Why Spanish verb charts cause failure

Here’s the easy road to Spanish verb mastery.

I call this the Sideways Approach. It’s a tiny twist that takes difficult Spanish verbs and makes them simple.

In Spanish the verbs are not the same as in English. For most students this grinds their Spanish to a screeching halt.

Here’s how to shortcut all the intimidating grammar rules and slice through the conjugation charts.

With a simple sideways turn to the verbs anyone can dominate this language no matter their age or background.

Here is a typical verb chart:

Ar verbs Er Verbs IR verbs
hablar comer vivir
yo hablo yo como yo vivo
tú hablas tú comes tú vives
usted habla usted come usted vive
él/ella habla él/ella come él/ella vive
nosotros(as)hablamos nosotros(as)comemos nosotros(as)vivimos
ustedes hablan ustedes comen ustedes viven
ellos(as)hablan ellos(as)comen ellos(as)viven

I guess it’s OK as a reference tool. Except for the overuse of pronouns, especially yo. I’ll tell you why yo is so bad en un momento.

However, that chart as a foundation to speaking Spanish in real situations, making friends, doing business or pursuing a romance…

Olvídalo! (Forget it!)

Here’s what’s wrong…

If you rely on the chart you’ll always be at the mercy of the chart before you can speak.

Imagine if you had to stop and think about theory before you spoke in English.

…………..…Imagine if……………………………………………………….. you had………………to stop and………………………………….think about a bunch of theory before……………………………………………you spoke in English

That’s how most teachers train you to speak Spanish.

It’s no wonder the majority of students struggle, month after month… and many give up before they reach anything close to fluency.

Fortunately there is an easier way.

All you do is turn the verbs sideways.

Let’s turn the chart sideways and take a look at the first person pattern. That’s the one you use to talk about what you do.

yo hablo
yo como
yo vivo

Now lets get rid of the pronoun yo. Spanish speakers mostly use yo for emphasis. Do you really want to go around emphasizing yourself?

(yo, yo, yo, I, I, I, me, me, me) It’s not a good look. (It’s all about me!)

So let’s ditch yo.

Hablo
Como
Vivo

Notice anything?

Let’s make it a bit easier.

HablO
ComO
VivO

Look at that!

All the first person verbs above end in then letter “O”

Hablo = I speak

Como = I eat

Vivo = I live

All of a sudden something big and intimidating becomes an easy and manageable pattern. Can you understand these phrases?

Hablo español con mi amigo Francisco.

No como chile.

Vivo en Argentina.

Hablo con muchas personas en Facebook.

Vivo en México pero no como chile.

It’s that easy to bring life to Spanish verbs.

The exciting thing is it doesn’t take many of these sideways patterns to start speaking great Spanish.

Get a handful of them under your belt and the language will suddenly open up for you. You’ll quickly speak Spanish that delights your amigos.

One more very important point…

Even though we eliminated the fear of verbs, just reading this lesson can be a bit dry and dull.

Hearing and using the language is when things become vibrant and lively.

That’s why I have prepared this audio lesson for you.

Click the play button below to start your lesson.

 

 

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Leave A Reply (1,050 comments so far)


  1. Anjo Mills
    6 days ago

    This approach really makes sense. I live in Mexico 6 months each year and 6 months in the US. The timing on this first lesson was good. I look forward to more lessons and practice sessions.


  2. Delores
    1 month ago

    Great job! I am enjoying the lesson please keep the audio coming. Thanks


  3. Christine
    2 months ago

    Really good and easy to follow . I love the language but find it hard to learn the verbs this makes it so easy to understand thank you


  4. janet hardwicke
    2 months ago

    Have been trying for a long time I am interested in this


  5. Richard Kastel
    2 months ago

    Clear + Concise +Concentrated=Quality (Learning + Teaching).


  6. Mary Wilson
    2 months ago

    I found your web site whilst looking for a program which gave me conjugations of Spanish verbs. What a find! So helpful and useful.
    Thank you


  7. Mati Balaguer
    2 months ago

    Thank you!! It is very useful! I will try this with my students!!


  8. Lynn W. Petty
    3 months ago

    Unbelievable !! It works like a charm.
    I am building a vocabulary but, I am not sure how to use it. That is until I found you.

    Thanks,

    Lynn


  9. Hilary Lowry
    3 months ago

    I’ve been struggling with verbs, this is very useful.


  10. Lisa Quirk
    3 months ago

    I was always looking for a way to move away from “The Chart” method of teaching verbs but I struggled with organizing a different approach and documentation to back it up.
    Thank you. I have already shared it with my colleagues. I will use it today in my Spanish 1 and 2 lessons because it is new to one level 1 students and my level 2 students struggles with going through the chart everytime they want to speak.
    I plan to get rid of my charts and design a new visual in an effort to improve speaking proficiency.
    Thank you for the affirmation.
    Lisa


  11. Bill Kelley
    3 months ago

    I enjoy your system and you take the fear out of learning. Thank you


  12. Michelle
    3 months ago

    I click on the audio button and the audio “strip” shows up and then disappears immediately so I cannot play the audio.


  13. Vince HANLEY
    3 months ago

    Very nicely done.

    I enjoyed learning from Spanish .ca and got a great in learning Spanish,

    Thank You


  14. Gail Young
    3 months ago

    Loved it. Very easy to understand!


  15. Ms S Bowman
    4 months ago

    Very encouraging, I’ve been struggling with verb tenses. I never did advanced English so all the fancy terminology leaves me feeling stupid.


  16. clubrec@hotmail,com
    4 months ago

    buen por birde,,,


  17. leslaw
    4 months ago

    i hope ill live very long and learn some spanish.


  18. Vicki
    4 months ago

    Terrific! I’m excited about speaking Spanish using your system.


  19. Pete Lockitt
    4 months ago

    Great tips and a real confidence booster for my attempts at speaking Spanish. Thanks.


  20. Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Awesome, thank you


  21. Simon
    4 months ago

    This has given me hope,excellent thank you
    Simon


  22. Simon
    4 months ago

    This has given me hope,excellent
    ,thank you


  23. Jeanie Looney
    4 months ago

    I appreciate the clarity of your teaching the clear pronounciation of Elena. Little by little I am GETTING IT. Thanks. Jeanie


  24. Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Very interesting. Just as I was about to give up on the language you gave me hope.


  25. Helen Banister-Clwo
    4 months ago

    I felt like a rock had been lifted off my head after just and only reading the above.


  26. Anonymous
    5 months ago

    i couldn’t get your audio lesson to work


  27. Rich koerner
    5 months ago

    Keep coming


  28. Sblack
    5 months ago

    Learned more in 10 minutes than I have in the last 4 months!!!


  29. Santosh
    5 months ago

    No need for self-flagellation.
    Very well put-together lesson.
    Spanish made easy
    Thanks Marcus


  30. chris
    5 months ago

    thought the introduction was very useful


  31. Carina
    5 months ago

    You dont talk about the past tenses and rhey are much more difficult because there are so many of them. So you make it SEEM EASY, but it isnt. Even the Spanish people of the village where I live dont speak proper spanish AND dialect so that they are difficult to be understood and a conversation is still very difficult.


  32. Dell
    5 months ago

    I love the Simplicity of this. I had been very discouraged until I found this. Now I feel there’s hope for me to complete my goal of learning conversational Spanish.


  33. Christine
    5 months ago

    I am so looking forward to learning about verbs. I have great difficulty with the past and future tense. For the first couple of years living here in G.C. I always used to say ” tengo un coche dos años pasada.
    Regards Chris 🤗


  34. marlene winters
    5 months ago

    I enjoy refreshing my Spanish con usted!


  35. Jorge Moreno
    5 months ago

    Es agradable oir a alguien enseñar español con propiedad, son Ustedes buenos maestros y muy hábiles con el manejo del lenguaje. ¡ Toma muchos años aprender un lenguaje en profundidad aún el propio! Felicidades


  36. kathe Andress
    5 months ago

    I come every year for a few month to Spain and I do not speak spanish…terrible handicap


  37. Anne
    5 months ago

    Excellent! I also was using Duolingo but find this more useful. Thank you


  38. tom jennings
    5 months ago

    wonderful


  39. Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Lesson is simple and easy to remember.
    Gracias.


  40. Linda
    5 months ago

    This is very interesting….I’ve been doing DUOLINGO for quite sometime….and like it…but this is really a great idea!~ THANKS!
    Linda


  41. alan
    5 months ago

    Gracias. Hablo bien.

    The lesson makes learning a joy.


  42. Therese Lang
    6 months ago

    Very easy..Very enjoyable and lots of FUN.


  43. suzie pearson
    6 months ago

    thanks i may even learn now its simpler to remember.


  44. Kathy
    6 months ago

    Have clicked on the play button as suggested but no audio lesson is being transmitted. I have been going to Spanish lessons for 18 months and have learned many verbs but still lack confidence with the spoken language. Currently living in Spain, being able to master the language would be a great asset


  45. Susan
    6 months ago

    Think your lessons are amazing. Plz continue the great work. I only have access to thus via my iPhone. Wish I great an opportunity soon u upgrade myself and learn more. But so far. Gracias!


  46. dottie barfuss
    6 months ago

    I TRULY ENJOYED THE LESSON. THANKS VERY MUCH.


  47. Stephen
    6 months ago

    Sounds more normal interesting would like to see more


  48. Brian French
    6 months ago

    Marcus is passionate about bringing the language he so obviously loves to all who show an interest in learning Spanish. The hallmark of a great teacher.


  49. Shirley Jane robinson
    7 months ago

    Excellent. Very helpful. Easy to understand


  50. Feteshteh Moon
    7 months ago

    Dear sir, I really enjoyed the sideways teaching. I have recently moved to Spain.
    I have started taking lessons. You are so right, verbs are a nightmare. I have a small knowledge
    Of Spanish, but my teacher is although quite good, I am at times tota,lying, lost. So another way of
    Studying will be beneficial. I am so looking good forward to getting more of your teaching.
    So if you could show how to use the tenes in an easier way that would be great. Looking
    Forward to your response….


  51. rozi
    7 months ago

    Me gusta mucho


  52. Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Very very good . Mucho mucho bien. Gracias


  53. Barbara Collington
    7 months ago

    Yes I enjoyed this. Thank you for your help.


  54. Chinh Arima
    8 months ago

    Listening to your first lesson. I told myself , It is NOT to hard to learn Spanish. Especially those sideways verbs, and the completed conversation.’Thank you very much. Muchas gracias!

    Please continue to help us.


  55. Helen
    8 months ago

    Hola,
    I have been using synergy Spanish for the past year and now we are living in Spain and it is the most useful learning tool. I have recommended the audio tapes to several people in my Spanish class. Love this approach to verbs.

    Mucho gracias,

    Helen


  56. Jude
    8 months ago

    I find this helpful but couldn’t keep up with the phrases. If I could concentrate on on word at a time until I had it perfected I think I would be more successful.


  57. Jeanie Looney
    8 months ago

    I think I may actually be able to learn Spanish from your site. It is important that I learn it as quickly as possible for I am working in Community Center that serves a lot of Spanish speaking people. Thanks for making it possible for me to be able to serve them more efficiently.


  58. LARRY RITCHIE
    8 months ago

    Is there a given order in which we take these lessons?

    Marcus Reply:

    Synergy Spanish is the first level.

    http://synergyspanish.com/course_page.htm

    And that is followed by Bola de Nieve:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/sidewaysfluency.html


  59. Audrey
    8 months ago

    I have only just just looked into this course, so early days. However, I am already impressed in the way it is set out ,the valuable information given and the way it makes you feel that you can achieve your goal. I am looking forward rather than stressing over learning Spanish.


  60. Vicky Lytle
    8 months ago

    I really like the way you turn a few words into complete sentences. Very impressive.


  61. Franco
    8 months ago

    was a great and very practical lesson


  62. Lewis Brandreth
    8 months ago

    Hello! This is the most helpful thing I’ve ever seen. The only problem is I had to break my head off to look at the chart sideways. From YO AMIGO


  63. Lynne coyne
    9 months ago

    Very g


  64. WilliamFlib
    9 months ago

    I loved your article post. Really Great.


  65. Ellen
    9 months ago

    Mil gracias Marcus, your first audio is perfect and just the right pace and attitude


  66. Luis
    9 months ago

    Oh my GAWD!!!!!!!! You are right. I am a native Spanish speaker, and I have never realised that fact about the “o” ending. I have thought of as many verbs as possible and they all follow the pattern: escribo, leo, visito, corro, camino, veo, respiro, copio and it is even valid for those borrowed verbs we use: faxeo, escaneo, hospitalizo, aplico. Excellent point. Greetings from Mexico City.


  67. Kevin Hinds
    9 months ago

    I embrace your learning process and have begun a renewed appreciation for wanting to learn Spanish.

    Great site!!


  68. laewah cabrestante
    9 months ago

    Hi Marcus,
    Can i download the first lesson untill to the last.i already dowloaded the first lesson and it was so awesome anyways ☺but the second and other audio and video lessons i cant download it😟..i really love to learn and speak Spanish..
    Thanks.
    God bless you.


  69. Ryan
    9 months ago

    Nothing is happening when I click on Start. It shows the podcast, but clicking on the start arrow, brings me back to the subscribe page.

    Marcus Reply:

    You could also try downloading the lesson from this post:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/free-portable-version-of-sideways-spanish/


  70. Karen Swain
    9 months ago

    Hi Marcus, I share your dislike of grammar lists and yes you keep getting stuck probably with the same set of verbs again and again. Your system works on speaking. Unfortunately, one does need tenses. If you want to talk about what you did at the weekend etc. you sound a bit silly using the present.
    How about some tips – apart from using voy a – for manipulating the past.
    Thanks. Karen


  71. Janet
    9 months ago

    I was able to get the second lesson of sideways spanish for free and it was great! Loved it. But the first one just doesn’t work. My comment is still pending below. Don’t know why the second one works so well and the first one disappears. Thanks. I know you probably are trying to figure it out.

    Marcus Reply:

    You could also try downloading the lesson from this post:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/free-portable-version-of-sideways-spanish/


  72. Janet
    10 months ago

    I clock on the audio and the ability to play it disappears. I don’t understand it. I have written them and asked them about it but have gotten no response.

    I would like these free lessons but it is not happening. I am thinking about taking a lot more of Marcus;s stuff but worry about this. My husband and I have already taken quite a bit of his videos and have gotten good service up to this point.

    Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Marcus Reply:

    You could also try downloading the lesson from this post:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/free-portable-version-of-sideways-spanish/


  73. steve (Estevan)
    10 months ago

    Hi Marcus,
    I really like your approach, the thing is you put is in a way that takes out the confusion and gives the student (me!) confidence in being able to absorb and speak structured sentences straight away, many thanks for the free lesson,
    regards Steve


  74. David
    10 months ago

    Looks great so far!


  75. Barbara Douek
    10 months ago

    I enjoy the audio but would like to see the written word as I am partially deaf and can’t always hear the right pronounciation is it possible to have the written word please. Barbara


  76. Bill
    10 months ago

    This could be just the ticket Thank you


  77. hedy dab
    10 months ago

    This is a good lesson. I’m enjoying it!
    Thank you


  78. George Garner
    10 months ago

    The system appeared logical to assist my learning Spanish, but I did find the tape too fast. Can you somehow slow the tape and the correct response down? I needed more time to answer. I would definitely have to know the cost before trying. I am 62 and have tried school classes and Rosetta Stone software and have had little success. I live in Mexico every winter.


  79. Michael Heuton
    10 months ago

    me gusta mucho


  80. Janet massarin
    10 months ago

    I think this is a good way to learn but could this be used for Italian learning also? They are very similar in many words, would appreciate your opinion


  81. Patricia Holly
    11 months ago

    would be nice to see transcript with audio to see how to spell the word I’m saying.


  82. Sandra knott
    11 months ago

    I thought it was a lot of fun


  83. Phillip Roberts
    11 months ago

    Thank you very helpful breaking the sentences up into parts stays in your brain full marks Phillip


  84. Zoe
    11 months ago

    Oiwould also like to try the whole series


  85. Zoe
    11 months ago

    Like it I could follow it speak and understand More of the same please


  86. Phoebe
    11 months ago

    I’ve just started working in Spain as an Au Pair and started Spanish lessons twice a week, I knew no Spanish what so ever before I came and the Spanish Verbs really frustrate me because I can’t understand them! But this page has helped a lot thank you! Can anyone recommend any other ways that is good to practice Spanish Verbs?


  87. Terry
    11 months ago

    Send me the series I would like to try this.


  88. john almasy
    11 months ago

    So far from what I can tell you’re just trying to help people appreciate what you trying to do in the last couple weeks I have been using duolingo app I’m spending two and a half months in Puerto Rico right now but in the future I’ll be spending every winter here I love it I’m retired 62 years old and I’m ready for adventure


  89. Blas Gibler
    11 months ago

    By the way, for those oldies (I’ll be 68 in a couple of months) who had the benefit of taking Latin and a little bit of Greek during High School in the States, Spanish was not so hard. I speak for my classmates in the US during High School and part of College. My native tongue is Spanish from first years of school in Mexico City. My parents tried to speak English with us at home. My first contact with formal English at school was 5th Grade and then Junior High School, High School and University. English is a Common Language without the strict rules of Romance languages. Examples: if teeth is plural of tooth, and foot is plural of feet, why boot and boots instead of beet?
    Why not telephone beeth? Have a good day! ¡Que tengan un excelente día!


  90. Blas Gibler
    11 months ago

    ¡Felicidades! Por lo poco que he visto, realmente tienen un método sencillo para enseñar los elementos básicos del idioma Español o Castellano. Las reglas son similares a las del Latín. Siendo bilíngüe y traductor e intérprete, aprecio la sencillez que proponen en su método para personas que sólo hablan el Inglés. Saludos.


  91. John Rusen
    11 months ago

    It looks promising.


  92. ronald berry
    11 months ago

    I really learn your lessions faster would like more thank you for sharing your system


  93. Gloria Smith
    11 months ago

    Hi Marcus, many thanks for preparing and sharing this vital information of the three verbs,showing
    how they could be use confidently to form a short cut in speaking Spanish appropriately without over using common personal words. It has been worthwhile putting these into practice when I am Spain but when I am in the UK i lose a bit of my knowledge because of lack of practice. However I do recite sentences and have questions and answers conversation with myself which I find very useful to retain until my next visit to Spain. Please keep the tips coming, they’ve been very useful.

    Regards to you and family

    Gloria Smith.


  94. Patricia
    11 months ago

    very easy learning. However I would like a way to slow it down just a little.


  95. donald
    11 months ago

    muy bien. es and so facil. muchos gracias paraayuda.


  96. Ginny
    11 months ago

    The answer to a prayer!!


  97. anthony dinome
    11 months ago

    very good learning approach. easy


  98. trevor walker
    11 months ago

    you are making learning spanish very easy


  99. Vincent Pestell
    11 months ago

    Have spent endless weeks trying to learn verbs the “traditional”. Thank you for opening my eyes to the simplicity of it all !!!!


  100. Frances Hughes/amember
    12 months ago

    Marcus, I enjoy these lessons. I am a member and I have Bola De Nieve.
    However it’s taken me almost a year and am not finished due to several heart attach’s
    These audio lessons help refresh my memory.
    I’m 73 and enjoy this so much I want to continue receiving these emails. You and Elana
    seem like family now.
    Thank you so very much
    Ms Bughes


  101. jack stoebner
    12 months ago

    Very generous of you to share this information. I am taking Synergy Spanish and learning seems so easy. My problem is not having someone to speak it with on a regular basis which gets me out of the habit. Once I start to study again I always feel so good about all I have learned and realize that what I forgot will come back with very little effort. Thank-you. Jack


  102. Judy Routos
    12 months ago

    This sounds perfect for me as I spend much of my time in Mex.and I speak only bad spanglish! BUT how much does it cost?

    Marcus Reply:

    Details are here:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/sidewaysfluency.html


  103. katie
    12 months ago

    I like this a lot! sign me up. maybe there is still hope for this 78-yr old! katie


  104. Jeffrey Belman
    12 months ago

    This approach is great,but we are going to have to face the future,conditional,imperfect and pluperfect tenses at some point plus the subjunctive. I assume that you use a similar method with those tenses and moods.I agree that no one can handle all these in one go.


  105. Longinia Sauro
    12 months ago

    I found this approach excellent. Thank you.


  106. Saba
    12 months ago

    Nice.i like the audio


  107. Keith
    12 months ago

    I am learning grammar but at my age (71) I just need to be able to communicate. Your tutorial on advert helps. Can you assist me further. Oh, I have bad memory which does not help vivi Cantabria y mi espousal es maestra en ninos escuela.


  108. edward jansen
    1 year ago

    Buenas días Marcus,

    Me gusta su programa mucho!

    No entiendo porque usted no utilize, en la conjuación del verbos, el tercero multiple: vosotros.

    Saludos cordiales,

    Edward Jansen


  109. Shirley
    1 year ago

    Excellent


  110. Graham Sutton
    1 year ago

    I have just purchast your SYNERGY SPANISH BOLA DE NIEVE, Initially I started learning Spanish with Micheal Thomas that I found very good ,but your system seem the icing on the cake. I am delighted with the content and will give me many hours of study.
    Thank you ,it has come at the right time.

    Graham Sutton


  111. Alan Fredette
    1 year ago

    I remarried at the age of 64 to a Mexican National who spoke fluent Spanish.as did her three children. As a result because of my age and the fact I was still working plus concern over my ability to learn a language due to struggling to learn French in graduate school, I did not pursue it. It was a bad decision. I have missed out on a lot in many Spanish speaking encounters and I have often been frustrated as a result.

    Marcus Reply:

    My advice is just jump into it and enjoy the ride. We have had lots of students much older than you succeed with Spanish.

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/speaking-spanish-and-running-marathons-at-100-years-old/


  112. elli
    1 year ago

    First lesson really good, found I could keep up ok. Think this is a much better way to learn Spanish.
    Thank you, looking forward to my next lesson.
    Kind regards Elli


  113. Mary Ann
    1 year ago

    Your approach makes a lot of sense. I am taking spanish classes in the traditional sense now so adding your approach is helping me a great deal


  114. Ray
    1 year ago

    Sounds good will have to give it a try not good at remembering words but a few good to better than none blessings


  115. Karen Hinkle
    1 year ago

    I know alot of Spanish words but not how to put them together in a proper sentence. I am hoping this will teach me how and I can converse without hand movements. Wish me luck!


  116. Valerie Bowlen
    1 year ago

    Very interesting approach to learning Spanish. Fairly easy to follow with the little amount of Spanish I already know.


  117. Jack Messina
    1 year ago

    great job. simplified.


  118. Emmerich
    1 year ago

    This looks very promising!


  119. deb
    1 year ago

    i actually think I could learn this.


  120. Duncan Webb
    1 year ago

    Me gusta mucho la lección primero “sideways” pero he terminado todas las lecciones en “Bola Nieve” y esta lección aquí me parece util para estudio antes de que. Mi problema es que olvido muchos de los verbos y los tensos aunque practico mi español todos los dîas por mas que una hora cada día. Piensas de yo deberia solo regreso y a estudiar mas horas Bole Nieve tambien para corrector este problema o trata de una tecnica nuevo por recordondo los verbos?
    Muchas gracias por su consejo por adelantado

    Duncan Webb


  121. Carolynne
    1 year ago

    Thank you, this was very helpful.


  122. Ellen
    1 year ago

    Love these practical lessons. Thanks.


  123. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    I spent the winter months in Mexico and this will for sure reinforce my ability to to speak fluently in Spanish. Thanks I think it is a great idea.


  124. barry browning
    1 year ago

    It loks very promising!


  125. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Very helpful and reinforcing. I’m sure this will get me over the awkwardness of conversing in my friends native tongue.
    Thank you


  126. Geraldine
    1 year ago

    Many thanks for all your help
    Ger


  127. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    What a great idea. I am going to use this principle to help me with past and future tenses.

    Many thanks

    Marianne


  128. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Verb tables went out in language teaching wth the Ark. Do keep up.


  129. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    I like the lesson what to know more spanish ,,thank you


  130. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Very interesting ,,,thank you,


  131. R J Liptrot
    1 year ago

    What a novel way to learn the Spanish language. Simplistic compared to learning cogjugations.
    Enjoyed this first lesson


  132. Dahvita
    1 year ago

    I am truly grateful for this opportunity Mr. Marcus it has helped me a lot first lesson was great it showed me the level of expectation I will be learning next. Muchos Gracias!! Senor. you have some good pointers in your lesson thank you and I also want to thank Eleana for speaking fluently so I could hear the verbs and sentences properly.You have given me so muuuucchh HOPE for upcoming Spanish Examination in June. ( once again thank you both!!!!!!).


  133. joanna jamieson
    1 year ago

    Love this.I am new to spain and struggling with the language. It seems so much simpler like this!! Thankyou!


  134. Joseph
    1 year ago

    So far so good, I’m with you


  135. Paul
    1 year ago

    Planning to subscribe to training the ear as soon as I pick up a prepaid visa card to pay with. Enjoyed your sample lessons mucho. I have studied all ten levels of Living Language courses and fall into the described category – not able to understand at speed. Thank you for the obvious effort you have invested in your teaching method and for pricing the lessons so affordably. Signing up soon/P.C.


  136. Barry Smith
    1 year ago

    I lived in Spain 5 years ago but never grasped how to speak with any flow….just learning words and bits of phrases.This course is so reassuring
    and gives you time to listen and say the words correctly and build a meaningful conversational sentence.By doing this I dont feel self concious or embarassed and it really is a confidence booster.


  137. Margie Ripley
    1 year ago

    This is amazing! Marcus is a genius. I have used Rosetta Stone for over $500 and Duolingo (which is very excellent) but this approach really works. I am so excited and thank Marcus for sharing Try it – you will be amazed also.


  138. wendy
    1 year ago

    So far so good after lesson 2.


  139. priscilla sabatino
    1 year ago

    Ii love the sideway spnish. I. Have been struggling with thesevery things and always thought my
    Age of 71.6 was the reason i could not get to remember ,
    Thank you for the hope ofbeing one day to at leasg be able to converse with my spanish
    Amigas


  140. gina
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much very enjoyable and helpful


  141. Francesco Manca
    1 year ago

    Really enjoyed
    The first lesson
    Hope the rest
    are are as much fun


  142. Teresa
    1 year ago

    This is awesome


  143. Zanzii
    1 year ago

    So i did this for hw and after browsing for AGES i find this, wow 😀


  144. nIki
    1 year ago

    Hello,
    I am just amazed at that one lesson.
    Thankyoy


  145. colin charles
    1 year ago

    sounds very promising would like to hear more


  146. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Very comfortable way to start. It will be interesting to see how it developers.


  147. Pablo
    1 year ago

    Easy learning! Just the way kids do it!


  148. LaRie Pack
    1 year ago

    I have often questioned why yo needed to be added. I love this way of learning/speaking Spanish!

    Muchas gracias!


  149. Barbara Collington
    1 year ago

    I enjoyed it!!!


  150. Kenneth
    1 year ago

    The information seemed to be more understandable and maybe easier to grasp.

    Thank You.


  151. Jane Ramsay
    1 year ago

    Fantastico! Thank you.


  152. June Eguchi
    1 year ago

    Hopefully this will be helpful for me to learn to converse quickly.


  153. Patricia
    1 year ago

    This is helping me speak more fluently and understand more of what I am learning. Using Duolingo


  154. Al Ackley
    1 year ago

    I have been trying to learn basic Spanish via an educational online site. Just as you described, they make me go through several processes just to learn a few things.


  155. Morgan
    1 year ago

    This is amazing! I’ll definitely do a lot better in Spanish now. I like you already!


  156. Alan
    1 year ago

    I am 67 yrs young and moved to Spain 3 years ago and as I am struggling with the language I thought I would give your course a try and have to admit you make it sound easier.


  157. Patricia Anderson
    1 year ago

    Your lessons are always simple, easy to remember and very good! I enjoy each one!!!


  158. mars
    1 year ago

    Hola Marcus,

    Your methodology is very effective. I hope you dont get tired to share your wisdom and knowledge…God bless you and the rest of your family…

    Muchas gracias,

    mars


  159. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Hi! I am open to this new way! Thank you!


  160. Aqil Ahmed
    1 year ago

    Hi Marcus!

    Very impressive! and your approach is very very creative…
    Enjoying a lot…

    Thanks,

    Aqil


  161. afsun
    1 year ago

    hello I like your methode and engoy your teaching . I am German teacher in Iran Ican not order your package .we can not use master card or visa card in Iran


  162. Anonymous
    1 year ago

    marcus, hello I like your methode and enjoy your teachin


  163. Senior Citizen
    1 year ago

    This is very helpful, but it can be a bit too fast for me. Sometimes I find myself using the verb from the previous example while speaking the current example. Years ago I had an audio player that allowed the user to speed up or slow down the delivery of recorded content without the words sounding odd due to the frequency shift. I wonder if the software to create such a variable speed presentation might be available for free somewhere on the net. If such a function could be added, then your creation would be close to perfect…and much easier for me to use.


  164. Liz
    1 year ago

    Enjoy this course, thx


  165. John ring
    1 year ago

    I have to see words to remember them


  166. Judith castillo
    1 year ago

    yo luso estas lrecciones y todas las que puedo pra mejorar mi ingles! Gracias


  167. CC Brooks
    1 year ago

    Marcus,
    I like the audio, but I’m very visual. I’ve got to see the word as it is spoken. So I’m writing notes during the audio, so I don’t forget what I’m trying to say. Don’t know if I should be doing that, pero. tengo a. Gringo Spanish.

    CC


  168. Desmond O'Toole
    1 year ago

    A good way at looking at Spanish in a different light.


  169. Barbara
    1 year ago

    I appreciate the “sideways” approach. It gives me something to practice. Thank you!


  170. Gean
    1 year ago

    I’m 6 weeks into a college Spanish class, and I’m lost. I don’t know when to use ir, er and estar, and the verb conjugations have gotten very complicated. Your method really helped. I hope I can find other lessons.


  171. charles sullivan
    1 year ago

    Hello, my name is Charles. I think that the your synergy Spanish lessons are the very best and most practical way to learn the language. I am grateful to have been led to your courses in speaking Spanish. que Dios los bendigas. Saludos a todos. charles sullivan


  172. Larry
    2 years ago

    Marcus your synergy spanish courses are amazing. I took three years of spanish in college and could only formulate very basic sentences. Now I am able to converse with my friend Maria in her native language. My confidence level rises with each monthly lesson. Thank you.


  173. Dorita
    2 years ago

    Marcus, this is great, and iam anxious to learn Spanish, however, I think im going to have a really hard time due to the accent, but I could be wrong, im a senior citizen and have many Spanish friends, I really would love it if I could even learn to speak a little, Thank you, very interesting, and very impressive! This was a great Audio, Thank you!


  174. Ben
    2 years ago

    Appears to simplify the language


  175. claudia
    2 years ago

    I love anything that can help my students but is the same that verb charts just explained in a different manner.
    Just learn, the preterite, future, present tenses and you will be fine. Unfortunately there are many Indicative tenses and subjuntives (used by Spanish a lot) but if you keep trying and using the language in a fan manner you will learn and move forward.


  176. KENNETH WHYATT
    2 years ago

    You have pronounced Hola. why did you not say ola. that is the correct way of saying it. You could have said! Hola, is pronounced without the H.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, the H is silent on Spanish


  177. Mary Brandt
    2 years ago

    Marcus, just finished the first lesson here and put it into practice at lunch with one of my Spanish speaking companions. It is amazing how even just a few words can facilitate at least a basic conversation with someone. I know I don’t have much time, but could you tell me if the June special
    for $30+ operates the same way as these lessons you have been sending? I’ve already used a brief Espanol intro for a Spanish group that I recently welcomed to our retreat center, and I am trying to become as conversant as possible in preparation for a possible assignment at our mission house in Eagle Pass TX across the border from Piedras Negras. Thanks for your service. It is in fact a real ministry I think.


  178. Brenda Callender
    2 years ago

    Marcus, u have been truely been blessed by God to be able to teach others on how to speak spanish so quickly and easily. Thanks for all the free lessions also. U r a gift to all your students. I appreciate u with all my heart. I ordered your course but I can’t remember my member number to get into mylesson. Please help me. Thank You. Continue sharing the wonderful gift with others. God bless you.


  179. Tere
    2 years ago

    This was good.


  180. Dave Blain
    2 years ago

    I understand a bit better. Osmosis by while board on fridge with eraze washable Markers.

    Dave


  181. Heather Bowers
    2 years ago

    Just love your lessons. It makes sense to learn this way.


  182. Jim
    2 years ago

    So far so good, it seems to make it simpler. Thank you.


  183. Bernadette
    2 years ago

    No hablo mucho Espanyol
    Tengo ganas aprender mas Espanyol este ano
    Este ano voy a Espana con mi un Nieto y tres Nietas
    Voy a practicar mi Espanyol cada dia
    Mucho gratias por lecion.
    Soy Irelandais
    Bernadette


  184. Samuel L. Hodges, Jr.
    2 years ago

    Thank you for the free lessons. I have been teaching myself Spanish since childhood. I get by, but still have a long way to go. Understanding the parts of speech and correct grammar is what I think that I lack to truly master the Spanish languish. I think that your course will improve my Spanish a great deal. Fluency of the Spanish languish is my goal. It will be a dream come true to be able to speak in Spanish as I do English. The sample course was really good. I learned a couple of things. Looking forward to receiving more lessons in the future.


  185. Jerald
    2 years ago

    I like it.


  186. PAMELA PRATT
    2 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    I am unable to hear your video above “Sideways Spanish Uno”..on my Mac Pro or my iphone not sure what the problem might be. I was able to listen to a few other videos from previous emails you sent, was wondering if anyone else was having the same problem? I just completed a Spanish 101 refresher course hadn’t tried to learn since my high school classes over 30 years ago. I am very determine to really learn to converse in the language because I now how 3 grandkids who will be speaking it fluently and grandma must be able to understand her babies. Part two doesn’t start until September but I feel I have learned more from your one or two videos than the 12 weeks of Spanish 101 i just completed.

    Thanks for all the free information that you provide which is really helping me to decide to give your program a try!

    Sincerely,
    Pamela Pratt


  187. Lynn
    2 years ago

    Like it


  188. Christine Quenneville
    2 years ago

    I am so blessed to have found this spanish system. I will continue to learn spanish and I am actually excited. In a couple of months I will be writing another comment in spanish. I will Donate for this exceptional program. Thank you very much.

    Sincerely, Christine


  189. John Cohalan
    2 years ago

    Muy bien


  190. Chandramohan
    2 years ago

    Really GREAT!

    I never thought Spanish is so simple. It is purely because of your inputs and encouragements.

    I am 64 years young. I am very much thankful for the free lessons. Anybody CAN learn with your simple steps.

    M. Chandramohan
    India


  191. Chandramohan
    2 years ago

    Really GREAT!

    I never thought Spanish is so simple. It is purely because of your inputs and encouragements.

    I am 64 years young. I am very much and thankful for the free lessons. Anybody CAN learn with your simple steps.

    M. Chandramohan
    India


  192. Belinda Green de Rubio
    2 years ago

    Brilliant system … vivo en Asturias, España con mi marido Gil y su familia. Hablo español pero tengo problemas con los verbos … ¡Ahora con este sistema no, que bien!
    Really easy to follow and with this system I will finally be able to sort my tenses out. Thanks to you.


  193. Belinda Green de Rubio
    2 years ago

    Brilliant system … vivo en Asturias, España con mi marido Gil y sus familiar. Hablo español pero tengo problemas con los verbos … ¡Ahora con este sistema no, que bien!
    Really easy to follow and with this system I will finally be cable to sort muy tenses out. Thanks to you.


  194. Laurence Hull
    2 years ago

    Super lessons keep trying!


  195. michael millard
    2 years ago

    been away just returned to spain


  196. Jill Swann
    2 years ago

    Great resource. Thanks a million.


  197. Peter
    2 years ago

    Fantastico, you have given me great confidence in my attempts to learn Spanish.

    Gracias Senor y senora.


  198. Chris Evans
    2 years ago

    Thank you for making Spanish interesting and enjoyable, I look forward to doing more.


  199. bob
    2 years ago

    Super helpfull thx alot


  200. Una Magourty
    2 years ago

    Enjoyed this lesson, just need to keep practicing.


  201. phillip becker
    2 years ago

    Was ready to order with your $25.00 per month deal but it appears to have been withdrawn


  202. Carlos
    2 years ago

    Muy clarito!. Gracias


  203. Gillian
    2 years ago

    i really want to learn Spanish we learned the verb we found it hard


  204. Linda Frank
    2 years ago

    I tutor a Spanish speaker in English and she in turn helps me with my Spanish. Whenever I speak in the first person without “yo,” she corrects me and tells me to use it. She is from
    Columbia and evidently “yo” is appropriate in her country.


  205. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Hi! Thanks the the lesson you make speaking spanish so much easy. I enjoy it.


  206. Amanda
    2 years ago

    This website has helped me so much! Thank you! I have been doing fine in learning Spanish up until -er and -ar ending verbs This has defiantly made things clearer.


  207. Anna
    2 years ago

    Thankyou Marco. I had given up. This is such an easy way to learn the verbs and Spanish.


  208. Paula Mulligan
    2 years ago

    Fantastic! After many years trying to get to grips with Spanish I think I’ve finally found a much more enjoyable and successful way to learn. Muchas gracias Marcus. I’m really looking forward to the next lesson!

  209. me gusta; es muy importante


  210. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    hello marcus, i enjoyed that very much and will go over many time s thanks again anne


  211. Brian Riding
    2 years ago

    I found it very interesting and easy to follow. I am looking forward to a continue use.


  212. Ted
    2 years ago

    Very good, I will try it for a while.
    Thanks

    Ted


  213. Hilda Gonzalez Elizondo
    2 years ago

    Congratulations! I am a native Spanish speaker and always feel pity for native English speakers when trying to understand all our crazy conjugation rules…your approach is great! That will help many to master Spanish.


  214. Robert
    2 years ago

    I think it’s wonderful. I’m in hopes to learn a lot more. Muchas Gracias


  215. Rose Moore
    2 years ago

    This is great. I need a cd to listen to help reinforce memory.


  216. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Yip loved this for growing confidence. Very simple and easy to follow. Will be thinking seriously about a purchase.


  217. Lora Griffiths
    2 years ago

    You’re so right, verbs have really been holding me back in my online Spanish class. Thank you for making passing this class seem like a real possibility again! I was really getting discouraged until I listened to this lesson. Thank you!


  218. Jan Nicolay
    2 years ago

    I cannot get the audio lesson to play – there is no content on it – and when I click on the play button nothing happens at all.


  219. Anthony
    2 years ago

    I believe you really have found the way to this language, besides being immersed in a Spanish speaking country…… and it’s really fun!


  220. Peggy
    2 years ago

    These lessons are excellent. I taught Soanish for 37 years and now do free lessons for neighbors! We appreciate these lessons!


  221. Brent
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus
    For some reason this audio does not work for me. Have tried reloading several times but still does not work. Any suggestions.
    Gracias mi amigo


  222. Chris
    2 years ago

    Thank you for this site! I was using Instant Immersion and found it lacking! Your teaching methods are awesome!!!


  223. Vidmantas
    2 years ago

    Your method is great and it is very suitable for me. Thank you very much.


  224. Janice Lamb
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Gracias por la leccion.
    I find your ‘layering’ approach very helpful. It gives the learner the confidence to keep going. At the end of each lesion, the learner is left with a sense of great achievement!
    I am working through Bola de Nieve, but still enjoy these additional lessons.
    Till he next time.


  225. Michelle
    2 years ago

    This is useful. Thanks


  226. Desmond Stephens
    2 years ago

    An interesting way to learn Spanish. I shall look forward to listening to Sideways Spanish Audio


  227. FRANK ANDUJAR
    2 years ago

    Marzo 15, 2015

    Deseo aprender Frances con instrucciones en espanol, no en Ingles. es posible en sus cursos?

    Favor de contestar,

    Gracias,

    Frank


  228. Knut Gjefle
    2 years ago

    Very good. I enjoy your approach. Audio with text is even better. Knut


  229. Elaine
    2 years ago

    Thank you especially for the fun and motivational Emails you send. They remind me to smile and keep working on it!


  230. DICK CYR
    2 years ago

    this sounds great to work with . We are in Mexico now.

    DICK


  231. Sandra
    2 years ago

    Don’t know how you can offer all this valuable information free of charge!!!!


  232. Sandra
    2 years ago

    Wow Marcus, YOU ROCK. I have been studying..and I mean STUDYING.. Spanish for over 10 years now as we winter in Mexico and in a few short lessons,you have just brought everything together into perfect focus. Why did I not meet you 10 years ago!!!


  233. thelma parker
    2 years ago

    I am 86 years old and your free lessons have made me pick up Spanish quickly and easily; I really enjoy it. Mi yerno es Mexicano and mi Canadian hija speaks Spanish. Quiero hablerlo ante de mi nieta. She is 17 months old and way ahead of me already. She understands Spanish and English equally well but only speaks Baby Gobblydegeese at this point.
    Some of the convoluted and complicated lessons in textbooks make me laugh . Your common sense method is so easy. Thanks for making it so easy for my ancient brain.


  234. Mac
    2 years ago

    This is just too awesome. I have tried to learn Spanish for 10+ years. I recently moved to Columbia to work and thought I would give it one more try and I just stumbled onto your site. Well I gotta tell ya 5 weeks later here I am speaking Spanish with my amigos . I talking 5 to 10 minute conversations! I gotta say man you are the best! Thanks for what you do!
    Mac


  235. Di
    2 years ago

    After being away from Mexico And Spanish for 15 anos I thank you gracias and I wil do my best to drop the YO !


  236. willie
    2 years ago

    I would like to have a copy of the coarse on cd so that I can listen to it while I am in my sauna where I concentrate more is there something like that available from you


  237. alan taylor
    2 years ago

    can’t get the sound unfortunately as it seems good…


  238. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    can’t get the sound unfortunately as it seems good…


  239. Valena Dismukes
    2 years ago

    magic—very interesting


  240. Patricia
    2 years ago

    I have a lot of problems speaking in past and future tense. I need to UNDERSTAND the rules and using the verbs so I can conversate better.

    Example:
    I wanted to eat fish
    Yo ? comer pescado.

    I was at work.
    Estuvo en el trabajo.(?)

    He was a teacher.
    Era un maestro. (?)

    I need help please!!!! Thank you 🙂


  241. Peter
    2 years ago

    65 years old, married to spanish speaker, and living in spanish speaking country for 6 years. Found it very dificult to advance my spanish, resulting in many dificulties surving here.
    This method sounds interesting, and will definitely give it a try.


  242. John Knegt
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    I purchased your ‘Short cut to Spaniish’ some while ago but keep learning from the short bits you make available on the net. Keep up the good work. Gracias, John Knegt


  243. Carol Ann
    2 years ago

    This is a very good way to learn or to review.


  244. Curt Casey
    2 years ago

    A terrific approach and enlightening.


  245. margery bithell
    2 years ago

    Excellent method to learn verbs. But it is the irregular verbs are the most difficult to learn.


  246. kevin Tang
    2 years ago

    I like it. Good teaching method. Thanks a lot!


  247. linny
    2 years ago

    I’d love to learn more.


  248. Sylvia fukami
    2 years ago

    Hi I am eager to pronounce words properly.speailly Mexican aSpanish


  249. vincent
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Sideways,backwards,up side down!!!!!
    Me gusta mucho su lecciones en español.
    Trabajando 3 o 4 horas para dia.
    Pero pienso esta evidente de dice
    Vamos y no vosotros vamos
    trabajando y no Yo trabajando
    Pienso y no yo pienso,
    simplemente porque esta no neccesita.
    Mas simpre= mas bueno
    non????????
    Saluda,
    Vincent


  250. Norbert Goldberg
    2 years ago

    Innovative approach. I want to see more.


  251. Christine
    2 years ago

    I am intermediate but sometimes need to go back to basics. Like your approach

  252. GREAT IDEA. THIS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL WITH KNOWING WHEN TO USE SER OR ESTAR. E.G. I REMEMBER “ES MEDICO” -SO MUCH EASIER TO REMEMBER THE PHRASE THAN LOOK UP RULES. THIS ALSO HELPS ME REMEMBER THAT IN SPANISH WE SAY LITEARLY “HE IS DOCTOR”, NOT “HE IS A DOCTOR”, AS IN ENGLISH..


  253. Charly
    2 years ago

    Very interesting. I am from Costa Rica. I like to listen this recording because I can practice English .


  254. JUDITH
    2 years ago

    Brilliant, as usual


  255. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I really like your audio cant wait to hear more


  256. Marlana
    2 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!


  257. Fred Nielson
    2 years ago

    Oh, where were you two years ago when I first started to try to learn Spanish?


  258. Johnson
    2 years ago

    I love this. It helps even more when I have the nerve to use it in public or with friends.


  259. Elroy Fahie
    2 years ago

    It seems so easy, however my problem is understanding native speakers when I ask a question or for directions.


  260. norman
    2 years ago

    So far so good


  261. Gala
    2 years ago

    I am interested. I have visited Merida, Mexico for several months and can get by but would like to be more fluent and understand the spanish coming at me without slowing the Spanish speakers down to a lingual crawl.

    But here is the wuestion… Are there charges for going along with you or are all your lessons really free? An honest answer would be most appreciated so as to not waste both of our time.

    Gracias mille.

    Gala


  262. John
    2 years ago

    I think your sideways Verb lesson is fantastic, unfortunately i can’t afford paying to further your course .
    Thank you so much for your help

    Yours sincerely.
    John


  263. lucille kelly
    2 years ago

    I am going to watch the videos and look at your synergy Spanish systems…..thank you, thank you.


  264. D. J. SOVIERO
    2 years ago

    This is the way I’ve been learning in spite of those damn charts….Do you have Sideways Italian?

    Marcus Reply:

    Not at the moment.


  265. Dennis
    2 years ago

    If I order the course with a credit card; is you site secure? Can I send you a check and just wait for it to clear and then you allow me to down load the course? Yes, I’m a bit paranoid about my credit card.


  266. Renée Amoroso
    2 years ago

    I am a Spanish teacher for fifth through eighth grade. I do not like the traditional style of teaching the language and I am always searching for new ideas. I really like this lesson and I have bookmarked the page and also submitted my e-mail for notices of new lessons! I believe that I will have my students speaking in Spanish much quicker than I anticipated with the help of these lessons. Thank you!


  267. Sonia Edwards
    2 years ago

    I found this little introductory lesson very refreshing. I did Spanish in high school many years ago and this lesson took me back in time only a lot better. I found it really interesting.


  268. Margarita Jara
    2 years ago

    Just as you say, your method is an easy way to make Spanish verbs easy to learn.


  269. Eileen
    2 years ago

    This was great – really easy to follow and maintain. Gracias!


  270. lucille kelly
    2 years ago

    I found your method exhilarating….I love it, besides my Spanish class, this is fabulous. thank you very much….Lucy


  271. famvelval
    2 years ago

    A la Señor (a) (ita) Martha Faulkner. Veo que usted quiere aprender Español, y Yo quiero aprender Inglés. Si usted quiere, comuníquese conmigo al e-mail: famvelval@gmail.com y podemos intercambiar conocimientos. Soy Colombiano y por ende, mi idioma nativo es el Español, y me fascina el Inglés y quiero aprenderlo full.


  272. Keith
    2 years ago

    Yes I like this method , I have a lot words I know, but it’s always the same as soon as a fluent spanish speaker speaks to me , I find it hard to process to communicate back


  273. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Fabulous lesson


  274. Kevin Kerr
    2 years ago

    I like it so far


  275. Sheila
    2 years ago

    I have listened to your sideways Spanish audio. Very good. are there anymore verb lessons? I have struggled with verbs for years


  276. Albert Jablonski
    2 years ago

    Dear Marcus:
    I am seventy eight years old and am in Costa Rica for the winter, (four months), and am using Synergy Spanish to supplement the Spanish lessons I am taking locally. I am really pleased with what I have learned from your system as an adjunct to may classes. I do speak Polish and know a bit of a few other languages but not Spanish. I feel your approach to teaching Spanish is excellent. Muchas gratias. YOU MAY PUBLISHED THIS IF YOU DESIRE.
    I am still reluctant to try and express myself in Spanish but feel I am about to burst out of this anxiety as a result of practicing your lessons. However, I am unable to scroll down beyond page 42 of lesson #4. How do I access the rest of the book?
    Sincerely, Al Jablonski


  277. Jock Millenson
    2 years ago

    Excellent approach. Wish it existed for Greek as that’s the language I need to learn, not Spanish!


  278. myriam
    2 years ago

    Me gustó mucho.
    Todo está muy claro,fácil de entender.
    ¿Sería posible enseñar la pronunciación de las letras?.
    Gracias.
    Myriam Flores.


  279. Louise Sibbons
    2 years ago

    This seems too easy….look forward to being able to speak in sentences.


  280. Steve
    2 years ago

    In reading your message I was wondering what you do best. I know in english that brings up all kinds of pictures?


  281. donna
    2 years ago

    I appreciated the repetition in bits and the chance to repeat the phrase after the native speaker. It feels less overwhelming.


  282. Ann Doyle
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus, Muchas gracias . Voy a aprendar Espanol con mi hijo en Irlanda per telefonico todas los dias!!!!


  283. Bill Hodge
    2 years ago

    I like your method but it is seriously lacking in one item. Print the words as they are spoken


  284. Hazel Reeh
    2 years ago

    I have a good spanish vocabulary, but am having difficulty constructing sentences. My biggest problem is understanding the spanish spoken on the streets here in Mazatlan….they don’t clearly enunciate their words. Any help is welcome.


  285. ken
    2 years ago

    Great stuff….I wish I had this process 50 years ago. I never mastered Spanish but I think using this method will simplify things greatly. Today I can still only remember bits and pieces from Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. In those days, I gave up trying to put it all together because my Spanish friends were always correcting me on my sentence structure. I assume there is a chart of verb endings someplace that will shake loose the cobwebs of verbal structure? Looking at your process, I would love to give it another belated try.

    Ken


  286. Kruavana Jegajothy
    2 years ago

    an awesome service, please keep it up, and well done.


  287. Ann Starr
    2 years ago

    Spanish would be my third language… and I thoroughly enjoy your easy way to uncomplicate Espanol for me … and others would enjoy it too. 😉

    Muchas gracias

    Ann


  288. Penny
    2 years ago

    I have tried many different venues and programs to learn spanish. I have a decent vocabulary, but still cannot put sentences together or understand when being spoken to. Judging from the demonstrator audio, your approach promises to be the missing link…I’m looking forward to practicing with your audio lessons.


  289. Jane
    2 years ago

    Hi there there is no entry on your verb table for “vosotros” and I wonder why that is?


  290. Ailia Vaz-Washington
    2 years ago

    excellent approach- quick easy and simple.


  291. Fina orejola
    2 years ago

    Hi Marcus, Iam learning more and more as I get your lessons specialmente los verbos. I never delete any lesson Igot fromyou, never ! And always listen to whatever you sent to my mail about the spanish language. Praying for more succeses now and in years to come para usted y su familia!


  292. Patricia
    2 years ago

    Hola!
    I am in Nicaragua right now. I have been to a Spanish school for a week now. I have also used the Rosetta Stone in the past.
    I did not think anything free would be any good, but this was quick and fun.
    And I enjoyed your accent too.
    thank you
    I will continue listening and practicing!
    Gracias!


  293. Ursula
    2 years ago

    I have mastered the yo conjugation. What is next?

    Marcus Reply:

    I would suggest the usted conjugation.


  294. Charles Hathaway
    2 years ago

    I have a number of your programs and am able to keep up with the disks in the car; however, for some obscure reason, I cannot think fast enough in Spanish in order to decipher what is being said to me and quickly frame the (or any) response. The delay is frustrating and boring to my Spanish friends. They understand me but will not correct any of my errors, probably because they are either afraid of offending or is simply a pain in the ______ for them to do so or more likely it is boring for the both of us. Thanks for listening.


  295. Jane Hartley
    2 years ago

    I have started lessons at home but it was very different listening to your verb lesson. I have trouble at the moment hearing the spoken word and understanding it. I am hoping your spoken lessons will be like practising with general conversation.


  296. Janice Weekes
    2 years ago

    I found the audio lesson very interesting. It makes you think quickly.


  297. Roberta
    2 years ago

    Are you kidding!?
    It’s amazing to get unexpected and useful
    FREE lessons to compliment the product
    I have purchased.
    Soo much better than the usual unwanted
    and irritating stuff one usually gets when
    committing online.
    I’m very proud of the progress I’m making
    speaking Spanish with your help, Marcus.
    I started with zero experience 2 months ago
    – am off to Cuba for the first
    time next week and feel brave enough to
    try what I’ve learned, and look forward to
    learning more !
    Gracias!


  298. Richard Morris
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus – gracias Marcus. No hablo español, but with your sideways system, I have a hunch this will be transformed. I am going to immerse myself in it and see what happens!


  299. Ann
    2 years ago

    Impressive would like to learn more. Thanks Marcus


  300. Pitbull
    2 years ago

    I couldn’t speak any Spanish at all before synergy Spanish systems. Now I can kind of speak it when I am singing.


  301. Buggaboo Jones
    2 years ago

    I am not Spanish but if I try really hard I know that I can transform into a beautiful hispanic butterfly.


  302. steve mills
    2 years ago

    I have just moved to Spain March 2014..soltero/divorciado.now 68 and it has been tough. I have enrolled in a course called “fluencia”..decent structure but aimed at Latinos. I am not known for my intellectual skills, rather I tend to stick like “bear poo” to a hairy blanket, consequently I spend ages struggling. I like what I have seen on your site so far, I need to crack these verbs and your system makes sense…in fact I had started doing something similar with the verbs in a book, trying to “crack a code” so to speak, trying to find a pattern…well done and thank you..Steve


  303. Marvin Morrison
    2 years ago

    ery informative


  304. tony
    2 years ago

    Yeah – I think it mightwork!!!!!


  305. Dale
    2 years ago

    It can be wonderful if I can master verbs.


  306. Connie Gosch
    2 years ago

    Worked well for me. Thank you.


  307. John M McCrickard
    2 years ago

    I have worked in Spanish speaking countries on and of for many years now including Mexico, Peru, and even in Spain back in the mid 60s I am now 72 and I have been here in Chile for nearly one year However sadly, shall leave within a month.
    I wish to continue with my Spanish and after listening to this short audio I feel that my lack of verb progress can be progressed a lot Better late than never.
    Yours sincerely
    John McCrickard


  308. Roberto
    2 years ago

    Just listened for a couple of minutes,already impressed


  309. Cherry
    2 years ago

    Great approach which makes the kick-start attainable. We are a family of three living in rural Spain with no Spanish as yet. We really enjoy the lessons and have been able to make rapid progress. Thank You.


  310. Martha Faulkner
    2 years ago

    Excellent lesson I love it.
    Thanks Marcus


  311. Heather
    2 years ago

    I am finding the verb programme very helpful and encouraging me to speak sentences.


  312. mr.bill
    2 years ago

    Thank you again and again, with my stroke even your concept is not easy
    someone called my stroke in Spanish :un evento vascular cerrebro, si lo recuerdo correctamente

    I appologize for my many errors in my broken Spanish. which is the language of my heart, but I still was born into an English-speaking home, and I am stuck between two worlds with a broken brain
    my stroke may have damaged most of my Spanish learning and daily practice, because it no longer flows out like it used to
    in any case, muhisimos gracias, mi hermano, y vaya con Dio’s, hasta luego
    siempre, mr.bill


  313. mr.bill
    2 years ago

    i really love Spanish in years of work in construction I made many Hispanic friends, but a recent stroke makes it necessary for me to return to school, so as to not lose it forevver
    I hope i can learn to navigate your site, pero, otro vez, muchisimos gracias amigo, y vaya con Dios’
    no es possible a poner ese accento en el locacion correcto en termina mia

    if my rusty Spanish is not sooooo bad that you write back; no comprende ese nota!!

    as you can easily see I am gringo all the way, sorry good sir


  314. Brid
    2 years ago

    Thank you for this introduction. I was about to give up. You’ve changed my mind! I’m a complete beginner – attending a school in Andalusia / classes for 50+ yr. olds and I’m struggling badly! However, after trawling through numerous websites for extra help, unsuccessfully, now that I’ve found Synergyspanish I’ve decided to keep going! Thank you. BB


  315. Lucy Johnson
    2 years ago

    I am not getting any audio!


  316. memo
    2 years ago

    Sorry, but where is vosotros in the list above?


  317. Lyndon Lewis
    2 years ago

    Holla Marcus!
    thanks for this lesson. It has been very helpful to me.I have recommended it to my friend Mr Bertie Henry.:
    “Gracias para tu ayuda con lecciones de espaniol.
    Tu hermano en Christo
    Dios te bendiga”
    Lyndon Lewis


  318. Arita
    2 years ago

    Hola profesor,
    Su lección es interesante y fácil de entender. Mucho aprecio y gracias.


  319. Juan Eduardo Iriarte Seigné
    2 years ago

    Hello. Hola. I would like to keep in touch. And learn !. Cheers.


  320. Maria
    2 years ago

    Thank you this is awesome….I love I can practice this every day.

    I’d like to learn Italian the same way…do you have a course for Italian. thank you very much

    Marcus Reply:

    I have several more Spanish projects in the pipeline first buy I would dearly love to create an Italian course.


  321. Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I have just heard my first introduction to your programme and so far I am delighted with it


  322. Hope Guajardo
    2 years ago

    Very easy and enjoyable. You have demonstrated that the teacher doesn’t have to speak only in Spanish, a common mandate in schools.


  323. Julia
    2 years ago

    “Get a handful of them under you belt and the language will suddenly open up for you. You’ll quickly speak Spanish that delights your amigos.”

    You need to change “you” belt to “your” belt. I make this typing mistake all the time.


  324. Bob Gasser
    2 years ago

    me gusta mucho


  325. Walter
    2 years ago

    CUANDO ENVIARAN NUEVAS LECCIONES…GRACIAS…W.K.R.


  326. Walter
    2 years ago

    GRACIAS, ES MUY IMPORTANTE ESTE CURSO GRATIS, OS FELICITO…


  327. dennis ruckel
    2 years ago

    woops I sounded snippy.

    I really shouldn’t say anything till I see how you teach.

    It’s true, those pronouns make people run. Here in Argentina, they say that ‘la gente se va corriendo’ when they see grammar. So sorry for my last comment, it was out of line.

    I need to see more.

    Sincerely,
    Dennis


  328. dennis ruckel
    2 years ago

    what is your point? I learned verbs without pronouns. What do you offer other than the most obvious, that you don’t need a pronoun first?

    Obviiamene, no termino de entender la importancia de este enlace.


  329. edward murphy
    2 years ago

    very good much better this way with audio


  330. Miguel Arce
    2 years ago

    Interesante su enfoque para el aprendizaje del espannol.
    Una observación: no olvide que existe e pronombre VOSOTROS:
    vosotros hablais, comeis etc.
    Saludos


  331. Harold
    2 years ago

    Dear Sir or Ma’am,
    I am or have been trying to learn Latin-American Spanish for a while. However, I never learn much due to there are so, so much to know and learn while trying to learn this language. I never seem to progress beyond the very basic – hola, como sta, etc.
    Suggestion, I think to learn this language people like yourself should keep it very basic for the beginner. And as we become comfortable using what we have learned basic will encourage me/us to explore and learn more.
    But bottom line, train the person in the very basic, not hit them with so much info at one time!

    Respectfully,
    Harold


  332. Olga
    2 years ago

    Es muy lindo poder encontrar en esta pagina toda la informacion que uno quiere,logrando una forma efectiva para aprender el idioma.gracias a la tecnologia ,hoy en día se pude estudiar y alcanzar metas que no eran posibles antes.
    Quiero aprovechar mi tiempo para lograr saber más de todo un poco,me a gustado esta pagina.www.


  333. fred dortmann
    2 years ago

    very good but I think would be better if I could see the words along with the audio I dont hear very good

    Marcus Reply:

    Try this free video:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/no-fear-spanish/


  334. CHARLES MATHEWS
    2 years ago

    I’m a retired postal who has wanted to learn Spanish for years, but never found the time or energy to sit down and devote the time to study a great language.It is worth the effort


  335. Paul Carlin
    2 years ago

    I’m a retired Spanish teacher from California and Nevada, USA. I used to live in Central Amerca, so my accent is probably close to that of Costa Rica, with a little trilling of the “R” thrown in. (They don’t trill the “R” all that much).

    I’ve taught the conjugation process for years and my wife says if I start saying “Yo hablo, tu nablas, etc.) she will stop listening.

    I just hired on as an elementary K-8 teacher at a small religious school two days per week. They have no materials to work with, so I’m going to employ your methods to the lower grades at first and maybe up to 6-8.

    Any ideas along this route will be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance!

    Pablo

    PS–As Paul Hogan used to say in Crocodile Dundee movies, “G’day, Maite!


  336. tracy
    2 years ago

    gotta meet you dude. are you in chile?
    9 131 6428
    havent Heard the video yet but i bet i can sell the heck out of them for you
    with great commission of course. i know lots of gringos that sound ridiculous and maybe me too but that would be imposible cause im perfect… ha ha totally joking.
    i always had a very similar idea. 20 yrs here. notice… i didnt say Yo.
    thanks
    tracy o


  337. Mary o Keeffe
    2 years ago

    Easy to learn


  338. Nasser
    2 years ago

    It is great and encouraging … muchas gracias.


  339. Valerie
    2 years ago

    I’m living in Barranquilla, Colombia and having lessons with a teacher, one on one, 2hrs twice a week.
    I can make my self understood with the words I know but once they start talking quickly I can’t get the correct meaning of what they are saying.
    It is ok if I know what the subject is about because I can pick up certain words and confirm if I’m understood correctly.
    But I do find the “hearing” very hard so am hoping you can help me with this. Just tried the first lesson and really enjoyed it.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, it’s a stage of learning that we all pass through. You can read about my experiences and ideas on this subject here:

    http://www.spanisheartraining.com/


  340. JACK COOPER
    2 years ago

    Great approach for present tense regular verbs. The benefits of stopping all that mental translation will come quickly. My larger struggle is with the irregulars, especially in past tense. I’m looking for some clever solution for the fue, fui, fuiste stuff.


  341. Jacobo
    2 years ago

    because the conjugation of verbs in Spanish can be an authentic hell to spanish learner, I have designed and published the “Spanish Verb Conjugation 1.859” which explains the conjugation of 1.859 “Regular and Irregular” verbs.
    link: http://www.spanishconjugation.eu


  342. Eleazar Richiardi
    2 years ago

    I like to speak English every day, l live in Venezuela, I have family in Atlanta , next month we go at Georgia, I want to study English, I like to live in Atlanta.


  343. Ira Wainless
    2 years ago

    This is an excellent way to learn Spanish. The lesson are easy to grasp!


  344. Peter Graham
    2 years ago

    Hie Macus. thank you by provinding such good lessons of faster learning spanish. I never spoke spanish but through yours lessons i am learning. But i still have difficulty on verbs. i thought also speaking correctly wil be so useful. i am so happy to get your lessons on my email. stay blessed please go on sending them.


  345. Marian
    2 years ago

    Hola Marcus.Thnxss by giving this lessons. I live in gran canaria speak spanish but I always have problems with the verbs. Also I thought speaking well this so useful!! I’m glad to get your lessons on email really. Go on please! Greetings Marian


  346. Gary Johnson
    2 years ago

    Hi- I am on the last segment of the Pimsluer course. It has been very helpful. I see similarities in your technique and theirs. If I wanted to use some of your courses where would you suggest that I start? Gracias- Gary

    Marcus Reply:

    The Pimsleur programs are very good, I like them.

    I’d suggest starting with Bola de Nieve.

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/sidewaysfluency.html

    It might seem a little easy at first but I think it’ll be the right place for you to start.
    If it turn out not to be a good fit for you just let me know within 60 days and I’ll cancel
    the monthly billing and give you a refund.


  347. doc dispensation
    3 years ago

    After finding the audio button, I found this approach very effective.


  348. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Click the play button below to start your lesson, but where is the play button? If i could play it i could leave a better comment.


  349. Pearl
    3 years ago

    Very practical


  350. karla
    3 years ago

    ponganlo en español no entiendo nada


  351. Rita Gailene Womack
    3 years ago

    I think,, I can think, in Spanish all day using side way thinking. .L./O/.L. THANKS


  352. John k Dixon
    3 years ago

    My wife and I lived in Malloca for eight very happy years but could not master the language as we would have.liked.
    I have always been drawn to the Latin culture, maybe its was the adventure books I read about the Spanish Main, especially the music.
    I have all your emails on my PC.and when needed I research them. I find them easy to comprehend, It is just nice to know that I can still learn at my age just for the hang of it.
    My web site above is the result of my service in the Royal Navy ww2, guided by my musical son and his very clever computer wife.
    Respectfully yours,
    John K Dixon. Tel. 01482875404.


  353. DorothyWilson
    3 years ago

    Thanks for all you help and encouragement you are constantly sending ways of making Spanish easier to understand . A true teacher a great gift.


  354. DorothyWilson
    3 years ago

    Thank you Marcus , after months of studying shortcut to spanish and making slow progress(I’m 75yrs) you are still encouraging me and sending extra lessons .I am making progress and will continue to try and improve when in Tenerife for a month in October. Thank you for such a wonderful and thoughtful service you are a true teacher with a very special gift.


  355. Skip McWilliams
    3 years ago

    Marcus

    Damn!
    You’re right.

    Skip McWilliams
    President
    Teacher’s Discovery


  356. John Kelly
    3 years ago

    I am trying to learn Spanish and I stumbled upon your site. It’ great!! I assume you’re an Australian. I’m looking forward to this. Nice job.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, I am Australian.


  357. Jeanne Rodriguez
    3 years ago

    I like your approach to learning Spanish.


  358. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    too good very beneficial


  359. Demers
    3 years ago

    No time this am…but this works for me


  360. Susan C
    3 years ago

    Sounds great! I can’t wait to get started.


  361. Martin Horan
    3 years ago

    Tengo que decir que estoy impresionado. Estoy solomente aprendiendo.
    Muchas gracias.


  362. ellin Krinsly
    3 years ago

    Question Marcus: We are in Mexico, so the comments on not using Vosotros is not important to us. How creative, yes I’d like to on irregular verbs. How do your courses work? How many lessons free before irregular verbs, and what is the cost of irregular verbs. Thanks Ellin

    Marcus Reply:

    Details are n this page:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/sidewaysfluency.html

    The course doesn’t follow the traditional format so, irregular verbs are not a separate module but are integrated into conversational Spanish throughout the course. Here’s an example of using an irregular verb in conversation.

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/sideways-spanish-parte-dos-portable-version/


  363. john rogan
    3 years ago

    well done santamaria…as a lond distance truck driver i have noticed that spanish plays on the radio can be comprehended,,,,sports broadcasting…not so much…knowing the story line makes a
    difference in comprehension…like it or not a large vocabulary helps..ayudame…john r


  364. Huub Beckers
    3 years ago

    Brilliant approach. This method gives confidence and is helpful. Thank you.


  365. SHAY
    3 years ago

    THANK U FOR THIS SITE, RARELY FREE MEANS FREE. YOUR GENEROUS HEART AND OVERALL VIEW ON A WORLD HARMONIZING IS GREAT. A TRUE TEACHER IS NEVER PAID THEIR WORTH, BUT THEY CARE FOR THE OVERALL ABILITY TO PROVIDE KNOWLEDGE TO ALL THAT CROSS THEIR PATH. A TRUE GIFT BEING USED THE WAY GOD INTENDED.

    THANX AGAIN, I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THIS FOR YEARS, BUT THE DESIRE WAS THEIR THANK U.


  366. Dudley De Mello
    3 years ago

    This is “Brilliant” Thank you both.


  367. alfred fleury
    3 years ago

    Yes, I am interested in he EASY way


  368. Grace
    3 years ago

    I find the way you teach the Spanish language is much more pleasing. I will be taking my second semester of Spanish when school beings next semester, and if I practice using your program I online I will be a better Spanish speaker when classes come around.


  369. Ragnar Tegle
    3 years ago

    En noruego: Mange takk ! ( Muchas gracias )


  370. Eduardo Correia Alves
    3 years ago

    Idiomas: portugués y Español


  371. cecilia
    3 years ago

    I love learning languages and a
    following a holiday in Majorca I started going to Spanish classes. We study a book called xxxxxx
    Also I have tried others BUT yours is the very best. Great fun and nobody shouts at me. Thanks.


  372. cecilia
    3 years ago

    I love learning languages and a
    following a holiday in Majorca I started going to Spanish classes. We study a book called Pasos 1.
    Also I have tried Babbel, and others BUT yours is the very best. Great fun and nobody shouts at me. Thanks.


  373. amparo
    3 years ago

    quisiera aprender inglés tengo conocimientos basicos


  374. Martha Faulkner
    3 years ago

    I think your way of teaching Spanish is excellent. I just don’t practice enough if I had the time I would and I should be fluent by now. Never mind I will keep on trying. Excellent teaching.
    Martha


  375. Ian Barclay
    3 years ago

    Este audio es muy facil, gracias/


  376. Margaret
    3 years ago

    Much easier to listen and learn how to say the words
    Thanks
    Mags


  377. Phil
    3 years ago

    Found it very help full , thanks a mill ,


  378. Joann Bailey
    3 years ago

    This is amazing after taking Spanish at school many years ago and not being able to actually speak the language now I see hope in holding a conversation with a Spanish speaking person. Your approach is mind blowing,


  379. Mario Rossi
    3 years ago

    It has been very useful for me. It gave me a major speed in my learning time.


  380. 0000
    3 years ago

    weird


  381. eileen
    3 years ago

    Stumbled on this by mistake , but now look forward to seeing more.
    Would really like to learn more spanish
    Thank you Marcus


  382. Mel Hulkower
    3 years ago

    Great idea. Now we have to practice. I would like oi hear the language.


  383. Dahlia
    3 years ago

    Interesting way if learning to speak Spanish .


  384. Silvia
    3 years ago

    ¿Qué tal si conjugan verbos irregulares en la próxima lección?

    ¡Gracias!


  385. Mary Butler
    3 years ago

    Thank you Marcus, really enjoy your e-mails. I understand Spanish fairly well but am afraid to
    speak it

    Marcus Reply:

    Give the audios below a whirl and let me know if they give you some extra confidence:

    http://synergyspanish.com/ben


  386. Gay Hughes
    3 years ago

    Your lessons are so interesting.
    The phrases of Spanish interspersed with English are really good.
    The composition of your sentences really flow so well.

    Gay.


  387. Miriam dolphin
    3 years ago

    I thought the first lesson was fantastic, easy to follow and hopefully my ageing brain will remember it! Currently in Bolivia for a three month placement as a volunteer.
    Gracias


  388. Eugenia
    3 years ago

    Si intentan enseñar bien el español o castellano (lo mismo), es imperativo mencionar que hay una cantidad enorme de verbos irregulares para los cuales su “chart” no sirve. Ahora bien, es indispensable enseñar la segunda persona del plural (vosotros) que aunque en América no se usa mucho, es necesario saberla si quieren aprender nuestro maravilloso ideoma.


  389. sandi s
    3 years ago

    I have been studying Spanish for 2 semesters now and I think I actually understand less now than I did before I started. I think this is wonderful. I can’t wait to receive your emails.
    Thank you,
    Sandi S.


  390. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Cierra


  391. Karen Brooks
    3 years ago

    I listened to this gentleman and I learned from this….
    I have Rosetta Stone and I am almost through but am now having trouble with the verbs. I have lots of dictionaries but they do not recognize verbs that are in different tenses. I also have no one to talk to so it is difficult.

    I look forward to your emails and I will check out the Synergy Systems on the web.

    Thank you,
    Karen Brooks


  392. shamez
    3 years ago

    Genius


  393. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Sounds Terrific all I need now is a young brain so I can remember what I have learnt


  394. Luke
    3 years ago

    This was really helpful


  395. Julio Redondo
    3 years ago

    Perdonen que les escriba en Español, pero aún no domino Inglés suficientemente como para poder exponer lo que quiero.
    Me doy cuenta que al exponer el tipo de verbo en español, o sea los tres modelos. Confunden ” El Tú con el Ustedes “, sobre todo en plural. omiten el ” Vosotros “, no se dice normalmente ” Ustedes Hablan, que sería la tercera persona del plural. Antes hay que conjugar la segunda persona, que en éste caso sería ” Vosotros hablaís “. Les pido perdon si les he molestado por ésta apreciación, pero entiendo que podrá ser beneficioso para los alumnos del cuso. Un cordial saludo.


  396. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    read the sentences and draw


  397. Alan Walker
    3 years ago

    I just want to be able to have a conversation and from the sample I think your system will
    help me a lot.


  398. César Ortiz
    3 years ago

    Soy argentino y me pareció interesante sus enseñanzas. Ciertamente, la conjugación de los verbos españoles es algo complicada, no tanto para los verbos regulares pero sí para los irregulares, Una observación, no es muy común en Sudamérica decir “no hablo MUCHO español!. Hablar mucho para nosotros significa hablar constantemente o en demasía. Es más correcto decir “no hablo muy bien español”, como en portugués se dice “falar direito” y no “falar muito”. Espero que sus alumnos aprendan lo más pronto posible a hablar en español. Gracias por conocerlos.


  399. Paula
    3 years ago

    Tried your first one. So far so good! Gracias.


  400. Jody
    3 years ago

    I would like to try the free lessons!


  401. Roger westoby
    3 years ago

    simple to follow and very simple and effective advice


  402. Colin
    3 years ago

    Hola Marcus
    Muchas gracías, me gusta.


  403. Margaret Takemoto
    3 years ago

    This is exciting… I’m anxious to learn more.


  404. kapaiko teteyian
    3 years ago

    wow,very useful spanish made easier…thanks


  405. Jessie Mac
    3 years ago

    I am really enjoying your sideways Spanish audio lessons. I am in Acapulco now & spend four months here every winter so speaking & understanding Spanish is very important to me. My biggest problem with speaking espanol is using the verbs , especially remembering them and then applying the the past and future tenses.
    I studied high school Spanish for 3 years but that was muchos anos pasado…I have also taken courses in speed Spanish with a group of adults and found them very helpful.
    I am considering signing up for your audio course on understanding Spanish because I am beyond the basics in speaking the lea gauge though gusto practicar espanol.

    Marcus Reply:

    My courses don’t follow the same path as the traditional classes. So while you might know the textbook theory, the Spanish you wrote suggests you’ll benefit more
    by starting with Synergy Spanish as your first step.

    http://www.synergyspanish.com/


  406. Jo Addison
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus
    My husband and I have spent 6 months a year In Spain,
    For many years. Have tried many courses,tapes,cd’s
    Etc. Now with your free mails. There is just a little more
    confidence to try and converse with the locals.


  407. Jo Addison
    3 years ago

    Very useful thanks


  408. Jane
    3 years ago

    This is a very interesting concept to understanding Spanish verbs! I like it! Are these lessons free or is it necessary to purchase them? Thank you for answering my question, Marcus. I will look forward to hearing back from you regarding snergyspanishsystems.com.

    Marcus Reply:

    We have both free and paid lessons, depending how deep you want to go. Start by adding your name to the box above and you’ll receive the free lessons and see how they suit you.


  409. John
    3 years ago

    I am an old guy trying to pick up some Spanish, you have given me hope.


  410. Muggy
    3 years ago

    I have taught English and Spanish for years and have cut down the “teaching of verbs” to knowing that yo verbs end in o,tu, in S, el/ellain vowel,nosotros in MOS,and ellos(as) in N. chinga las vocales! It’s super-easy and works


  411. Michelle Picchetto
    3 years ago

    Thank you. Easily assimilated in bite sized chunks!


  412. Evelyn
    3 years ago

    Twenty years ago we moved to Mexico, and have struggled just as you described, and it is still very helpful. Thanks, E.


  413. Gloria
    3 years ago

    Sounds good we’ll see


  414. Mark Dover
    3 years ago

    The little I have seen, I like


  415. Johnny Noruego
    3 years ago

    Brilliant!


  416. carol steer
    3 years ago

    I found this very good as I had the habit of always using Yo when talking about myself.


  417. laurence
    3 years ago

    Hola.Could be that it”s me as i have had a laptop for only three weeks but can not download your free audio lessons.Enjoying written lessons.Gracias Laurence.


  418. LaVaughn Snel
    3 years ago

    I have been studying classroom spanish. This sounds like a fun approach. Plus pronouns are being inserted in an easy manner.


  419. ROBIN WRIGHT
    3 years ago

    Genius! This helped me so much! Thank you !


  420. Miranda
    3 years ago

    All of a sudden I am able to make some more sentences! Thanks Marcus!


  421. Debby Smyth
    3 years ago

    This is a good idea! : )


  422. Mike porter
    3 years ago

    Soundsvery interesting and I look forward to exploring it further. If it helps and the price is right I will sign up


  423. Saleem Khwaja
    3 years ago

    Gracias Marcus. I have enjoyed the Synergy course so far and It seems that your ideas – sideways or otherwise – are worth every input and learning. The clarity in approach and outcome are worthy.

    Saludos

    Saleem Khwaja


  424. dave
    3 years ago

    I like it! The repetition is really good. Yet it is mixed up in a way that you have to keep on your toes and challenges you. Nice.


  425. Miranda
    3 years ago

    No kidding!!! ar, er, ir verbs! I took Spanish in high school and it is not anything you really speak with your Hispanic friends. My friend Rosie is re teaching me and she is so delighted when I speak Spanish with her. I love your emails, they make learning exciting and I save all them to review. Thank you for making good easy points for me. What a great approach! Gracias, mi amigo!


  426. Mike Carey
    3 years ago

    I thought this was very good. I have been trying to learn Spanish for some time and this approach really helps. Thanks!


  427. Granville
    3 years ago

    Your courses on Spanish language are the finest that I have encountered.
    I have recently moved to an area where there are many Spanish people, and would like to speak with them. Having lived in Florence and knowing Italian, I understand a little of what they say, but I want to become proficient I am going to take advantage of your $25×3 offer, for which I thank you. I wanted that course, but could not afford the full amount, so now I am enrolling.

    When I compliment you on your courses, it is because as a former professor with a Doctorate in Education, I fully grasp the great strides that you have made in teaching Spanish. Having bought several books which taught Spanish and did not help me to speak it, I understand now that you have created a better method to learn Spanish which actually works in real life situations.
    Congratulations on your splendid achievement!

    Dr. Alastair Granville-Jackson


  428. Bert
    3 years ago

    I think that you are on to something, I am interested.
    BDM


  429. Rosemary
    3 years ago

    I’m in Mexico and brought a Pimsler course with me,pero can’t play it as there is no CD player here.Now miraculously I have Synergy on my IPad.
    Muchas gracias,
    Rosemary


  430. Jazzy
    3 years ago

    It was kind of hard to understand! I am learning, I’m on my fourth year of Spanish, this is muy bein.


  431. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    I will certainly try this………


  432. Rada Haupt
    3 years ago

    Very good ,love to be able to speak properly.


  433. ladd linhdolm
    3 years ago

    so far, so good.


  434. Janet Lawlor
    3 years ago

    I have lived in Spain for some time and really found your method helpful


  435. Flemming Guldberg Elsborg
    3 years ago

    I am a “short cut Spanish” pupil an got the video which I like because I found it difficult to understand her pronunciation. Yours in English is very clear.
    Thank You for the Lessons.


  436. Luis Ariza
    3 years ago

    I am an English Spanish teacher , tryin to explain Spanish verbs to my students has always been complicated, I found your method fantastic I would like to know more .
    Thanks


  437. GEORGE
    3 years ago

    CONVERSATION NOT CLEAR.


  438. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    muy bien,grasias


  439. Barbara Guyton
    3 years ago

    Sideways Spanish looks really interesting and I would like to give it a try!!!
    I am ALWAYS looking for new and better ways to better my Spanish.
    thanks…


  440. miguel h garcia
    3 years ago

    Thank you for this application is very important
    happy day


  441. Fernando astro
    3 years ago

    My English is reasonable, because I learnt it by myself, then improved it listening songs in the radio, reading my first book (How to win friends and influence people). To learn a language is not easy but it is not difficult either, but you have to want it. In the 60´s we did not have Internet, no tape recorder, no technology at all at home. But I wanted to learn English so one day I started with my book : ¨English without toil¨, it was brought home by my sister one day, a friend of her gave it to her. The introduction said that if you devoted one hour every day, that means one lesson every day, you would be able to speak English in six months, at least an average conversation. AND THE KEY is to devote one hour every day and I was able to do that, and that opened me many doors, because then after High School, I learnt computer programming at the IBM offices in San José, Costa Rica. The irregular verbs were a challenge but 50 years later, I remember them very well. At present I´m a retired person that speaks French too. I lived in Paris five years.


  442. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    ola mija


  443. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    YO CREO QUE YA HABLO BIEN EL IDIOMA ESPAÑOL,,, Y LOS VERBOS IGUAL,,, YO COMO, U COMES EL COME,,, ETC,,,Y USTEDES COMO ESTAN,,, QUIEN LES ENSEÑA ESPAÑOL,,, PORQUE YO LES PUEDO ENSEÑAR ESPAÑOL SI USTEDES QUIEREN,,, GRACIAS,,,, Y QUE MI D-OS LOS BENDIGA,,,,, HASTA PRONTO,,,,


  444. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    i study frencha


  445. David Parkin
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus
    After struggling trying to learn to speak Spanish using various methods, publications and videos, I have found your Short Cut To Spanish and other methods are making speaking Spanish a lot easier. I’m looking forward to my next Spanish holiday and trying out my new found skill.
    David Parkin ( England ).


  446. Omar
    3 years ago

    Saludos desde México, I’ve been learning English for a while and even though I’m still far from my goal (to speak it fluently) the only way to learn something is by doing it and there’s no shortcuts for this, if you want to remember something you just learned you must use it, put it into practice otherwise you’re gonna forget it. Small but steady steps.


  447. martin
    3 years ago

    Thanks looking forward to your next email.


  448. Bill Ernst
    3 years ago

    Have tried many ways including Rosetta stone and mango and like yours the best.
    Thanks


  449. Bobby
    3 years ago

    I love the way you teach Marcus:)

    It has been and continues to be very beneficial for my family and I, when we’re visiting spanish speaking countries! Thanks again for being a great teacher and your mastery of the language!


  450. jerry
    3 years ago

    We are studying spanish in Ecuador. This looks like a big help.


  451. Robbie Robinson
    3 years ago

    Muy bueno. I fell better already. Send me email any time. Thanks, Robbie


  452. Raymond
    3 years ago

    I’m sure many can relate to my own reluctance to speak Spanish for fear of getting it so wrong that no one understands you. I’m confused a bit and often because online translators such as Google Translate come up with different translations from what other sources say. For example in Google Translate “como” is said to be the adverb as. Comer is eat.

    Where I live in Colombia “como” is used often as if to ask you to repeat yourself.

    One of the most frustrating things for me is how the single word “exercise” can become so many different words or phrases in Spanish. Google Translate lists 15 different words and phrases. In English the sentence context defines the word’s meaning, In Spanish it seems to be the opposite. The word/phrase changes to fit the context.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, that’s a common way to use cómo. The best thing is not to overanalyze it and learn the most common meaning first.


  453. Abigail O'Connor
    3 years ago

    Mucho bien!


  454. Alonso
    3 years ago

    hola mi nombre es Alonso soy de Mexico. si decean practicar conmigo pueden hacerlo.


  455. Harvey Field
    3 years ago

    I am really enjoying your approach to learning Spanish, Thank you.


  456. Stephen Swain
    3 years ago

    Obvio, pero gracias.


  457. Ian
    3 years ago

    I am slowly getting into this Spanish stuff and I have just returned from Calete De Fuste in Fuerteventura where I delighted some of the locals with my attempts at speaking Spanish to them.
    They do love you to at least attempt the language instead of speaking English only and assuming they will understand every word you are saying, but I have to say that we ( the British } should be ashamed at the fact that they can speak fairly good English but most of us are not so hot at the Spanish.
    Hasta Luega Ian Brown


  458. Kerry Ann Ramkissoon
    3 years ago

    thank you for this lesson.i am a struggling learner and this lesson shed some light for me.thanks


  459. Ron
    3 years ago

    The lesson was great, however I am an older person and had some difficiulty in picking up some of the Spanish words. Is there a possiblity of also having the Spanish words written?
    Thanks.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, there is a transcript of the lesson on this page:
    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/sideways-spanish-audio-transcript/

    You can also get a sample of our new video format on this page:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/synergyspanishorderpage/


  460. Theresa Joyce Henry
    3 years ago

    Saludos Marcus,

    Thank you for all the lessons you have sent for the last few months. They make speaking spanish easier.
    Theresa J Henry


  461. Mitch
    3 years ago

    EXCELLENT! VERY HELPFUL IDEA!


  462. Linda
    3 years ago

    Appreciate your efforts!


  463. Michael Shepard
    3 years ago

    Do you do correspondence by mail spanish classes. Michael Shepard, Paris Arkansas 72855

    Marcus Reply:

    We have them available as books and CDs as well as online.


  464. Hilde
    3 years ago

    One lesson the day would get my fear to speak (and write) Spanish away.

    Unfortunately, I do not live in Spain, I only have there an appartment where I intend to go from time to time. I do not dare to call my contact in Spain who keeps my keys on the telephone to ask him the whereabouts… I only send him short SMSs.

    Hilde Suenson
    (German origin, married to a Dane, living partially in France and in Denmark – speaking a few languages – wanting to master Spanish)


  465. Zeny
    3 years ago

    I’m hooked, too


  466. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    thanks, its been a great help


  467. Morton Downie
    3 years ago

    I have struggled with Spanish I hope this will help


  468. elizabeth goetze
    3 years ago

    If all the lessons are as good as the first one I am hooked, thanks Mary


  469. Mary Ann taylor
    3 years ago

    Thank you for continuing to inspire me to further my Spanish on a weekly basis. I purchased both of your courses last April and am excited every morning at 6 am to go on to my IPad every morning. While the house is quiet I can review the lessons regularly . As I am living in mexico for the winter months I get to practice my Spanish tambien todos los dias.

    What a great sense of accomplishment especially when a taxi driver or clerk understands me. I can’t tell you how less intimidating your course is to the formal university classes I endured before getting your lessons. The frustration level of being in a class of 8 people, only two of us being green beginners. We would look at each other as say “I have never felt so stupid in my whole life”. For me that has been 71 years, a long time.

    Keep sending ou your little notes. It keeps me going. Gracious.

    Mary Ann taylor


  470. Evelyn
    3 years ago

    This was powerful


  471. Jorge Alfredo Castellanos
    3 years ago

    Hi guys! How are you today? I hope better than never! firts at all I want tell you that I´m English estudent. It´s very difficult to me express in your language,but the most important issue is that I´m in that tale…¡ Learn English!. I´m from Bogotá, Colombia. If you need, want and love Spanish as a second language do not hesitate in contact me you can find me in Skype. Add me and let me know what can I do for all of you! I believe that you have a lot to teach me too!! we can do an excellent exercise to share our knowlege and get useful our time and why not a great friendship!
    Thank you so much for your time!
    Georgealfred20366
    Skype.


  472. Memo Condito
    3 years ago

    Soy estadounidense, but I have lived in Mérida, Yucatán, México, for over three years. Mis vecinos son yucatecos y mexicanos. Ellos hablan muy rápido. Puedo entenderlos usualmento, en parte, via contexto. For learning a language, nothing beats trying to live independently in a country that speaks the language. In Yucatán there are Maya-influenced vocabulary words that make things even more interesting! Gracias por su ayuda.


  473. yvonne
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for helping me with my spanish, like so many other people, i have tried so many different teaching methods, including the expensive Rossetta Stone, i found it all so difficult, but having discovered your teaching method, i am now able to make sentences and converse with people. Once i have masterd synergy spanish i intend to go onto the next level. Thank you Marcus

    Kind regards. Yvonne


  474. Frances Ozburn
    3 years ago

    Looks hopeful. I would like to give it a go. It was very helpful. My sister in law is from Calle Colombia and does well with English. I would like very much to speak a little Spanish with her after all these years.


  475. hubert langevin
    3 years ago

    Very good approch so far.

    Need more to make myself a good idea.

    Do you have this in french to spanish?

    Hubert

    Marcus Reply:

    No, we don’t have French to Spanish.


  476. Vickie
    3 years ago

    can’t wait to try this, I have lived in Baja Mexico for 7 1/2 yrs. tried learning, but the Mexican’s would say oh no, I must learn English ( to improve their jobs ) so they didn’t want to speak to me and I couldn’t get it. Hope this works for me…thanks for all your help. Mexico is my forever home, I need to learn their language.

    Marcus Reply:

    I love Baja. I’m sure we can help you finally speak Spanish.


  477. Mark
    3 years ago

    Thanks, I was just surfing and found your website. I’m just starting to teach myself Spanish and this lesson was great.


  478. desie
    3 years ago

    I thank you very much for this lesson , and enjoy learning Spanish .


  479. Helen
    3 years ago

    When you asked if I knew the word in Spanish for “by ” I thought you meant ” buy” ( comprar ) …..
    This is a concern .


  480. Jean Berry
    3 years ago

    It appears very simple and easy to assimilate


  481. Joyce
    3 years ago

    It gives me such hope!
    …maybe one day and sooner than I thought, I’ll speak it!


  482. Don
    3 years ago

    The support is awesome! Este perro viejo puede aprender nuevos trucos!


  483. Ted Steinberg
    3 years ago

    Interesting way of making Spanish palatable.

    You have a typo = “just reading this lesson can be a bid dry and dull. ” You meant “bit dry and dull!”

    You have an effective way of teaching Spanish AND (as opposed to BUT) you can leave out the cuteness and comments about how regurgitators teach and save your philosophy for Aristotle.

    What I like about your approach is that it’s simple, yet comprehensive, so take my remarks as a positive and allow yourself to succeed without being another one of those pissed off experts.

    Regards.

    TED STEINBERG, SPE

    Self Proclaimed Expert (Specializing in The Domestication of Revenue Bearing Creatures!)


  484. bob gilgor
    3 years ago

    I have been learning spanish from Berlitz but this is very time consuming and not what I consider being able to talk to Spanish speaking people easily with the Berlitz program.
    I would like to see what you have to help people like me who want to learn Espanol.
    Thank you.
    Best,
    Bob Gilgor


  485. Inge Portmann
    3 years ago

    I am exited about learning Spanish this way Many thanks


  486. Uncle Beasley
    3 years ago

    You’ll have a job convincing me that your approach is better than conventional charts. I don’t have problem with verb charts, you just have to highlight what is useful and relevant ans you progress. Like for ecerything, espcially in adult teacing, rule Nr 1: Only learn what you need !


  487. Any
    3 years ago

    i think that it is very good to learn this way it teaches one a quick way to speak Spanish Thanks


  488. Any
    3 years ago

    i think that it is very good to learn this way it teaches one a quick way to speak Thanks


  489. Steve
    3 years ago

    Great!


  490. Anita
    3 years ago

    The lesson on synergyspanis was good but the play button does not work


  491. nazmoon
    3 years ago

    Muchas Gracias por auyadar con mi espanol, pero puede mandar mas leccion por mi.


  492. MOHAMED
    3 years ago

    Premiro , muchas gracias , me gusta hablar bien con usted , porque , esta bien.

    Mohamed de argelia ouargla


  493. Katheryne
    3 years ago

    Great lesson


  494. Heidrun Grave-Weishaar
    3 years ago

    Very easy to learn. Heidi


  495. jacqui wickison
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus thank you very much for your web side Spanish lesson, very interesting for beginner like myself, the best Spanish lesson ever, clear fun to listen and easy to understand. Will order the audio in the near future.


  496. Francisco
    3 years ago

    My deepest apologies. There must have been an internet gremlin somewhere. I’m able to visualize my comment.

    ¡Saludos desde Mexico!


  497. Francisco
    3 years ago

    For those of you, ladies and gentlemen, who are considering a sojourn in Mexico City, here some widely employed slang you may find useful while moving around town (they’re NOT vulgarities, just what you’ll probably hear on the streets, especially among youngsters or vendors, waiters, etc.

    1) Chido = de pelos (= fantastic, great)
    2) ¡Me lleva! (= shucks!)
    3) Está cañón (= too difficult)
    4) ¡Chále! [mostly among youngsters] (= shucks!)
    5) ¡No manches! (= don’t blow it!)
    6) ¡Órale! [depends on the circumstances] (= righto! / come on! / hey, that’s enough!)
    7) ¡Cámara! = ¡Ya vas! = ¡Juega! (agreed! / it’s a deal!)
    8) ¿Qué onda? (= what’s up?)
    9) ¿Y ora en qué la giras? (= what’re you up to nowadays?)
    10) ¿Qué traes? (= what’s biting you?)
    11) La traes conmigo ¿verdad? (= you have it in for me, don’t you?)
    12) ¿La vas a hacer chillar? (= lookin’ for trouble? / wanna pick a fight?)

    No sé por qué fue borrado mi comentario del día de ayer. Vi por lo menos otro de la misma longitud (el del doctor indio), por lo que no puede ser por lo extenso. Espero no haber dicho algo inconveniente en él. Mi intención únicamente es AYUDAR EN FORMA DESINTERESADA a quienes quieren aprender español, mi idioma materno. Sólo como referencia: je parle aussi francais, ich spreche auch Deutsch, i ia panimáiu nimnóga pa russkij así que sé de que hablo. No quisiera empezar con el pie izquierdo con ustedes. Si dije algo impropio, me disculpo de antemano. Para cualquier aclaración, estoy a sus apreciables órdenes en mi dirección electrónica.

    Mil gracias por su comprensión

    Francisco


  498. sonia
    3 years ago

    A simple and informative way to enjoy spanish.


  499. Ken MacDonald
    3 years ago

    Sure, this is great for the regular verbs (AR, ER & IR ending) in the present tense, but pretty useless for the irregular verbs, which are really the problem. Anyone can fairly quickly learn the regular verb endings, regardless of what “verb chart” you may be using and your verb chart over complicates those. In all the years I have been studying Spanish, I have never seen a verb chart like yours.

    Get real here: The only way to learn Spanish or any language is to study hard and expose yourself to the language by talking to people, watching Spanish language TV shows and movies etc. My experience is that at least Latin Americans are very, very tolerant when you make mistakes. They are pleased you are at least trying and with time you will improve.

    Although you may a stumbled on some good teaching tools, you make it sound like what requires concentration and effort will become effortless. This is very misleading.


  500. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Thanks. Sounds great. Quiero !


  501. karuna
    3 years ago

    I enjoy reading you email.and I would like to keep getting them


  502. Francisco
    3 years ago

    Hello! I’m a native of Mexico City and agree with your explanations. I´d like to confirm some of the remarks from your audience, even if I risk overrepetition.

    1) Written accents may be crucial in Spanish, for instance:
    – Es una pérdida (It’s a loss), different from Es una perdida (She’s promiscuous).
    – Olvido (forgetfulness, oblivion), different from olvidó (he/she forgot)
    – Corto (short, I cut [Present Tense]), different from cortó (he/she/it cut [Past Tense]

    Agreed, sometimes a word can be tricky so find out its function (verb, adverb, adjective, noun):
    – ¿Cómo? (How?)
    – Como te dije (As I told you, as I instructed you).
    – Nunca como queso (I never eat cheese).

    2) Yes, you can drop pronouns most of the time, but not if the performer of the action is unknown to the person you are talking to (as sometimes you cannot drop it in English either):
    – Viene (Comes [Who???])
    – Él viene (He comes)
    – Ella viene (She comes)
    – Usted viene (You [formal] come)

    But the author’s right: most of the time the verb endings define the performer:
    – Vienes (You [informal] come)

    3) Please remember that in Spanish the beginning of a question is always marked with an “inverted” question mark (¿) and the beginning of an exclamation with an “inverted” exclamation mark (¡):
    – ¿Cómo que no recuerdas? ¡Si te lo repetí tres veces! (How is it you don’t remember? I did repeat it to you thrice!)

    4) A word of advice: Grammatical gender is of the utmost importance in Spanish: el hombre (the man), la mujer (the woman), el niño (the little boy), la niña (the little girl).

    A final remark: The author’s right again. Charts, lists and even dictionaries are good as quick references, but the surest and quickest way of learning is practice: read, watch videos, movies, listen to music in Spanish, but most of all TALK TO PEOPLE. For Europeans almost the only option available to them are Spaniards (who speak traditional Spanish, very cultured, but sometimes they lack the vocabulary employed in Latin American variants, no offense intended). Americans, on the other hand, can take advantage of the Mexican population living in the United States. Many of us talk to you in English and know at least the salient facts of your history. Why not try to talk to us in Spanish? We’ll appreciate your effort and help you ¡Mucho ánimo y mucha suerte para todos!


  503. Robert
    3 years ago

    needed a refresher course…this could be the one.


  504. Kate
    3 years ago

    not studying Spanish but just moved here and I am very impressed at your teaching methods and my ability to string your sentences together !!! muchos gracias!!


  505. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Very good impressed a very quick way to retain the lesson.


  506. Carolyn
    3 years ago

    I enjoy very much and hope to really learn.


  507. Jim
    3 years ago

    Mi gusta.


  508. Geoffrey Bellamy
    3 years ago

    Very well thought out


  509. Kathleen
    3 years ago

    I have been studying spanish over the last 3 weeks in an intensive course. It has been overwhelming and I seem to retain little. I especially freeze when asked to respond and feel I use the same few verbs over and over. Your short lesson has empowered me. I think having a good grammar base is important (what I am working towards) but having some confidence to speak is very key to using what I am learning. For example I understand the use of pronouns – you don’t go into much explanation but just use it in an easy way. All in all I think I would like to follow your program especially as I work towards functioning in a Spanish speaking environment! Thanks so much!


  510. clown
    3 years ago

    Great, if you want the spanish language to remain a dominant player you must promote it in newer and fresher ways: mas chido!


  511. george slack
    3 years ago

    Love your lessons I just have to get ready to order my wife is Latino and speaks far better Spanish than English . and when family is here all conversation is in espano so I need or video


  512. joe
    3 years ago

    This is fantastic,i have sat looking at verbs,conjugation,breakdown lists and nothing has stuck, this really works.im learning spanish for the sake of it, I have nobody to share it with but (porque me esposa piensa que soy loco!)i enjoy it and it is made simpler by this method,gracias


  513. Rosh
    3 years ago

    Very create approach! Thanks for this sideways insight!


  514. Brian
    3 years ago

    This ‘Sideways Spanish’ is yet another example of the wonderful and fantastic tools you offer which truly make the task of learning to speak and understand Spanish just that much more fun and productive.


  515. Corrine James
    3 years ago

    Hi,

    I like the sideways for fluency and mastery, my aim is to learn quickly and this way is so simple.

    I like it. I will certainly recommend others, when I master of course.


  516. Richard Wainwright
    3 years ago

    Estimado Senor, entiendo que los vídeos son libre pero hay sin cargo adicional ?? soy un hombre de muchos anos (jubilado) entonces es importante a se antes entro la programa de tuyos.

    Gracias Richard


  517. ELIZABETH
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much. I live in Spain and manage, just, to hold my own in conversation but people say Teach Me.. I will pass on your site to them as you make it so easy to understand. I wish i had found your site 5 years ago


  518. Rose pierce
    3 years ago

    Excellent. Muchas Gracias


  519. hadis
    3 years ago

    tnx Marcus , it helped me a lot , cuidate


  520. Paganini Inniss
    3 years ago

    Very helpful.


  521. Bob Emrick
    3 years ago

    It makes more sense than other experiences I had in the past. Thank you


  522. Barbara Nelson
    3 years ago

    Very helpful


  523. Roy
    3 years ago

    Brilliant 1st lesson! Still getting my tongue untied and hope that on my next visit to Spain I won’t seem the usual Brit numptie ……. how do I get more lessons Marcus?


  524. Gael Sanromán
    3 years ago

    Sólo una pequeñísima observación: Los acentos en español son bien importantes: ÉL, TÚ. Así se hace diferencia gramatical entre una persona, un artículo definido o un posesivo. Creo que eso ya lo han de saber. Vale, pues suerte a los que estudian castellano.


  525. KAZI ABUL FIROZ
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus,
    Your way is the best for learning Spanish language.

    Long live.

    KAF


  526. C. Ormon
    3 years ago

    Enjoyed this first lesson and it quickly reminded me of some of the basic Spanish I thought I had forgotten. It ended just before my mind got overloaded. Looking forward to another lesson.


  527. DorothyWilson
    3 years ago

    I’m amazed you still send me hints and tips on how to improve , it’s taken me so long to feel confident with my Short cut to Spanish course ,at my age the memory is not so good as it once was, I go to Tenerife for three weeks so will be practising and hopefully gain confidence and move on with more advanced Spanish in time for my longer visit in Feb/ March .Thank you for all your support I must decide what is the best way to go forward , any suggestions ? Gratefully yours. Dorothy.

    Marcus Reply:

    I’d recommend Synergy Spanish next.

    http://www.synergyspanish.com


  528. patricia cardis
    3 years ago

    Very helpful, good pace and plenty of repetition, looking forward to more.


  529. Edu
    3 years ago

    Congratulations for your page, but please correct those upper case H’s in “hablo, hablas, habla, hablamos…” and remember to always write the accents: it’s “tú hablas”, never “tu Hablas”, and “Él habla”, not “El habla” (without the accent on top of the “e”, it becomes “el habla”, i.e., “the speech”, “the local lingo”, when you mean “él habla”, in English, “HE speaks”).

    Another mistake: we write “¡Olvídalo!” (remember to write ¡, the opening exclamation mark).

    Incidentally, speakers in the Americas prefer using “ustedes” to “vosotros / vosotras”: make it clear that you are teaching that variety of the language —very similar to the one spoken in Spain, although speakers in Andalusia and the Canary Islands tend to do exactly the same—. Anyway, if somebody intends to improve their Spanish by using your blog, it could be a good thing to also include the verbal forms for “vosotros / vosotras”: I see that some users are British who spend their vacations in Spain, where “ustedes” and “vosotros / vosotras” aren’t exactly the same. It’d be curious, for example, to address children in Madrid with the respectful verbal forms of “ustedes”.


  530. Keith
    3 years ago

    I have been trying to learn Spanish for 3 years. My first course featured a radio language course with grammar textbooks, workbooks etc. My second attempt was a small class with a tutor. My third attempt was a cd based course teaching the language phonetically.
    I need to see the words as well as hearing them so your course looks like the ideal solution.
    I am based in the UK but I visit Spain 2 or 3 times a year and I wish to be able to speak with a fluency so your breakthrough method looks to be a great improvement in language teaching. As I write this I am here in Spain to enjoy winter sunshine and still wishing that I could speak to new Spanish friends in their language. When I return to the UK I will order the complete course to prepare for my next visit in the spring of 2014.


  531. mave weston
    3 years ago

    very helpfull to me ,am speaking very well I have lived in Spain 6,years and speak Spanish but after your e,mails already doing sentences mu bien


  532. Richard Olson
    3 years ago

    !Fantastico!


  533. betty
    3 years ago

    woow i love it


  534. Karen Todd
    3 years ago

    How wonderful! Thank you so much for this, I have been struggling for ages at night school but your way is the best by far.


  535. Jim Boelter
    3 years ago

    I really liked the first portable Sideways Spanish MP3; it was perfect while waiting in line at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales. I am looking forward to the rest of the series as MP3’s.


  536. Peter Edge
    3 years ago

    my wife, in england has bought ‘shortcuttospanish’ the full course for me, but i won’t be recieving it for a few weeks as im in spain, i look forward to your e-mails, and i think today’s onr on the verb’s is excellent…..thank’s


  537. San
    3 years ago

    Morning from Jamaica…anxious to get that sideways audio


  538. Karen Todd
    3 years ago

    I am having trouble to make conversation in Spanish but your lessons are so easy to follow. Me gusto mucho.


  539. sandrineine
    3 years ago

    I APPRECIATE what I have been learning…. for this audio I am unable to hear it. I am anxious to get another audio.


  540. Dr Dipak Kumar Saha
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus,

    Greetings! I very much liked the contents of your email ‘Una Pregunta’ sharing the Sideways Spanish Audio which seemed excellent in gradually mastering the language. I heartily appreciate your bold declaration “I’m not afraid to put my secret out there any more. If other teachers adapt to my style, that’s great! We’ll be allies in changing the abysmal way Spanish is taught. We’ll free the world from a traditional approach that robs most people of the chance to ever enjoy speaking Spanish. Instead, anyone who wants to speak Spanish will be able to. And their age or educational background won’t matter.”

    I am a retired Indian of nearly 65 years old speaking fluently English and French and some regional Indian languages, including Hindi and Bengali, my mother tongue. Presently I give tuition to students in these languages and encourage people to become multilingual to endear more people in the world we are living in and spread universal brotherhood.

    For the last two years I have been trying to master Spanish by reading books and listening to CDs borrowed from libraries and following some on-line free courses for learning Spanish since I cannot affort to buy them. I also lived in Costa Rica for a few weeks in 2012 with my daughter who teaches English to the Costaricans and got somewhat exposed with the Spanish speaking population and felt in love with Spanish language. Presently, I speak a little bit of Spanish and aspire to speak it fluently and interact with Spanish speaking world and give tuition in Spanish also. I have crefully read and listened to each and every lesson of Spanish you have been sending to me through email since my enrolment with you and I find them very methodical and useful and quite easy to follow unlike other methods. I am really grateful to you for sharing with me your free lessons. I am confident that when I master Spanish I would be able to pursuade my Spanish-learning students to subscribe for your publications for mastering Spanish in a short-cut and an easy way.

    I look forward to receiving from you more free lessons in Spanish, including audio lessons you have been so kindly sharing with me so far, to enrich my knowledge and comprehension of Spanish and enhance my capability to popularise your methods of teaching Spanish in the near future.

    On the eve of Diwali, one of the greatest festivals of India, being celebrated now, I wish and pray that your method of teaching Spanish becomes the most popular way to learn Spanish in the world and you acclaim the most prestigious position of the most effective Spanish teacher, widely sought-after.

    With Best wishes and warm personal regards,

    Dr Dipak Kumar Saha
    31 October 2013


  541. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Really easy to understand and follow


  542. franko
    3 years ago

    Can’t hear audio at all.


  543. CAT
    3 years ago

    I pressed the “play” button on the yellow simulation of a dvd player. Nothing happened. Very disappointing. I was looking foward to hearing the audio tonight.


  544. Inge Portmann
    3 years ago

    Thank you Marcus, I am 79 years old and I am sure I will be able to learn Spanish again with your course.
    The Video makes it so much easier, and with the new way of learning the verbs it will make it be even less difficult. I Studied forty years ago by correspondence, with a course from the Athabasca University but forgot so much. I love your Course, and your method of teaching


  545. sheilh
    3 years ago

    unable to hear audio:


  546. Kevin Parsonage
    3 years ago

    Sounds as though this could be useful and practical. Would like to see more but I ain’t paying for it!


  547. lucille
    3 years ago

    Thanks Marcus

    I feel good about myself, and I have you to thank. Many Blessings.


  548. Jim Boelter
    3 years ago

    Will there be portable versions/downloads of all the sideways audio lessons? I loved the first one which I used while traveling this weekend. I was a wonderful review of the synergy lessons; I hope they keep coming.

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, there will be portable versions of all the lessons. Just enter your email address in the box on the blog post and you’ll receive the portable version.


  549. fin
    3 years ago

    Loved it- you make it much easier for me to grasp learning verbs ! thank you


  550. Pamela
    3 years ago

    cannot access sideways verbs, will return and try again.


  551. Janice Wisdom
    3 years ago

    This will not open
    Thank you Janice


  552. Joseph
    3 years ago

    This makes so much sense. I find myself mentally repeating the verb endings when I want to speak. Then I sometimes forget the meaning of the verb itself.


  553. Eugene Ngah Dzernjo Lukong
    3 years ago

    I am desperately in need of the spanish language and i think that with the help this website and my personal determination i will learn the language and be able to express myself in it within the shortest time possible.


  554. Andrew
    3 years ago

    You have the gift for making the learning simple and interesting. Many thanks. Andrew


  555. John Park
    3 years ago

    Marcus putting the verbs sideways makes it so much easier thankyou
    John


  556. Ted
    3 years ago

    Very digestable portions of verbs and vocabulary to enhance listening and speaking skills.


  557. Barnettelynn
    3 years ago

    Thanks Marcus…I’m learning fast… it’s easier to learn your teaching method…Looking forward for more lessons…..God Bless…


  558. Patrick Conheady
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I am a 74 year old male and I never could speak any language other than english and Irish until I was fortunate enough to get your course. It was not easy at the start but by taking it slowly and in “small doses” I am delighted with my progress. I was on holidays in Spain recently and had no problem in being understood. I just spoke at my own pace. Muchas gracias y viva le Marcus,mi amigo. Adios,Patricio (Patrick) (Padraig)


  559. Steven Sterns
    3 years ago

    Marcus,

    Even though I purchased your Spanish lessons, I seem to get more out of your free emails because I’m too lazy to go online & enter passwords etc. If you had a special class where you emailed 10 or 15 minute exercises…that would be very helpful. Just a thought.

    Thank you,

    Steve


  560. David Naugle
    3 years ago

    I get nothing when I push the button.
    Is there another way to get this.
    Thaks

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, If you subscribe with the box on this page you’ll receive my lessons in other formats.


  561. Costantino
    3 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    Soy Costantino,

    Te quiero dicer que sus metodo de ensenanza es amistos a las orejas y a el cerebro. (If i can put it that way). quiero aprender el Espanol por que es una lenguage que me gustas mucho. todos las lecciones con los verbos son excelente. Muchas Gracias.


  562. Sam Pautsch
    3 years ago

    I find your email snippets very helpful and would love to purchase the full course, but alas funds do not allow – no problema! I currently live in Andalucia Spain – mainly Spanish people around. Your emails have been of great help in allowing me and my husband to be understood. I think the locals appreciate that we try. They have found our mistakes funny at times, helpful in correcting us others – but either way – thank you!


  563. pat
    3 years ago

    Marcus

    Is Latin American Spanish (pronunciation) very different to Mainland (Northern) Spain? And do you accept sterling payments?

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola,
    There is no one standard pronunciation for Spanish in Spain or in Latin America.
    The important thing is to use the main differences between English pronunciation and Spanish pronunciation so that you are understood. I have a free video course to help you with that on this blog post:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/red-faced-in-a-foreign-country/

    Yes, we can take payments in sterling.


  564. ruth
    3 years ago

    what I have problems with is not the present of verbs but the past tense like dar, llevar and poner.
    Thanks for all you hav taught me
    greets
    Ruth


  565. ruth
    3 years ago

    I am not worried about the present. With what I have difficulties is the past tense, especially with “dar, llevar, poder”


  566. Richard Michael Allen
    3 years ago

    Hablando español ok pero tengo una problema entiendo español cuando escuchando a lo


  567. Mark
    3 years ago

    Marcus,

    A big hello from way up north in the land of polar bears.
    Thanks for the audio courses and your ongoing encouragement.
    I was skeptical at first, but quickly embraced your method.
    The flashcards have been a big help.
    My wife is astonished by how quickly I’m learning.
    (Quite an accomplishment for somebody in their mid-50’s)
    Just wrapped up the Shortcut to Spanish course.
    Getting ready now to tackle Synergy Spanish.
    We’re traveling to Mexico on vacation soon.
    Can wait to try out my newly aquired Spanish skills on the locals.
    Much appreciated.

    –M


  568. judith padunsky
    3 years ago

    Marcus, hola, I am trying to play your sideways verb audio and it keeps cutting out, just wanted to let you know as I am very interested in hearing the rest of your audio.

    Thanks

    Judith


  569. Betty Street
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus,

    What a pleasure it is to to learn Spanish with your method of teaching. I really look forward to my daily study. I am going to Estapona, Spain in a couple of weeks time and will be able to put into practice what I have learned.

    Many thanks
    Betty Street


  570. Robin Goodram
    3 years ago

    Thank you Marcus. I’m enjoying both the Synergy Spanish unit and all the supplementary material I keep receiving. Yours is a very generous approach to teaching Spanish – I feel an almost personal connection – and I am very grateful.

    The audio lesson on verb patterns was great. The constant repetition with gradual develpment is brilliant.

    p.s. I once had a friend who described that beautiful recipe for stuffed peppers with walnuts which she had as part of her wedding lunch in Mexico City (but I never had the recipe!)


  571. Sybil
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus,

    I thank for your lessons in Spanish i no longer have this fear that I would never be able to speak the language.


  572. Helen Harris
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus,

    I am very happy I found your Spanish lessons. Suddenly all the problems I have had trying to learn to speak Spanish I am understanding, for the first time in 25 years. It’s a wonderful feeling.
    I feel very happy and my confidence is building daily.
    Thank you


  573. Alice
    3 years ago

    Dear Marcus

    Excellent stuff – clear and easy to use. Thank you.


  574. Gay Davis
    3 years ago

    I love your course, Shortcuts to Spanish. And the articles you send us are informative, humorous, and so helpful for learning. Thank you so much.


  575. farida nugent
    3 years ago

    Thank you Marcus for making Spanish so simple for us. To think, that institutions have cramped
    our style for so long. Well no, you are just a genius – sin duda”

    My confidence has soared and I feel that I am speaking Spanish correctly with your course
    without having to learn it for years.


  576. James
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I already have some of these audios but I want to make sure I haven’t missed any. Thanks for being there. I would like to say to anyone thinking learning Spanish is to get your Synergy Spanish Course, without a doubt.


  577. Lois
    3 years ago

    Gracias ! Todas su lecciones son briliantes.

    Me gusta aprendar espanol con Usted. Me encanta.

    I am bold to write in spanish, es verdad?

    Marcus Reply:

    Sí, es verdad. Bien hecho! (Well done!)

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/be-bold-in-a-spanish-emergency/


  578. John Hyatt
    3 years ago

    Marcus, I’m working through the course, and I think I’m doing pretty good, and am very happy with it.Thanks for the audio lesson, they are very helpful in the proper pronunciation of each of the words. Thanks in Costa Blanca, Spain.


  579. David Hudson
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus
    I just wanted to say thanks for all your tips and regular blogs and updates, learning Spanish your way is fun interesting and quick.

    I live on the Costa Blanca Spain and love chatting to the locals and always get complemented on my good Spanish, really they are complimenting my Spanish teacher ” mi amigo Marcus ”

    Muchas gracias
    David Hudson


  580. Iti Mathur
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I am retiring from work as of tomorrow and have just started learning Spanish online since last ten days. I am so glad I found your lessons. My confidence has gone up reading all the comments from people who have written here and am sure I shall do well if I keep up with the lessons, which I most definitely intend to do as I find the language very interesting, specially with you showing this easier way. I would look forward to receiving more audio lessons to start with. Thanks, Iti Mathur, Australia


  581. Iti Mathur
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I am retiring from work as of tomorrow and have just started learning Spanish online since last ten days. I am so glad I found your lessons. My confidence has gone up reading all the comments from people you have written here and am sure I shall do well if I keep up with the lessons, which I most definitely intend to do as I find the language very interesting, specially with you showing this easier way. I would look forward to receiving more audio lessons to start with. Thanks, Iti Mathur, Australia


  582. concha flores vay
    3 years ago

    Me gusta que quieran aprender mi idioma que es el Castellano (Español) es un idioma rico en vocabulario, sí es cierto que los verbos son un poco difíciles, pero una vez estan aprendidos ya no hay problemas, así que ánimo y a estudiar !!!!.


  583. e bailey
    3 years ago

    first time very good will try and get more audios.


  584. Ed
    3 years ago

    Yeah my Spanish teacher in Peru told me the same thing when I showed her the verb chart I got from my Bolivian teacher. She immediately changed it sideways.
    Good insight there Marcus. And you are correct to basically drop the charts unless people want to end up in a psychiatric unit


  585. jacqui wickison
    3 years ago

    very interesting, clear and easy to follow , love to learn more


  586. wade tuckness
    3 years ago

    you are very special.. i know it may be hard to accept so many accolades.. but if it quacks like a duck.. it probably is a duck.. dont ask me why i used that?? thank you Marcus, i too am a pensioner living in playa del carmen , it is different.. from a decent paying wage to social security.. and my 50 inch flat screen just went dead.. only have to wait for two months to replace it… jejeje.. hope you manage your money better than i did.. nos vemos,, wade


  587. howard
    3 years ago

    love you teaching method of teaching when i get some money ahead ill buy your course


  588. roz
    3 years ago

    good so far. am retired – what is the cost? I used to do pr – can we barter?

    Marcus Reply:

    I’m not looking to barter. However, I think you’ll find the price very fair anyway.

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/sidewaysfluency.html


  589. Martin Brain
    3 years ago

    Will definitely give this more time, I DO NEED TO USE THE PAUSE BUTTON!

    Mucho gracias


  590. keith
    3 years ago

    Very helpful simplifies the language, and makes learning easier.


  591. rosemary De Martino
    3 years ago

    I have tried to tackle learning Spanish whilst I have been living here in Spain and yes find the verbs continuously hard. I have a vast knowledge of words so I get by get by ..I got very frightened when I looked in a verb book and pushed it all under the carpet, so to speak. The book showed 72 variations of the verb…It just would not go in ..I built a brick wall… The little bits that you have sent me have started to open up the use of verbs..I am a pensioner and the cement in the old brains is a little hard but your persistence in wanting to make people realize that a ‘foreign’ language is not unobtainable has really helped. I thank you for this. regards Rosemary De Martino


  592. Marvin Huddleston
    3 years ago

    Marcus…. I have been learning this spanish language with you for quite a time now. I used to go to South America stay for a few months and get rather comfortable with the language. I married my wife Selene in Peru ….hmmm it will be 5 years ago in May. I still read everything you send me. I am advanced in my spanish these days. I never forget now because I have my wife here with me to always remind me. I will say that there is no other program out there that even comes close to your method. My hat is off, and I wish to say congratulations. You have a winner.
    Muchas Gracias
    Marvin Huddleston

    P.S. I still visit Peru every year with my wife and it is such a joy to be able to speak their language.


  593. Robert Forsythe
    3 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I just want to say a great big thankyou for your generosity in helping a pensioner like myself to TRY and master Spanish. I am fortunate to be living in Spain a beautiful country with very nice understanding people who really appreciate my efforts.Keep up the good work.


  594. MICAELA ANGELA
    3 years ago

    ME GUSTARÍA SABER CUANTO CUESTA EL CURSO, ME PARECE EXCELENTE.


  595. Joe
    3 years ago

    I’m dyslexic, 77 years old, traveled the world, dropped Latin, Thai, Chinese, music, Spanish 4 times, past 6 years living in Mexico, married to a Mexican who’s English in minimal and I am committed to spending the rest of my life with her in Monterrey Mexico (not a tourist town catering to the English speaking.

    Any suggestions? I’ll try your lessons.

    Appreciative Joe

    Marcus Reply:

    A lot of my students don’t even use the written portion of the course. They complete the course only using the audio material and they do very well speaking.
    So, you should be able to do just fine.

    Let me know if I can help in any way.


  596. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    I want to start teaching Spanish as second language and I found your lesson very helpful.


  597. Iain Gray
    3 years ago

    I have tried many cources before and like your approack


  598. Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Ello(as) hablan ellos(as) comen ellos(as) viven

    You missed the (s) Insted of (Ellos(as) you wrote Ello(as) and ello is a neutral pronoun which has no plural, in English it means (it).


  599. Juliet Powell
    3 years ago

    I found the sideways Spanish course refreshingly easy. Hace mucho anos que no hablo Espanol y me gustaria mucho continuar practicar en esta manera.


  600. Viv
    3 years ago

    Think it is a great idea. I am at this level and can’t get past the next…………this could be the answer!


  601. HG
    3 years ago

    This method looks easier than verb tables. Living in Spain is causing us to learn Castilian Spanish correctly. It sounds like this will help us overcome some of the difficulty.


  602. Elin
    3 years ago

    Hace muchos años que estudio español en la escuela superior en Tejas, pero no recuerdo mucho. If you don’t use it, you lose it, and I’m delighted to find this inexpensive method of refreshing my memory at my age (79), particularly in conversational Spanish by using the Spanish Audio that goes with each lesson.


  603. roxie mc clenton
    3 years ago

    I have been study Spanish for 1month while living in Spain..it is time for me to go home and I still can not communicate in Spanish….I just happened to run across your web site…and the verbos make sense to me.. I am interested in contuining with your audio lessons.. please let me know what I have to do..to continue getting your audio
    Thankkn you
    Roxie MCClenton


  604. Helen Charles
    4 years ago

    I can tell you are an Aussie! 🙂 So am I. I live half the year in San Diego. I need to converse with more Spanish speakers. I hope your lessons will help me as they seem to give me that practise. I use an iPad and could not fine a audio lesson for iPad so your lessons will be a help. Thank you.


  605. Di Jola
    4 years ago

    Para Gil Bunim:
    He leído su respuesta y me parece excelente esfuerzo. A continuación su texto con correcciones:
    “Hola Marcus. He Aprendido mucho con las lecciones del sistema suyo, cada mes cuando trato encontrar las lecciones nuevas que usted pone, se cuesta mucho! No se por que?
    Trato de abrir synergyspanishsystem.com/mmber y nada .Trato de poner mi nombre y mi password- y nada!
    Sera posible hacerlo mas amigable para ayudarnos a disfrutar del sistema.
    Me encanta estudiar Español contigo!”


  606. Jim Lawless
    4 years ago

    I thought the system was straight forward and would work well enough for me .I’d like to investigate each one of your programs to see where I would fit in with respect to my current proficiency . I have a solid foundation in Spanish but I lack practice time with native speakers. I’m particularly anxious about the verb conjugations and of course my memory. “””””Repetition is the mother of all learning and I need to hear repeatedly and practice each day a little bit at a time to stay current and achieve better fluency. Please respond as to the best approach for me. A telephone number would be helpful. Thank You Jim Lawless

    Marcus Reply:

    How did you go with the audio lesson on the blog post above? That’ll give me an idea about which course to recommend for you.


  607. Moose
    4 years ago

    I work in an area where there is a large Mexican community. In my line of work, I need the ability to communicate with all the people in the community. I am so grateful for your lessons. They have helped me a lot.
    Thank You in the name of public safety.


  608. Ejder Sevgen Raif
    4 years ago

    !Muchas gracias Marcus! Your lessons are fantastic! Keep them coming in. You are doing an amazing job. !Muy Bien!


  609. Dan Bodine
    4 years ago

    Even using hearing aids, hearing loss on this old man is 50 percent. Any chance?

    Marcus Reply:

    We are in the process of creating video versions of all the material that should be a big help.

    You can try a video on this post:

    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/simplicity-for-spanish-success/


  610. Adriana
    4 years ago

    Hola,
    Mi nombre es Adriana y quiero decirle a todos que la mejor forma de aprender espanol es viendo programas en espanol, y si es posible poner lo que se le llama close caption y repetir y tratar de entender lo que se dice. Yo soy maestra de espanol y no hay necesidad de pagar por aprender otro idioma, el yo no significa ningun problema en la conjugacion de los verbos, y no hay confusion alguna con el “yo” al contrario, ayuda a esclarecer lo que se esta hablando, por ejemplo no puedo dejar de decir “yo” cuando quiero decir que yo aprendi ingles y otros idiomas en la misma forma en que ustedes aprenderan el espanol, desafortunadamente siempre habra algunos verbos irregulares que nos complicaran un poco el aprendizaje, pero nada es imposible, todo es cosa de memorizar un poco, pero despues de aprenderlo ya uno lo habla automaticamente, Acostumbre su oido al sonido de las palabras y con la ayuda de un diccionario les aseguro que muy pronto podran hablar cualquier idioma que ustedes quieran aprender. Esta es mi opinion.


  611. Nanci
    4 years ago

    Brilliant…it really works, Thank You Marcus!


  612. cathy
    4 years ago

    vivo en Costa Rica hace 27 anos. Hoblo Espanol pero no hay suficiente verbos ni palabras. Soy estudiendo Engles con mi Tica amiga. Soy apprendiendo Espanol cuano ayuda ella. Me gusta sus clases porque entiendo casi todo pero es un practica muy bueno para mi. Soy feliz!


  613. Ken McNeil
    4 years ago

    At last a way to cut away the formality of the lessons and get to grips with how the natives use their own language – very usefull and I am now using your way and believe it or not being understtod – thanks


  614. camille barrow
    4 years ago

    Very very good for beginners like me! Goes slowly and simply! Thank you


  615. Ivan Jagarinec
    4 years ago

    I would like to learn Spanish and this method is very good, exciting and I will learn Spanish very fast .Thanks!!


  616. avon
    4 years ago

    its good I wont stop until I can talk espanol


  617. carolyn
    4 years ago

    I cannot hear the audio lesson one. what am I doing wrong?


  618. Ruth Gordon
    4 years ago

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to offer. I want to increase my Spanish fluency.


  619. Dillon Ramlochan
    4 years ago

    I love this


  620. mariana
    4 years ago

    hi I whant to learn words of spanish


  621. Gil Bunim
    4 years ago

    Hola Marcus. Aprndido mucho con las lecciones de la sistema suyo, per cada mes cuando trato yo encontrar las lecciones nuevas que usted pone ,se cuesta mucho! No se porque?
    Trato de avrir synergyspanishsystem.com/mmber y Nada .Trato de poner mi nombre y mi password- nada!
    Porsupuesto possible haserlo mas Amistad para auydarnos a disfrutar la sistema.
    Meencanta yo estudiar Espaniol contigo!


  622. Cindy
    4 years ago

    I really like everything I have learned. I will be in Argentina five months so I need this. I agree about Elena. Many times after you say in English what she said in Spanish I have o look it up in a translator but other than I recommend the course.


  623. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    interesting so far


  624. Bob
    4 years ago

    I could not get the audio to play.


  625. Terry Andrews
    4 years ago

    I liked the length of audio and the amount of practice. Had a hard time getting a clear pronunciation of the sentence by Elena. It wasn’t as crisp from her. May be if I seen how the words were spelled as she said them I would have had a better grasp of how to pronounce it. May be I could have understood a different assistant who articulated the word. I did learn from the audio! Just making a suggestion. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Going to Ecuador end of summer for 1 st time and trying to get familiar with the language before we leave. Terry


  626. Mike B
    4 years ago

    I have just completed the taster for your way of teaching spanish, and what a revelation!
    Totally got it and a massive thank you from a 58 year old man who is moving to Colombia and has been having lessons with a tutor for past two months and now was the time for the grammar.
    The confidence l have just felt was fantastic. Now for your complete course, thank you so mucho!,


  627. Nicolás
    4 years ago

    Un buen idea. Estudié español en clase y casi no aprendí nada! Pero luego vivía en Colombia y en México. Poco a poco lo aprendía, siempre luchaba contra la conjugación de los verbos y poco a poco me daba cuenta de los patrones “sideways”! Lástima que no encontré tu método anteriormente! Tuve qué descubrirlo yo mismo con mucho dificultad y trabajo! Ya creó que idiomas son puro patrones; no más tenemos que descubrirlas! Me impresionó tu lección audio, rocomendaré a mis amigos que les quieran aprender el español. Otra pista que me ayudó, fue aprender los sonidos correctos de las letras. Esto me mejoró mucho mi pronunciación. Esto también es un problema para los gringos. Para resumir, “Muy Buen Idea!”


  628. david nichols
    4 years ago

    Winner method. Very impressed!


  629. Deborah
    4 years ago

    No como chile …does this mean “no I eat chili?”

    Marcus Reply:

    It means, I don’t eat chili.


  630. F. Bienvenu
    4 years ago

    I am willing to try this new approach of yours: there is merit to it.

    My maternal tongue is French. So, learning a third language through
    a second one (English) might cause additional difficulties, but…
    let’s try it.


  631. Debbie Hull
    4 years ago

    Thank you. That is really making it so easy and un -intimidating. You are a very good teacher and understand how hard it can be. Thank you again.


  632. paul longman
    4 years ago

    I WAS REALY HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY SPANISH, I KNOW A LOT OF WORDS BUT PUTTING THEM IN TO SENTENCES REALY GAVE ME A HEADACHE, NOW THANKS TO YOU I CAN MAKE SOME SENCE OF WHAT I’M SAYING ,AND GET BACK MY ENTHUSIASM FOR THE LANGUAGE


  633. steve johnson
    4 years ago

    muy bien gracias


  634. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I am so excited and not intimidated to learn spanish


  635. rick
    4 years ago

    Looking forward to help with verb, a difficult part of any language learning, yet one of the most essential


  636. Gillian
    4 years ago

    I really like this. It makes so much sense. Congratulations. Next time I am going to visit Mexico I will look this up. My memory is so bad. Do you have a whole course?


  637. Alan
    4 years ago

    Me gusta como enseñas español , es correcto lo escrito , descrito y explicado aquí.


  638. ingeborg wagner
    4 years ago

    I myself teach spanish and I think it´s the right aproach. The verbs are so difficult for english or maybe germanspeaking people. I do it more or less th same way.


  639. callistus cho
    4 years ago

    i love the way you teach this course, its easy to understand. i enjoy this lesson and is learning a lot from it thank you.


  640. charles ward
    4 years ago

    im going to try dont know if i can ever remenber


  641. paulettedevonish
    4 years ago

    It is good to know spanish around the world so when you get there you know what you about to do


  642. paulettedevonish
    4 years ago

    Knowing spanish. Is very instrested to me so I could share to others


  643. paulettedevonish
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for your courage and true love of this spanish you taught me don’t mine is a little but able to understand more of it


  644. maz
    4 years ago

    marcus santamaria just 4 words YOU’RE SIMPLY THE BEST


  645. dennis krouse
    4 years ago

    I do not seem to be able to download first sample lesson.


  646. Ginger
    4 years ago

    I have learned a lot of words over the years. However, I have a lot of trouble with making statements or carrying a conversation.
    I hope that the few simple steps that you demonstrate will give me both the courgae to use this language and the ability to use it well.
    Thanks
    Ginger

    Thanks for taking the time to help us all.


  647. Dencil
    4 years ago

    It is a good thing to know that learning spanish could be easy thanks alot


  648. ahmad ahamad
    4 years ago

    V. good intro, still seeking more!!!!!!!!!???


  649. Kathy Jordan
    4 years ago

    Thank You Marcus. Your approach to Spanish is amazing. I enjoy every lesson set that I have recieved and have learned a lot! Gracias


  650. Myron
    4 years ago

    This is the most fluid approach I have seen to speak Spanish. I am using immersion Spanish program but this approach seems to unlock my ability to use the language in conversation. Thanks for the lesson. I agree there is hope.


  651. Ramona
    4 years ago

    It is still difficult, I have tried several different approaches to learning the lanquage, i.e. Rosetta Stone, Spainish Dictionary and several other approaches. Although I have picked up a lot of words, I cannot wrap my tongue around the spoken part. I continue to have to think in that slow drawn out process that is mentioned earlier on the website. Spainish spoken by a native speaker is spoken so fast it is difficult to unravel the words.

    It is my hope that this will aid me in my quest to speak spainish fluently.


  652. jdb
    4 years ago

    Whew! In the nick of time when my first week of immersion Spanish in costa rica confounded me. There is hope yet


  653. judie ssager
    4 years ago

    maybe i could understand this method


  654. judie ssager
    4 years ago

    habla or no habla looks like its dooable


  655. Krrishika
    4 years ago

    Good way of being familiar with the language.


  656. Moose
    4 years ago

    Work in law enforcement with a growing Mexican population who are easy targets for crime because they do not speak English. In order to help, I need to be able to communicate.


  657. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I don’t speak a lick of Spanish and I understand your method.i love it!!!


  658. David Hammond
    4 years ago

    Good Spanish learning insight and clever promotion for it.
    I look forward to following along.


  659. payton
    4 years ago

    almost better than my spanish teacher! 🙂 very nice


  660. Jess
    4 years ago

    It’s really nice your method :3 congrats.


  661. jJANE
    4 years ago

    I really enjoy all your lessons and have hopes of speaking Spanish soon. I actually speak it better than I can understand it.


  662. Gi Gi
    4 years ago

    This is so stupid I looked up for esta and it. Didn’t have anything close to it when it said it had a definition for esta and when to use esta this is the dumbest website ever I will NEVER come back on it again it is sooooooo HORRIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  663. julio arraigada
    4 years ago

    esta muy bien la idea ,pero no debes confundir accion (verbo),,con formas(preposicion ),,,el Yo indica persona en la conjugacion del verbo,,comer(verbo) “yo” como,, sin embargo “como ” esta de salud ,,,(preposicion) no es lo mismo ,,,eso si ahi tienes otro verbo”(esta) del verbo “estar”,,,seria una gran idea ,,,pero lo que tu dices no son las mismas cosas .-


  664. Alessandra
    4 years ago

    Seems very helpful can’t wait to hear the recording, btw why is it called sideways Spanish? I don’t understand that part but anyways thanks!

    Marcus Reply:

    We turn the Spanish verb chart on its side.


  665. Ross Cranwell
    4 years ago

    great explanations!


  666. Jane Pray
    4 years ago

    It was exciting to learn that way. I need to practice that more so I can respond faster though.


  667. Carmen
    4 years ago

    Congratulations!!!…is very good method, I speak spanish, I need more practice in english.


  668. Barry
    4 years ago

    This seems to be a very good way to gradually increase your grasp of the language. The interactive and repetitive formation of simple sentences really helps with putting phrasing into context.


  669. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    im not so sure about your method but your right about not speaking fluently. i can read, understand and write spanish but i cant quite speak it so well if to ever engage in a conversation with a spanish native


  670. Aracely
    4 years ago

    Gracias por ayudarnos a aprender el inglres la verdad que habemos muchas personas que no podemos pronunciar el ingles, gracias por hacerlo al máximo.


  671. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    at the first person pattern. That’s the one you use to talk about what you do.


  672. Ann
    4 years ago

    wonderful. I love it, good work and thanks


  673. Geraldine
    4 years ago

    This a good under standing for spanish


  674. Ms Tanvi Shah
    4 years ago

    Excellent way to shed nervousness while starting to speak spanish


  675. ian dunkley
    4 years ago

    it was so nice refreshing my memory in Spanish its like i was in a class room it actually showed me a different way of learning n speaking Spanish.nice work Marcus .


  676. Dennis
    4 years ago

    Just Moved to Cotacachi Ecuador one week ago I iwill try anything to learn Spanish


  677. saul
    4 years ago

    I WOUD LIKE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIDEOS


  678. Matthew
    4 years ago

    Good


  679. maryoloughlin
    4 years ago

    Ithink your method very good and am interested in following it


  680. J Romero
    4 years ago

    I have seldom read such hype in lieu os common sense – I wouldn’t have you como segundo en una carretilla


  681. Leo
    4 years ago

    Tard, except when you have to be careful of the accent on the ‘o’ so you can distinguish between third person past simple o’ and first person present o.


  682. j whitb
    4 years ago

    I really did like it. It was very easy to understand. Verbs is really where I have my trouble.


  683. linval
    4 years ago

    soy jamaicano y estoy muy feliz por su ayudar en ensando la lengua de espanol, muchas gracias senor marcus


  684. Antonio
    4 years ago

    Es una forma de expresión.


  685. rachael Gosein
    4 years ago

    i need to learn more Spanish.


  686. Sylvia Castillo
    4 years ago

    This is great. I just completed a spanish class a few weeks ago. It was totally stressful and I remember very little. They insisted that we speak only spanish in a first spanish level class and the instructor spoke limited english on college level. I was impossible and a total waste of time for the most part; although the instructor tried to be very helpful and patient with the class.

    Had I known about this method, I would be much farther along and prepared for the next required class. I was worried that I might not complete college because I did not know howo I would get through a more difficult level of spanish. However, now that I have access to this method I am certain with practice I can surely master spanish. This methos has completely boosted my confidence and made me feel that I can finally learn to speak spanish.


  687. Joseph (Pepe)
    4 years ago

    I never use the yo, because where I live the Spanish don’t.
    Nunca utilizo yo, porque donde vivo los españoles no lo usan.


  688. MariaJose
    4 years ago

    My name is Maria Jose,I’m spanish teacher, I live in Madrid, if you want to improve your spanish I would help you with it.Please send me a message if you live in Madrid. mjmjalonso@yahoo.es
    See you soon


  689. reg
    4 years ago

    I am difficult to teach,but this sounds good.I will give it a go and inform you of progress.


  690. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I no the present tense verbs quite well. I am from the old school. I need past tense, future tense mostly


  691. Sylvia Castillo
    4 years ago

    This method of learning spanish is excellent!


  692. William Basham
    4 years ago

    Excellent approach to learning Spanish!


  693. Anita Bishop
    4 years ago

    I am a Spanish teacher and I am quite impressed with this program. It presents what I would call a “cutting edge” approach to foreign language instruction. From the short clip that I have listened to, I feel confident that it would be very efficient tool and that it would boost any foreign language program. I would be interested in using this method as a pilot project at my school. !Muchas gracias!
    Anita


  694. JK
    4 years ago

    Never thought that speaking Spanish could be so simple! Thanks
    -Joel


  695. Jane
    4 years ago

    I would like to see Spanish word written as well as spoken


  696. hamisi s.chembera
    4 years ago

    I have only 2days of my spanish studies but I have already see the light Gracious


  697. Rodolfo
    4 years ago

    Yo quiero dar clases de español.. I want to teach spanish other people


  698. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yo quiero dar clases de español.. I want to teach spanish other people


  699. Patricia Hinson
    4 years ago

    Mucha gracious


  700. Uno que pasaba por aquí
    4 years ago

    Falta la persona “vosotros”.


  701. Lynn
    4 years ago

    This is great! I have been trying to teach/explain verb conjugation to my husband and my sister. (I’ve studied it long enough to have the conjugations down pretty well.) And their eyes glaze over. I get so frustrated because to me it doesn’t seem that difficult. I go over and over it and it just doesn’t sink in. I’ll try this approach and see what happens. Thanks again, Lynn


  702. bob
    4 years ago

    I cannot down load. Nothing comes up


  703. mark
    4 years ago

    gracias muchisima mencata.


  704. chelo
    4 years ago

    En español no se usa el pronombre sujeto ( no solo Yo sino todos los demás) porque la desinencia del verbo ( la parte final del mismo) ya te está indicando que persona es , que tiempo verbal es etc..por lo tanto hay que aprenderse bien los verbos para saber que persona es y que tiempo verbal. En el colegio cuando somos pequeños tenemos que memorizar todos los verbos de esa lista que mencionas, lo siento mucho pero es necesario memorizarla ya que el sistema verbal español es muy complejo.
    Nosotros tenemos que memorizar los phrasal verbs if we want to speak a proper English and it´s difficult for us but we have too. That´s life!!!!!


  705. Carlene
    4 years ago

    I struggle with verbs, but your demo explains it so well it is unbelieveable. I learn so much from your free demos. Gracias.


  706. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It’s amazing how well I did, as I am 68 yrs. old. You make it much easier to learn this way than from a text book. Thank you.


  707. Kehinde
    4 years ago

    Sir, you are a guru in making Spanish language easier to learn. Thanks for this great work to humanity.


  708. wanda
    4 years ago

    tell me more very helpful I was very consused about the yo you mame it a lot simpler thanks


  709. Carol-Anne
    4 years ago

    I have joined your Spanish class in the past & of course we have returned to Mexico & I want to brush up on my Spanish.
    Can you send me my pass word.
    thanks Carol-Anne


  710. joselyn .
    4 years ago

    I feel much more conficent now. Thank you so much. It has given me hope


  711. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Very good and builds confidence in speaking and hearing the language. I am refreshing previous ability in Spanish from many years ago. Thanks. Currently I have a tutor, but may get additional assistance later for work on my own.


  712. Ej Raif
    4 years ago

    Muchas gracias. I always enjoy your lessons and learn a lot from them. They are fantastic!!! Keep up the brilliant work!!! Learning Spanish is so fun!!!


  713. Kristen
    4 years ago

    I’m in 7th grade and this makes things a lot easier


  714. Sarah
    4 years ago

    Hi – liked the look at your site – am actually getting ready to go out to my spanish lesson. I find I’m stuck in a rut with it – and although I can speak quite a lot of spanish – I get stuck on the listening and on the more complicated verb changes. However, I think your product would probably be too expensive – they usually are –


  715. RHIAN EVANS
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for your free lessons I find them so so helpful .I look at them daily I will join you when I can affordit ,but for now thank you so much I am stuggling with my verbs so much gracias rhian .


  716. Jenny Stilton
    4 years ago

    Gracias I feell I have learned to put into sentences words that I have learned


  717. Mark
    4 years ago

    me gusto mucho 🙂 gracias


  718. zan
    4 years ago

    Me gusta! Gracias.


  719. linda
    4 years ago

    Thank you for your encouraging approach. Simply explained and immediately understandable.
    p.s. like your accent.


  720. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    no se quien eres


  721. george chamberlain
    4 years ago

    Hola Marcus, Gracias por los correos, leccions por mi laptop, they go with me to Santiago de cuba for un mes, con a chicas ayuda I hope to return to las Bermudas knowing a bit mas, gracias jorge


  722. Donna
    4 years ago

    I have struggled with ‘le’ for so long, not understanding when it should be used and in one audio lesson you explained what no one else has. ‘Le’ means ‘to him’. How much easier can it get? I just have to remember to put it at the front of the verb now jaja. Muchas gracias


  723. Victor Adams
    4 years ago

    I am enjoying Synergy Spanish and try to get at least one lesson in each day – but life interrupts sometimes! I took private lessons for 6 weeks (at considerably more cost than Synergy Spanish) and while I was learning, I have to be honest and say that Synergy Spanish (SS) is moving me along much faster and with less effort. Why? One reason is my SS instructor is fluent in both languages so I don’t have to figure out (sometimes incorrectly) what the Spanish word is before I start using it – this slowed down learning quite a bit. Another is I am less self-conscience about making errors and can repeat the lesson as often as I like or need to without feeling I’m not improving fast enough for the instructor – stupid I know but life is what it is! I like the self-taught correspondence method a lot because it allows me to move along at my own pace, take days off as needed and feel more comfortable at the pace I set or even to go back and take the same lesson over again if I feel the need! Living in Panama also gives me the opportunity to practice what I learn in the real world. Muchas gracias Marcus y hasta luego.. vja


  724. Chris
    4 years ago

    I have to say that what you wrote above does not seem to make things any easier. Of course removing information simplifies but sometimes it causes confusion too. Learning a language is not a simple task otherwise we would all be multi-lingual, so learners have to expect to put effort in to a language. Simply exaggerating the ending does not make it easier and there are many verbs that are irregular.


  725. David O'Donnell
    4 years ago

    very good and this exactly how my spanish teacher is teaching me


  726. Shirley Labonte
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much,very helpfull,i find it has helped me get to kown a few more words.


  727. Peter
    4 years ago

    Caramba
    You make it easy


  728. JC
    4 years ago

    What a shame that their command of English is not too got

    “practice spanish verbs” !!! NO ! NO! NO!

    it should be practiSe, ´s´ for the verb and ´c´for the noun, a glaring error!!!!

    Marcus Reply:

    The verb with an ‘s’ is also correct, unless you are insisting on strictly British English.


  729. Tammy
    4 years ago

    Wow I learned more in 15 mins then I have in 10 weeks of spanish. I wanted to give up but now i see i can really do this. Thank you for showing me the way I will be Bi-lingual in no time. Paz Y amor.


  730. Robert Howard
    4 years ago

    Getting there, poco por poco.


  731. John Watson
    4 years ago

    I am a 66-year-old English male who has lived in Spain for nine years. I have had three female Spanish teachers of Spanish. I have had more than 300 hours of lessons in Spanish. I have paid more than 3000 euros for these lessons, and still I understand nothing.

    The teaching method employed by the first female Spanish teacher was ridicule and hysterical laughter each time I made a mistake. The teaching method employed by the second female Spanish teacher was wide-eyed, finger-stabbing, desk-pounding, screaming, in-yer-face eyeballing fury each time I made a mistake. The teaching method employed by the third female Spanish teacher was “You might be able to find a website about that.” For example: “Can you teach me how to use Spanish pronouns?” Answer: “You might be able to find a website about that.”

    There is no way in which I will ever again take any teaching from anyone about learning the Spanish language. I am one million percent alienated from learning Spanish. I hope you get my drift.

    John Watson


  732. Allan Stuparyk
    4 years ago

    El Marcas, Gracias por todo Tu me envía por correo electrónico una ayuda de Tu que aprecio Tu y la buena voluntad Tu de ayudarme a cultivar en esta lengua emocionante,


  733. andrew milne
    4 years ago

    boy i strugle at times with my spanish but you always make it for me so mutch easier.living in barcelona is great but the the two languges catalan and spanish boy it drives me a little crazy


  734. Rose
    4 years ago

    I dont wish to sound pedantic but your words “No como chile.” seems wrong somehow. Im English and i live in Chile, cant afford much, i love your lessons you send me via email. But i do believe you mean “No como chili” as in chili peppers. The spelling is different. x

    Marcus Reply:

    In Spanish they actually use both spellings.


  735. Elizabeth
    4 years ago

    I now undrstand… what a brilliant way of explaining what my teacher has spent 1 1/2 hours… and I didnt understand!
    Thannk you


  736. christopher
    4 years ago

    very help full try ,try to learn something every day.


  737. weston wilson
    4 years ago

    I am finding thia very interesting


  738. Bettye Walker
    4 years ago

    This is very helpful for me.

    Bettye


  739. Genevieve
    4 years ago

    My question is that it states that it is free Spanish lessons but the further along one goes it comes to video-s asking for money…..what is up with that? I do agree that it is a very easy approach to learning Espanol easier but why the false advertisement or am I reading it wrong?

    Marcus Reply:

    This blog is full of free lessons. Have a look around there’s a lot you can learn. I also have complete step-by-step systems to speak Spanish, which you can purchase if you like the free stuff.


  740. Dorothy bacchus
    4 years ago

    I am finding learning Spanish difficult and need all the help I can get. I found this approach very helpful


  741. Raymond
    4 years ago

    pretty cool
    the SER and ESTAR is killing me


  742. Zoee
    4 years ago

    I find this SO useful! .. I study Spanish at university and I’m currently living in a part of spain where noone speaks english, by myself!!
    Thankyou!!!


  743. Elizabeth
    4 years ago

    Hi… I’m teaching some Spanish speakers English and learning to speak Spanish in the process. (I read and understand spoken Spanish at an intermediate level). Verbs are my nemesis. I appreciate anything that helps. Thanks! EHB


  744. CATHI KILBY-PHILLIPS
    4 years ago

    i’m loving this way of learning


  745. Cynthia DuBose
    4 years ago

    Oh my goodness! I am a 63 year old grandmother. I have tried learning Spanish for several years. Why didn’t someone tell me this before now. My 5 year old grandson was accepted into the Dual Language program. He’s learning Spanish and I made up my mind to study along with him. You, my dear sweet person, just opened a huge door for me. Thank you so very much.


  746. Pamela
    4 years ago

    I love the way you teach. I am looking forward to learning more and more.

    Thank you for not forgetting me.


  747. Greg Gurnett
    4 years ago

    Marcus,
    I love your courses. I started with Synergy Spanish then Bola De Nieve ! and now I’m in Bola De Nieve 2 and SpanishEarTraining. I went to Costa Rica for 6 months and I loved it. But they handed me verb charts every day. I love Costa Rica and the instructors I had are now my friends, can’t wait to go back, but Macus your courses are WAY BETTER than theirs. I read in Spanish every day, and thats getting easier all the time. But Listening to spanish speakers is a challenge. I like listening to Novellas because it’s not as fast as Primier Impacto. When the day comes that I can listen and understand those fine women on Premier Impacto. I know I have arrived. LOL Gracias Marcus, Greg


  748. jo
    4 years ago

    Three years ago I did the synergy course. After that I went to venezuela, took private lessons and was able to speak spanish pretty good, making a lot of mistakes though. I still am enjoying your lessons and are improving every day. Thanks for all the effort you put in to this new approach.

    trés anos passados tomei o curso ´synergy´. desuéis fui a venezuela para tomar clases particular. estoy hablando espanol mas o menos, hacendo muchas errores claro. gusto mucho sus lecciones . e estoy mejorando cada dia.
    Gracias por este metodo de novo


  749. Rachael Overton
    4 years ago

    It does seem to be much easier to understand


  750. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Lengua señas mexicana


  751. Ros
    4 years ago

    I’m 75 years old, but trying hard to learn, and found this approach very good. Thanks !


  752. andy
    4 years ago

    yours is the best and simple way to learn spanish , l am going to Peru in the new year and will find the training from you very helpful, l am a pensioner , so it takes a little longer for some of the words to sink in , l now live in Spain ,and am not affraid to have a chat to the locals , but they talk back so fast , not sure what they say all the time


  753. Levanne
    4 years ago

    I am slow but I think this will really help. I will come back to this sight and the other sight suggested


  754. barrio cerrado
    4 years ago

    I just could not leave your site prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the usual info an individual provide for your guests?
    Is gonna be again often to check out new posts


  755. Allan Mwewa
    4 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    I speak french and english and I’m so much interested in spanish. Your sideway spanish method of learning has captured my attention. Having known how to speak french has given me some good quick understanding of some words-but the prolem is I don’t interact as I do in english and french. Please expose me to more spanish.
    Gracias! Adios!
    Allan


  756. Stephen
    4 years ago

    Marcus

    My IP technician solved my problem. So, not to worry!

    Your presentation is very good. Makes sense, and makes learning this language much easier!

    Thanks!

    Stephen


  757. Stephen
    4 years ago

    Marcus

    I am attempting to download the audios. The s3.amazonaws.com/BolaBlog/SidewaysSpanish.mp3 page loads, but will not play. My operating system is Ubuntu. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Stephen


  758. Kathy
    4 years ago

    Ohla! My husband and I are leaving for Madrid & Barcelona, Spain this week. I wanted to feel comfortable knowing a few greetings, questions, and polite expressions. Gracias for the clearest help I could find to speak Spanish in 6 days! Hasta luego! Kathy


  759. Hanni Gennat
    4 years ago

    Fantastic! It makes you speak and overcome the big gap between learning verbs and vocabulary and putting it into action.


  760. Rosita Clarke
    4 years ago

    Great audio lesson…. I found this very helpful.


  761. Will
    4 years ago

    there are so many many many verb forms in spanish ..so if you want to turn it into a drill format for learning (which if you are doing if you are really honest with yourself ) FINE, however I speak or you he she we they speak are only present perfect (and you only went over the first person singular I (Yo). 6 times 6 simple forms = 36 and now add the other 8 verb forms = 14 times 6 = 84 verbs no to mention infinitives with object pronouns glued to them.. I have lived in MExico for 1.5 years nowhere near the border .. no gringos and have a mexican wife and mother in law.. .. SPANISH IS NOT NOT NOT EASY and noone can make it easy .. any language learning is VERY HARD for the average Joe no matter what the format. Tell me something do you take forever in PRESENT? It does not work that way in real life. So many books stay in the present forever.


  762. Paul Scribner
    4 years ago

    Hi Marcus:
    I am just finishing Shortcut-to-Spanish 1 and have purchased your “Conversational Spanish” but I’m wondering which of your programs you would recommend for me next?
    Muchas gracias.

    Marcus Reply:

    I would recommend Synergy Spanish next.


  763. LM
    4 years ago

    You make it much easier to understand,, and yes, I had 2 years of Latin in High school.. 2 years of French.. what do I remember? not much..


  764. Sophie
    4 years ago

    Thx a lot Marcus, it was really helpful and i learnt a lot. i have been really struggling with spanish lately so thx for making it a little easier!!!


  765. Michelle Ayala
    4 years ago

    hi Marcus,

    i have to take a Spanish level 2 part 2 Credit By Exam
    & pass it to graduate highschool.
    this is really helpful!

    Thank you.


  766. Geoffrey Shaw
    4 years ago

    Your method of verbs sideways is very simple and the method is what I call ‘gradual’.
    When starting out to learn Spanish there are many tthings to consider in ones compartmental mind. Firstly one has to build up a considerable vocabulary and then understand basic verbs etc.
    Your method of simplification is very helpful since we do not need to cram our heads full of all specific types of verbs to progress.


  767. Bill
    4 years ago

    How do you pause the lesson?

    Marcus Reply:

    The play button turns into a pause button once the audio is running.


  768. Marris Rooney
    4 years ago

    I cannot understand the spanish speaking voice. I would prefer to hear a voice more like yours. It’s deeper and easier for me to hear and understand. I am sorry, but I cannot listen to your downloads until a deeper and clearer replacement voice is used.


  769. Shona
    4 years ago

    Really like your approach to learning. The interactive part of the lesson really works well for me. Hope to convince my partner to sign up with me, so we can speak it together.


  770. diane
    4 years ago

    Brill ! Were you a teacher ? I am trying to learn on my own and teach my grandson -your page is so easy . Many thanks


  771. joyce
    4 years ago

    Great programme for beginners.


  772. precious
    5 years ago

    hi marcus, l just want to say a big thanks to you, u are the best spanish teacher that l have ever seen, l have been studing spanish for almost 3 years in spain (barcelona) where l base without speaking spanish as l wanted and it make me feel so crazy, cos l want to study axillary nursing but cant go for it because of my poor spanish speaking, but since l started recieving ur lession on line thing are really turning about for me, am so excelted you are the best marcus.


  773. precious
    5 years ago

    Marcus, muchas gracias, eres muy buen profesor.


  774. Charlie Hampton
    5 years ago

    Marcus, Thanks very much for your e-mails containing the free Spanish lessons. I’ve been living in Baja Ca. Sur, MX, for close to 7 years and your lessons have done more for me than all the combined classes I’ve enrolled in. Until I began your course, it was embarrassing to tell people how little I’d been able to pick up in that amount of time. I’d laugh it off and say I knew enough to get my face slapped.
    My internet service was recently restored so I’m just using the e-mails at the moment, however, I’ve been referring my “bi-lingually challenged” friends to Synergy Spanish Systems and forwarding the address to them. And I’ll be purchasing the program on DVD next month.
    Thanks for getting my Spanish on the the right track. Paso a paso! Charlie


  775. Natasha Millen de Guerra
    5 years ago

    I love this info!!! Funny and true and engaging!

    Thank you 🙂


  776. jim webster
    5 years ago

    looks good so far.
    .hope its not just another easy way to speak spanglish.
    I think we can only learn by being in spain and getting rid of english tv. newspapers ,pub friends,
    and any association with english.
    if we have to we learn .
    n othing is easy.think how long
    it took us to learn english from our parents and schools.
    Enhorabueno Y feliz navidad .
    JIM


  777. Emilio
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus

    Estoy viendo tu método de enseñanza del español y estoy gratamente sorprendido. No es un método convencional pero parece ser muy efectivo.
    Una vez más enhorabuena y suerte para los cientos de alumnos que ya tienes.

    Saludos desde España


  778. waseem
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus
    this is a great way to learn Spanish verbs thank you Marcus you are doing great job thanks


  779. Edward
    5 years ago

    Muchas gracias Marcus por estas lecciones.
    Me gusta practicar con el audio que usted ha incluido.

    You certainly give people their money’s worth when they invest in your program.


  780. natali unger
    5 years ago

    luv your spanish lessons!!!!!!

    I have learnt so much!!!


  781. Irina
    5 years ago

    Marcus, I love your approach to teaching language. I am a natural pattern finder, and your strategy is incredibly simple for me. To learn language by finding patterns and creating a structural knowledge based on them. Afterwards one only needs to put “meat” on the “bones” – expand the vocabulary. I admire your cleverness. I always wanted to learn a little bit of Spanish, but it seemed like a difficult task. With your help I could speak simple sentences on the first day!
    Thank you so much!


  782. Corie
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus.
    My daughter has been taking Spanish in high school all year and it’s crazy the homework she has to do. The sentences and questions she is given take an enormous amount of time to complete and it’s just for a grade. She’s getting nothing out of it, as far as actually speaking goes. How can we change the teaching style in schools??

    BTW,I enjoyed your story from the email about Panama. I grew up an Army brat and we were stationed in Panama the year they elected Noriega. We didn’t live on a base so they were interesting times but it is such a beautiful place.

    Gracias y me gusta la informacion.
    Corie

    Marcus Reply:

    I always make it easy for any teachers who want to use my materials in their classes. And there are a lot of dedicated teachers out there who do want to see kids coming out speaking the language. Unfortunately, most are fighting an uphill battle with administrators who don’t want to change.


  783. Steve Young
    5 years ago

    –Marcus,

    Gracias por la lección de audio muy útil. Me gusta porque necesito este tipo de práctica.

    –Steve


  784. Jan Canovas
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    I have only listened to the latest email and found it really interesting and the explanations good and easy to understand. I will continue to listen and see how I progress.

    Jan


  785. philip reid
    5 years ago

    i have been learning spanish at night class for several months i am very excited having come across sideways


  786. Julia
    5 years ago

    At last someone with a lateral approach to teaching Spanish! MUCHAS GRACIAS.
    Do you have a solution to remembering which past tense to use?
    I have never understood when to use which.
    ESTAR: ESTABA ESTUVE, SER: ERA, FUI
    I would be so grateful and probably lots of other people too. Julia


  787. Fredericka
    5 years ago

    Excellent ……… as usual! Thank you!


  788. Patricia Gale
    5 years ago

    I am having a problem with your video breaking up Why is that


  789. Kenneth
    5 years ago

    The more and more I use your methodology the better my understanding and pronunciation becomes.


  790. Eric Landon
    5 years ago

    I listened to your download and found it very helpful. What else do you offer please?


  791. J.Laurier Martin
    5 years ago

    Hola, Marcus.
    I have been working with your Synergy program since last year and am now in Bola de Nieve Modulo siete…I have no opportunities to speak spanish except cuando voy a Mexico una vez por ano. You would not believe how I can get along…It’ absolutely incredible…I’m french canadian and speak very well english so both are plusses. Hablo muy bien! Except that I have a great weakness and that is that no los entiendo cuando la gente me habla. So I decided to give much more time to reading texts and trying to find speaking texts at normal speed.
    Do you have suggestions for me.

    Muchas gratias por su ayudar y la introducion a su programa.
    Laurier

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, we have a program to help with that at SpanishEarTraining.com


  792. aisha
    5 years ago

    Ola Marcus:
    you are a terrific teacher. I am definitely intimidated by Spanish, but you & Elena make it sound “do-able” Thank you for sending me these e-mails.
    aisha


  793. james norris
    5 years ago

    lesson was great


  794. james norrie
    5 years ago

    great


  795. MayAnn Dogooder
    5 years ago

    Great stuff, you’ve got the best Spanish language course around.: Hope you don’t mind if we pass some of it along to our American pals in Mexico.
    God Bless,
    MaryAnn


  796. Anjuli Bahadur
    5 years ago

    You make it very easy to speak in Spanish and I am truly grateful for the free help and advice you give us!!

    Mucho gracias Marcus.

    Best wishes.
    Anjuli


  797. Alpheca
    5 years ago

    this is so much helpful! i’m loving your benevolence and style Marcus. thanks a lot.


  798. kenneth crossley
    5 years ago

    Dear Markus
    I am seventy six years old, i have been trying to learn spanish for a number of years,found it very difficul untill icame across your course on the internet about two months ago, although i know lots and lots of spanish words i found it very hard to put them together in sentances untill now. Thanks very much EXELENT COURSE. Regards Ken Crossley.


  799. Sylvia Baker
    5 years ago

    Many thanks Marcus, I have enjoyed the first of your sideways Spanish lessons and I will download it to go with my Synergy Spanish lessons. I will also download the Sideways for Fluency and the Sideways for Mastery. I admit to taking some time off from my Spanish lessons but I really want to get back on track in order to converse more with my Spanish neighbours.
    I want eventually to get the Bola de nieve but I don’t think I am ready for that yet. I think the lessons are great and I need to spend more time with them.
    Once again many thanks, Sylvia


  800. archie
    5 years ago

    Hi

    I think I can learn much better with your system . I have learned another language with your system and worked very good. Thanks
    Archie


  801. atea
    5 years ago

    I have suspected for a while now that you are on to something most second language teachers don’t know, and I bow to you. As an ESL teacher I tried to give my students fluency, which seems to be a concept that’s been tossed into the basura. After 14 years of living in San Miguel de Allende, I’m finally starting to teach some neighbor kids English. I do it exclusively with songs, because singing requires fluency. Would love to meet you some day. Hope to do your ear training if I can find a friend whose credit card I can use. Will give you a place to stay when you visit San Miguel The gringos’ Spanish will break your corazon! Atea Marcos Amir


  802. tyran i
    5 years ago

    yes u can use either or.


  803. Rabe
    5 years ago

    Muchas gracias (: I love learning Spanish and the way how u taught was very helpful (:


  804. GUNITA
    5 years ago

    Hello Marcus!
    You are THE BEST TEACHER EVER!!!
    Thank you sooooooooo very much! im learning very slowly because im lazy now but i want to learn spanish and i will!Your lessons are BRILLIANT! Its sooo easy to learn,only thing is-vocabulary.
    Have a great time!
    BEST WISHES,
    Gunita.


  805. Mike Cutts
    5 years ago

    Lovely !!!
    Muy bien


  806. Dwight
    5 years ago

    Hello Marcus, this is a great idea. It’s starting to make sense now. It’s like less is better, you are combining a group of words condensing them into small compact phrases.


  807. Justin Pennefather
    5 years ago

    Me gusta mucho su acercamiento a los verbos.
    Como siempre Muchas gracias,
    Justin


  808. Ron
    5 years ago

    This is just what I need. Unfortunately, the Real player on my coomputer will not play these files. I have had that problem with anything that comes from Bola. Real informed me that there is no update available for my player. Verbs are a huge stumbling block for me and I just can afford more software right now. Thanks for making this available. Now, if I could only access it….


  809. MONICA RAINVILLE-BATON
    5 years ago

    Marcus, as everyone else agrees, you are a master of teaching the Spanish Language and I also had tried to learn the Spanish Language for many years but with NO SUCCESS until I received your e-mail Synergery Spanish Course trial offer. I cant thank you enough for Synergy Spanish and your Bola De Nieve Course. I’m now able to read, speak, and write ( but with a little difficulty writing ).

    There is this other website I use sometimes to text and voice chat with spanish speaking people, and I have found a Penpal to help me with my spanish. In exchange they’re also looking to speak with people who speak the english language. If another language is interesting to you there are many others to choose from also. I hope you don’t mind Marcus. Thank you again and I hope you continue sending your very informative e-mails for many years to come.

    http://mylanguageexchange.com/

    MONICA
    United States, Rhode Island


  810. Vickie Baker
    5 years ago

    Marcus,

    This was a great refresher for me. I have been away from practicing spanish for almost a year due to job responsibilities. I love your teaching method. ¡Muchisimas gracias!


  811. Hallette
    5 years ago

    I enjoy your emails and the audio sections giving me the proper pronunciation although I do have difficullty pronouncing ‘v’ as ‘b’. If I err in this will I be understood?
    Muchos gracias y muchos felicedades.
    Hallette


  812. William Ramage
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus, you make it all seem so easy, I wish you had been around when I was younger. My interest has never been more intense than it is with your e/mails of great value to my knowledge of Spanish. Thank you for everything, Learning Spanish could so easily passed me by in life until you came along. My biggest fear of learning the “past tense”. It is almost like a new language to me, are there any short cuts to make it easier to understand this minefield! From William Ramage, o Guillermo, as I like to be called.


  813. muna
    5 years ago

    Muchas gracias profesor Marcus,

    I found this method so interesting. Hope it will add more value to my spanish that I practice in my Salsa Class Dance lessons that I practice “todos los d’ias in Juba southern Sudan.
    Gracias Marc.


  814. Sandra Kelly
    5 years ago

    Thanks Marcus for making it so easy to understand, it is not as complicated as I thought thanks to you


  815. jane
    5 years ago

    very good builds up much easier than just trying to remember lists of verbs


  816. Mary Dorman
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus:
    Great stuff, as is the whole course! However, although I can read mucho in Spanish, when it comes to speaking to people — I can’t think of what to say — because I don’t use the same vocabulary in English and Spanish. You know what I’m saying?

    But I do thank you for all that I’ve learned so far — and will keep plugging away.
    Mary


  817. María
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Muchas gracias por todos los consejos, me aydaron muchisimo!
    Empecé a aprender español hace seis meses.
    Y mirame , ya puedo hablar y entender.
    Saludos,
    María


  818. Carl Fairbairn
    5 years ago

    Enjoyed the sideways Spanish-would really like to see this in the past tense- ” I went to the store”,I found it, etc. everyday talk- Thanks


  819. Frank Abueg
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    Just to let you know, Que esta haciendo un buen trabajo. You are one caring and patient
    spanish teacher that I know. I am doing fine with my spanish, I’m getting there, learning
    ‘poco a poco’. Someday, with more ‘stick-to-itiveness’, and with your help, I’ll surely savor
    this knowledge and make good use of it.

    Usted tiene un buen dia! Gracias por lo mucho. Frank


  820. Mona Lopatka
    5 years ago

    Loved your e-mail…and I’m grinning away at reeling off entire sentences! Woo hooo!
    Mona


  821. Rynagh MacCarthy
    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for your encouragement. Much needeed and much appreciated!


  822. John Acord
    5 years ago

    Purchased your system and anxious to start my studies.Need to master some Spanish within the next 2 months as I am moving to Panama


  823. Sharon
    5 years ago

    Morning Marcus,

    For anyone contemplating whether or not to buy Synergy Spanish…just jump right in!!

    My Spanish learning friends have always been amazed at the sentence contructions I can pull out of the bag because of the way I learned to speak Spanish with Synergy Spanish.
    Each lesson builds from a starting point and expands that concept introducing and replacing verbs along the way. One basic phrase then explodes into many possibilities.
    I learned alongside Marcus while living in Spain and found it easy to broaden each lesson to suit what was going on in my life just by changing the verb.
    Echo de menos la vida allá..(originally taught as ‘no echo de menos el precio de gasolina’)

    See how easy it is?
    Happy learning
    Sharon


  824. Alan Saleh
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus y Felicidad

    I am on lesson 23 of Synergy Spanish and enjoying every minute of it, es fenomenal !

    I intend to go through the whole Synergy course again once I have finished it and then will be in touch to see about the next stage.

    Vamos a ir a Cuba para nuestra vaciones en mayo cuando voy a practicar mucho espanol y hablar todos los dias.

    Muchas Gracias Marcus


  825. Chris Plaw
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    After looking what was available on the internet,you were the first one I tried.Out of all the websites available ,you are “The Best”
    I can understand so much more with your style.The extra`s that you send us are extremely useful and I cannot wait to try it all properly when I visit Spain.Thank you so much for your help.

    muchas gracias
    Chris


  826. ingrid pronk
    5 years ago

    i love it


  827. Cynthia Jurgens
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Gracias otra vez por su generosidad. Sigo diariamente con Synergy Spanish y he progresado mucho con su ayuda. A veces estoy confundida en algo–por ejemplo, cual es correcto:

    Quiero cambiar este abrigo POR uno mas pequeno
    O
    Quiero cambiar este abrigo PARA uno mas pequeno

    Cynthia


  828. Don Belcher
    5 years ago

    Loved the Sideways lesson. Easy to follow and master.
    The only problem I had was skips in the instructions. I think it was as a result of my laptop computer being short on memory. The last half was much better than the first half.
    All in all, I’d give the Sideways Spanish a 10 out of 10.


  829. Basil L. Riccomini
    5 years ago

    I am 80 years old and I have touble remembering which Spanish words I wish to use when I speak. However I find your approach to learning Spanish very helpful, and by constant repitition some of it is atarting to’stick’. Mucho gracias para todo, Saludos Basil


  830. Christine
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus

    Your teaching method is so helpful!
    Thank you very much!
    Christine


  831. Linda
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus –
    I’ve purchased a couple of your spanish programs – love the formats but have not had time to really complete them. I ran across this blog when i was searching for something else – did not know you had a blog. I do get email from you fairly often, but I don’t think anything about this blog. Is there any way to be on a list to be notified for new entries on the blog?
    Thanks. Linda

    Marcus Reply:

    Thanks for your question. I’m a bit behind the times, but soon we’ll be setting up RSS feeds, twitter, facebook etc.


  832. Jacqueline
    5 years ago

    I have just come across your site, great!!!! I have just started to learn Spanish again as I keep lapsing, have just got to the verbs so that is how I came to this site, so much easier,thanks. Bookmarked it now.


  833. Maria Dobson
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    I am also learning Spanish, could you kindly send me the verb chart, and a few lessons, all the comments are very interesting. Thank you very much for helping us all.

    Best wishes
    Maria


  834. inam haider
    5 years ago

    i am in spain since the past 2 months but i did not find any thing working for spanish like that you have. thanks


  835. Julie
    5 years ago

    Marcus, thank you for finding an easier method of learning spanish, i have tried for years to learn but it was just so confusing to me, how the sentence structure and such yo words was just to much for my mind to grasp and pull up. I would love to have some lessons sent to me in my email. Please send any you can and any help is appreciated;-)
    Julie.


  836. Luis
    5 years ago

    Doesn’t everybody teach just the endings of the verbs, instead of the whole charts? I don’t understand the point of this system. If the students know the subjects in English they should know the endings apply to those subjects. Am I missing something?


  837. Alex Joseph
    5 years ago

    Thanks Marcus !!
    I have just started your courses in early January 2012, and I am progressing slowly, but steadily.
    I find your periodic emails very interesting indeed.
    Please keep sending them !!!
    Thanking you once again for your wonderful course
    Alex Joseph


  838. nancy
    5 years ago

    So far so good – I have tried many different programs without success, yes, I need to practice more than what I do, but this seems like a program that I would stick to. I live in Panama and am from the states, so it is neessary that I learn Spanish. Thank you


  839. jakub
    5 years ago

    thanks!


  840. sara
    5 years ago

    hii ,im have just stared learning spanish and i have found this very helpfull.thanks


  841. Jacob
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus!

    I really like the audio you do. It really helps me with my Spanish that I’m currently learning in school. The first audio dialogue really helped me learn better to make sentences in Spanish.

    Jacob


  842. Wayne Jones
    5 years ago

    I think this system of learning is absolutely brilliant. I think this tutor gives the right tools to dissect the language.


  843. faiz
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus,
    you brain friendly approach is fantastic.Can you please share sideways approach for past tenses and future tenses as well.


  844. Jeanette Smith
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus.
    Do you have a course on past tenses. I have done most of your courses, but haven’t checked in over 12 months to see if there is a new one on past tenses. They absolutely stop me in my tracks. You have taught me to speak in the present tense, but in a normal conversation, there is a lot about what happened in the past. Look forward to your response y gracias por su ayuda.


  845. annette
    5 years ago

    I JUST LISTEN TO THE AUDIO,IT WAS GREAT. i did understand it all. I also, like when the words are there


  846. William B ANTHONY
    5 years ago

    Sr. Mauricio es sin duda el hombre en la misión. ¡Buen suerte los todos!


  847. Margaret
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus

    I have been trying to learn Spanish for nearly five years.
    Your lessons have given me more confidence to use what I have learnt especially with your method of teaching
    Many thanks.


  848. Andrew Hill
    5 years ago

    gracias marcus…
    este curso de espanol es perfecto para me


  849. Don
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus! Ditto all the positive comments on the web site. I love studying the language using your teaching style. I loaded the audio discs on my MP3 and use it when walking for exercise. I relate to the older “students” who have difficulty remembering; yet, your teaching style makes it much easier for me to practice and learn spanish. Many thanks.


  850. Kari Smith
    5 years ago

    Hola Marcus;
    I just would like to say…I have always wanted to learn Spanish..( I am now 58 ) and now I am really learning to do just that. Thank you…you make it do-able…and enjoyable at the same time..Also thankyou for your generosity ..with the extra lessons.


  851. Annette
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus, just wanted to say muchas gracias. This Spanish course is excellent and you give such good value for money…signing up was the best thing I ever did. I have lived in Costa Rica for 2 years and made little progress learning the language. I am retired and do not get a lot of opportunity to practice because the place is full of Gringos and the Ticos are always anxious to practice their English. Now I practice everyday and I am learning a lot. I cannot believe how my fluency has improved, but best of all I am having fun. congratulations on putting together such a good product.

    Besos


  852. H Llewis
    5 years ago

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!

  853. Gracias mucho! I am learning from your free lessons! God bless!


  854. Christine
    5 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I have just started your lessons and just finished listening to the free audios. Your lessons are very easy to follow and understand and what a bonus being free. I can’t wait to hear more. I really appreciate them they are so very helpful.

    Muchas gracias
    Chris


  855. phyllis
    5 years ago

    I have taken spanish classes and listened to spanish tapes. I believe the only way to learn spanish to to speak it. I don’t have any spanish friends. I will follow you lessons, but tapes have not worked for me. I woulld like to be certified in Spanish as well


  856. richard
    6 years ago

    Hola marcus
    I am new to this whole espanyol lesson and i’ll really like to be fluent in the language……Pls can you do me the favour of taking me from the amateur stage(beginning)…..Would appreciate it if this comment is replied…or if i get a ail concerning this issue..
    God bless
    p.s Thanks for all your mail.
    richard


  857. Becky Routson
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus!

    Como esta usted? Hablo espanol poquito ahora. Muchas gracias amigo para mi leccion. I am still learning.

    The best spanish lesson I ever had! Keep sending my lessons.

    Thank you.


  858. alejandro lira
    6 years ago

    I happen to be an Spanish native speaker because I´m Mexican, but I´m also a two-time English contest national champion and your methods have the same spproach as another great language teacher, but he teaches English to people that don´t speak English and I totally agree with you both!


  859. Ruby Oh
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus!
    muchas gracias por todos benefecios me recibir especilamente su perseverancia para ayudar y tambien su ejemplo inspirar me para aguanta…quiero practica que ti aprendar..Me Gusta mucho su estilo ,proceso..es no aburido..es muy agradable….Estoy felicidades cada dia aprendo….Keep and continue doing Good for other it’s one way to give thanks and praise God the giver and source of everything.

    Sr. Ruby o Hermana Ruby


  860. Stuart
    6 years ago

    Thanks Marcus, I’m a great fan of your method and have used it to teach English with Portuguese speakers! It is so easy and in English they only need to learn two words in each conjugation – plus the pronouns, of course. Stuart


  861. andy
    6 years ago

    Ho.la Marcus
    Just binned my wall chart, you where right I was refering back to it all the time
    Thanks Andy


  862. Cindy
    6 years ago

    Really enjoyed this exercise-thanks


  863. James
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus, all your time and hard work is gratefully appreciated, thank you. Jim.


  864. Ben
    6 years ago

    De hecho ya sabía este truco suyo:-) Y estoy totalmente de acuerdo de que sea más fácil que aprender TODOS las formas de TODOS verbos. Sin embarga, recomendaría a un estudiante que aprende las formas regulares, y tener en cuenta que ‘yo’ siempre es igual y también ‘tu’ en presente. 😉


  865. Teresa
    6 years ago

    Dear Marcus:

    I have told many people about your approach and the website. I am an English teacher in Mexico at a small school where we also have alot of Spanish calsses for extranjeros! I can sit in for free. Sure glad I ain’t paying for them!! They are everything you claim is horrible in language acquistion and I agree. My fluency seems to decrease the more classes I take. It is hours of endless grammar points with little oral practice. I notice I have opened my mounth for one or two sentences after I completed a worksheet and got called on to utter some blank I filled in.
    thanks for the sideways approach. I almost rolled on the floor practicing “vivo bien and como bien”. The EFL world is not for the weak. The pay is frightening.

  866. Marcus, I can only comment on the first ausio. Either you’re a great teacher or I’m a brighter than I thought student !!!!!
    My only problem id that the gentleman who speaks spanish does not speakin a dictinct voice , especially with the infinitives. I have to go a sentence or two or three to “get” what I missed. But I always get it.
    I eat up yourwork like candy !
    Thank you Sister Micael Mary Kean


  867. Derek Kay
    6 years ago

    Buenas tardes Marcus,

    Your way of teaching is the best around! And I found your “sideway” approach most helpful. You really “do” have a terrific way of approach. I’m more confident now, and thank you sooo much for your generosity.(Now, I love “homework.)
    Muchas gracias, y hasta luego.
    Derek.


  868. Roy Duncan
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I think your Blog pages are great and I download them all for the information that they contain. What is not so great is that I cannot just download the blog, I have to download all of the feedback also. Sorry, that is a waste of paper and ink and on a pension, that hurts.


  869. paul obrien
    6 years ago

    i have learnt more just by using your free lessons than 3 years in college, hope to be able to buy the bloody package some time soon ..

    many thanks

    paul


  870. Angie Shiwa
    6 years ago

    Querido Marcus, gracias por compartir tus metodos con nosotros. Mi esposo y yo find it very useful! MUCHAS GRACIAS por su generosidad tambien. Saludos.


  871. sabtosh baral
    6 years ago

    Thank you marcus I found the way of teaching interesting


  872. LJ
    6 years ago

    I really appreciate the down load it given me hope . You have open a new avenue to me in learining the language. Thank You


  873. Penelope
    6 years ago

    Thank you for the transcripts! I’m not an auditory learner so being able to SEE it while it is spoken is a huge help..(. I have hopes maybe this will be the one language program that will work for me)


  874. Joanne
    6 years ago

    Marcus you do make learning Spanish so easy and I enjoy all your lesson so much. I adopted my great nephew when he was three months old. I want to teach him Spanish because he is half Spanish and want him to have something that was taken away from him at birth. That was a parent that could of taught him but decided to walk out of his life. I’m not the fastest learner and I have some of my owns issues with my own language. You make learning fun and simplify this well. Thank you so much for sharing this.


  875. Lorna
    6 years ago

    Thank you so much Marcus for yet another free spanish lesson. I really appreciate your generosity and the time that you take to prepare these audios for us. I think that learning the verbs is one of the hardest things about learning Spanish and your methods of teaching are …. well, no one comes close.

    You are the best.

    Many thanks.


  876. Philip Su
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    After I listened to your sideway Spanish which ignited my desire to learn the language again, I
    really like the way – sideway recording – you teach Spanish, do you have material as such in a
    progressive form? Please advise!

    Truly,

    Philip

    admin Reply:

    Hola Philip

    I don’t spend a lot of time on progressive tenses. The reason is simply that Spanish speakers don’t use them nearly as much as English speakers do. That’s one of the problems with a one size fits all approach to learning language, what is important in English can be much less important in Spanish. So, I focus on the Spanish that is most frequently used.

    Hope this makes sense.

    Marcus


  877. Warren
    6 years ago

    Your lessons are very “user friendly” – so much easier for learning than night school courses. I think you definitely have the right approach!


  878. marguerite Alviset
    6 years ago

    Your method is excellent + you are so encouraging too : a mixture that is irresistible !


  879. barry green
    6 years ago

    I try to download the sideway spanish click but the link did not work. I loving the course.


  880. rose
    6 years ago

    EXCELLENT says it all. You make it easy and enjoyable to learn the language,


  881. David Stein
    6 years ago

    Very good Very Very good


  882. Teedi Trundle
    6 years ago

    It is so generous of you to continue sharing your lessons. i love everything you send. You inspire me all the time to keep up to date with the Spanish I thought I had nearly lost.My visits again to Spanish Islands are so much more rewarding when I can converse comfortably with the most beautiful people in the world in their language. You have given me back a great source of delight. Muchas gracias y a Elena .Top marks of course


  883. MILAGROS
    6 years ago

    Practice. & more Practice with your quidance I wil continue to learn so I can enjoy the beauty of the Spanish Language. Thank you. MILAGROS


  884. Seppo Saari
    6 years ago

    hearing


  885. Seppo Saari
    6 years ago

    repetition


  886. Seppo Saari
    6 years ago

    Conversation


  887. Jean Roe
    6 years ago

    I have noticed the different pronunciation of the double ell
    i.e. llama is sometimes pronounced jama and llegar is jegar
    I find it very difficult to understand which one is right and which one I should
    use. I started to say yama and then heard jama – which is correct ? regards, Jean Roe


  888. Gobindadas Bandopadhyay
    6 years ago

    The comments above,( and continuing) would speak a volume of the efficacy of your style of teaching ‘hablante’.Tired of searching a forum to help my 76 years ‘hablar bien’ , I assumed Synergy is yet another… But after the “sideways”, I am learning to change my thinking.

    Gracias por tu ayuda.


  889. GAIL
    6 years ago

    I agree that the schools teach verbs in a clunky and ineffective “list.” However, I discovered what you did, and have used this method effectively. What do all the “I” verbs have in common? I never noticed however that it is indeed “sideways.”


  890. gillyfraser
    6 years ago

    Thank you. I have been away and miss your lessons. You are the best teacher I came across.


  891. Emmanuela Coleman
    6 years ago

    thank you so much for the lessons. It really help me in my daily activity.


  892. Keith
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus, Thank you so much for all the extra help you give us. These are great! Keith


  893. pat
    6 years ago

    I appreciate your free lessons and this makes sense


  894. pat
    6 years ago

    I didn’t find the audio half way down the page


  895. BILL HYNSON
    6 years ago

    i your style mr. marcus sign me up.


  896. gwyneth hetherington
    6 years ago

    I liked this sideways lesson very much. I have had trouble with verbs. However, I will return to
    Bole de Nieve when the summer comes and I have to spend more time keeping cool en casa.

    I hope that your sister did not have too much trouble with the floods in Brisbane. Eileen H.


  897. William B ANTHONY
    6 years ago

    Greetings, Marcus.
    Just to let you know I was a bit late in joining, but am enjoying the lessons nevertheless. Especially the pronounciation and accent. Good on ya!


  898. Letty Duran
    6 years ago

    Dear Marcus,

    Hola!!! Thanks for keeping me updated on your latest lessons…So good of you…
    You have helped me alot….It is like a refresher course with the audio you have with your beloved Elena…Muchas Gracias!!!

    God Bless You,

    Letty Duran.


  899. Mary Ellen Rice
    6 years ago

    Dear Marcus, It is1:03 AM on Tuesday morning. I have just finished downloading your sideway approach” twist” to learning Spanish verbs. I am so excited. I wish the hour was earlier so I could continue on. However, tomorrow is another day and I am really looking forward to it.
    Thanks so very much. You made my day. Mary Ellen Rice


  900. Aldith Haye-Martin
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus

    Thanks for your response.

    I am having a problem with listening and interpreting what is being read (comprehension) especially if it is being done rapidly. Can you help me in any way?

    Thanks

    Aldith


  901. elizabeth
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus, I really enjoy getting your e-mails and listening to some of the audios, but I am not so good on the computer and when it comes to downloading some things I am not so sure what to do. I have got to wait until my friend can come round and help me with the technical side of things, she has been unable to come visit for a while, but I look forward to receiving the things that you have sent. I am really enjoying learning to speak spanish and cant wait to converse with others confidently.

    Muchas Grathias

    Elizabeth


  902. violet
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    I enjoyed this very much, it really makes the language much easier to learn and understand.


  903. David
    6 years ago

    This works great for the present tense. I have never seen you use this with the simple past (el pretérito). Not quite so simple, plus there are quite a few irregular forms. In addition, what about the stem-changing verbs in the present tense?


  904. QWilliam Grimes
    6 years ago

    A good aproach to learning first person, but there almost thirty nine other conjugations. At 87 years old, my memory does not hold well. I want to go back to Mexico again and talk in Spanish as needed.
    WFG


  905. Angie Shiwa
    6 years ago

    Sr. Marcus! Muchas gracias por su metodo. I really enjoy listening to your suggestions, it makes it way easier to express our ideas in this beautiful language. Gracias otra vez.


  906. Vicki Brunshwiler
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I got away from this during the holidays. Forgot most that I learned. I will be right on it again.
    Thank you,Vicki


  907. Janine
    6 years ago

    I loved this lesson Marcus it was so much easier!

    Mucas gracias! 🙂


  908. Celina
    6 years ago

    GREAT! Unfortunately, my computer does not have an audio capability. Do you, per chance, have a way to give me a similar learning ability through reading only? I believe I know enough of the Spanish pronunciation, being a Filipina. I will appreciate any assistance you can give me.
    Thank you very much.
    Sincerely,
    Celina


  909. Catherine Winn
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus – I was reading all the marvelous (and absolutely true) comments and wanted to add mine, tho probably repetitious.
    I am working thru Bola Nieve and have reached the point where I can relax if I have to speak in Spanish or be answered in Spanish…… after six years of grammar I had despaired of this. Now I want to go back over the Bola Nieve and get more fluid and perhaps ‘think’ in Spanish.
    I don’t know any other course that teaches as you do, and can’t believe my luck to come across you.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

    Cathy W


  910. andy mccready
    6 years ago

    HI MARCUS
    kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, EASY TO UNDERSTAND
    IM GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY.
    Andy Costa


  911. Roger
    6 years ago

    HI Marcus

    yes thats good so I am feeling my way bit by bit
    but I still look like a startled rabbit when the Spanish start speaking back at me when they think I speak Spanish

    Thats the hard bit as they speak so fast !!


  912. sally
    6 years ago

    Dear Marcus. I have tried hard to master Spanish without sucess. I think I am just to old and will have to give up.I live quite a lot of my time with my daughter and son in law in Tenerife. They are great with there Spanish but it goes over my haed. But thantyou Marcus for trying to help me. I think I am just a hopeless case. Thanks again. Sally.


  913. gordon
    6 years ago

    hi marcus i think the lessons are great,it’s me who needs to knuckle down to them,so your going on my ipodso i can take you with me every where i go ,somethiing has to sink in sometime.


  914. Winsome
    6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Marcus very easy.Really gives you hope that you can progress.
    Winsome


  915. Bill Johnson
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus — I agree with all that you say, it is indeed good and well presented. In my case, however, I’ve never met a Spanish speaking person, am never likely to. I like to try and read Spanish ( a hobby I suppose) but the spoken form is completely beyond me. I do hear Spanish TV news ocasionally and am totally befuddled — so fast, and so much running of words into one and another. At 82 I’m not at all interested in the aural side , hence I haven’t opted for your various spoken word offers. If my interest seems peculiar well it stems from 60 years ago when I had a very short stint in a Benedictine monastery (in Australia) where all the monks, bar one, were from Spain — hence, though they spoke Latin or English (when permitted to speak) I did get a little Spanish (very little!) and that stimulated my interest.

    Bill J


  916. Lincoln
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus great stuff.

    Gracias para todos


  917. David Fordy
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus
    Just read your latest e-mail Sideways Verbs and would like to thank you for explaining in such an easy way something which has caused me some confusion. I have to admit that although I am progresing well with the Synergy course it is quite a bit slower than you expect. However my slow progress is mainly due to my repeating lesson after lesson until its lear. I visit Spain fairly regular and practice my progress each time.
    Thank you again for an excellent product.


  918. AwcockAllan
    6 years ago

    This is very interesting and thanks for the tip.muchisimo gracias


  919. tina
    6 years ago

    hola marcus
    thanks for the lessons they are helping me a bit just have to try and remember things will keep at it
    gracias
    tina


  920. tina
    6 years ago

    thanks marcus i am trying very hard to lean all this but not very good at remembering it all will keep at it thanks very much


  921. MaryW
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus,

    As so many people have already stated, your style of learning is very helpful, enjoyable, and encouraging.

    In addition to adding the transcript to this audio, is it possible to make it downloadable as well (similar to many of your other audios.

    With so many e-mails and audios that you make available, I have found it challenging at times to keep track of what audios I’ve downloaded and which e-mails I haven’t looked at yet.

    Thanks Marcus.

    (And as long as you keep creating and sharing lessons to help me progress in learning Spanish fluently, I’ll continue to learn from you. I think I’m done with classroom learning, now that I have you and your method of teaching.)


  922. ann
    6 years ago

    Hola profesor Marcus,
    Your method is great. thank you. You have helped me learn so much. This is my second year of learning spanish with you.

    Gracias.
    ann


  923. D Campbell
    6 years ago

    Marcus , I have benefited from your trial offer and desire more information.
    Presently studying Level 3 : reading ok but conversing difficult : which of your courses would you advise.
    Gracias
    Douglas


  924. ian
    6 years ago

    Hi marcus, is there any way you could bring us learners together via skype, we could then practise speaking and maybe friendships would start. look forard to hear what you think.

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola

    There is a site that will help you do just that. I wrote about it on the post
    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/blog/spanish-amigos/

    Saludos

    Marcus


  925. Vicor H Aguirre
    6 years ago

    Que tal Marcus…
    first, your exrcises are good but, there is something wrong on your rules of the pronouns. We in spanish do not use the subject pronouns as much as you mention, in fact, english speaker use them a lot, all the time. You need to add to your tasks the words TACITO or IMPLICITO, that’s how we use the verbs and yes we just use the promouns “para hacer enfasis”. Yo sigo tus ejercicios y los USO para EXPLICARLE a los alumnos su funcion.
    Gracias por el espacio y tiempo que TOMES para dar respuesta…

    Victor

    admin Reply:

    Hola Victor

    I agree, in Spanish personal pronouns are not used nearly as much as in English. That’s another reason why the verb chart causes problems.
    Glad to hear you are using my ideas with your students.

    Saludos

    Marcus


  926. Harold Goodwin
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    I’ve tried learning Spanish off and on for sometime, never got very far. Since I’ve tried yours I may have a chance. If i could get a little to keep at it. I’m going to try to keep at. I need to train my ears to understand better. Thanks Harold


  927. Eric Thomas
    6 years ago

    Having had a few lessons in Snanish I was able to pick up on your audio lesson but the big advantage of the lesson is having to answer or say the phrase in Spanish without trying to think in English first. It quickens the mind and ears.
    Excellent practice
    Eric


  928. Daniella
    6 years ago

    It is NEVER too late to learn a language. I learned German at 62 years old and I am now 71 and really enjoy learning Spanish mainly due to Marcus’ way of teaching. I have started Bola De Nieve 7 months ago and I finally can speak Spanish. This is the first time I come to this website. I had problems to understand the “2nd person plural” .With your explanations, Marcus, it is now very clear. I regret, I have no one to practice with. However, since I am looking forward to my next trip in Spain, I keep learning and talk aloud around the house. I visualize talking with someone, I start very slow, repeat my sentences many times until I feel the conversation flows naturally. It is fun and my husband appreciates my efforts.
    Muchas Gracias Marcus. Esta un profesor excelente.
    Daniella


  929. genexu
    6 years ago

    Thank you for the lesson. It is a good lesson.


  930. patrick
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus,
    thank you for the courses and the E-mails that gave me a better understanding of the
    Spanish language. This really helped me talk to this girl at my work who knew very little
    English. We learned off each other and started to communicate better. Unfortunately,
    she lost her job and we lost communication. By talking to this girl it gave me an
    appreciation and compassion for people who know only one language and have
    to adjust to a different language and culture. Please keep sending the E-mails
    Thank you,
    Patrick


  931. Younie
    6 years ago

    Hola Profesor
    Es un enorme gusto para mi participar en sus lecciones . Usted es profesor maravilloso. Sus lecciones me han dado la oportunidad de usar mejor lo que aprendi de los textos hace muchos anos. Tengo sesenta y siete anos y aprendia espanol entre 1957 a 1962 en la escuela. He seguido estudiar espanol de vez en cuando pero no puedo conversar aunque lo escribo y leo . Desde encontre su curso hablo espanol sin tener miedo. Entiendo perfectamente como el metodo en las escuelas impede la habilidad de hablar. Muchas gracias por sus lecciones. Espero que continue ayudar personas como yo aprender y,
    sobretodo, hablar espanol. Tiene un regalo de Dios. Es profesor excelente.
    Gracias
    Younie


  932. David
    6 years ago

    You bastard!, I was quite happy talking with “:yo no tengo this” , and “yo no tengo that” but now you have made me feel like I was always talkingg “sobre yo” , well thanks to your prompt, I am now trying to speak without the Yo before anything, of course the Spanish being too polite will not inform you about the Yo deal buit lets sea how it goes

    Regards.Dave.


  933. Charlene
    6 years ago

    Marcus, I love your approach to learning Spanish Verbs. I am enjoying the audio immensley.
    Thanks,
    Charlene


  934. Barry Cressman
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    I am learning spanish, but still not hardly conficent enough to try to engage in lengthly conversations currently there is a roofing company, employing many Mexican, Hondurans, and even Guatamalans. And while they all speak spanish, I detect a different speech patern and distinguish between the different groups. Yeah they do understand each other, sometimes they do have to pause and think, most often not. between different spanish countries will there be much variances in speech patterns and will it be enough to throw off how to interpert whats being said?
    Thanks
    Barry

    admin Reply:

    There are always regional differences, even within a single country. However, most
    of the language is commonly used wherever Spanish is spoken.
    99% of what I teach is universal Spanish that you can use throughout the Spanish speaking world.


  935. ShereeO'Connor
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus, Your sideways lesson opens up the mind to think in the spanish language as grammatically it is very different from english. Thank you for your help my spanish continues to build slowly but more confidently usingthe lessons.

    Sheree O’Connor Ireland


  936. lynndunn
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    I like your approach to teaching Spanish very much. I do not have any trouble with the simple tenses but as soon as I try to speak in the other tenses I run into trouble, especially the irregular ones. Do you have a program for easily learning these. Thank you, Lynn

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola Lynn

    I don’t have anything that focuses on just those topics, although Advanced Concepts Intensive
    deals with that and more.
    http://www.synergyspanishsystems.com/ACI.html

    Saludos

    Marcus


  937. Jackie Simmonds
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus

    I enjoyed listening to your Sideways Spanish – its a great way to teach. Having spent 10 years struggling with the verbs I am probably intermediate level. But found it very hard work. Thank you for the updates and I find the dictionary words – a word a day great. Many thanks.


  938. kip
    6 years ago

    hi there i would just like to say your spanish lessons are brilliant and iinteresting iam begining to pick it up slow but sure kind regards kip from scotland u.k.


  939. Alison Morgans
    6 years ago

    ¡Hola! Marcus, I live in Spain and I have been trying to speak fluently for ten years. I attend a class twice a week and since I have received your trial ‘bola de nieve’ it has freed up a blockage in my head and I feel more confident. I am very much looking forward to beginning the whole course.
    Best wishes and thank you,
    Alison


  940. Debbie Beghetto
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus, I would like to express my thanks for Synergy Spanish and Shortcut to Spanish Level 1. These books are way better, more clear and makes more sense than any spainsh books I have seen in any stores. The only part I’m sadden is that I can not use any audio to listen how to say in spanish cuz I’m hard of hearing( I did tried but I’m not picking it ). The books I bought are more than good enough for me to read and learn how to say it. I’m really loving & enjoying it very much. Indeed it is number #1 in the world. Keep up with the awesome work!Going to buy more from you when I finished this course;))


  941. Ron
    6 years ago

    youre the best! marcus, im a bad learner but my frends say wowwww you learning now verry quikly, and in from the netherlands! vivo en Panama!


  942. Sandra
    6 years ago

    It seems to me that if you had a visual as well as the audio it would extremely helpful. Not sure what you mean by sideways Spanish but this lesson makes sense to me. Just now trying to learn Spanish but having a time with it.

    Thanks,
    Sandra


  943. rosie poteat
    6 years ago

    Marcus this video was great I will learn a lot from it, you are a great guy, thank you so much for this.


  944. Bob St. Arnauld
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    I love your course. The teaching is clear, very well pronounced.
    I’ve had the course for quite some time now and if I had buckled down and studied would probably be almost fluent by now.
    I have a question: I was chatting online with a lady friend in Mexico the other day and she was talking about pain in her hands.
    She used the words las manos for hands.
    I asked her why “las” instead of “los” since the hands are masculine (manos).She said that “las” was correct but could not explain why.
    Is this one of those exceptions to ‘las = feminine” and “los = masculine” that we need to understand?


  945. Loretta
    6 years ago

    I look forward to your emails reminding me to continue my quest to learn spanish. You make it so easy. My husband and I purchase home cooked food from the local supermarket and I have a chance to let the salesperson know I am trying to communicate. Of course she speaks english very well and is pleased with my efforts. So continue to keep in touch by email cause I am enjoying the lessons and loving your approach. I have tried overy 20 years to learn spanish, but failed……
    Thank you Marcus for making it easier and enjoyable.


  946. Robert Forsythe
    6 years ago

    Ola Marcus, I enjoy everything you send me and I am getting more confident with my spanish and this latest one your Sideway Verbs and Audio is brilliant, however I just don’t seem to understand when they speak back to me although I ask them to speak more slowly. Maybe one day it will happen. Thankyou.


  947. Martha
    6 years ago

    Hello Marcus,
    I really enjoyed reading through the lesson and listening to the audio. I have been trying to learn Spanish for quite a few years but not being able to practise it very often it is very difficult to remember. I think your way of teaching is really excellent. Keep going I shall save this e-mail and keep on listening. Thanks for your generosity.
    Martha


  948. Jean Berry
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcu,

    Anything to help make Spanish easier is most welcome, your latest lesson certainly does do that, thank you.

    Jean


  949. Martin Raymonde
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus

    Many thanks for your latest lesson it was simply fantastic and so easy to understand

    I really feel my spanish is starting to iimprove all due to your excellent course,otra vez

    muchas gracias.

    Martin


  950. Elizabeth
    6 years ago

    Many thanks , most informative, I am trying to learn spanish at night school, but lose interest when we have to learn the names of parts of a car… Why?
    I am considering your cds when I can afford them. Thanks again


  951. Ramón
    6 years ago

    Hi Markus, thank you for your excellent course, I am only up to lesson 16 which I have downloaded onto my ipod as a podcast , I listen to them as i go on my daily walks and during a coffee break. I too would like a transcript as a double blast for my mind. Incidentally I am 77 yrs old but have no trouble with the course neither through hearing nor comprehension . As a fellow Aussie I am rapt. I cannot wait to get to Mexico and try it out on some “live people”. Thank you for your encouragement. Ramón.


  952. david byrne
    6 years ago

    THANKS MARCUS I AM STARTING TO MAKE SENSE OF MY SPANISH JOURNEY WITH YOUR HELP AND BOLA DE NIEVE I JUST HOPE THAT ONE DAY I WILL LEARN TO TALK TO ALL MY SPANISH FRIENDS AND ENJOY MY HOLIDAYS BETTER YOURS DAVE


  953. anne greulich
    6 years ago

    I agree with the comments about your genorosity and quality of your teaching methods…I am saving for the CDs…Muchas gracias


  954. Albert Frankling
    6 years ago

    Hello Marcus,
    I have finished Level 1 and I am well into Level 2. The improvement in my Spanish has amazed me. I have sent E-Mails in Spanish to Hotels in Spain and reserved accomodation for 3 holidays.I have also been able to answer any questions they have come back to me with.
    However, I do have problems because my English Key-Board does not have the facility for accents. When I have a problem with a word or phrase and use one of the many translation sites I get varying answers which is confusing. I think the hotels I contacted would have been confused also. After all that I now get to my question. Do you know of any program I can download that will allow me to use accents when writing Spanish?
    Many thanks for all your help and constant flow of information and updates.
    Kindest regards. Albert


  955. Yvonne
    6 years ago

    Thanks again, Marcus! I love your way of teaching and you are so encouraging!


  956. PJ O'Malley
    6 years ago

    Just a minor observation. In your list of verb endings, at the bottom of the Vivir list, instead of
    ellos viven you have ellos comen.

    Ar verbs Er Verbs IR verbs
    Hablar comer vivir
    Yo Hablo yo como yo vivo
    Tu Hablas tu comes tu vives
    Usted Habla usted come usted vive
    El/ella habla el/ella come el/ella vive
    Nosotros(as) Hablamos nosotros(as)comemos nosotros(as)vivimos
    Ustedes Hablan ustedes comen ustedes viven
    Ello(as) hablan ellos(as) comen ellos(as) comen


  957. cheryl seepersad
    6 years ago

    LOVE THIS SIDEWAYS SPANISH I JUST GOT INTO ELEMENTARY SPANISH AND WAS SO CONFUSED ABOUT THE VERBS. THIS IS TOO EASY I KEEP THINKING THERES A CATCH. THANKS SO MUCH


  958. Linda
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Just read through the comments and am pleased to see you getting the kudos you deserve.
    Your generosity is unusual and appreciated by many.
    Am putting my personal thanks here for making my learning Spanish more fun . . .
    Y MUCHO MAS FACIL!
    You’re the BEST.
    Thank you so much.


  959. Marie
    6 years ago

    Thank you so much for the continued emails. Your method of teaching makes the learning so much more interesting and enjoyable compared to the evening classes, I have attended over the years. Whenever I’m stuck in class, it’s always your methods from the Synergy spanish lessons that spring to mind first rather than trying to recall whatever we’ve been recently taught.


  960. MILAGROS
    6 years ago

    Let me know were to buy. Your book for the class
    .Thank you.

    admin Reply:

    See the links at the bottom of the post.
    Getting by – Sideways for Fluency


  961. Zenda
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus,
    I love the way you cut through the convoluted patterns and give us a simple one. However I need to see the words you say as you say them as I learn best visually and if the information comes in two ways at once learning is easier and faster.


  962. Patericiea Glaster
    6 years ago

    HOLA MARCUS,
    LIFE HAS BEEN EASY FOR ALL WITH YOUR SPANISH LESSON. THANK YOU SO MUCH.


  963. Geraldine
    6 years ago

    You’re simply the best!


  964. Judy
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    My husband and I are in our sixties, and we recently lived in Costa Rica for 4 years, studying Spanish at a very reputable school for about 4 months. After that, we had a teacher in our home for a while, trying to learn all the rules of Spanish. Part of the problem was our age. I think the language-learning part of the brain must harden up over the years. HA! But we tried our best. The problem I found, personally, is that my ears aren’t trained to hear and understand Spanish as spoken by Costa Ricans. It was spoken so quickly, with such soft sounds. Sometimes it seemed their lips never touched each other! I could practice my own sentences to say, like when going to the supermercado. But as soon as a person would reply, I would be lost. Very frustrating. I felt like a child, and could become very discouraged. One must be willing to just “stick it out there” and be willing to look foolish, I suppose. Anyway, I do love your approach, even if it might not be considered by some to be “proper” Spanish. I also have tried Rosetta Stone, which simplifies the langauge by associating pictures with words and ideas. That is good too, but it is also a very big commitment to do it everyday. I enjoyed this lesson that you have just sent. It was fun to speak simple sentences with confidence. Thank you!


  965. GURDIP SINGH JHAJJ
    6 years ago

    THANKS A LOT MARCUS , THANKS FOR VERBS CHART , PLEASE SEND ME MORE MATERIAL THAT CAN HELP ME TO SPEAK SPANISH . I AM LIVING IN SPAIN FROM THREE AND HALF YEARS BUT SHY TO SPEAK , ALTHOUGH I HAVE GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY . PLEASE HELP ME TO LEARN THIS EASY WAY . GOD BLESS YOU.


  966. Trevor Smith
    6 years ago

    Hola marcus,
    Top easy stuff. I have been playing with Spanish for some time now. Can get by only in present verbs and nouns.
    You lessons are a big help.
    I an going to Guatemala next month,to school in,Petachel, ????? By a large lake and volcanos.
    all the fees stray in the community, ( Yeah right ? ).
    I fear the teaching methods ( list monkey ) but need the small town and home stay for immersion.

    do you or any others have any better ideas?
    Thanks again Trevor


  967. norris
    6 years ago

    Marcus, thanks for the Spanish Verb chart, please send me any free material that will help me speak spanish, I have challenged myself to learn this new language, I am 62 years young!


  968. Pauline
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,

    I only started recently and am amazed how easy and interesting you have made it to learn,
    I am only at lesson 3, and will be attending a conversational group this evening. Thanks


  969. Liz
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus many thanks for your lessons I was in spain for 3 yrs and found your spanish lessons a great help. keep up the good work.
    Liz.

  970. Buenos dias Sr. Santamaria, Both of us love your teaching method. You make learning Spanish a lot of fun. Both my husband and I listen to your CD’s and find them very useful. We both speak French and English and find so many Spanish words common to English and French. We also speak Arabic fluently becaue it is our mother tongue and find some Arabic influence in Spanish also. This is understandable since North African Arabs were in Andal,usia for some time. This is so delightful, the commonality of these languages. It is a human treasure. It is great to know that you are promoting this human treasure. Much gracias. Sonia and Mike


  971. Martha
    6 years ago

    Absolutely excellent. My only problem is that I havehearing problems. Therefore it is difficult for me to understand the words sometimes. But that is me nothing to do with your teaching. I think the way you go about it is absolutely excellent. I wish I was a little younger I would certainly join your classes. As a pensioner everything becomes more difficult.
    Keep it up you will succeed.
    Martha


  972. Bill
    6 years ago

    Marcus. I do alot of traveling in latin american countries. My last trip to central America made me realize just how poor my spanish is. A friend recommended synergy spanish to me and now my spanish is getting much better every day. Thank you for your help..
    ,Bill


  973. john
    6 years ago

    Once again you have given this 62 year old man a bit of hope that I can become a little more fluent in Spanish as always thank you


  974. John Holter
    6 years ago

    Marcus,
    You never cease to amaze me. Each time I think I have found the fountain of Spanish learning, you give me a better way to study. The genius is the simplicity of your teaching method. Thank you.
    John


  975. Robyn
    6 years ago

    I agree with you. In school they teach the you the wrong way and teach you to write instead of to be able to hold a conversation. Thank you for all that you do. I also agree with the earlier post, past tenses are what I struggle with right now. Do you have anything on your website that helps with past tense? Thank you!


  976. Magnhild Reddy Sørensen
    6 years ago

    Thank you Marcus! I have been studying spanish at the university of Tromsø for one year and I have had big problems in speaking spanish – your lessons made it much more easy. But please go on to the past tenses too!!!


  977. Sandy
    6 years ago

    Gracias Marcus! I love the way you find these wonderfully different ways to turn language teaching on its head….it makes a language so user-friendly.


  978. Zsolt
    6 years ago

    Thank you so much i enjoy it very much!
    first step to learn spanish……


  979. Suzette Myers
    6 years ago

    Gracias Marcus por todo. Estoy muy feliz; Hablo bien con Synergy Spanish.


  980. nicole jordan
    6 years ago

    This was amazing where has this been my whole life…..thank you for this!


  981. rita jean cowley
    6 years ago

    I love the way you teach us to speak,books in general are very confusing.you are so generous with your free lessions.once again thank you so much best wishes rita


  982. Bill Foos
    6 years ago

    As I listen to the recordings I wonder if there is also a written lesson of the same recording. Frankly, my hearing (at seventy six) is a bit “shakey”…and at times I don’t quite understand some ot the words. If I could back them up with the printed word….that would be a big help… thank you

    Marcus Reply:

    Yes, I’ll make a transcript available shortly.

    Marcus


  983. Lorna
    6 years ago

    I have just opened your latest e-mail. Thank you so much for sending the verb list. Could we please have the same, but with past tenses.

    I agree with the above comment. I am learning Spanish at college and you do feel sometimes like a “list monkey”. I wish a lot more spanish teachers would adopt your style of teaching, one which at least makes it interesting to learn and most importantly fun!

    Thank you.

    Lorna


  984. ann
    6 years ago

    Hola Señor marcus, Gracias por tu generosidad. Me alegro mucho porque sigo aprendiendo español.
    me gusta tu manera de enseñar.


  985. Graeme
    6 years ago

    You’re spot on (again) Marcus. I am a big fan of your style.

    The students that the colleges churn out, who can chant the verb lists at you but still can’t put a sentence together, I call ‘list monkeys’. They have to scale up and down these verb charts as they have been taught.

    It’s not that the schools don’t teach them well – it’s that they teach them the wrong things. They remember what they are taught, but unfortunately they are not taught how to actually SPEAK!


  986. Sarah
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus,
    Your method of teaching is the best that I have encountered, and I am learning slowly as my memory is not so good now and I do not have any people to converse with apart from in the Supermarket and Restaurants, I am looking forward to my neighbours returning from Madrid so I can practice with them in the holidays.
    Thank you,
    Sarah


  987. Aldith Haye-Martin
    6 years ago

    Hello Marcus

    I have listened to the audio and I found it to be very enlightening. I have also learned a number of things. Do you have any audio with passages in Spanish and its interpretations? If you do can you tell me about them and send samples of same to me. I would be very grateful.

    Thanks

    Aldith

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola Aldith

    I probably do have that, but you’ll need to be a little more specific about what you mean.

    Marcus


  988. Sandra Buchanan
    6 years ago

    Hola Marcus
    Enjoyed your latest email and it certainly makes Spanish sound so easy. I find the present tense easy enough but it is when I get to the past tenses that it is far more difficult. Also, there are so many irregular verbs which I find difficult to remember.
    Sandra

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola Sandra

    The same applies for any tense, use the Sideways Approach and they all become doable.

    By the way, most of the irregular verbs have cousins. When you turn them sideways with one patterns you can use many verbs, just like we did here.

    Marcus


  989. PETER COLLINS
    6 years ago

    Hi Marcus, I just listened to your latest email.
    Please tell me this.
    While I was listening to it you said ‘every day’ was ‘todos los dias’, but on one of your CD’s you say ‘every day’ is ‘cada dia’.
    Can I use either?
    Peter

    Marcus Reply:

    Hola Peter

    Yes, very often “todos los días and “cada día” are interchangeable. However, if you want to say everyday and imply “day by day” you’ll use”cada día”. For example;
    Cada dia hablo más español.

    Marcus