“A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.”
A polyglot is someone who knows or uses several languages. I consider myself a polyglot because I can communicate reasonably well in Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.
“How to Teach Yourself Spanish Over 50″ Workshop
I Am Convinced that Anyone Over 50 Can Learn Spanish
Often, fellow long term travelers and expats are surprised that I can converse reasonably intelligently in four languages in addition to my native English. (Spanish and French- advanced level; Russian and Italian- intermediate level).
While I have put a fair amount of time into learning these languages, I enjoyed most of the process and look forward to learning other languages in the future.
Most Fifty Plus Nomads tell me they have no skill in learning foreign languages. I don’t believe them. While I am lucky to be better than most language learners, I think anyone can learn if they have patience and desire.
About three years ago, I asked myself why some people are polyglots (like me), and others have so much frustration learning another foreign language. Then I began to study how polyglots do things differently and identified the following common precepts that all polyglots believe including:
- People over 50 often learn Spanish differently than younger people. We are often frustrated in classes where everything is in Spanish or classes that emphasize too much grammar. Perhaps more than anything else, many younger teachers don’t understand that it has been years since we were in school and many of us carry emotional scars left over from previous fruitless efforts to learn Spanish.
- It takes time to learn Spanish. The US State Department provides 600 hours of classes in Spanish to people that it wants to serve in a Spanish-speaking post. The level of skill the State Department requires is more than most people need. However, the US State Department hires people with a lot of academic preparation and skill. My experience is that most learners over 50 can become sufficiently conversational to meet their needs in Spanish after about 200-300 hours of practice, including both time in the classroom and talking to locals.
- There is no one surefire way to learn a language. Each person needs to find a method that works for them. Finding this method is a matter of trial and error and will incirporate many different types of programs and exercises. In addition, you need to change your techniques periodically as you become more fluent.
- Many people advertise that you can learn a language in a few hours; however, this is just a marketing ploy.
- The more passionate you are about learning a language, the better. I llearned Spanish because i¡of my fondness for Mexico and my desire to explore the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Effective communication involves more than just words. You can say something perfectly correctly in Spanish, and the listener can interpret it differently than you intended because Latin American and Spanish cultures are very different than those in the US or Canada.
- You will never be as fluent in Spanish as you are in English. If fluency was easy, a computer could translate languages automatically without mistakes. However, they cannot, despite more than fifty years of efforts of computers to translate texts. In addition, studies have shown that people over the age of eighteen have a challenging time achieving true fluency in a foreign language.
Millions of people have learned Spanish as a second language once they acknowledged these caveats, and so can you.
If you spend 100-300 hours with me one-on-one in my home in Mexico, you’ll be able to do most of what you need to do in Spanish without difficulty.
While the best way to learn for many expats and long-term travelers over 50 is to take one-on-one, intensive Spanish classes at my home in Merida, Mexico, not everyone wants or can spend 100 hours or more taking my one-on-one classes. In addition, some Spanish learners already have some Spanish under their belt but need more help to get to the next step on their language learning journey.
That’s why I offer my 1-on-1 “How to Teach Yourself Spanish Over 50″ Workshop.
The “How to Teach Yourself Spanish Over 50” is available for two weeks in my home or over several weeks online (30 hours).
Many other people offer prepackaged online courses called How to Teach Yourself Spanish; however, I provide a personalized two-week, 1-on-1 intensive course. No one prepackaged course serves anyone over 50 that well.
Instead, Spanish learners have to use a variety of exercises and techniques to learn the language. In the end, every person needs to have a personal curriculum like the one we will develop together in this workshop.
In addition, the best way to learn is to concentrate on just Spanish without the distractions of everyday life. That’s why I recommend taking two weeks out of your life and spending it in my lovely home in Merida, designing your personalized curriculum.
We will work through different videos, exercises, etc., to determine which methods and styles work for you. Then I will coach you afterward to ensure that these methods are effective and recommend changes as necessary. That way, you won’t waste time and money on prepackaged programs that do not meet your needs.
At the end of the class, you will receive:
- A DETAILED plan for six months of classes at your home.
- A plan for you regular discussions with native speakers.
- Six months of one-hour biweekly talks with me to go over progress and make recommendations to ensure your progress for free.
NOTE: While the class is available and valuable for any level student, the best results will come to students who already have at least a limited, basic command of Spanish. Beginners are encouraged to start with the Basic Survival Spanish for Travelers and Expats and then take this class. Homestays with local families will be available to students who take this class, and students are encouraged to stay with local families.
Want More Information About How to Learn Spanish?
Check out my blogs:
- Unearth Little-Known Spanish Language Tips for Adults over 50
- My Complex Language Learning History: How I Learned 4 Foreign Languages Without Going Crazy
- 12 Creative Tips for Learning a Foreign Language for Long-Term Travelers and Expats
Additional Fifty Plus Nomad Workshops, Classes, and Seminars
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Survival Spanish for Travelers Over 50 WorkshopIntroducing Fifty-Plus Nomad’s “Basic Survival Spanish Workshop” in my home in Merida, Mexico or online. Come learn enough Spanish to help you travel long-term in the Spanish-speaking world.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive Expat Retiree Survival Spanish WorkshopCheck out Fifty-Plus Nomad Spanish classes in my home in Merida, Mexico or online. In this three-week workshop, I will help you learn enough Spanish to survive daily expat experiences in the Spanish-speaking world.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive “Find Your Ideal Place to Live Abroad Over 50” WorkshopWant to live in Latin America or Europe but don’t know where to start? Take my one-on-one, one-week workshop,, and let me help you find your ideal place and then map out a plan to successfully live abroad.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive 1-on-1, “Ultimate Long Term Travel Planning Workshop”Benefit from my eight years of experience traveling around the world. Spend a week at my home in Merida, Mexico and learn what you need to know to successfully and joyfully travel long term, around the world.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive 1-on-1 Traveling and Living in Mexico WorkshopAlways dreamed of traveling or living in Mexico but don´t know where to start? Take my one-on-one, one week workshop at my home in Merida and learn what you need to know to make your Mexico-bound dreams a reality.
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive “How to Teach Yourself Spanish Over 50” WorkshopLearn how to study Spanish or English on your own using the same techniques used by polyglots to become fully conversational in multiple foreign languages.
- Learn Spanish Over 50 Through Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive 1-on-1 ClassesIntroducing Fifty-Plus Nomad Spanish and English classes in my home in Merida, Mexico. Come learn Spanish or English using the same techniques used by polyglots.
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