Community Standards

This page details all aspects of our Community Standards as part of our Terms and Conditions. We have created these because a welcoming and safe environment is essential to learning a language, whether it be in the classroom or online. To ensure that we meet this goal we have instituted the following six rules for posting or commenting on the Website (

  1. We believe lively debate and discussion is a valuable tool for learning a language. In order to foster this, personal attacks and insults (including but not limited to: racist, sexist, or homophobic slurs and taunts) on authors, other users or any individual, persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. This extends to foul or profane language (unless part of a lesson).
  2. We welcome suggestions, different teaching perspectives and techniques, including constructive criticisms of our style and approach. We reserve the right, however, to bring these threads to a quick end or redirect them. The comment section shouldn’t descend into a pedagogical debate between language teachers from different camps. We are more than happy, though, to continue to communicate by email because we’re always open to new ideas and enjoy a enlightened conversation. Or better yet, if you want to write a lesson plan based on your approach, we’ll look into publishing it on the Website if you email us. Just make sure you mention that in the subject line.
  3. We appreciate that a country and its language (in this case: Span and Spanish) can often stir up strong emotions and feelings about certain issues beyond how to understand the locals and order the food. This is not a forum for political or religious opinions. Any comment primarily aimed at espousing a personal belief about the current state of affairs will not be published or removed. There are plenty of places to engage in a heated online debate about divisive topics. This Website is not one of them.
  4. We will remove any content that violates Dutch or European Law, such as potentially libelous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright. This also includes posts that offend a common sense of decency or are deemed inflammatory or threatening.
  5. We will not publish anything that is obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like. Our stated aim is to create a sense of community, where people can freely and securely interact with our content and each other. Commercial entities, passing themselves off as individuals, in order to post advertising material or links, are not conducive to this, given their annoyance factor and intrusive purpose. People or organizations, who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion, may fall into this category, too.
  6. Keep it on topic. We know that conversations on language can sometimes meander, leading to different grammar points necessary for different situations. Check to see if we’re covered your question or concern and move the commenting to the appropriate post. If your question or point isn’t covered, let us know and we’ll get on it so that all Users can benefit. Also, don’t use the comment section to rant about an unpublished or deleted post. Any gripes about this policy won’t be read any anyone but us. We do promise to read and respond to an email, however.

Just remember, there’s a time and a place to express concerns and to keep it courteous and civil. That is basically all we ask. Disrupting participants, who seriously, persistently or willfully ignore our community standards or our Terms and Conditions, will have their posting privileges suspended and their accounts possibly canceled.

Before this happens, we may contact you by email in relation to your participation, especially where an issue comes up in relation to these rules. Be advised: As we are ultimately responsible for everything which appears on the Website, all actions and decisions made by us are final.

Finally, as we grow and expand, we also reserve the right to amend or add to these community standards, so that we continue to meet our objective stated at the beginning of this page. We therefore encourage you to frequently check back for any changes. By using this Website, you signify your acceptance of these community standards and terms of service. If you do not agree to these rules, please do not use our Website. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to this page will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

If you have any questions about this policy, please email us at

This page was last updated on 23 January 2014