The prospect of learning a new language can be intimidating. Not only does the language learner need to learn an entirely new vocabulary but also pronunciation and syntax. Learning a new language from scratch when one is no longer a child may seem like a nearly impossible task. Yet learning the Spanish language, spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, is an important part of many careers, not to mention a gateway to a whole host of fascinating Spanish-influenced cultures from Spain to Argentina to the Philippines.
Fortunately for anyone who needs to or wants to learn Spanish, Marcus Santamaria has developed the Synergy Spanish learning program. Santamaria’s basic Synergy Spanish course teaches you to “get by” in the Spanish language with a vocabulary of 138 words. After you’ve mastered this basic level, which is perfect for going on vacations to Spanish-speaking countries or interacting with the Spanish-speaking public in many jobs, you can go on to take two more levels of the Synergy Spanish course to get even more advanced in your new language skills.
About the Creator – Marcus Santamaria
Marcus Santamaria is a language teacher. One day he fell in love with a beautiful lady named Elena. They got married and afterward decided they would move closer to Elena’s family, who happened to live in Mexico. Santamaria was happy to do this with his new bride, but the only problem was he didn’t speak a word of Spanish! He needed a quick way to learn the language so he could get around comfortably in his new country of choice. That’s when Santamaria hit upon the Synergy Spanish method.
What frustrated Santamaria about trying to learn Spanish the traditional way was that he was always trying to translate words from English to Spanish in his head. He knew there had to be a way around this, and finally he hit upon the answer. Sentences can be broken down into usable “chunks,” and these “chunks” can be combined in an endless number of ways to express the most common ideas, wants, and needs in any language. Viola! The Synergy Spanish program was born.
What’s Included in Synergy Spanish Package?
The Synergy Spanish system is broken down in the three packages: Synergy Light, Synergy Video, and Synergy Video Plus CDs. With the Synergy Light Package, you get:
- 68 Online Audio Lessons (Instant Download)
- The Synergy App for Android & Apple Devices (Instant Download)
- The Synergy Spanish Fast Start Guide (Instant Download)
If you upgrade to the Synergy Video package, you get all of the above and also:
- 68 Online Video Lessons (Instant Download)
- 90 Days of Email Coaching
If you upgrade to the Synergy Video Plus CDs package, you get all of the above five items, and also the CD version of the 68 audio lessons (on 12 CDs) plus a printed version of the Fast Start Action Guide. With the instant download of the audio lessons, you can either listen to the lessons on your computer, download them to your iPod, MP3 player, tablet, or phone, or burn them to CDs. This way, you can listen to them at your leisure while you’re in your car, riding the bus or subway, jogging, or shopping in the grocery store.
What Sections Does the Spanish Course Contain?
The Synergy Spanish course is divided in five sections:
- Talking About Yourself
- Dialogue Building
- Brick and Mortar Spanish
- Extending Your Conversational Ability
- Narration Skills
Talking About Yourself: To get you started and comfortable using a Spanish vocabulary, you’ll start off learning some simple phrases for introducing yourself to others. In this section, you’re already building the foundation of words and sentences that will get you through the rest of the course.
Dialogue Building: In this second section, you’ll learn how to speak comfortably with one other person and make some basic small talk. You’ll expand on the vocabulary you learned in the first part. The key to this section are the Sentence Starters and Sentence Builders you’ll learn. Forget this old, clunky way of learning parts of speech and conjugating verbs that may have turned you off in high school; this is holistic language learning that really gets to the heart of communicating with others.
Brick and Mortar Spanish: In this third section, you’ll expand your Spanish vocabulary so that you have a wider range of things to talk about. You already learned how to start sentences to share with others and seek information; this part will help you become familiar with a wider vocabulary. By the end of this section, you’re halfway through the course and already comfortable speaking in whole sentences. You’re beginning to think in Spanish and express yourself out loud.
Extending Your Conversational Ability: You’ve becoming used to talking one-on-one in Spanish about a wide range of topics; now it’s time to expand your skills so that you can address larger groups. This section teaches you how to be confident when talking to groups of two or more people at a time. After completing this section, you should feel as though you’re able to use conversational Spanish in the workplace.
Narration Skills: As the final step in the process, you’ll learn how to fluently discuss any subject as if you were narrating the action for a camera.
If all of this seems to you like a straightforward, intuitive way to learn the Spanish language, then Synergy Spanish is the right language-learning course for you. There’s nothing to be afraid of; the lessons aren’t difficult and intimidating. In no time you’ll be able to dive right in and start expressing your thoughts and feelings in understandable Spanish.
How Does the Fast Start Guide Work?
No matter which level of the Synergy Spanish program you choose, your package will include the Fast Start Guide, either in an e-book version or in the print version. This guide gives you a visual reference for the Synergy Verbs and the Brick and Mortar Words, so basically, this is all the vocabulary you’ll need to complete the course successfully. In addition to hearing the words in the audio version, you can look at the Fast Start Guide to give you clues about how the words are spelled so you know you’re pronouncing them correctly. (Spanish has fewer vowel sounds than English does, so sight pronunciation is an easier task in Spanish than it is in English.)
Also included in the Fast Start Guide are:
- 22 Spanish Multipliers That Make Conversation Easier
- Accuracy Pointers to Help Eliminate Bad Habits
- How to Avoid the Simple Mistake Language Students Often Make
- How to Make a Good First Impression
- How to Maximize Your Spanish Vocabulary
- Learning Faster with Less Effort
- Simple Sentence Builders
- Simple Sentence Starters
- The Memory Technique for Spanish Learning Success
- What to Focus On When Beginning to Learn Spanish
- Why Being Bold Is More Important Than Being Perfect
- Why You Shouldn’t Focus on Minor Grammar Points
With that, you can easily see how you can overcome any mental obstacles you may have to starting to learn Spanish. This Fast Start Guide is a helpful part of the system that helps you learn the language quickly without feeling embarrassed or ashamed to talk to native speakers. And as soon as you start being able to converse with native speakers, you’ll begin to feel confident in your ability to learn and speak Spanish.
Learning Spanish may seem like an intimidating challenge, but Marcus Santamaria has designed Synergy Spanish so it doesn’t have to be a baffling ordeal. Using Santamaria’s tip, tricks, and techniques, users of this audio and book course can go from zero ability to speak Spanish to having Spanish-language conversations with a native speaker in only a matter of days. Those who need to learn Spanish for their jobs, who volunteer with Spanish speakers, live in neighborhoods with a lot of Spanish speakers, are planning to live in or travel to a Spanish-speaking country, or just want to improve their language skills in general can learn to dive into the Castilian Spanish language quickly without fear.
Is it really possible to learn Spanish in a course of five lessons using only 138 words? Well, you may not be able to pick up a copy of Don Quixote in the original archaic Spanish and read it from cover to cover with no problems, but you’ll at least be able to communicate comfortably with the average people you’re likely to run into on a daily basis. You’ll be able to hail a taxi cab, order food in a restaurant, and have a polite conversation with a stranger. For many people, this will be all the Spanish they’ll ever need to know.
For those who want more advanced Spanish lessons, Marcus Santamaria does have other programs on his Synergy Spanish website for deepening your language learning and expanding your vocabulary. If you’re bored by learning word order and conjugating verbs, then other “quick” Spanish programs might be too much of a turn-off to motivate you to learn. You’re an ideal candidate to learn from Synergy Spanish if you’re serious about learning to use a decent Spanish vocabulary quickly.