The most important thing I discovered was that in order to improve my ability to converse, I needed to spend most of my time speaking and listening. Once I replaced the time I was spending on flashcards and grammar drills with time actively listening and speaking in Spanish, I began to see dramatic improvement.
My next big discovery was that I could get by in many conversations using relatively little grammar. It turned out that it didn't matter if I sometimes used the preterite where I should have used the imperfect, or if I used the indicative instead of the subjunctive -- people could still understand what I was trying to say.
Changing my approach to account for these principles freed me from the "paralysis by analysis" that had been making my speech slow and stunted and finally allowed me to start speaking more fluently and more confidently.
One Month Spanish incorporates these principles into a step-by-step Spanish conversation course designed to get you speaking Spanish in the shortest time possible.
But first a warning: this approach is not for everyone. If you are looking for something that is "easy" and doesn't require much effort or attention, or if you want cute games or "apps" that require no more than clicking a mouse, then this isin't for you.
But if you are you are ready to finally learn how to speak (not just read) Spanish, and are willing to put in a bit of time and effort each day, read on to find out how you can quickly build your confidence and improve your ability to converse in Spanish.
“I learned more practical skills than an entire year of Spanish classes.”
- Matt Hines from Brooklyn, New York
It's easy to see why most students fail to learn Spanish even after studying for months or even years.
Most Spanish courses try to teach you Spanish by giving you huge lists of vocabulary to learn and lots of grammar rules to memorize. You end up spending months learning vocabulary and grammar rules on paper, but when you try to actually speak to a real person you can barely stammer out more than a few words at a time.
Unfortunately, most students never get past this point.
Yet there are others who seem to have a “knack” for learning languages that allows them to start speaking fluently seemingly overnight.
Take for example Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 Hour Work Week and star of The Tim Ferriss Experiment. Tim has studied over 20 different languages, reaching fluency in six. He passed the Certificado de Espanol Avanzado, the most difficult Spanish certification test in South America (which is said to require near-native fluency and years of immersion) after studying Spanish for only eight weeks.
Or take Benny Lewis, "The Irish Polyglot." Benny has studied dozens of languages and reached conversational fluency in eight of them including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Esperanto, and Dutch.
Or hyper-polyglot Luca Lampariello, who speaks a whopping 12 languages fluently, including Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Swedish and Mandarin Chinese.
What's amazing is that none of these experts started with any particular talent or natural affinity for learning languages. Benny spent 5 years studying German in high school and college and 11 years studying Irish Gaelic, but at his college graduation he could still only speak English. Tim Ferriss even quit Spanish in 9th grade because he had concluded that he was “bad at languages.”
So how did these former language-learning “failures” wind up developing a savant-like ability to learn dozens of languages in the same amount of time that it takes most of us to learn just one?
“After months of struggling to understand basic Spanish,
I was finally able to make Spanish speaking friends.”
- Belinda Lui from Santiago, Chile
So what is their secret to learning languages fast and efficiently?
It turns out there are three key differences in how these experts approach languages that allows them to accomplish more in a few weeks than most people achieve in months or years: