Nuevas clases de inglés intensivas empiezan en enero y febrero 2022

Hi

Le escribo para informarle que tengo una nueva clases intensiva de inglés este mes:

Las Opciones
 
Fundamentos de inglés 3
Empieza el 7 de febrero
 
Horario: Lunes – Jueves 7 – 8 am
Ubicación de la clase: En persona – 5116 Deephaven Ct. Denver, CO 80239 Precio: Paga lo que pueda (Sugiero $25 por clase)
 
Fundamentos de inglés 3
Empieza el 24 de enero
 
Horario: Lunes – Jueves 10 – 11:30 am am
Ubicación de la clase: En línea
Precio: Paga lo que pueda (Sugiero $25 por clase)
 
Materiales requeridos para Fundamentos de inglés 3:
 
5 Pasos Fáciles para Hablar Inglés con Confianza – https://www.amazon.com/dp/154138010X
 
English Easy and Fun Level 3 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1499627084
 
Let’s Start Talking! A bilingual book for English and Spanish Students – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1523774959
 
 
 
 
Fundamentos de inglés 1
Empieza el 31 de enero
Horario: Lunes – Jueves 1:30 – 3 pm
Ubicación de la clase: En persona – 5116 Deephaven Ct. Denver, CO 80239 Precio: Paga lo que pueda (Sugiero $25 por clase)
 
Materiales requeridos para fundamentos de Inglés 1:
 
5 Pasos Fáciles para Hablar Inglés con Confianza – https://www.amazon.com/dp/154138010X
 
Fundamentos de Inglés 1 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537710370 
 

Para inscribirse, manda un deposito de $25 a The Language School por Zelle:

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Después de hacer el pago, rellene la aplicación para estudiar aquí:

https://thelanguageschool.us/Aplicacion/

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Best regards,

David Stevens
Director, The Language School

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How I became a best selling Author Spanish Language Instruction Books

I published my first book on Amazon in 2013, almost 9 years ago.  I wish the title of this story were true, but sadly, 20 books and 9 years later, I haven’t had much success in terms of selling my books.

Well, that is all going to change soon.  Earlier this year, after some intense promoting of a book, I actually spent a day on Amazon’s top 100 list of travel phrasebooks at position #10, but sadly, that’s already fallen way behind.

Undeterred, I’m still at it, but this time laser focused on succeeding.  My current goal is to make it to Amazon’s #1 spot for my book, 5 Easy Steps to Speak Spanish with Confidence.

I actually started this project last October, during the fall of 2020.  That was the day I made it my goal to put my weight behind selling this book and this book alone, and then for whatever reason, I got off track.  

I’ve never been able to focus on selling my books, which is probably why I’ve never had any success here.  When I do think about selling them, I can’t seem to focus.  I’ve created hundreds of business and marketing plans in the past, but I just can’t seem to do it for my books.

So I did something completely different, and I hired someone on Fiverr.com to create a plan for me.  This was my first investment into this venture, and for $84 and a few days of patience, I was given a full on marketing plan for my book.

So I printed it, started reading it… and then it got buried under a pile of other important papers on my desk, and I forgot about it.

A year later, I remembered it, and have finally started working on the execution of it!

Before I get into what I have done on the project so far, let’s check in on where I am.  I’m currently at position #3,457 in Spanish Language Instruction on Amazon.  Yesterday I was at #3,372.  So I’m going the wrong way.

Well, it’s just one day of putting my full concentration into this, so let’s see where we get by the end of the month.  My goal is to hit #1 by Sep 30, 2021, which is just 22 days away!  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Date

What

Cost

Results

10/2020

Marketing Plan

84

So far so good, but it seems odd that it is missing anything about reviews.

10/2020

Book Trailer

93

It’s ok, I had to do it.

08/2021

Car Magnet

$25

It’s getting scanned.

09/2021

Kindle eBook Formatting

137

Again, necessary.  Should have been half the price, but I accidentally hired two people!

09/2021

Social Media

105

Not a good experience, this guy completely missed the mark on making things specific to the book.  Lesson learned, you have to try a few people until you get it right sometimes.

09/2021

Email Sales Copy

74

 

09/2021

Social Media

159

 

09/2021

Book description copy

64

 

09/2021

Book Description

50

 

09/2021

Press Release

195

 

Well, I can’t wait to see the results tomorrow!

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Do you like reviewing books?

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Hola, As someone interested in Spanish, I’m writing today to humbly ask for your sincere review of a book that I wrote.

My name is David, and I’m the Author of 5 Easy Steps to Speak Spanish with Confidence, now available on Amazon Kindle for just $5 here:

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Steps-Speak-Spanish-Confidence-ebook/dp/B098CBZNDJ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Reviews have by far been the most powerful way to let new students know about the work that I do teaching conversational Spanish here in Denver. Increasing my reviews on Amazon should help me spread this powerful, conversational based approach to Spanish students all over Colorado, and spread into our neighboring states as well.

Can you please get the Kindle version of this book for $5, and give it an honest review?

If not, could you please give me some feedback on why you don’t believe that this is worth $5 and a couple of hours to read it? I’d love to know so that I can continue to make it better!

I think this has a real chance of becoming a #1 best seller on Amazon. It’s currently ranked at#3,426 on Amazon’s list of Spanish Language Instruction books.

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Saludos,

David “El Profe”
David@TheLanguageSchool.us

PS Check out the trailers for the book below and don’t forget to review it on Amazon!

About The Book:

 

This is a remarkable work that aims to teach people how to study Spanish in an easy, practical, and powerful way that guarantees people the capability to become conversational in 3 months or less.

By following the steps included in this book, you will learn the 5 principle techniques that fluent Spanish students have used to become conversational and ultimately fluent.

About The Author

 

5 Easy Steps to Speak Spanish with Confidence, was written by David “El Profe”, who has been learning and teaching new languages since 2001.

Since then he has helped thousands of people learn how to speak languages, especially English and Spanish, and has done a lot of spectacular work in Colorado to bridge the gap between these two communities by breaking down the cultural and language barriers that exist.

As Director of The Language School, Denver’s top rated school to learn how to speak both Spanish and English, he has developed a fun, practical, and powerful way to learn how to speak a new language through his “Let’s Start Talking” approach to learning, which focuses first and foremost on conversation and getting people to talk.

His series of textbooks, including Let’s Start Talking, Inglés Fácil Y Divertido, and English Easy and Fun are being used all across the country and have been well received by students and teachers alike!

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The Language School’s June 2021 Newsletter

 
 
 
 
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Hola,

We are pleased to present this month’s Language News for Language Lovers! If you are a teacher or a student of Spanish or English, we have something for you!

Check out this month’s highlights here:

  1. The Language School is now offering in person classes
  2. Let’s Start Talking! is almost a top selling book on Amazon!
  3. Intensive English and Spanish Classes are available this summer for $1,000/month
  4. We offer free practices every Wednesday and Friday
 

A special note from our Director, David Stevens:

The Language School is now offering in-person classes!

Hi everyone!

I haven’t sent a newsletter out in over a year, so we are way overdue. It’s been a year of massive change for everyone, especially The Language School. As you probably know, we were forced to close our physical location last may, and I’ve been providing classes online via Zoom ever since.

As hard as it has been, some good things have come from this. First, by going online and offering classes via Zoom, I’ve been able to record most of my classes over the past year. The recording feature is really powerful, because students can now watch the recordings in between classes to get extra practice or refresh their memories on something that wasn’t very clear in class. They are also really helpful in case you have to miss a class. Also, if we have snowy weather, we don’t need to cancel classes anymore – we can still do them online! None of that was possible before!

I’ve also been working hard to digitize most of my courses with our new “Let’s Start Practicing” Web app, so students have a self-study option and a new way to practice outside of class. Basically, I’ve transferred the contents of The Language School’s books and presentations into new interactive activities on a digital learning platform, along with videos, which creates an incredibly powerful learning experience for students.

With the new digital resources and the same conversational methodology, our “Let’s Start Talking!” program has never been so powerful.

Now, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve also started hosting classes in person again from my house in Montbello, with options Monday – Friday from 8 am to 7 pm. I’ve been fully vaccinated, so that means if you have too, we can meet in classes and don’t even need to wear masks!

Best regards,

David Stevens
Director of The Language School

David@thelanguageschool.us
Cell: (720) 257-8539

PS – This is my personal email and cell phone number. I want to hear from you, so please call me or send me an email anytime with your questions or comments. Your success is my top priority!

 
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The Language School’s ESL and Spanish Presentations are now available for other teachers to purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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We’ve had a lot of conversations with Spanish and English teachers around the country lately that are looking for innovative ways to teach over the summer.

Perhaps your students need a makeup credit to go into the next level, or your school is offering a new summer program that doesn’t fit the traditional school year’s curriculum.

Our lessons are currently available on Teachers Pay Teachers in PowerPoint format for $1 each, so you can get as many as you need for your program and modify them as needed. It’s simple, download them and start teaching, with no need for class preparation time

Check them out here on Teachers Pay Teachers:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Language-School

Don’t forget to follow us and give us a review!

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Let’s Start Talking: A bilingual book for English and Spanish students!

Our bilingual book of conversation starters has now reached position #129 on Amazon’s list of best selling Travel Language Phrasebooks.

 
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Help us break into the top 100!

Amazon uses an algorithm that promotes books that are popular, so that they become even more popular. Our book has a serious chance at making the top 100 list, but we need your help. If you haven’t bought it, you can get the kindle version for only $3. If you have a copy, please give it a review on Amazon.

Click here for The Language School’s complete book catalog on Amazon!

 

Intensive Summer Classes for
English and Spanish

I’m now enrolling new students for intensive classes over the summer for $1,000/month. You will get access to a combination of private and group classes, in-person and online.

This includes:

  1. Daily classes, Monday – Friday (limited weekend options available)
  2. Access to our student only Facebook group
  3. 2 weekly language exchanges to practice with native speakers
  4. Access to our new “Let’s Start Practicing” digital course for additional practice

To get started, you must schedule an introductory class for $50 to do an evaluation, receive a class to make sure that you like it, and create a study plan together with your teacher.

Schedule your introductory class today!

 

Career Services by The Language School

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Over the years, over 10,000 of our students have told us that they are learning Spanish or English to improve their job opportunities and enhance their careers. These new and improved communication skills are extremely valuable to employees and employers alike.

Hundreds have already benefited from becoming bilingual.

  • Do you need to recruit Bilingual Employees that speak Spanish and English?

Finding jobs is frustrating for candidates, and filling open positions is challenging for hiring managers. The Language School is in a very unique position to connect employers to bilingual employees, especially when language, culture, and communication barriers are at play.

Please reply to this email or click here if you would like to learn more!

 
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BILINGUAL JOBS IN DENVER

The best way to get really good at speaking Spanish and English is to get a job where you can use these languages on a daily basis. Here are a couple of great opportunities from companies that The Language School works with:

Hospital Cooperative Laundry

Hospital Cooperative Laundry is an official sponsor of The Language School.

Hospital Cooperative Laundry, Colorado’s largest commercial healthcare laundry, is now hiring! HCL was formed in 1991 in response to the need for high quality linen services by St. Anthony Hospital, Swedish Medical Center and Rose Medical Center. Today we serve over 400 medical clinics, hospitals, and surgery centers. At HCL we are dedicated to quality and service, and our employees are the key to our success. We are committed to providing great benefits, full time employment, and advancement opportunities.

APPLY ONLINE AT www.hospitalcooperative.com OR VISIT US AT 6225 EAST 38th AVENUE IN DENVER, CO 80207

Brightview

BrightView is an official sponsor of The Language School.

BrightView is hiring bilingual Spanish/English speakers in Parker, Colorado!

In addition to working for a great landscaping company, working at BrightView will give you many opportunities to practice English. You will have daily opportunities to translate from Spanish to English and vice versa, as we employ almost an equal number of native Spanish and native English speakers. We also strongly encourage and support our employees to learn both languages.

Apply by clicking here!

 

Romero’s Foundation Inc.

Romero’s Foundation Inc. is an official sponsor of The Language School.

Romero’s is hiring bilingual Spanish/English speakers in Aurora, CO.

Romero’s Foundation has been in business since 2008, offering concrete work for new residential construction for local recognized Home Builders. The owner, Mr. Gerardo Romero, has built his company by implementing his Hispanic background with hard work and sacrifice. Mr. Romero had to learn English in order to succeed in this country. Being bilingual has opened many doors and opportunities for him and his business.

Apply by contacting Daryl McCormick:

Email: DarylM@Romerosfoundation.Net Phone: 720.456-6453

Free practices!What we don’t like about DuoLingo

The Language School hosts 2 weekly events to get our Spanish and English students together to practice their new languages.

Register on Meetup.com to get invitations to attend:

https://www.meetup.com/TheLanguageSchool/

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Complete List of Services Provided By The Language School

Did you know that The Language School is not just a school? We offer a variety of cross-cultural communication services to help people and companies interact with each other in Spanish and in English.

Here is a complete list of services for prospective students and companies that need help in these areas:

For students and individuals:

For businesses:

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Spanish Foundations 1 Starts September 2nd from 7-8:30 PM

We have a new Spanish class starting next month. 

Details

-Course name: Spanish Foundations 1
-Days: Wednesdays
-Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
-Cost: $300 per month

*We use Zoom, a web conferencing application to learn and talk online. They are live classes with me, David “El Profe”.

Let’s Start Talking! Spanish Foundations 1 is the best level for you to start if you fall into one of these categories:

  • You have never studied Spanish before
  • You took some Spanish in high school or college, but it’s been a while
  • You have been trying to do some self-study online or through an app, but don’t have any real confidence when it comes to speaking

I only have space available for 4 more students, so don’t delay!

Would you like to enroll? Click here:

ABOUT “LET’S START TALKING! SPANISH FOUNDATIONS 1”

Let’s Start Talking! Spanish Foundations 1 is the first Spanish course in a series of conversational Spanish classes created by The Language School. This course is designed to help adults start speaking Spanish

  • at work
  • in their local communities
  • while traveling in the Spanish speaking world (including Latin America, the United States, and Spain)

Once you complete this course, you will have a solid foundation in Spanish. Your new conversational skills in Spanish will include being able to introduce yourself in Spanish, being able to order food in restaurants and go shopping for necessities. Finally, you will know how to start having simple conversations in Spanish with native Spanish speakers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF LET’S START TALKING! SPANISH FOUNDATIONS 1:

Key Spanish conversational and cultural skills will be:

Conversation, so Let’s Start Talking!

On top of basic conversational skills, students will learn cultural and historical lessons that will help prepare them for interacting with Spanish speaking people locally and abroad. These are the top conversational skills you will learn to prepare you for real-life situations with Spanish speakers:

  • Spanish greetings and how to formally introduce yourself to someone in Spanish
  • Conversation starters that are culturally correct so you can start making friends and practicing with native Spanish speakers
  • Survival Spanish so you can order food and buy things in Spanish speaking countries and neighborhoods close to home

Here are some of the various aspects of Spanish Arts, Culture, and History you will learn about in this first course:

Spanish Music:

  • Salsa with Celia Cruz
  • Boléro with Los Tres Reyes

We’ll also take you on a tour of the Spanish speaking world, including interesting information about the Spanish language and culture of:

  • The United States
  • Mexico
  • Cuba
  • Argentina

Of course, our conversational programs are backed by grammar, so here are the main Spanish grammar skills you will take away in this level, and some of the differences between English and Spanish:

  • Me gusta/Te Gusta – I like/You like
  • Sentence structure
  • Articles
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Masculine vs. feminine
  • Singular vs. Plural
  • Regular verbs in the present tense (AR, ER, IR)
  • Asking questions and answering both positively and negatively
  • Numbers (0-100)
  • Spelling and the alphabet

Best regards,

David Stevens
Director of The Language School

David@thelanguageschool.us
Cell: (720) 257-8539

PS – We limit participation to 8 students so that everyone gets a lot of personal attention and time to talk. We already have 3 students enrolled, so don’t delay!

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Check out these free resources from The Language School to learn how to speak Spanish for free!

 
 

Hi Customer Service,

The last 6 months have been incredibly challenging for all of us. Over the last month or so, I’ve received a lot of emails from people that really want to study Spanish with us, but they simply can’t afford our monthly tuition.

I get it – $300 a month can be a high price to pay if you’ve just lost your job or are worried about losing your job.

I still want to help you learn how to speak Spanish, so I’ve put this post together to offer you 3 FREE resources to start studying Spanish on your own. After all, learning how to speak Spanish will help your employment opportunities.

My mission is to help people unlock their full potential through education, and I firmly believe that becoming bilingual is one of the most powerful things that you can do to improve your financial situation.

So here are some ways that you can start studying Spanish on your own while we get through these troubling times:

  1. Follow The Language School on Facebook. I frequently post videos and other activities on our Facebook page so that you can learn and practice Spanish on your own.
  2. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. We now have over 100 videos on our channel that you can watch and learn with On Demand from the comfort of your own home.
  3. Download this free eBook – Study Tips for Learning How to Speak Spanish!

Over the next few days I’m going to send out some more ways that will help you study Spanish on your own, for FREE!

If you follow us on Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow the tips in this eBook, I’m quite confident that you can improve your Spanish significantly for free.

Best regards,

David Stevens
Director of The Language School

David@thelanguageschool.us
Cell: (720) 257-8539

PS – Don’t forget to:

  1. Like The Language School on Facebook
  2. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
  3. Download the free eBook!

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Spanish Foundations 1 Starts August 5th from 9-10:30 AM!

We have a new Spanish class starting next month!

Details

-Course name: Spanish Foundations 1
-Days: Wednesdays
-Time: 9 AM – 10:30 AM
-Cost: $300 per month

*We use Zoom, a web conferencing application to learn and talk online. They are live classes with me, David “El Profe”.

Let’s Start Talking! Spanish Foundations 1 is the best level for you to start if you fall into one of these categories:

  • You have never studied Spanish before
  • You took some Spanish in high school or college, but it’s been a while
  • You have been trying to do some self-study online or through an app, but don’t have any real confidence when it comes to speaking

I only have space available for 6 more students, so don’t delay!

Would you like to enroll? Click here:

ABOUT “LET’S START TALKING! SPANISH FOUNDATIONS 1”

Let’s Start Talking! Spanish Foundations 1 is the first Spanish course in a series of conversational Spanish classes created by The Language School. This course is designed to help adults start speaking Spanish

  • at work
  • in their local communities
  • while traveling in the Spanish speaking world (including Latin America, the United States, and Spain)

Once you complete this course, you will have a solid foundation in Spanish. Your new conversational skills in Spanish will include being able to introduce yourself in Spanish, being able to order food in restaurants and go shopping for necessities. Finally, you will know how to start having simple conversations in Spanish with native Spanish speakers.

HIGHLIGHTS OF LET’S START TALKING! SPANISH FOUNDATIONS 1:

Key Spanish conversational and cultural skills will be:Conversation, so Let’s Start Talking! On top of basic conversational skills, students will learn cultural and historical lessons that will help prepare them for interacting with Spanish speaking people locally and abroad. These are the top conversational skills you will learn to prepare you for real-life situations with Spanish speakers:

  • Spanish greetings and how to formally introduce yourself to someone in Spanish
  • Conversation starters that are culturally correct so you can start making friends and practicing with native Spanish speakers
  • Survival Spanish so you can order food and buy things in Spanish speaking countries and neighborhoods close to home

Here are some of the various aspects of Spanish Arts, Culture, and History you will learn about in this first course:

Spanish Music:

  • Salsa with Celia Cruz
  • Boléro with Los Tres Reyes

We’ll also take you on a tour of the Spanish speaking world, including interesting information about the Spanish language and culture of:

  • The United States
  • Mexico
  • Cuba
  • Argentina

Of course, our conversational programs are backed by grammar, so here are the main Spanish grammar skills you will take away in this level, and some of the differences between English and Spanish:

  • Me gusta/Te Gusta – I like/You like
  • Sentence structure
  • Articles
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Masculine vs. feminine
  • Singular vs. Plural
  • Regular verbs in the present tense (AR, ER, IR)
  • Asking questions and answering both positively and negatively
  • Numbers (0-100)
  • Spelling and the alphabet

Best regards,

David Stevens
Director of The Language School

David@thelanguageschool.us
Cell: (720) 257-8539

PS – We limit participation to 8 students so that everyone gets a lot of personal attention and time to talk. We already have 3 students enrolled, so don’t delay!

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Faster, Easier, Cheaper: Lies

Lies, lies, and more lies… that’s what I see all over the internet regarding learning how to speak a new language.

I’m here to tell the truth.  It won’t be fast, it won’t be easy, and it won’t be cheap.

These are your options to learn a new language with a short break down of what you will get in 1 year of study:

Language Program/Cost

Conversational Fluency

Vocabulary

Reading/

Writing Skills

Knowledge of Grammar

Average # of Students

Computer App/

Free

Low

High

Low

Low

1

Non-Profit/

Free or very low cost

Low

Low

Low

Low

20

Community College/

$3,000+

Low

High

Intermediate

High

30

University/

$7,000+

Low

High

Intermediate

High

50

The Language School/

$2,400+

High

High

Intermediate

Intermediate

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  • Free with Duolingo – you get what you pay for.  Duolingo will give you a lot of vocabulary, and it’s fun and engaging, but you won’t make real progress.  You will never learn how to speak a new language by using an app.  Most students I work with that have used Duolingo or some other app  like this for at least a year usually have to start in my first or second level.

 

  • Non-Profit/Community Organization – Free (or a very low cost)  There are an abundance of these organizations for ESL classes, but very few for Spanish.  While these sound good in theory, they tend to make the learning experience extremely difficult.  First, most of these organizations rely on volunteers to teach the classes.  Unless you are incredibly lucky, this means you are not working with a real teacher that has any training or experience.  These volunteers are usually mono-lingual, elderly, and are just doing something to fill up their free time.  They tend to work with large groups of people that have different levels, and the format is rather open with no structured curriculum.   Most students stop attending classes within 2 weeks, and the remaining students that continue have very poor results.  This leaves a bad impression on students, and instead of learning the new language, they leave the class frustrated and feeling hopeless.

 

  • Community College – $21/hour plus fees and books – After 1 year of a program like this, you will probably develop some decent reading and writing skills, and have a fairly advanced understanding of the grammar, but you won’t have any real conversational skills.

 

  • University – $45/hour plus fees and books – There isn’t much difference here with the community college route, it will just cost you much more money.

 

  • The Language School – $30 – $60/hour – In 1 year, you will be fully conversational in most of your daily interactions with people and have an intermediate level of grammar.  The Language School is the only option that provides true conversational classes, and is the only option that will enable you to become conversationally fluent in this amount of time.  For the results our students achieve, this is an incredibly powerful and reasonably priced program.

So do you want to “play with Spanish” on an app?  Do you want to help volunteers spend their free time?  Do you want to study Spanish grammar in an academic Spanish program?  

Or do you want to start speaking Spanish with confidence at work, in your community, and during your travels?  

The Language School is not the least expensive option, and it’s not the most expensive option, but it is the only option that will give you the ability to really speak Spanish with confidence! 

My name is David “El Profe”, and I’ve been teaching people how to speak Spanish since 2005.  Learning a new language is like going to the gym to get a 6 pack, or learning how to play an instrument like the guitar.  

You have to put in work.  You have to get comfortable with getting uncomfortable.  You have to make it your #1 priority, and study or practice every day.

I studied Spanish intensively for 7 years.  I lived in 5 different countries and in total spent over $200,000 to learn how to speak Spanish.

It was a miserable experience for most of the time… but I finally did it.

The good news is that along the way I learned some tricks that did make it easier.  I learned how to focus on what was useful and relevant to me, and I figured out that studying grammar was a waste of time, but focusing on words and phrases was extremely beneficial.

Since then, I’ve been teaching what I learned during this experience, and I have come to understand why most people never learn how to speak the new language that they are studying.

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve been working on my “Let’s Start Talking!” program to teach people how to start speaking the new language from day 1.  Like many of these “internet gurus”, I have developed a program that will teach you how to start speaking a new language like English or Spanish in only 15 hours.  

The difference between what I’m offering to you today and what the others claim is my willingness to present this to you with full disclosure – it’s not cheap, and it’s not going to be easy.  The offer is for 15 hours of class time, but your success will depend on the time that you put in outside of class.  And you won’t be fluent.  You won’t master the language in that time, and you’ll still be making plenty of mistakes after those 15 hours.  However, I can quite confidently say that after those 15 hours, you will have learned how to speak more Spanish than I was able to speak in my first 3 years of studies.

You will learn how to introduce yourself to a new friend or colleague and make small talk.  You will role play ordering food at restaurants and buying things from stores.  All of this will essentially prepare you to START talking to people in your new language in your local community or during travels.

I emphasize the word start because that’s it.  I don’t want to disappoint you.  I want to set your expectations.  You can start speaking a new language in a ridiculously fast amount of time if you study the right things.  It has to be the right level of relevance, practicality, and also the words that you will use on a daily basis.

The Let’s Start Talking approach does just that.  From day one it teaches you how to start speaking.  Everything that you do in this program is done from a conversational point of view, focusing on dialogues and vocabulary that you as the new student are most likely to use in real life scenarios when you find yourself in the company of someone that speaks the language you are learning.  

And I charge a lot of money for this program.  It’s $997 if you want to do it with live classes with me personally.  I also have a more affordable option to get access to a digital, on demand course for only $97, but just like anything else, you get what you pay for.

Let me explain to you why this will be the best decision that you’ve ever made when it comes to learning how to speak a new language.

Your high school Spanish program, if it was anything like mine, was a total joke.  It was a requirement, which means you had to be there. If you are like me, then that also means that you didn’t want to be there, so you didn’t have the right motivation to learn Spanish from the beginning.

Another major flaw that I have observed with high school Spanish programs is that they aren’t geared towards conversation.  They are geared towards grammar.  

In my 20+ years of learning and teaching languages, I’ve come to learn an extremely odd thing about language learning – when the focus is on grammar, it doesn’t work.  

So, your high school Spanish studies were frivolous, and there is a good chance that they left you with the belief that it is impossible to learn how to speak Spanish.

Now let’s look at a college program.  By definition, a college program is academic.  It may be a requirement, or it may be of your own volition.  Unfortunately, because the college program is so academic, even if you are doing it because you want to, the focus doesn’t align with yours – learning how to speak Spanish to enhance your primary major of business medicine, or whatever it may be.

Professor Bill VanPatten, creator of the Destinos Program you have probably used at some point, conducted a survey several years ago that the results were alarming.  University Spanish programs for the most part and designed to prepare students to go into a Masters Spanish program.  Over 80% of students, however, were studying the language to learn how to speak it and had no plans to continue on to a Masters Spanish program.

When your program’s objective doesn’t align with your objective, you probably won’t be successful.  This may sound odd, but think about it this way.  If you want to learn how to swim, should you study the mechanics of muscle memory and physics to learn more about how water resists your body movements?  Of course not… you have to dive in.  You have to start swimming.  You have to apply this same principal to learning how to speak Spanish and you absolutely must start speaking Spanish.

Let’s move along – in most recent years, it has been wildly popular to use a computer app like Rosetta Stone or Duolingo.  Both of these companies are crushing it, with millions of users and billions of dollars in revenue.  Yet I haven’t once met someone that has become fluent by using one of these apps.  Not once.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually like these apps, for what they are, which is a cool way to practice.  But they don’t teach you how to start speaking the language.  The goal with these apps is to be intuitive and get away from grammar.  In other words, an easier way to learn how to speak Spanish.  Trust me, I know – I use Duolingo to practice French, and I’m even a Duolingo Global Ambassador and host 2 weekly meetups so their users can practice live.

These apps are gamified, competitive, and cheap.  Again, though, they won’t teach you how to speak the new language.  They can help you practice it, but they won’t help you develop real conversational skills. 

At the end of the day, there is no silver bullet.  There is no single solution that will guarantee your success.  I’m here to tell you the truth about that.  You have to find something that works for you, your goals, and your learning style.

To learn how to speak a new language takes time.  One truth I can confidently share is that there are better ways – you can develop a lot of conversational skills in less than 6 months if that is the core focus of your program, and your desire.  

  • And if you do the work.  
  • And if you put in time studying, memorizing vocabulary, and practicing.  
  • And also, one of the most important things you have to do is get comfortable being uncomfortable, trying to introduce yourself to people everytime you hear the new language.

Again, I’ll level with you.  I don’t know if the “Let’s Start Talking!” program is the right fit for you, but what I do know is that I’ve helped thousands of students learn how to speak a new language since 2001, and this program is incredibly powerful if you work the program as it is meant to be worked.  That means that if you do the classes, memorize new vocab, and then do the homework you will learn Spanish.  Then, if you come to the weekly practices I host, start introducing yourself to Spanish speakers, and find a conversation partner, you will start speaking Spanish quite confidently in less than 6 months.  It’s not necessarily a faster, or easier way.  It certainly isn’t a cheaper way. It may seem like a lot of money, but compare $997 to my 7 years and $200,000 that I spent to learn how to speak Spanish.

That said, it is a better way, and I believe that with all of my heart.  I believe that if you want to learn how to speak Spanish, you will not find a better approach.  I’m also sure that if you do this program, if you follow my advice, and you put yourself out there – you will want to continue studying with me for years to come, and will look back on this initial course and investment as the best time and money you have spent on learning how to speak Spanish ever. 

I say this because I’ve had students tell me that after working with me for 1 hour, they have learned more about speaking Spanish than they did in 4 years of a college program, and I get told this often.

This is a conversational program that I have been working on and improving since 2007 that has 1 main objective, which is to teach adults how to start speaking Spanish with people at work and on their travels.

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What is a “conversational” Spanish or English program?



I think it would be helpful for you to understand what learning how to speak a new language really means.  It’s quite simple – it all boils down to speaking the language.

 

Let me explain, because that sounds absurdly easy.  In a way, it is…

 

I studied Spanish intensively for 7 years.  I wouldn’t recommend that anyone else do that, unless they plan on becoming a teacher.  It wasn’t really my plan to become a teacher, but it happened by accident.

 

Unfortunately, I studied for so long and so hard because there were no other options back then.  Now, this idea of conversational language classes is starting to catch on in the US, but it’s still not really, truthfully happening in most educational institutions.  Most so called conversational programs are still taking the traditional, grammar based approach, and just doing it in smaller groups.  That is not a conversational program.

Web apps are not conversational programs either.

 

A conversational program is when the classes are structured around a conversation as opposed to grammar.

 

You see, the traditional, grammar based approach typically looks like this.

 

You learn a piece of grammar, and then do activities based on grammar.  These activities are for the most part writing activities that involve filling in blanks.  There are many problems with this approach.  For one, grammar is confusing, even in your own language.  Think about the last time you heard someone say something the wrong way in English.  Can you identify why?  Probably not… it probably just sounds funny to you.

 

Let’s try this for an example:

 

  • I want to learn Spanish fast.
  • I want to learn Spanish quickly.
  • I want to learn Spanish fastly.

 

Which statement is right?

 

Trick question…. The top two are right. 

 

Do you know why?  Probably not.  I would guess that fastly just sounds funny to you, and you are right, even though you can’t explain why.  At the same time, I bet you have no problems speaking English and communicating with people, and you don’t even know why.  

 

Well, the reason for this is that you grew up speaking English.  You learned it at home with friends and family, and spoke it for at least 10 years before ever looking at grammar rules.  

 

I would be willing to bet that when you finally started learning the grammar rules that they confused you.  Most people I know dreaded their high school English classes.

 

So why is it that you can speak English quite confidently, but now that I’m questioning your grammar, you can’t answer the question wny?

 

Because you learned conversational English as a kid.  You learned how to speak it through trial and error.  You made mistakes, corrected your mistakes, and tried tried tried again.  Eventually, it became internalized, and that’s why you can speak it, but can’t explain the rules.

 

Now let’s apply the same concept to your 2nd language.

 

What is a conversation?

 

According to Google, a conversation is…

 

a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.”

 

It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t even have to be spoken.  Some people estimate that some 80-90% of communication actually takes place nonverbally.

 

Well, if the point is on exchanging ideas, we can now simplify the process of learning a new language to exchanging information with people in a way to be understood, and this all starts with words, not grammar.

 

WORDS ARE THE FOUNDATION TO A CONVERSATION  

MAKE VOCABULARY YOUR TOP PRIORITY

 

My son’s first word was “agua”.  When he was a baby, I would give him a bath and splash the water around and just say agua, agua, agua.  One day he started trying to repeat what I was saying, and that soon became his first word.  What a great thing that was, because he then started putting it together, and when he was thirsty he would say that too.  1 less thing to cry about!

 

From there, other words started falling into place. Leche, comida, etc.

 

He wasn’t speaking full sentences, but he was using words, and we understood him!

 

He was exchanging information in a way that we could understand, and over the next few months he was able to start speaking both English and Spanish to us.  It was amazing.

 

That really got me thinking about what conversational Spanish was.

 

I’m also a musician, and believe it or not, music has taught me how to teach languages in a really unique and powerful way.

You may or may not know this, but music is a conversation of sorts, especially when it comes to certain types of music, including church music, jam bands, and jazz.

 

If you’ve ever been to church, there is typically a choir, and most songs take place as a call and response.  The preacher sings something and the choir responds.

 

Jazz is all about opening up the music to allowing the instruments to communicate with each other, and the musicians learn how to listen for a certain drum beat in order to respond to it with a specific break, or change of rhythm.  Guitarists can make the piano respond in a certain way, or the rest of the group can respond as well.  Jam bands essentially do the same thing.

 

Modern music like hip hop takes a cue from this as well, and break dancers make calls and responses to the beats and each other, and the MC or rappers verbalize these exchanges as well.

 

One of my favorite styles of music is Afrocuban music, where you have drummers, singers, and dancers all communicating with each other, and all three have the ability to change the “conversation” if they know what they are doing.



This comparison to music is helpful when you break it down to this concept of exchanging ideas, or information, by examining how a call and response work.


This is the basic framework for a conversation too – it’s all about a call and response.

 

You say A, your partner says B.

 

Most often this boils down to a simple question and an answer.  You ask a question and your partner provides you with an answer, and vice versa.

 

So over the past several years, I’ve been working on this new concept of what I truly believe to be one of the first truly conversational programs in the United States.  What this means is that almost every activity that you do with me has been analyzed from a conversational point of view, not a grammatical point of view, and you simply start speaking Spanish, exchanging ideas.

 

In the first three lessons, I do this by teaching you how to introduce yourself to a new friend in Spanish.  I give you the dialogue, make you speak it, and then break it down for you.  I don’t really explain to you how it works… you just do it, and learn it, and study it, then internalize it.  Before you know it, you can introduce yourself to someone in Spanish.

 



The traditional manner would explain to you the grammar, and then have you fill in the blanks, and write essays in Spanish.  Maybe at some point you build up to a dialogue, but the problem with this approach is by the time you get to the dialogue, you’ve zoned out, grown bored, and the confusion sets in around the grammar.  You practice reading and writing, but you don’t practice exchanging information.

 

Academic programs don’t teach the call and response, the questions and the answers.  They simply don’t teach you how to exchange ideas and information, which is by definition what a conversation is.  Simply put, you are very unlikely to learn how to speak Spanish through a high school or college Spanish class.  You will only learn grammar and theory.

 

Initially, you don’t need to know the grammar – you just need to know the call and the response.  You need to learn what to listen for, and how to respond to it, and then do it.  

 

This also makes it incredibly powerful, practical, and useful.  Can you imagine studying Spanish for only a few hours, but being able to walk up to a complete stranger, introduce yourself in Spanish, and then make small talk for 20-30 minutes?

 

I start with this dialogue, and this particular use case, because that is exactly what you need to start doing immediately in order to start speaking Spanish with new people, and almost everyone you are going to talk to is going to be a new person.  I help you internalize this simple introduction so that you can start doing it with confidence.  And there is no need to get lost in all the grammar rules, at least not initially.

 

Scientifically, this also works really well because by learning the calls and responses, you are activating the right parts of your brain and developing the right neurological pathways from the beginning, much in the way that a small child learns how to speak his or her first language.


Everyone has heard about people that use the right side or the left side of the brain, but there are many more components to it.  The above illustration is a very simplified image of other compartments, but we can use this as an example to show you why the traditional approach simply doesn’t work well.

 

Most traditional, grammar based programs focus on teaching grammar through reading and writing activities.

 

When you read Spanish, you are typically only activating the “vision” compartment of your brain.  When you write, you may activate the “vision and the touch”.  Some of these traditional programs have listening components, but again you would only be activating the “hearing” department.

 

A real conversation would activate “touch”, “vision”, and “hearing” all at the same time.  If you are speaking to someone while having dinner with them, you might even activate the “smell” and “taste” compartments, utilizing every part of your brain at the same time.


If your end goal is to have a real conversation with someone, you have to develop those neural pathways at some point, and it’s better to start doing that from the beginning, just like a child does with the first language.




Isolating specific parts of the brain throughout your Spanish studies may help at certain points during your Spanish career, but to start with, it’s so much more powerful to activate everything to begin with to develop those pathways in your brain.

 

It gets messy when you start by isolating the brain compartments and then trying to mix them together later.  I’ve had plenty of 4 year, college degree holding majors that had to start this program from the beginning because they didn’t learn how to put it all together during school.  I’m talking about students with good grades, students that can read and write Spanish perfectly… students that can fill in blanks and tell you the rules… even students that are now teaching in high school programs and are actually well qualified to do so… but they can’t order a margarita in Spanish when they go on date night with their husbands or wives.

They might freeze up when someone says ¿cómo estás? and understand the question perfectly, but they can’t make their mouth move in the right way to answer… because they never developed this simple call and response capability.  They can’t make their brain, eyes, ears, and mouth work together in the right way.  In fact, sometimes they get agitated, because after 4 years of Spanish they should be able to speak Spanish, but now their emotions add to the chaos in their heads and this further causes them to stumble.

Not only did they fail to develop the right connections in their brain, they have also developed bad habits by compartmentalizing their brains, which only leads to more complications in the future.

I can’t tell you how important it is to learn conversational Spanish from the beginning so that you start programming your brain to hear Spanish, understand Spanish, and produce Spanish, based on the verbal cues of questions and answers.

So the first three lessons I teach are really dedicated to programing your brain to work the right way, understanding the dynamic of answering questions and getting you comfortable with the practice of introducing yourself to strangers in your new language.

 

The next step is to start teaching you how to make your own questions, and understanding how to connect the right dots in a more free flowing, open conversation.

 

I do this by teaching you verbs, which are the most powerful part of a sentence.  However, I take a way different approach to this by only teaching you what you need to know to start speaking Spanish.  I do this by only teaching you the “tú” and the “yo” form (you and I).

 

Most programs would have you learn 6 verb conjugations for AR, ER, and IR verbs on your first day of Spanish.  It’s overwhelming, intimidating, and quite frankly… useless.  It only serves to make the teacher feel smart and the student to feel hopeless.  It’s also completely unnatural.

 

The reason for this is that 99.9% of your Spanish conversations for the first 6 months are going to be almost identical: you are going to be talking to a new person, introducing yourself, and then making small talk.  You are going to ask what the other person likes to do by using the “tú” form, and he or she will answer in the “yo” form.  The other 4 verb conjugations are very unlikely to come up in this initial conversational exchange, so it doesn’t make sense to even start learning them until you have made it past the “tú” y “yo” forms, learning how they interact with each other, and getting comfortable with that initial call and response:

 

  1. Call – Question:   Do you …?
  2. Response – Answer:  Yes, I ….

 

This is now a real conversation.  If you learn how to speak Spanish with me, you will learn how to do this in only 4-6 hours of class time.

 

This incredibly simple approach is what makes the “Let’s Start Talking!” conversational program so powerful.  There is a smarter way to learn how to speak Spanish, but you have to find the right conversational program to teach you Spanish based on how a conversation works, not how the language works.

 

  1. Words give you an almost immediate ability to express your thoughts and desires, which gives you the ability to communicate.  You just have to learn which words you are most likely to use when you are starting.
  2. Understanding how to listen to a call, or a question, will take you to the next level, and that is where studying dialogues, not grammar, is so helpful.
  3. Finally, learning how to make verbs interact with each other based on the situations that you are most likely to find yourself speaking Spanish in will enable you to start speaking Spanish very quickly.

 

This is what a conversational Spanish program is, and there are very few true conversational options that exist in the world.  The program I created, the “Let’s Start Talking!” program is the only true, authentic, conversational Spanish program that I know of that is based on the framework of a conversation, which is just the simple exchange of ideas or other information.  

 

There may be others out there… If there were, I wish I had known about them before dedicating the last 13 years of my life to developing this one.  

 

The Spanish language, on the other hand, is incredibly complex, which is why the subject matter, or the grammar of the language, should be avoided initially.  Unfortunately, almost every program on the market today follows this approach.

 

So get away from the grammar and “Let’s Start Talking!”

 

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Well… it’s official.  

The Language School’s physical location at 4730 Oakland St. is closed for good.

I’ve struggled with writing this message for several weeks now, and haven’t really known what to say or how to say it.  But the weight of the Coronavirus Pandemic and everything that it has brought us as a society finally caught up to me.

I’m completely lost and I really have no idea how to move forward – as a business owner, as a teacher, as a community leader, and as a father and son.  I’m completely lost in a feeling of hopelessness and despair.

My story is a long one, but for the purpose of this message, I’m going to just break it down by the last few years.

I started The Language School in 2007 as a side project, then went full time in 2012.

Things were actually really good for the first 3-4 years.  It was for the most part just me, teaching all day everyday, and writing books in my downtime.  I built a few relationships during that time with some of our teachers that you know, like Pedro and Frances.  

We didn’t make a lot of money, but the business was profitable, and we were comfortable with what we had.  Having a little less money was a fair tradeoff for running a great language school and providing a great service for our community.

During these years, I fell in love, and in 2016 I was married to the woman of my dreams and our baby boy was born.  I was living the dream!

Then things took a turn for the worse.  

Oddly enough, that was the year that The Language School really took off.  That should have been a good thing, right?  But that caused absolute chaos in my personal life.  I was split between my business that was growing at a pace I couldn’t imagine, and having new fatherly responsibilities at home.  

I was divorced a year later, and became a single dad with custodial responsibilities 6 days a week.  I could no longer run my own business as I had to take care of my primary responsibility, which was my new baby boy.  

I hired people and fired people, hired more and let more go.  Some were great, and some were terrible.  That is part of a business.

Long story short, I started losing a lot of money.  But I’m tenacious, stubborn, and extremely determined.  I fought my way through it.  I racked up $250K in debt to keep things going, praying for a miracle.

That miracle came last year when my mother moved out to Colorado to help me with my son.  

I worked non-stop from July to September, and The Language School became profitable again.  I started paying myself money again for the first time in 2 years, and I was able to pay off about $100,000 in debt last year.  

Around October or November of last year, 2019, I finally felt like I actually knew what to do for the first time since I started the business in 2007.  I had discovered my formula for success, I got on a regular schedule, started taking time off again, and things were good.

Things kept improving.  In January of this year, I started dancing Salsa again, and actually was able to get in the gym 3 times a week.

Business was booming too.  We started having talks about expanding our office space to open at least one more classroom, buying new modern furniture, and improving our technology to provide an amazing customer experience for our students.  We wanted our students to enter and not want to leave, creating a recreation space to gather between classes and practice their languages.

Then, the Coronavirus became real.  I distinctly remember having a conversation with another language school owner in Boulder, asking me what we were going to do.  I told him not to worry, it was no big deal, nothing is going to happen here.  That was on Sunday, March 8th.

I closed the doors to The Language School on Thursday, March 12th.  On Monday the executive order came down that would have closed us anyway.

The past 3 months have been a whirlwind of activity, a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and I’ve got many great moments of success and optimism mixed in with more of devastation and hopelessness.

I’ve been appreciated for putting the classes online as quickly as possible… and I’ve also been  threatened.  I’ve been chewed out and I’ve been praised.  I’ve been called a fraud and I’ve been called a visionary.

Honestly, I don’t know who is right.  I feel terrible right now.  I feel like the absolute worst person in the world.  I want nothing more than to disappear in the mountains and just live off of nuts and berries for the rest of my life.

Recently I had to let an employee go in order to try to save costs.  This was a brilliant teacher that has a promising future.  I think that he has been teaching with us for a little over a year now, and I have tried so hard to keep this train running.

Unfortunately, we are coming to the end of our runway.  

Our revenue has completely dried up over the past few months.  Instantly, our student base dropped from 300 to 100 students.  In each of the following months, most students that were set to renew decided to put their studies on hold until things go back to normal.  My phone went from ringing 20 times a day to 2 times a week.  

99% of the conversations I have with people are still regarding in person classes, and when are they coming back.  On top of that, 9 out of 10 people I talk to have lost their jobs, and the ones that are still working are scared they are going to lose their jobs soon.

I don’t know what to do.  I’ve never experienced such a feeling of hopelessness and desperation, and I’ve been through some really tough times in my life.

What would you do?  I’d love to know, because I honestly have no idea of what to do right now.

There are going to be even more changes in the coming days.  I’m going to continue to consolidate classes where I can, and more of my instructors may lose their jobs.  I also have to face an absolute unavoidable reality that The Language School may go out of business altogether.

Things aren’t going back to normal.  I keep getting these requests for in person classes, or waiting until things go back to normal, but they just aren’t.

3 months into this, as a business owner, I know pretty much what I knew back then, and that was in person classes aren’t going to happen until there is a vaccine.  That is across the board – universities, community colleges, K-12, everywhere.

When people ask when we are opening again, my answer has gone from I don’t know to when there is a vaccine, and even at this point, I don’t know if we will still be in business then.

The future of The Language School, and the world, are really uncertain.  I do however know a few things for sure:

  1. The Language School has an amazing program that can teach you how to start speaking Spanish in 3 months or less
  2. Because of the hard work of my team over the past 3 months, we now have a digital version available that is completely on demand, and can be purchased for only $97
  3. We can still do our classes live through Zoom for $300 – $400/month

There is no one that wants in person classes to resume more than me, trust me.  It simply isn’t a possibility, and from the best of my knowledge, it won’t be possible until there is a vaccine.

Your health and safety are more important to me than my business, and if going bankrupt is what I have to do in order to keep you healthy and safe, I’m willing to make that sacrifice.  

Whether or not you believe in the Coronavirus or not, I have asthma, my son has respiratory issues, and my mother as well, and their health is certainly more important than this school.

So that’s where I am today.  What would you do in my position?  

Would you consider supporting The Language School by signing up for the new digital course for only  $97?  

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