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Immersion: It's Different Than You Think

Does the thought of language immersion lessons make you feel a little nervous?

After all, you wouldn’t be taking lessons in the first place if you were already great at using the language, so why would the teachers expect you to be able to communicate in it right away?

Well, we’re here to tell you not to worry.

Taking a class where Spanish is spoken from the start is not like turning on a Spanish TV channel and trying to figure out what everyone’s talking about.

Immerse’s lessons are carefully designed to present language in a way that you will be able to understand (the Guides will even sneak in some English if you really need them too).

Plus, research shows that learning through language immersion is an incredibly effective path to fluency, even for adult learners.

Gentle Immersion

At Immerse, you won’t just be thrown in over your head. We know how to create interactions that you’ll understand, and we’re there to assist you!

For one thing, it’s not just the language you’re immersed in. You’ll find yourself in an entire scene filled with objects and an interactive 3D environment that provide context for everything that’s going on.

When someone holds out a plate of cake for you, for example, you’ll see what they’re talking about.

When someone is talking about a cat or a beach umbrella, they will be able to physically interact with those things in VR.

This eliminates the need for your brain to go through multiple steps of translating a word and then associating it to a real-world object. That happens all at once when learning in the Immerse virtual world.

Plus, we aren't just throwing Members into a virtual Spain and hoping that they survive!

Our lessons are designed to keep the language at the right level for you.

Our lessons are leveled so that Members are able to understand 90% of the language being spoken, and then be challenged to go beyond what they know.

This puts Members into a safe stretching zone where they can reinforce learning of what they already know, but also get the opportunity to fail forward with the content that they may not be confident with yet.

And you do not have to worry about making mistakes. Failure is celebrated in the Immerse community. And when you struggle to understand or express yourself, our expert Language Guides will gladly help you.

Even at the lowest level, Guides aim to use as much Spanish as possible.

But if it turns out you need a little English to get your point across, that’s no big deal - the Guide will listen and help you find the right Spanish words and phrases. They even have the ability to add the words in a bubble over their head so they can give you a hint without breaking your flow. That’s something you probably never saw your high school Spanish teacher do! 

There’s a reason we call our teachers Guides - they’ll gently guide you to communicate your own personal ideas and thoughts in Spanish. That’s part of what’s so great about Immerse’s Emergent Language Teaching.

Our lessons are designed for Guides to teach you the language you need to know in order to say the things you want to say. 

Spanish That’s Just Your Speed

Immerse is designed to help Members develop fluency, so some prior experience with learning Spanish will help you get the true Immerse experience. However, that doesn’t mean you already need to feel comfortable chatting away in Spanish - we’re here to teach you that part. 

Just have a look at the handy can-do statements in our level descriptions to figure out what Immerse level is the best fit for you.

  • Low Fluency: for Members who can handle conversations about about personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs.
  • Medium Fluency: for Members who can discuss physical and social needs as they relate to food, shopping, and travel. They can respond to questions and requests for information and ask questions relating to prices, directions, and services.
  • High Fluency: currently unavailable
  • All Fluency Levels: for Members who are at any Level. Guides are prepared to adapt  instruction as needed.

When you take a lesson at your level, you’ll get the right balance of challenge and support, but you can sign up for lessons at any level you want.

In fact, we encourage our Members to register for a lower-level lesson when they want a refresher on a particular topic, or a higher one if they want a challenge.

Our lowest level is designed for Members who already have a few simple skills like responding to greetings and answering basic questions about themselves, but we encourage even total beginners to give it a try and see what they get out of it.

Trying out different fluency levels is free to start, so you’ve got nothing to lose! 

Fun, Friendly - And Effective!

If you’ve never learned in a language immersion setting before and the thought makes you nervous, rest assured there’s nothing to fear.

Don’t disqualify yourself just because you think your Spanish communication skills aren’t strong enough.

Our Guides are friendly, experienced professionals who know how to lead you to fluency.

Not only that, but Immerse has the best Members who go out of their way to encourage each other. It may feel awkward for the first few seconds, but you’ll see right away that you’ve become part of a supportive community and immersion is actually a really fun way to learn a language. And it works!

In some ways, starting an immersion lesson is like jumping into a swimming pool. You might stand at the edge of the pool wondering if the water will be cold and second-guessing whether you really feel like getting wet right now. But once you’re in, it turns out to be wonderful, refreshing, and exactly what you needed.

Further reading

Language immersion is recognized as one of the most effective ways to learn to speak a language. Follow these links to learn more about the benefits:

And if the thought of speaking a foreign language makes you anxious, check out our blog post on How to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking Spanish!