Q: “How many languages do you speak?”
Introducing the new antidote to boring…
Hi, I’m Brian Morton, the author of The Best Way to Learn Spanish Fast and the founder of Esperanza Española.
A few years ago, a friend of mine and I were grabbing drinks in downtown LA. We overheard a man asking for directions from someone who didn’t speak English. I intervened and translated for the man “What did you say?” My friend asked as we sat down for drinks. I gave him directions to get on to the freeway.
He drank his beer. “You speak Spanish?”
“Yeah,” I said. I wasn’t too sure why he asked.
“I think it’s pretty amazing that you can speak Spanish…if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
At the time, it felt good to hear. Yeah, I know. I speak fluent Spanish.”
But a few years later, I found myself answering the same exact questions with another friend:
How did you learn Spanish?
Where did you learn Spanish?
Where are you from?
In fact, when someone asked me “How did you learn Spanish?” My response was…”Nothing really.”
Or: “Same old.”
Or even worse: “I just worked at it.”
Oh god. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so cool. I was starting to realize how people get stuck in a rut trying to learn Spanish.
(Also, how easy it is to bury yourself in something else as an excuse, a shield against trying to learn Spanish. “Sorry…I can’t do this anymore…It’s so confusing.”)
I started wondering, “Is this it? Is this what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life?” Already knowing what I was going to do every weekend. Going out for beers once every couple of weekends. Ho-hum.
And it just wasn’t me. How many of us seem to “freeze” at 25 and stop trying to learn something new?
I remember something that Ben Affleck said in an interview on the Kelly Clarkson show:
At 21, I never wanted to be one of those boring adults who is all work and no play. But at 27, that’s exactly what I had become.
Which is when I decided to make a change. I wanted to make NEW and INTERESTING a regular part of my life.
Only…I didn’t know-how.
What do you do — Google “what language should I learn?”
Ask a friend? “Hey bro, I want to learn a language…any ideas?”
So there I was – ready to get out of my rut and ready to learn something different. I just didn’t know-how.
Damn, this 65-year-old lady is cool
You know the best way to figure out something new?
Ask people who have already done it.
For example, one of my favorite things in the world is seeing an older person learning. Like the 65-year-old woman who is learning Spanish.
I LOVE IT!
I always wondered – what makes this woman want to learn Spanish, hire a tutor, and learn how to practice speaking Spanish…at 65 years old? What’s different about her vs. the 65-year-old who’s sitting at home watching Bonanza?
And then I wondered:
Will I be cool enough to learn something new 40 years from now?
It’s not just time. It’s not just money. When you’re in a rut, day by day, your world gets a little smaller. It’s very easy for your rut today to become your rut tomorrow…to become your rut 40 years from now.
But the people who keep doing cool stuff all the time – how do they do that? I wanted to find out, so I started asking…
- People with super-interesting lives. The people who have good jobs by day…and travel on the weekend, or compete in salsa dance contests or take-up cooking
- Business owners who have to learn tons of new skills fast. I knew business owners who were running multi-million dollar businesses…but who are also marathon runners or playing in a band. How did they find the time? What did they know that I didn’t?
- Older people who are still active. My favorite. I love seeing older people taking cooking classes, learning how to use their new iPhone, or practicing new skills with their grandkids. Man, if they can do it, I can do it too.
As I have said, if you want to know how to do something, the best thing to do is to ask people who already do it.
So I did.
I talked to CEOs and a bunch of parents who always seemed to have time to learn new skills even when they were incredibly busy. How did they do it?
I knew that it wasn’t that they just had more free time. They actually had less time than most people. In most cases, almost no free time. And yet they were still able to try tons of new and interesting things every year and constantly add new skills and hobbies to their lives.
I also knew it wasn’t that they were just more motivated. Millions of people are very motivated to learn new things every New Year, but most people give up by March. I know I’ve done that in the past. These people that I was talking to knew something else.
I kept asking questions and started to collect pieces of something deeper — a game being played that I hadn’t seen before. It was like they had “accidentally experimented” themselves into a life of learning more — and having more fun — in a month than most people have in a year.
When I probed, the most common answer that I received was, “I’m just naturally curious! I like to try new things!” But I found out it goes deeper.
They built a “flywheel of interest” where they tried lots of things once. And if they didn’t like it, they felt perfectly fine moving on and trying something new. No guilt, no pressure.
They didn’t worry about becoming masters of everything. Being “good enough” was much more important.
In other words, they were playing an entirely different game than I had ever known existed. And they were loving it!
They just didn’t focus on a single skill or hobby. Their success wasn’t just about taking a class on scuba diving or painting or any random skill. They built fun and experimentation right into their lives. They had learned how to learn Spanish.
I started to apply these principles to my life. Look what happened.
I LOVE IT!!
That’s when I realized that trying new things didn’t need to be a chore. It didn’t need to be hard or scary or take up all my time.
When I decided to learn Spanish, I started having a lot more FUN.
And learning got easier every time. And faster.
I realized I had concocted a bunch of hollow reasons about not wanting to try new things – like needing to be perfect, wondering if I would even like it, or just plain being embarrassed about trying something new (like this):
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But all those rationales fell apart when I started learning.
I saw I had never taken the time to really focus on the process of learning Spanish. I hadn’t thought about how I learned new skills or how I could try lots of things and not worry about becoming an “expert” at everything.
Now that I knew how to learn fast, it opened up all kinds of doors. I could decide the kind of person I wanted to be.
Not many people talk about the process of learning how to learn Spanish. But I think it’s one of the most important skills we can master. It completely changed my life.
Here’s what I learned.
5 reasons why you should be learning Spanish
5. Learning Spanish will open doors to another culture
Once you master the ability to learn Spanish, you’ll learn about the Spanish culture faster than you thought possible.
- Learning a lot in school and then never learning anything else (what most people do)
- Or learning a new language every couple of years (what “ambitious” people do)
- You can learn a new language and apply it every week, even every day (what the top learners are doing)
Every accomplishment in our lives is built on the skills we develop. The faster you can learn the Spanish language, the more people you will meet.
4. What’s your answer to “¿Cómo estás?”
Other people: “Bien” (Good/Well) or “Muy bien” (Very good/well)
You: Instead of the usual boring response, you’ll always have something fun and interesting to share:
- “Excelente, gracias. ¿Y tú?” (Excellent, thanks. And you?)
- “Muy bien, gracias. ¿Y tú?” (Very good, thanks. And you?)
- “Aqui no más.” (Just chillin’.)
(Side note: Doesn’t that sound exhausting? It did when I first heard people saying it. But when I learned Spanish from people who already knew the language, I understood how it wasn’t a burden — it was fun.)
3. For 99% of language skills, you don’t have to be a master
It’s surprisingly easy to get “good enough.”
Let’s take Spanish. Sure, it may take you years to become fluent, but you can learn how to speak Spanish in as little as 30-60 minutes a day. Will you become fluent? No, of course not. But you can learn how to make a sentence in Spanish — and use that for the rest of your life.
“Good enough” will change your life.
2. Fast-track your career
It’s shocking how closely people’s career paths follow their learning:
The people who advance the fastest in their careers are the ones who can quickly and easily add new language skills that complement the talents that they already have. Think about…
- The pharmacist who improves her Spanish speaking skills…so people in the Latino community pay more attention to her recommendations
- The personal trainer who learns Spanish to communicate better with his clients…and creates better relationships with them
- The retiree who adds Spanish to his repertoire as he grows older in order to avoid Alzheimer’s…and can invest more time to continued growth
By the way, when you talk to your boss about raises, be sure to mention all of the new Spanish skills you’ve been learning — inside and outside of work. It shows the kind of employee you are.
1. And most important, learning Spanish just makes life more FUN
Stop doing the same boring things over and over again. Fill your time with new and exciting interests. Meet new people who share your interests and try new things together.
When you do, you realize that what your life looks like today doesn’t need to define what it could look like tomorrow.
That freedom is the ultimate gift.
All you need to unlock it is one simple skill: to learn Spanish.
Are you ready to learn Spanish?
Introducing Learn Spanish Fast
Discover how the greatest learners get “good enough” at learning Spanish Fast in less than 3 months, even if…
You tried to pick up learning Spanish in the past but got frustrated with the various verbs and conjugations…
You’ve not taken Spanish classes since high school…or you didn’t stick with it…
You’ve struggled to find the time to practice…
Or if you want to learn Spanish and just don’t know where to start…
Then Learn Spanish Fast will finally give you the precise, actionable system to explore and build Spanish into your everyday life — without adding commitments to your already busy life.
(We’ll even give you a list of cool things to do this weekend.)
I’m not going to ask you what you’re trying to learn this year. I’m going to ask you another question:
What did you learn last year?
What if you’d learn new Spanish vocabulary skills last year? Then this year, and next year…
Where would you be? What kind of life would you have?
Learn Spanish Fast gives you the master key for radically speeding up how you learn Spanish.
Not only will you learn Spanish, but I’ll also introduce you to my favorite learning strategies.
In the course, you’ll learn how to…
Transfer thoughts in your first language to your target language
Figure out what you want to say in Spanish
Practice your understanding and comprehension
Put your words and vocabulary that you know together
Use the right tense in conversation
Pronunciate Spanish verbs correctly
Practice your diction when speaking in Spanish
Keep up with fast-paced Native speakers
Make sentences in Spanish on your own
Speak Spanish so that you can meet people from other countries
Have someone to converse with you when you need them
+ much more
Pick your format
Every lesson in Learn Spanish Fast comes in video and audio formats
Truth and lies about what it takes to learn Spanish fast
What does it really take to learn Spanish fast? How much do you need to practice?
What’s essential and what’s a waste of time?
Learn Spanish Fast is an inside look at…
How to dominate difficult learning curves by leveraging your own Spanish vocabulary
One simple tweak to learn Spanish in less than 20 hours (with very minimal practice)
Why we’re lazy — and how to work around our inherent laziness
How to get quick, easy wins, from otherwise big, intimidating goals — like speaking Spanish
The pre-persuasion elements you can embed in your environment to persuade yourself to stay focused
And that’s just a sample of the insights packed into this course.
A new approach to learning Spanish fast
There are countless frameworks and theories about learning out there.
But in my years of speaking to successful friends and expanding my life to be full of exciting new skills and experiences, I learned a few simple rules of thumb.
They are practical, easy to apply, and extremely powerful.
Best of all, they are FUN.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE learning. I have a feeling that if you’ve read this far, you want to learn more, too.
It’s a privilege that we get to learn anything we want.
In this course, I’ve collected the very best tools and frameworks for learning, along with specific stories about how I accelerated how quickly I learn Spanish. You can apply these instantly to your work, your personal life, and your business.
These tools will help take you from zero to “good enough” — and help you learn Spanish fast. Even one of these lessons can speed up how quickly you pick up Spanish.
Put them together and you have a complete roadmap for picking up and accelerating your progress in Spanish. One you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life.
Questions & Answers
“Does this course teach me a specific language?”
Yes. Learn Spanish Fast will teach you Spanish at your pace whether you already know the language or not.
“How can one course help me learn Spanish?”
Even though most languages seem different on the surface, when you break them down there’s actually a repeatable sequence of steps you need to take in order to learn Spanish — fast.
“Why not just go on YouTube or read a book to learn it?”
You could do that, in fact, we even recommend reading books, hiring teachers, and watching videos to help with your learning process. But if learning was as easy as just watching a video or reading a book, everyone would be an expert at speaking Spanish.
Accelerated learning goes deeper: Which books or videos should you use? How do you get feedback?
“What if the skill requires a lot of feedback?”
The great thing about Learn Spanish Fast is once you enroll, you can have daily, weekly, or monthly feedback as much as you want. So if practicing Spanish is more than you want to invest, pick a new one. There’s so much to learn! In Learn Spanish Fast, we’ll help you learn Spanish at your pace and your budget.
If you’re ready, you can learn Spanish fast so you can impress your friends, get (and stay) ahead at work, and just have more FUN. And from now on, whenever you’re feeling stuck in a rut, need a jolt, or want to learn Spanish, you’ll have an ally with you for the rest of your life.
If you have any questions or concerns about the course, call or
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