Bend it like Santamaria

Bend it like Santamaria

When I was a kid playing soccer in high school I had my glory day.

I took a corner kick


The ball went into the net…

from the corner!

I bent the ball like a David Beckham banana kick.

Then, I was about to take another corner and the coach yelled out “we expect you to do it again Santamaria.”

“You’ve gotta be kidding”

I looked around and all the eyes gazing at me expecting another goal… from a corner.

I ran in took the kick

It headed towards the goal over the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper.


It bounced off the crossbar and out of play.

A great collective groan.

Then lots of pats on the back, “well done you almost did it again”

Everyone thought I was a genius.

Except for me.

I knew all along I was just trying to kick the ball into play.

I had no intention of scoring a goal, or nearly scoring a second one, it was all a complete fluke.

A similar thing happened when I was teaching English in Mexico.

One day in a management meeting, my student Santos stood up and expressed his ideas articulately in English with force and presence.

He stunned the room because nobody had heard him say a word of English before and here he was holding court.

When they asked him what happened Santos sang my praises, “I have a wonderful teacher.”

The director of human resources thought I had superpowers to take him from zero to hero in such a short time.

While I soaked up the glory, I also played it down.

Santos was a great student. He followed the same step-by-step system that I taught all my students.

You too can speak Spanish that will surprise and inspire your friends.

This system works even for those who have tried other Spanish courses before without results.

The Spanish in my series of free lessons “Spanish passion unity and friendship” is a great example of how anyone can speak impressive Spanish.

It starts you out speaking easily.

Then it just continues in a series of steps that make sense and you end up speaking flowing Spanish. You even use the subjunctive mood.

If you missed the first videos in this series you’ll find them on the blog posts below.

Spanish Passion, Unity, and Friendship – parte uno

Spanish Passion, Unity, and Friendship – parte dos

When you put those lessons together with the two videos below, you end up speaking very articulate and highly impressive Spanish.

And I don’t want any credit for how great your Spanish will sound.

Put in the effort, follow the steps and enjoy your rewards.

Even if you have failed to speak Spanish after taking other courses.

Spanish Passion Unity and Friendship Lesson 3 – Part 1

Part 2 is directly below this video

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Click here to download audio version.

Spanish Passion Unity and Friendship Lesson 3 – Part 2

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Leave A Reply (23 comments so far)

  1. Jim Huriwai
    10 months ago

    Thank you Marcos, I find your lessons are very good. What I need to do is make a routine commitment to going through them as I only do them now and then. But I can see if you are more committed to doing one lesson a night then you will be talking Espanol . Gracius.

  2. Shannon Bax
    10 months ago

    Gracias por la leccion!!!! It was really fun and exciting to learn it!!!!

  3. Marcia
    11 months ago

    Part 3 was excellent and reminded me of I I had learned in 1 & 2…and forgotten! AUNQUE—-Although!!!!!

  4. Fredericka
    11 months ago

    Another enjoyable – thank you


  5. julia
    11 months ago

    No soy fanatico del futbol pero soy fanatico del sus lectiones. Cada vez apprendo un poco mas.
    You make the Spanish to feel easy to learn and the repetitions helps the fluency.
    I wait for your series on music. Thank you very much.

  6. Richard Lane
    11 months ago

    Aun más fantástíco que el último!

  7. Judy
    11 months ago

    Thank you for this series. It came at such a great time and I was able to use the new vocabulary with friends and others. I was able to commiserate with a local at the Guadalajara Costco over Mexico’s devastating loss (0-7). Next, I’ll be able to talk about the Broncos when the NFL starts
    it’s Pre Season games in August. You are very generous with your knowledge. Thank you for
    your videos. They are wonderful.

  8. Neil
    11 months ago

    Love this! What a great match in the Euro final! Tengo una buena Amiga de Portugal que vive en Barcelona. Ella es muy feliz hoy!

  9. Turid
    11 months ago

    Thank you. I think the repetions are very important to stimulate the memory.

  10. marit
    11 months ago

    hola Marcus, me encanta escuchar sus videos.Cada vez aprendo un poco mas. muchos gracias.Marit

  11. Ramsay
    11 months ago

    Lo siento por i bad espanol. Pero mi gusta los videos porque puedo read & eschar at the same time

  12. Sandra
    11 months ago

    Muchas gracias por sus lecciones. Que un amigo bueno. Tengo que aprender mucho de usted.

  13. Ivan
    11 months ago

    Lo disfruté mucho. Especialmente el uso del verbo ganar en el subjuntivo.

  14. piero ferrau
    11 months ago

    Gracias Marcus.saludos

  15. Ann Quinn
    11 months ago

    Muchas gracia Marcus

    Your lesions are very helpful to somebody like me who needs repetition .


  16. Bill Howe
    11 months ago

    hola Marcus,
    Muchas gracias por sus lecciones, excelente, cuando regrese a Mexico en Agosto, para seis Semanas. Seguire estudiando mi Espanol.


  17. John Ring
    11 months ago

    I enjoy your techniques,makes learning Spanish possible.

  18. Martin Raymonde
    11 months ago

    Hi Marcus

    I really enjoyed the latest lessons,it makes learning fun .Keep up the good work,well done once again.

  19. martin
    11 months ago

    Excellent as usual Marcus, keep them coming!

  20. jill
    11 months ago

    tricky but very good. Gracias.

  21. Mike
    11 months ago

    Muchas gracias y ahora tengo que ver el partido Gales v Portugal!

  22. Irene
    11 months ago

    Muchas gracias Señor Marcus,
    Aunque no soy fanatica del fútbol, he aprendido con este lección y viva la repetitión !
    Hasta pronto.