Podcast Membership FAQ (Work in Progress)


What is Te Toca Práctica Grupal?

¡Te Toca! Prática Grupal” is our weekly live group class that’s part of your Plus Membership. It serves as a safe and fun environment for you to practice your Spanish conversation skills. The class activities and conversations generally relate to the most recent Learn Spanish and Go podcast episode. Every week you’ll have a chance to practice speaking and sharing your thoughts about different topics and ideas to improve your confidence and fluency.

When is ¡Te Toca! Prática Grupal?

Our weekly ¡Te Toca! Práctical Grupal meetings take place on Thursdays at 8:30 pm Eastern Time (EST / UTC -4).

That’s Thursdays at:

  • 5:30 pm Pacific Time (PST / UTC -8)
  • 6:30 pm Mountain Time (MST / UTC -7)
  • 7:30 pm Central Time (CST / UTC -6)

Still not sure what time that is for you? This website can help!

Classes are scheduled for one hour but often go over 15 minutes or so. Don’t feel obligated to stay longer than scheduled.

How Do I Join?

Usually, simply clicking the link provided in the event invitation will take you directly to our meeting room. In case you are prompted to enter a code to access the meeting, use the last part of the invite link sent to you via email. For example, https://meet.google.com/xxx-xxxx-xxx

Where’s the Meeting Link?

Within a week of joining the Plus membership, you should receive an email inviting you to the next group class. If you haven’t, please reach out to our support team (link below).

Depending on what calendar app you use and how your account is setup, this invite may show up automatically in your calendar. If not, the email invite will have an attachment that you can open that will add the event to your calendar.

In some calendars, the meeting link gets a little buried in the description. You might have to click “more info” in the calendar event if you cannot see it right away.

How many classes can I join?

Included in your Plus membership, you can join four classes each month. Pick whichever day works best for your schedule once a week. Each week we talk about the same topic twice to fit your schedule.

Do I have to speak?

You are welcome to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with, but we highly encourage you to at least try to speak a little during each class. This is the best way to improve. Remember, it’s okay to make mistakes! We’re here to help.

Can I ask a question in English?

Of course! If you get stuck, it’s perfectly fine to switch to English. Just try to stick to Spanish as much as you can to get the most out of your class time.

I got an email about Google Groups. What is this?

When you first join the Plus membership, you’ll receive a series of emails to get you acquainted with the program. One email you may receive is a notification from Google that you’ve been added to a Google Group. You can ignore this email as it is only the platform we use to help facilitate inviting Plus members to the weekly ¡Te Toca! meetings. Confirmation that you’ve been added to the group simply means that you will receive the class invitations automatically and no further action is required on your part.

What platform do you use?

We use Google Meet for class. There’s no need to create a special account, but using one of the following browsers will give you the best meeting experience:

If your browser doesn’t support Meet video meetings, you can dial in using the phone number and PIN provided in the class invitation. There are local phone numbers available for virtually every country. Just use the information provided at the bottom of the invite description.

Do I have to turn my camera on?

Not at all! It’s nice to people able to see everyone’s faces in class, but if you don’t feel like being on camera, there’s no obligation to do so. Also, turning your camera off may help improve your internet connection during class.

What should I know before I join a meeting?

Here are some tips for a more enjoyable experience using Google Meet:

  • Please mute your microphone when you’re not speaking. Extra noise can make it difficult for you and others to hear the class.
    • Use shortcut + d (Mac) or Ctrl + d (PC) to toggle on/off.
  • “Pin” the class presentation to see it better.
    • Hover over the presentation and click the pin icon.
  • If you have a question and someone else is talking, click the “Raise hand” button to get the attention of the presenter.
    • Once your question has been addressed, click “Lower hand.”
  • Use the chat to communicate when convenient.
    • On a desktop or laptop, this is located in the upper-right-hand corner. Click the icon that looks like a speech bubble.

You can learn more about how to use Google Meet in this tutorial.

Still have questions? Contact our membership support team at [email protected].

We hope to see you there! ¡Nos vemos pronto!

Un saludo,

-Jim & May

El camino es el destino. The journey is the destination.

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