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  1. Ron
    4 years ago

    Simply brilliant. .. gives us gringos a chance to not sound like idiots. Gracious

  2. Maxine P
    4 years ago

    I am impressed with the method used as i always felt compelled to know beforehand the various conjugations before i can really speak the language.
    I definitely have an interest in learning more through this method you have employed.
    Bien hecho

  3. Alex
    4 years ago

    so far so good

  4. ann
    4 years ago

    I know masses of Spanish yet seem to have trouble bringing it out of my mouth your audio has made this easy for me to do. I never understand a Spanish speaker even if they talk slower for me do you have any advise for that?

  5. j dwyer
    4 years ago

    Thanks….wish I had known your technique when I moved to Guatemala! Gracias, j

  6. Cari-Lee
    4 years ago

    I am looking forward to my lessons! Thank you for this resource.

  7. patrick
    4 years ago

    Hi Marcus and Ava
    I have to say that I did have some BASIC knowledge of Spanish prior to taking-up the Shortcut to Spanish Level 1 Course which I have just completed and I am going back over it to ensure it has penetrated the grey matter sufficiently before moving on. I have found it a very good base on which to build and I really appreciate ALL the helpful extra audios that you send.Each one somehow seems to be adding a new layer to what I am learning and ALREADY several people have commented on how well I am NOW conversing and at 64 years of age that’s no mean feat.Thanks. Patrick

  8. John Canty
    4 years ago

    You’ve taken away my mental crutch in what little Spanish I speak: I have been using “yo” as people speaking English answer questions with:”Well,” or “AAhh” before saying anything meaningful. It gives me a split second to get my thoughts in order, so that the words come out in proper sequence. Whenever I use it I know it’s superflous…but gimme a break, I’m from Boston.

    John Canty

    Marcus Reply:

    Native Spanish speakers often use este while they gather their thoughts.

  9. BGBlake
    4 years ago

    En Linea is the worse and most difficult online course I have ever taken! I am so frustrated with trying to learn spanish that I could care less if I ever ledarn it or NOT anymore!

  10. elegbusi mary
    4 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    Being taught Spanish by you is a great and tremendous relief. After only a month of tutoring by you, my knowledge of the language astonish those that have been trying fruitlessly for years. Your lessons give one the confidence to learn and not feel stupid.

    Thanks a lot

  11. b
    4 years ago

    Hi Marcus,
    I am not sure where to start. I know a few words but every time I need to make a conversation it seems the words just do not come.They just flew out of my mind into space. I forget them as fast as I have learnt them. My goal is to be able to learn spanish and talk to a special friend in Cuba if I ever meet him again one day. I know this will really surprise him because I could not make one word out of what he was explaining to me when we met that first night. I left this beautiful country full of sadness for not been able to communicate, something I am so good at. I love people and I love to talk.
    So please let me know where to start and if I will be able to understand spanish or communicate in a year from today. I would love to buy your CDs or whatever you have that can help me but I am still unsure about everything. However I think if you direct me to the proper one that will help me I will be ready to buy it and hopefully one day will write to you and inform you what I have achieved.
    I will prefer you do not publish my name if ever you decide to put my story out.
    Thank you in advance for your time and thanks a lot for the little bit and pieces you keep sending me.

  12. Charlie
    4 years ago

    Just started Learning Spanish – was ploughing through verb tables when I came across your website.
    Great concept – feels like a natural way to learn and instills confidence from the start – well done!

  13. katharine scott
    4 years ago

    I think that this is a great way to learn Spanish….well done!
    I have purchased The Bola De Nieve and just love it!
    Thanks 🙂 .

  14. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    This is the easiest way to learn. thanx

  15. Rose
    5 years ago

    Just tried for the first time your Sideways Spanish Audio, makes me think faster and use with more confidence. Thanks for the encouragement.

  16. John Briggs
    5 years ago

    Did Spanish at nightschool but find that this is much easier to understand. I visit Spain every year and get by quite well, the Spanish appreciate that I am trying to speak their language and so if I make errors they are most helpful. I am now 72yrs of age and find that this approach by your good self is very helpful, thank you.

  17. Mia
    5 years ago

    Enjoyed the sample sideways Spanish audio. Review for me but simplified learning for my husband. We do most of our studying Spanish in winter months when we are in Costa Rica.

  18. lindy
    5 years ago

    This makes sooo much more sense!! WHY wasn’t I doing this years ago?? I’ve lived in Mexico for 4 years and still bomb on verbs, but this could be a saviour! 🙂

  19. dave chesney
    5 years ago


  20. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Excellent, really helpful

  21. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    i learned i speak to him le hablo and remembered it, which i did not do with gramma books, and i have been trying for a few years, just words, anne clark

  22. Sandra Spiteri
    5 years ago

    Such a good idea love the way you teach Spanish I talked more Spanish more than I did all year in class and learned nothing like you said you pass the test bug still having to think about 60 million words to come up with a sentence I live the system toh used how much is it to buy a program so I can do it on the computer please , thank you

  23. Wanda Murray
    5 years ago

    I’m going to Nicaragua next week and here Iam trying to cram a little Spanish into my brain. Ioved your teaching method!

  24. helen
    5 years ago

    muchas gracias. this is so good and i can’t belive its free. i can’t spell so trying to learn just writing and reading is hard. this is easy. helen

  25. marian corvan
    5 years ago

    The verb sideways is excellent—& the audio is such a bonus

  26. Maria van Lieshout
    5 years ago

    This is a very helpful way of coming to grips with getting a reasonable sentence together.

    Well done


  27. Thomas
    5 years ago

    I can’t believe in this day and age how much free material you give away…Thank you for your efforts to help those of us that have low self efficacy when it comes to learning the spanish langauge

  28. Kim Webster
    5 years ago

    Thank you Marcus….I find your free e.mails and audio lessons very very useful.
    I will buy your courses when I can
    Thanks Kim

  29. Andrea
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,
    I am now working on your course Shortcut to Spanish, and I love it! You are the best Spanish teacher I found that makes Spanish all come together easy.

  30. Devalcin
    5 years ago

    Pretty simple techniques to speak spanish. Amazing how it’s so easy.

  31. Barbara
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I lived in Spain for 15 years but never really got to grips with the language. I now live in England but your approach to the Spanish language has made me determined master it. I really enjoy the lessons and feel that at last I am making progress. Incidentally I am 78 years old.

  32. james wingard
    5 years ago

    Hola, senor (excuse me but I can’t spell your name without looking at it in print”
    I want to say santorium but I know that is incorrect.)
    I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate all the good stuff you have sent to me via
    E-mail; audios and lessons on spanish. I appreciate especially the audios; I record
    them on a little recorder (using cassetes) and then play them back over and over
    until I learn the words. Acutally, I memorize them so I won’t forget them. Then I
    can form other sentences with what I learned from you. I feel guilty because I haven’t
    bought anything from you. I am retired and on a fixed income, but I feel compelled to
    send you some money for one of your products. Maybe I will, but until I do, please
    continue sending the audios. Thank you very much. James wingard
    I would put some of this in” Espanol” but I can’t spell in Spanish either; it would take
    me all night just to write these short sentences. Actually, I can speak a little spanish,
    but I don’t have much change to practice what I know. And without practice, I soon
    become rusty and then forget some or all of it. I have copied a lot of material from your
    many e-mails and study it when I have time. I am an accountant(retired) (retirado) and
    still do some work (I like to use “ubilado” instead of “retirado”)
    at home to help out with the finances, if you know what I mean. I tell people I come in
    contact with about you and your website, so, I feel I am helping in that regard.
    Adios, Y muchas grasias; hasta luego!

  33. Raylene
    5 years ago

    Pienso que es mas facil “sideways spanish”.


  34. Tania Mc creath
    5 years ago

    Dear Marcus,
    I have recently purchased Three courses from you. Synergy Spanish and shortcut to Spanish informal deluxe 1 and two, In the last Month.
    I find your teaching methods so refreshing and easy to learn. After almost ten years of living around many coastal areas of Spain and now Latin America. taking many endless courses, books and private lessons with no success, i was at the brink of giving up and failure for the last time. No matter how much time i studied, practiced or wrote in Spanish i could not seem to put a conversation together face to face.
    Your courses have given me the confidence i lacked for so many years and have helped build that bridge back to interacting with my friends here Latin America.
    I can not Thank You Enough for making this course so enjoyable, easy to listen to and comprehend. It is so incredible that i am now starting to win the war on this language…. I still have a long way to go….but for the first time in many years i feel the confidence to move forward enjoying absolutely every lesson… Learning has never been so enjoyable or easy for me i can’t There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to you and this course… my only regret is that i didn’t find your courses all those years ago. Life would have been so much easier back then.
    I am a firm believer in Better Late Than Never… and i am only to happy to sing your praises to anyone who asks me about your courses.

    I do however have another request…. as i think it would be a natural for you in the way that you teach…
    Do you teach English also?
    My husband and I along with our teenage children donate our time here in Costa Rica to the local students that want to learn English. We have had some fabulous results, but i must say an English course from you we would buy for all our students and friends that want to learn English. I can’t think of a nicer gift for us all to share….
    muy agradecido Tania McCreath.

    Marcus Reply:


    Thanks for that great feedback. Helping people make sense of Spanish when they have struggled with the language is what i do best. It always makes my day when I get this type of comment, thanks again.

    At the moment I am still busy creating more Spanish lessons. I do want to create a program for teaching English, I’m just not sure when it will happen.



  35. Gus Kiobge
    5 years ago

    I totally appreciate your enthusiasm in which you promote your Spanish Program, eventhough
    I have not quite understood how it really works, but I certainly will order it shortly.
    One thing, for example, you mentioned y is always dad. Though, expiry is calucidad and
    I cannot see any related word for said English expression. A burning quesion, how will
    you teach the past and future tense?

    con respetos


    Marcus Reply:

    I’ send a lot of samples so you’ll soon understand the process.

    The pattern I recommended is actually to change English words that end in – ity – to – idad, in Spanish. It works not all the time, but about 95% of the time.
    University = Universidad, Hospitality = Hospitalidad, Eternity = Eternidad.

  36. chris
    5 years ago

    This has lifted a veil from my brain,sooo simple yet sooo effective. Thank you

  37. Cazzie
    5 years ago

    I am slightly Dislexic and find working from a book really hard i am enjoying your course very much and enjoying learning

  38. sanjay
    5 years ago

    i thought it was a excellent way to learn spanish

  39. Linda Bawden
    5 years ago

    I have been teaching myself Spanish for a few years but although I can read it quite well I have problems speaking and understanding what is spoken to me because I live quite a secluded life and so I rarely get the opportunity to practise. Your audio lessons are very well structured. I appreciate this as an ex teacher. They encourage me to speak aloud and increase my confidence. Thank you.

  40. Wayne
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    Your method of teaching spanish is the most effective I have encountered. I have gone through the 25 lessons and in two months I could use all the patterns in the lessons. Keep up the good work.

    Gracias por la atencion

    Saludos de Wayne

  41. chizuko Blasingame
    5 years ago

    Hi; Marcus,

    Thank you for your patience and encouragement. You are very good teacher.

    I alway learn from your site.

  42. chizuko Blasingame
    5 years ago

    Thank you for your help usted es muy bien mastro.

  43. frances
    5 years ago

    Have completed Bola de nieve and recommend it. Thanks Marcos. I hope you are living with your son

  44. Hugh Barnwell
    5 years ago

    I appreciate your effort to simplify Spanish. The focus on similarities is very helpful. I use your lessons in conjunction with Rosetta Stone and Rosetta Stone benefits because of the tutorial aspects of your approach. I, personally, benefit when given a reason as to why something is as it is. Keep up the good work.

  45. Cazzie
    5 years ago

    I am slightly Dislexic and find your way of teaching so good i am so pleased that i bought your course i enjoy learning thank you

  46. eleanor quinn
    5 years ago

    good idea. my husband is even getting interested and he has tried several night classes with not much progress

  47. Ben
    5 years ago

    Do you have a course which deals specificially with conjugations for tenses other than present? I have present down just fine but have had a block for years in learning the other ones. Really hoping 🙂

    Marcus Reply:


    A part Bola de Nieve called Advanced Concepts makes it easy to speak about the past and future.



  48. Susan Dunn
    5 years ago

    Thanks for these 🙂

  49. Anonymous
    5 years ago

    i thought it was a excellent way to learn spanish

  50. Anonymous
    5 years ago


  51. Kathy Drinning
    5 years ago

    Are there only 2 sideways audios? I can’t find anymore and the first 2 are great.

    admin Reply:

    There are 3, the third is here:

  52. Diana
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    I am just learning Spanish but, feel I need a book to follow along with. The volume was low on

    the audio. Is it any louder on the rest of the audio”s?

    –Thanks Diana

  53. Shane Isaacson
    6 years ago

    It has only taken me months to happen across your site. Perhaps I was motivated to keep on searching because my second semester Spanish is taught by someone with an Asian accent that I cannot understand most of the time.Just having finished your first audio, I find the exercises to be exceptional and the system of approach original.

  54. Jacci
    6 years ago

    At last I have found the patterns I have been looking for. This is the way I teach English but of course you need to know the language to find the patterns. Thanks so much. I hate taking the long way around when I know there must be a shortcut.

  55. Rachida
    6 years ago

    Hello, I’m really progressing with Marcus
    thanks a lot for all these lessons and tips about Spanish
    Now I can speak Spanish and make coherent sentences though i’m slow
    but I know it’s just a question of time

  56. Martha
    6 years ago

    I love your lessons I only need more time then I would be fluent.

  57. john
    6 years ago

    Hi marcus,
    Thanks for making me feel that at age 65 i might be able to master this at last.With sheets of verbs and tenses i was getting a bit down and have got rid of my Spanish teacher after asking her time and time again to slow down in speaking Spanish to me like i was a native and giving me A-level papers telling me what to do in Spanish. I only want to have small conversations to start making friends and she seems to be grooming me to talk on Spanish newsnight with Senor Jeremy Paxton.
    Regards John.

  58. Sheila Colwood
    6 years ago

    I thought it was so good. Far better than reading boring charts