My name is John Rader and I reside in Bettendorf, Iowa. Four months ago, I wrote my first “testimonial” for Learning Spanish Like Crazy. Even with less than half the Level One course work under my belt, I was extremely enthusiastic about the program and felt confident in my learning progress. Now that I finished all lessons in Level One and also Level One of the FSI program, I am not at all embarrassed to strike up a simple conversation with a native Spanish-speaking person. Working through FSI Levels 2 & 3, plus your upcoming Level Two LSLC Course should keep me busy for another several months and bring me to my initial goal of being fluent in Spanish! Not only are the materials solid and progressive in their teaching, you can sense the team approach and professionalism of the LSLC staff. Again, thank you Patrick, Liliana, Sebastian, Pamela, Ruben and everyone else involved with LSLC. Your dedication to excellence is refreshing. My short-range goal? Go to Bolivia and help a colleague in his orphanage and village this fall. From there I am unsure, but let’s face it, with perhaps 350 million Spanish speaking people in North, Central and South America, being truly fluent in Spanish can open any number of career opportunities for anyone willing to master these materials.
Estuve estudiando español por solamente once meses y principalmente para eschuchar los CD’s de “Learning Spanish Like Crazy” Recientemente decidi tomar una clase de conversacion al Universidad de New Hampshire. Los llame y me dijeron tomar un examen de entrada en el internet. Tome el examen. Me sorprendi cuando vi el resultado. Lo mas alto esperado era 440. Recibi 498. Los profesores sugirieron que tomara el curso que es casi lo mas avanzado de la Universidad, “Advanced Converstaion and Composition.” No tomare el curso, porque todos los otros estudiantes han tenido muchos anos de espanol y si hecho tanto progreso, seguire estudiando como hago ahora.
I am very frugal, so I initially researched various Spanish language tools by reading countless reviews, and borrowing materials from the library; before finally deciding to purchase Learning Spanish Like Crazy. I have never regretted my decision! Patrick delivers on his promise.
His method has finally enabled me to break out of beginner Spanish, while living in the Midwest! He is constantly improving the program, and his customer service is excellent! Each lesson builds on the next to gradually teach you to understand and converse with native speakers. My Latino friends have even commented on how quickly my Spanish is improving!
Patrick, other programs I tried before subscribing to ‘Learning Like Crazy’ can only be described as inferior in comparison, to hopelessly inferior. I can only say good things about ‘Learning Like Crazy’; the voices are clear and pleasant to listen to, the content relevant, the flow of topics logical. Customer service is professional and friendly. Thank you, and congratulations on your fine product. I can not remember ever getting a better bargain!
In May ’05 I decided I wanted to go to Nicaragua. I made reservations to leave in late July, and stay for two weeks. I could speak about 20 words of Spanish, left over from Jr. High School many years ago. A friend who teaches Spanish lent me her curriculum, which I dutifully plugged through. In two months, I picked up enough to get around, but I was far from being able to communicate. After I returned, with plans to return to Nicaragua on a semi-permanent basis in Sept. 06, I was desperate to really learn the language. That’s when I found LSLC. I downloaded Level 1 to my trusty mp3 player, and from that moment on, I was seldom without it. It is safe to say, without exaggerating, that LSLC enabled me to successfully communicate in Spanish. Sure, I still have a ways to go before I’m “fluent”. But after working through Level 1, I can hold my own in most situations, and am confident of my grasp of rudimentary grammar. All I can say is, it’s worth every penny, and I cannot wait to begin Level 2.
As a psychiatrist who works in an inner city clinic with many Hispanic clients, I needed to improve my grasp of the Spanish language, especially listening comprehension and spoken expression. I had tried several other methods of learning Spanish but was never fully satisfied with the results.Finally I discovered LSLC and found its intensive focus on listening and speaking to be just what the doctor ordered.
Me llamo Terence y encontré Learning Spanish Like Crazy el verano pasado. Soy estudiante intermedio y he estudiado en España y México, pero todavía hay algunos conceptos de gramática que yo no sabía y estaba buscando un curso de español para ayudarme con estos. También, recientemente empecé viajar con mi trabajo y estaba buscando un método para mantener mis habilidades de español. Eso era cuando yo encontré Learning Spanish Like Crazy. Este curso me ha ayudado aprender muchos de los conceptos gramáticos que yo no sabía, y lo mejor es que yo podía aprender cuando tenía tiempo. He recomendado Learning Spanish Like Crazy a muchos principiantes de español y a algunos estudiantes más avanzados que quieren mejorar y mantener su español. Estoy esperando Learning Spanish Like Crazy nivel dos y voy a comprarlo cuando está disponible. Gracias y hasta luego!
St. Louis, Missouri
Hi, I am a Belgian Dutch speaking guy. I really like to travel with my backpack. So every year I head out for a month of holiday. Last year I had the luck to be able to take two holidays. In june I traveled through Peru, part of Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador. A spledid holiday but apart from being able to ask for directions, negociating a price and ordering food I was not able to talk Spanish at all. So I got a bit frustrated that I was not able to have real conversations with the locals. So when I returned home and planned my next holiday in November to Argentina I was really motivated to learn Spanish so that I could enjoy the local culture better. After a search on the web I found the LSLC course and started it every day driving to work and back and when going to the gym. By end of September I had finished all the lessons. When I arrived in Buenos Aires I immediately was supprised with the fact that I directly had a nice talk with the taxi driver. Something that I could not do in June. As I continued on my travelsI frequently did little tour in Spanish groups and had no problem at all understanding almost everything. I even have had a girlfriend in Buenos Aires with whom I traveled for a week and since she did not speak a worth of English or an other language I must say that we managed very well to have a good time having long conversations about a divers list of topics. Of course my Spanish is not perfect but I can not rember how many people congratulated me on how good I could talk and understand. This course has really been of incredible value to add a new dimension to my travel experiences. Of course I am a walking publicity for it and already convinced several people to do the course before haeding of to a Spanish speaking country. One of my best friends did it and is now still having a realationship with a Chilean girl he met in Santiago. Just all because now we were able to talk instead of look.
My name is Steve from Chino, California. I needed to learn how to speak Spanish to aid in my monthly church trips to Ensenada, Mexico. The group that I belong to works with orphanages, battered women’s shelters, drug rehab centers and churches. I started using LSLC after finishing Pimsleur Spanish I, II, & III. I was able to communicate on a basic level after I finished the three Pimsleur courses. I was far from fluent, but a lot better off than before the courses. LSLC has changed my Spanish greatly. I feel like I have graduated from junior Spanish and moved up to the big leagues. I am now able to hold meaningful conversations with the people in Mexico. It was great knowing how to get to the bathroom or how to ask for more food at lunch, but now to develop actual relationships with the local people is incredible! My Mexican friends are amazed each month at the improvement in my Spanish from the previous trip. I know that there are a lot of you who have used other courses and had some success. I also know that you are probably frustrated because you don’t feel like you can really speak Spanish. Let me assure you that if you are willing to put in some time you can develop your Spanish to the level that I have or beyond.
My story is the same as any other: Spent TONS of money on other Spanish programs (I had 10 total!), only to find out most of it is no longer used! Thank goodness I had bilingual employees who corrected me kindly and didn’t laugh at me! I found LSLC and at first thought it was too expensive; however, after my last frustration trying to speak to an employee and getting nowhere, I had had it! I bought LSLC and never looked back. The learning is simple and easy to remember and the weekly teleclasses are second to none. Now, I get praise from my employees for my effort to learn their language.