After decades of trying to learn Spanish but struggling to communicate, Claudine is now able to carry on 30 minute + conversations on a variety of different topics.
She's begun to think in Spanish which allows her to recall the words she knows with ease & can express herself on a deeper level.
When Candace began our 12-week bootcamp program, she was able to understand a fair amount of what native speakers were saying about 30 minutes AFTER the conversation was over...
Now she's able to follow conversations in real time & respond simultaneously because she's no longer translating in her head. She's now able to THINK directly in Spanish.
How Diane went from bored & frustrated, to inspired & having fun.
She was able to break past the intermediate plateau and finally achieve some of her fluency goals like reading a Spanish novel (and enjoying it!) and landing a Spanish speaking job!
How Charles proved the "too old to learn" theory is a myth.
He went from only knowing a few Spanish words, to being able to converse in basic day-to-day situations, in the present, future & past tense... all in just 12 weeks!
How Kelly went from knowing just a few words and not being able to converse in Spanish at all...
To successfully completing day-to-day tasks in Ecuador and even carrying on a 40 minute conversation with her new (native) Spanish speaking friend!
After years trying to learn Spanish with different apps, etc., Russ finally went from knowing some words and basic grammar but not being able to hold a conversation...
To effectively communicating about basic day-to-day topics in the present, future & past tense.
How Cathy went from feeling left out and isolated while living in Ecuador, to being able to confidently participate in everyday conversations with her new Spanish-speaking friends!
Leanne's vocabulary and grammar improved greatly but as she mentions herself, the most profound impact she experienced from our program was the increased confidence. This changed her entire relationship with the language and her surroundings, living in Costa Rica!
Mike went from avoiding speaking Spanish (while living in Lima, Peru!) due to a lack of confidence and ability to hold a conversation past the basic greetings... to now, being able to confidently & naturally carry on common everyday conversations.
Jennifer went from avoiding telling stories because she lacked the confidence & understanding of the different past tense forms... to being able to confidently speak about her day, her weekend, her trip to Ecuador or whatever her heart desires!
"I started to accidentally start thinking in Spanish, which is amazing. I'm surprised now that I can almost communicate just about anything that I need to and think about - how's my day and my week ,that kind a thing. I am amazed that in only 12 weeks, I'm able to do all of these things that I did not know a few weeks ago.
My grammar was limited, my vocabulary was limited, and here I am today."
- Shannon Fornelli
Gabriella began the program with a basic understanding of the language. She could have basic conversations in the present tense but often got lost when the conversations when beyond the very basic, everyday conversations.
During the 12-week boot camp, she learned how to speak in the past and future. She gained confidence and increased her listening comprehension so she could hold longer, more meaningful conversations with the Spanish speakers in her life.
Adelia began the program with a very limited vocabulary. She was able to "get by" in Costa Rica - go to the store and order at a restaurant, etc. However, she wanted to get to know her neighbors better, and make new friends to feel more integrated into her local community. A few weeks into the program and she was already reporting back with amazing results! She was communicating more effectively with her gardener, felt more confident making new friends and offering her neighbors a ride into town, etc. Adelia accredits all of this to her improved confidence which she built through practice and support within our 12-week boot camp.
Jim not only improved his ability to use proper grammar and speak more "accurately" but at the same time, he was able to significantly increase his fluidity. He now speaks with fewer pauses and more confidence. He's even begun thinking in Spanish!!
Katherine's commitment and light-hearted approach to learning took her from knowing only a few words to having basic everyday conversations with ease and confidence, in just 12 weeks!
"The 12-week bootcamp has transformed my Spanish fluency. I appreciate Nadine, and my coaches for encouraging and assisting me. The major problem I faced before starting the program would have to be comprehension. I would always try translating a Spanish word into English to understand what was spoken. This habit was also true whenever I attempted to speak in Spanish. I found it exceedingly difficult to engage in any meaningful type of conversation with a native speaker. This difficulty affected my confidence and level of desire. As a result, I would often retreat to my native English. It was very frustrating trying to understand Spanish on my own because of the level of frustration I felt. Lacking a true understanding of the language left me unprepared to communicate effectively. The biggest difference between this program and others I've tried is establishing a fundamental understanding of the language. The conversation classes were extremely helpful, as were the assignments. Nadine opened my eyes from an awareness standpoint regarding the mental approach to learning a language. There were numerous video topics which Nadine covered that I found enlightening: a. Learning through association b. Why some people get different results. c. Overcoming fears d. Neuroscience e. Neuroplasticity and Beliefs I started to realize my Spanish was improving when I walked into a tienda one morning and the clerk asked "de donde eres?" (where are you from). It was the first time I actually thought and heard that question in Spanish. Up until then, I was always attempting to translate Spanish words into English first. I remember when I walked out, I smiled because for the very first time I was able to engage in a prolonged conversation without thinking in English. Now that I've completed the program, I'm more confident and comfortable engaging in Spanish. I no longer feel frustrated trying to convert Spanish to English since my comprehension of Spanish is improved tremendously. I'm more willing to engage in a conversation with a native Spanish speaker without hesitancy. Finally, I'm far more committed to becoming fluent in Spanish." - Derek Hatcher
"I started Spanish to Fluency at an intermediate level. Everything I previously learned about Spanish was put into real practice and helped me to turn words and phrases into actual conversations.
This program gave access to native speakers who were patient and dedicated to making things feel natural. The amount that I learned in 12 weeks is far more effective than any other method I've tried to become fluent in Spanish."
Nadine and her crew make learning fun and engaging. Talking with others in the same boat/level as me made such a positive difference. I am excited to continue on for another 12 week course with Spanish to Fluency. Thank you for for creating a course that was at my beginner level.
"Unsolicited Endorsement: If you want to improve your Spanish, I highly recommend Nadine’s program. I had tried several other programs to learn Spanish, one which gave me a foundation of about 300 words so I was able to read and write some Spanish. The one element I lacked, however, was the ability to understand and carry on a conversation beyond asking for the bathroom and ordering a meal. I came across Nadine’s Facebook group Become Fluent in Spanish (Latin America), I read all her posts, watched all her videos and did the exercises she suggested. I was noticing some improvement in my understanding and speaking Spanish but I wanted to learn more and faster. I enrolled in Nadine’s group class but during week two, my classmate had to leave, so I received one-on-one coaching for the remainder of the course. The coaching and tools she provided me along with my three times weekly conversations with Cecilia sky-rocketed my understanding of the language. I want to make a disclaimer that I study about 6 hours a day in 30 minute increments taking breaks when I lose focus. Am I saying that you need to do the same in order to learn the language - no. But if you are willing to follow what Nadine teaches you, put the time in, whatever that may be, you will see results."
"I feel very positive about how much better my Spanish is now than when I first started. Like many people, I have taken other Spanish courses that learning grammar was the major focus. While the grammar is important for me to learn, I wanted to take a course that was more conversation based. This program is it! Nadine's goal is for people to learn to speak Spanish by thinking in Spanish. She puts together a personalized individual program based on where you are and what your goals are for learning Spanish. I have two conversational teachers who I really like and who are very patient with me. Nadine supplements the conversation classes with practical learning skills and reviews of what you are doing on your conversation calls. I feel confident in recommending to anyone who is seriously interested in learning to speak Spanish that this is an excellent course."
With the isolation that occurred with the Covid-19 situation, I found that I was not using the limited Spanish I knew, even though I live in a Spanish speaking country. They say "Use it or lose it" and that was definitely happening in my case. I searched for options for online Spanish instruction and I found Spanish to Fluency. I spoke with Nadine and she determined my knowledge level and I joined the 12 week course. Those 12 weeks were intensive and I reinforced my existing language skills and learned so much more! The program consisted of being assigned to native Spanish speaking conversation partners, excellent coaching and review with Nadine, and many tools I could use to expand my knowledge. I can't say enough positive things about Nadine's gentle, encouraging style. I had reached a plateau in my learning and she was able to help me break through and understand some of the concepts that stumped me. The conversation partners were wonderful. Just chatting about normal day to day topics with them developed a higher comfort level and confidence. I highly recommend Spanish to Fluency for anyone who wants to speak Spanish with greater ease and improve their comprehension. I hope to continue with Spanish to Fluency to continue reinforcing what I have learned and increase my understanding of this beautiful language. I need structure to stay focused and this course provided a great format!