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Overcome frustration and speak Spanish now

Why you're feeling overwhelmed or confused with all the different verb conjugations ... (keep reading.

Yes, Spanish grammar is more complex than English grammar, so of course learning it as a second or third language isn't going to be a piece of cake. However, you may be complicating things more than you need to.

It's simple. Just ask yourself this question: "How much time are you spending learning about the language vs. how much time are you spending actually using it?"

If the first outweighs the latter then it's a problem. No wonder why none of it makes sense. It's too abstract.

Grammar rules can be helpful if you use them as a compliment but not as the core of learning.

I remember when I first tried learning Spanish and spent all of my "learning time" studying the language. Then I would go out (only when the opportunity was available) and try to apply it.

This approach didn't work.

Here's why: 1. The amount of time I spent learning about the language greatly outweighed the time I was actually interacting with it and using it for what it was created for - to communicate.

2. I only spoke Spanish when the opportunity was presented to me instead of creating opportunities.

Once I started using Spanish to get information or to communicate something I had to say and completely abandoned all of the textbooks and grammar guides, my Spanish really took off.

When I realized this two years ago, I stopped teaching Spanish & English the traditional way. Actually I stopped teaching altogether, for a while.

I never realized that (although I would try to incorporate as many dynamic and interactive activities as possible) I was teaching in a way that I didn't even believe in... it didn't work for me and it doesn't work for many (most) people I know.... but that's how I was taught to teach.

Anyway, that's when I stopped teaching altogether before I came back to create my Spanish To Fluency Program.

Once I had established a good conversational level but still wasn't completely fluent or able to fully express myself in Spanish, I had to dust off the textbooks and take some classes.

I had reached a plateau that I couldn't get out of on my own or just through pure communication. But by this time all of the grammar explanations I found and that were explained to me made perfect sense!

It clarified all of the doubts I had accumulated over this time and increased my confidence as I was able to then pinpoint what I was doing wrong and fix it.

What they say about forming bad habits is true to an extent but I believe you can always fix them and recreate better, more beneficial habits that take their place. And here's how to do it:

1. Use the language in practical ways... Use it to communicate (whether it's to get something done or to get to know someone better) Use it to get new information (read about something of interest or watch a show you like)

2. Seek guidance to learn more about the grammar points that appear in Step 1. Learn how and when to use them.

3. Practice. Use the language again while being consciously aware of when you hear the grammar points you worked with in Step 2. Start using it yourself. (This will require conscious effort at first)

4. Repeat This is how I became fluent in Spanish and this is how my students dramatically improve their conversational skills in under 12 weeks.

What I've learned with my students is that it can be even more beneficial to keep the grammar and "conscious learning" aspect involved through the entire learning process but just keep it to a minimum in comparison with "subconscious learning" or "learning through association".

This is why I've combined the two at a 80/20 ratio in my program. And it works every time. You just have to give it some time.

And if it doesn't ... then you're not doing it right or you're not consistent enough.

In that case, my coaching program may be the solution for you. You can learn Spanish on your own if you really set your mind to it, you don't need a teacher or anyone else (well, apart from Spanish speakers to speak with).

However, it tends to take more time and requires a lot of self discipline.

This is why my program was created. It is designed to help you along the way. To help you discover the language for yourself, through different forms of meaningful communication while not feeling like you're going through this on your own. Because we support you every step of the way.

-- You learn how to create a learning plan that is unique to your learning style, interests and way of thinking/processing new information

-- You get access to proven fluency techniques.

-- You learn the strategies you need to make the most of the "practical communication" phase of the process.

-- You have me as your coach to help with grammar, vocabulary, listening strategies and any uncertainties you may have.

-- You get consistent opportunities to practice speaking Spanish in a brain-friendly learning environment.

-- You learn HOW to learn Spanish for fluency, so that you can continue improving as long as you want to.

Laurie went from comprehending 30% to 60% of common, day-to-day Spanish conversations.

When she started, she struggled to recall the words she needed them to communicate. Now they come to her naturally and with ease (in the topics she's familiar with).

Will you be next?

Book your free strategy session on my website www.spanishtofluency.com to set up a call so we can assess your level and discuss things further to see if we'd be a good fit.

Canoa, Ecuador

Nadine