabo and San José. Watch our emails and class calendar to find out if there are any conversation classes available at school. As a Toani member you can opt to attend the class on Zoom or in the classroom, or both (with prior reservation).

Yes! We need them.

USE SPANISH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Many students wait a whole week to join the conversation class and practice their Spanish. Let’s respect everybody’s excitement and time by not interrupting when they are talking. During Zoom meetings, mute your microphone if there is noise in the background, or when you’re sneezing or coughing. 

Sometimes this class represents the only opportunity some students have to practice. Let’s also respect the objective of this class, which is to talk in Spanish. In case of “emergency” you can use English if you don’t understand the given instructions. 

At discretion, teachers and students can use English when there’s a complicated word or phrase. Also, we are periodically posting videos on the website to prepare before class, including a topic or theme to chat about and common questions or phrases like “How do you say…?”,  “I didn’ t understand. Can you say it again?” or “ Did I say it right?”. 

BE LATE
We are being a bit ironic here about being late. We really don’t mind if you arrive late, as we say in Spanish, as long as you enter the room (or Zoom meeting) and quietly find a seat if the session is already in progress. No hay problema, just don’t panic, get in the conversation and enjoy.

NO POLITICAL DEBATES
It’s hard to have control of the conversation when it comes to politics, regardless of one’s point of view. We would normally talk to our students about political vocabulary in Spanish and the political system in Mexico during private lessons, but not in group classes. Sorry!

JULY April, 2021 Update: Due to the COVID19 pandemic and local Government guidelines, school classes must be held online only. So, all of our classes are currently held online via Zoom until further notice.

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