From the Team

Practice Makes Confidence

Practice Makes Confidence No one can deny that the best way to learn a language is through immersion, but this is not always an easy thing to accomplish.  The main reason immersion works so well is because it forces you to practice all day, every day and with practice, you build confidence.  So for the …

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Spanish Learning Struggles

Getting Back to the Path Have you ever started a large project only to not finish it until the end?  This happens more often than not and in some cases happens with the same project if it is large enough.  This has been a part of my own Spanish learning journey more than one time, …

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No More Excuses!

No More Excuses! As I write this, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in myself. Ten years I have been studying Spanish – on again, off again, on again – and yet, I have still not mastered the level of fluency I want. I have no one to blame but myself for this, …

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Getting back on the Horse

Getting Back on the Horse Nothing great is ever achieved without failing at least once before making progress. The best ideas did not happen overnight, they took countless tries, failure and a little luck, but most of all they took determination and the drive to keep going and push further. You will most likely get …

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La Importancia del Español

¿Aprender a hablar español es importante para ti? Una de las preguntas que suelo hacer a los estudiantes que están por empezar sus lecciones es ¿para qué quieres aprender español?. Las respuestas son variadas pero las puedo ubicar en 3 categorías principales: buscar trabajo, lograr una meta personal, prevenir una deficiencia mental en el futuro. Y …

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When the Journey Began

Imagine your first day of school, way back, the first day of first grade! I don’t remember a lot about that day, but I do know one thing for sure; learning Spanish was definitely not on my mind.  Luckily, I attended a very small private school. They did things a little differently, in my opinion, …

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Let it go

From the beginning of my Spanish journey I have had a terrible habit. Actually, I didn’t even know it was a bad habit until someone pointed it out to me. This bad habit has had a major hindrance on my ability to learn and understand Spanish grammar. I was memorizing lots of vocabulary, conjugating verbs …

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The Light Came On

There are many ways for us use what we experience in the real world to help develop our communication skills in any language. Whether it be seeing an ad on the television or in a magazine, butchering a phrase only to be corrected by a native speaker, or listening to music.  These experiences create a …

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It’s worth the risk

It’s our first week in Ecuador. Anna, a Swiss traveler who is staying with our same host family, invited us to a dinner with some other exchange students. Anna had been in Ecuador for several weeks and was much more familiar with the culture than we were. She told us, “we will be eating a …

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A Lifelong Struggle

There are so many things that go into learning a language.  Knowing the words is only a fraction of the process, there are things involving the culture, things involving your voice and pronunciation, and there are things involving the phonetics of it all.  Learning Spanish has been one of the hardest, most challenging, and longest …

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