FAQ

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General Questions

What is ShareLingo?

The ShareLingo Project is a Social Enterprise that connects English and Spanish learners to share language and culture. We do this by bringing English and Spanish speakers together to teach each other. A bilingual facilitator uses our proprietary materials to keep everything moving. It’s amazing!

How does The ShareLingo Method Work?

Visit the “The ShareLingo Method” page on this site for a full description, but basically, we bring 5 English learners and 5 Spanish learners into a room together, and a bilingual facilitator helps them learn from each other. It’s kind of like little groups of private tutors. Classes normally meet for 2 hours, once or twice a week, for 10 sessions. They are held in many different locations, and at different times on different days.

How is the ShareLingo Method different from Meetup, online, or traditional language learning?

Meetup groups are great, and we highly encourage you to go.  Meet as many people from as many different countries and cultures as you can!  But in our experience, Meetup groups are not normally guided (by a facilitator) and they have specific interests in mind.  They are not created to pair English/Spanish speakers one-on-one to help each other.

Traditional classroom language learning methods, while also often beneficial, tend to focus on vocabulary and grammar. There is little or no opportunity to PRACTICE the new language.

For example, many ESL classes here in the United States have people from Mexico, Japan, Germany, and lots of other countries learning English together. So the materials are just based on learning English words and phrases. But who do the people practice with? Each other! Imagine if you were learning French and practicing only with someone from Japan or Germany who is also learning French. Doesn’t make sense, right? Wouldn’t you want to practice with a native French speaker?

The ShareLingo Project brings English and Spanish learners together, face-to-face, to practice with each other and build confidence and experience.  Simple, right?

This is just what I need! How do I join a class?

To join or form a ShareLingo group, follow the links above for Individuals, Businesses, or Non-Profits, or call us at 303-835-7399 today and we will help you get started.

How much does a class cost?

Classes for businesses are based on specific sectors (health, finance and banking, hospitality, education, construction, etc.), and are normally $400 per participant for a 10-week language and diversity course.

We do classes for individuals and non-profits at half the corporate rate ($200, or about $10/hour), which is really inexpensive for this kind of immersion/private tutor environment.

We also offer discounts, sponsors, and subsidies for causes, schools, non-profits, new students, and more.

Ask us!

Where are classes held?

We don’t have a central school. We want ShareLingo classes to be held where they are needed! Think of the ShareLingo Project as kind of a “language outreach” program, where classes are being held in offices, conference rooms, schools, hospitals, hotels, etc. all over town (and, someday soon, all over the country).

If you would like to help us get a class going near you, we would love to make that happen. Just contact us!


ShareLingo For Business

ShareLingo Crosses Language Barriers

What benefits are there for my business?

ShareLingo classes are tailored to your business.

If you are staying in a hotel, and you want to ask a staff person a question (i.e. Where’s the bar? Ice? Elevator? etc.), and they don’t understand you, that’s frustrating, right? Well it’s frustrating (and embarrassing) for the staff as well. The same is true in any business in which the staff can’t easily communicate, at least on a basic level, with customers and clients.

ShareLingo classes are tailored to the organization. So, in a hospital, for example, participants practice with different materials than participants in a bank, hotel, or construction site. And, because students work one-on-one with a native speaker, the phrase “How do you say…?” is used a lot. The natural conversations that happen in a ShareLingo group lead to all kinds of tangents off of the main topic, and we encourage this!

I would like to Sponsor a Non-Profit, what do I need to do?

If your business regularly supports non-profits (or even if you are just thinking about supporting a cause), the ShareLingo Project can match you up with an organization in your community that is helping to link the Anglo and Latino communities. This opportunity isn’t just about a tax write-off either. When you help real people improve themselves by understanding a new language, you are also helping their families, their employers, the community, and our society as a whole.

My company has a meeting room how can I offer it?

If your business regularly supports non-profits (or even if you are just thinking about supporting a cause), the ShareLingo Project can match you up with an organization in your community that is helping to link the Anglo and Latino communities. This opportunity isn’t just about a tax write-off either. When you help real people improve themselves by understanding a new language, you are also helping their families, their employers, the community, and our society as a whole.

ShareLingo For Schools & Non-Profits

My school needs help!

Schools—especially K-12—have a growing need for language exchange. It’s normally not the children who need to learn a second language; for the most part, they’re doing that naturally in class and by talking to their peers. Normally, it’s the teachers and parents who are unable to communicate, and the ShareLingo Project wants to help in this respect. If your school or district is facing this problem, please let us tailor classes to help you.

How does ShareLingo help governments?

The ShareLingo Project is very interested in working with Federal, State, and Local governments to help provide language-learning services. We will tailor classes to the specific needs (health, family services, police, etc.) and administer the classes in a location that is convenient to the participants.

Any other benefits I should know about?

Yes!

At the ShareLingo Project, we are passionate about connecting people, no matter your race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, profession, etc., and we are creating a social movement around this cause. One of the key factors perceived to keep people apart (language) can be used to bring people together (LEARNING another’s language).

We care more about the mission than the money.