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Improve your conversational Spanish now

Do you often ask yourself why you can't hold a basic conversation in Spanish, even after taking lessons in the past?

Or maybe you're able to form some basic sentences but as soon as the other person responds, you're lost, and you can't understand a thing? Well, you're not alone. I hear this all the time and I've also experienced it myself when I began learning Spanish 15 years ago.

I studied in school for 3 years and then I traveled to Cuba, excited to apply what I had learned. To my dismay, I couldn't say anything more than, "Hola, me llamo Nadine." or "De dónde eres?" But the most frustrating part was when I would say something but no one understood me. Most of the time I knew I had the words right, but I was simply not saying it right because no one had any idea what I was trying to communicate.

This is because the Spanish you learn in traditional teaching methods is not the Spanish that is used in regular, casual, daily conversations. It's also due to the fact that you spend 90% of your time (or even more) learning about the language, rather than interacting with it and learning to use it.

After my experience in Cuba, I continued learning on my own until I went to Costa Rica and then took an "Intensive Immersion Course" with a homestay for one month. I thought to myself, "With this course, I will certainly be able to have a conversation in Spanish. After all, it's an "intensive/immersion" course." However, that was not the case.

One month later, 120 hours later, and $1,000+ later, I was in the exact same place as I was before. Sure, I knew some more words and grammar, but it was all pretty useless as I wasn't able to apply it in real conversations.

Eventually I just kept learning on my own, trying different things and researching new, innovative methods until I did finally become fluent 3 years later.

I later went on to teach English and Spanish and taught languages for 6 years or so, until I started to feel burnt out. I wasn't sure why, as I love teaching and helping people from different cultures to connect. So, I took some time off and later realized that it was because I was teaching in the "traditional way" which was not what I believed in. After all, it didn't work for me. I also noticed that while my students enjoyed my classes and learned some things, they were also not getting the conversational results they wanted.

How could I teach something in a way that I didn't believe in? Now it all made sense. And so I began my research. I researched brain science to learn more about how the brain learns new things so that we can work in harmony with its natural learning processes, instead of against them (like most traditional methods).

This opened up a whole new perspective on things and a whole new approach. I researched the polyglot (people who can speak multiple languages fluently) community and started to notice some patterns, some commonalities that all of them apply in order to become fluent in multiple languages. I also thought back to my own experience and what I did in order to finally become fluent.

I took all of this knowledge and used it to create my Spanish to Fluency program. I now use this program to help expats living in or moving to Latin America to become fluent in Spanish through neurolanguage coaching and conversation practice with native speakers. In this program you will learn 80% subconsciously, just as you learned your native language as a baby. That means no studying grammar rules or isolated vocabulary words for hours on end. No boring textbooks or meaningless, forced role playing. Instead, you will learn through communication.

This allows your subconscious mind to internalize the information automatically, so that you can form a deep, innate understanding of how to use the different grammatical structures and vocabulary words automatically, without having to translate everything in your head. You will learn by using the language as a tool for communication. And you will have fun doing it!

One of the biggest discoveries I had during my time off from teaching, was the importance of fun in learning. When we enjoy what we're doing, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Not only does this make you feel good and therefore increases motivation and encourages you to continue learning, but it also activates the hippocampus and amygdala areas of our brain, which are responsible for learning and memory. Without interest, without enjoyment, the human brain simply is not in an optimal state for processing new information. No wonder why it was so hard for me to wrap my head around the Spanish grammar and pronunciation when I was learning the traditional way, with textbooks and boring grammar exercises.

If you want to improve your conversational Spanish and start having real, fluid conversations, then this is the program for you. Not only will you develop the ability and the confidence to carry on common conversations with ease, but you will also learn how to create a brain-friendly learning environment and how to learn the language, so that you can continue improving for years to come.

Book your free consultation at www.nadinedepanta.com to discuss things further and see if we'd be a good fit.

Canoa, Ecuador.

Nadine:   www.nadinedepanta.com