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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David

My life mission is dedicated to helping people unlock their full potential through education, communication, and spiritual growth, which will have a positive impact on our world and strengthen our local communities. I'm a leader with over 5+ years in education management, supervision, and adult education administration. 15+ years of experience teaching Spanish and English to adults and children Since 2011 I have been the director of THE LANGUAGE SCHOOL, a Colorado-based school that teaches adults conversational Spanish and English (ESL) so students can finally speak the new language enabling them to become more competitive in the workforce. Because of this, our students are able to get high-quality jobs and employers can better retain their skilled workers in culturally diverse settings.

5116 Deephaven Ct, Denver, CO 80239

Phone: (720) 634-2589

Email: info@thelanguageschool.us

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