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):
Introducing…Learn Spanish Fast
This is the first course to teach you how to breakdown cultural barriers with your students, build trust…including the actual specific phrases to use in your dialogue.
Not just “tips” and “advice,” but the actual scripts that I’ve used myself.
This proven program walks you through every step to learn Spanish fast at your pace whether you want to learn in 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, etc. You determine how soon you want to learn Spanish and we’ll deliver the material.
I included hours of video, detailed pronunciation analyses, and ready to use vocabulary with translations to help you say the right things at the right time.
All so you can take control of your life, your career and stop relying on someone else to do it for you.
This program works for adults, students, any age, with any level of experience, male or female, even if you have never spoken Spanish before.
Is Spanish easy to learn?
I recently had a fascinating experience. I asked hundreds of people is Spanish easy for them to learn. See if their responses resonate with you.
Question: Is Spanish easy for you to learn?
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Do you think it’s difficult to learn Spanish? Here’s the answer.
“For Americans, it the default foreign language since Spanish is often the only foreign language encountered.” – Sean Y.
“No language is easy to learn. But Spanish is the kind of language that’s easier to learn than say, French. Spanish has 5 vowel sounds, and except for u in certain situations, it doesn’t have silent letters. It’s straight forward.” – John T.
“For an English speaker? No. It might seem that way at first because Spanish is easy to pronounce and a lot of words are similar (televisión etc).” – James O.
“Sure. It depends on how much effort you put into it. It’s all up to YOU. No excuses. You get out of it what you put into it. Work hard, and you’ll get a lot out of it.” – Patricia P.
“Yes, It is very easy to learn Spanish languages.” – Jessica D.
“Yes, it is easy and worthy to learn. Spanish is a great language to learn because it’s so easy to practice anywhere in the world.” – Bhavya S.
“In some ways, Spanish is easier than English. For example, letters are always pronounced the same way, and there are no silent letters. When you read a word, you can confidently know how to say it correctly.” – Stu C.
“Spanish is much easier to learn than many, probably the most European languages.” – Ro L.
“No. it is not difficult to learn Spanish. I think it is easy to learn if you do Practice daily.” – Gagana S.
Pretty incredible. For most of us, learning Spanish is not difficult at all.
I asked the SAME people to tell me why they would take the time to learn Spanish.
Look at these results. They will inspire you.
QUESTION: “Why Should Anyone Learn Spanish?”
“Speaking Spanish has allowed me to have many amazing experiences, trips, lessons, and friendships. Most of these wouldn’t have happened had I not spoken Spanish.” – Kyle P.
“If you live in California, speaking Spanish gives you a foot up on employment and business opportunities. You can use it every day, often all day.” – Steve W.
“It opens doors to such a huge part of the culture in this world, and in my own state of California, it will soon be the language spoken by the majority.” – Declan D.
“It is good for your head to learn another language. You become smarter.” – Brian F.
“You are more marketable. The U.S. does a lot of business south of the border. Putting a foreign language on your resume tends to get the attention of recruiters.” – Ryan B.
“Learning Spanish (or any second language) as an adult can be transformative to your perspective on your life, your native history and culture, if not your emotions.” – Newell S.
“My experience with learning Spanish was that it allowed me to view life through a different lens.” – Frank L.
“Learning Spanish will enable you to keep pace with Hispanic influence on culture which is strong and getting stronger.” – David W.
So let me get this straight. On one hand, Spanish is easy to learn — and it would allow us to meet great people, travel, increase my salary, and have great friendships with people who speak the language.
And when I asked my readers why should anyone learn Spanish, they listed reason after reason why anyone “should” learn Spanish.
Smarter. More marketable. Transformative
Funny how in the same time period, others were increasing their salaries, leaving their colleagues in the dust.
So we know learning Spanish would mean a world of difference for us. Yet we accept excuse after excuse for not learning. Why?
We “know” we should learn Spanish.
So why don’t we?
We know we’re probably missing out on a lot of great opportunities.
In fact, when I asked my readers why they haven’t taken the time to learn Spanish, here’s what they said!
Carrie C. says: I would love to become fluent in Spanish but cannot justify devoting the time to it right now. It is in my “someday” file — and I work very hard not to put much in there!
Ishan M. says: I started learning and I found out that the worst part of learning Spanish was the irregular verb. I wanted to learn fast cause I already knew French and English and I thought it is much easier but it was not. Also, the volume of vocabulary that you have to memorize did not fit my goal to be able to learn fast.
If you’ve read my stuff, you’ve heard my stories about people learning Spanish through conversation. Mentally, most of us add it to our “Yeah…I should do that” list — along with working out more, eating healthier, and traveling more.
Yet when it comes to contributing another language to our salary, we almost never do it. Why?
One profoundly important reason why we don’t contribute is the same reason we don’t do all those other things that we “should” do: “we all have invisible scripts,” or guiding beliefs so deeply embedded that they’re almost invisible to us.
- “I should follow my passions”
- “I work hard, so I deserve a nice car”
Sometimes our scripts are helpful, productive, and based on evidence. Other times, though, they’re negative, limiting, and completely false. This is especially true about our scripts about our abilities to acquire a second language.
When it comes to acquiring a second language to get paid what we’re worth, here are two invisible scripts we unconsciously use:
INVISIBLE SCRIPT #1: “I can’t learn a new language as an adult.”
We hear about others learning Spanish, but somehow they’re different. They have a better memory…better study skills…they have more experience…they live in an area with more Spanish speakers…or they just did it “somehow.” We’re not really sure, but when we look around, we see:
- Random people posting videos of them speaking in Spanish
- People are learning things about another culture that they haven’t learned before
- A job where we’re constantly reminded that some people are getting paid more for knowing Spanish.
Yet the truth is, some people let their invisible scripts hold them back — while others tackle them head-on and conquer them:
“Spanish has helped both my career and my social life dramatically.” – Graham H.
“Thanks to the fact that I am bilingual some professional opportunities came to me even in Europe.” – Erika M.
“I’ve had multiple job offers based on the area I live in and being able to speak Spanish and English.” – Donovan F.
By the way, bilinguals have these invisible scripts, too…but they overcome them and are compensated greatly. They’re greatly appreciated for their language skills. And they use the right Spanish phrases to speak to the people they work with and come across.
You’re a valuable asset — if you do good work and take the initiative to learn a new language — you’re worth far more than you think, even in this economy. But you have to know how to speak Spanish. The TRUTH is, $3,000 or $5,000 to your company is a drop in the bucket. But to you, it could be life-changing.
INVISIBLE SCRIPT #2: “I don’t have time.”
That’s fine — for a mediocre person. That’s the same caliber of an answer that you’ll receive from someone that does not push themselves to be great. Duh. A response that’s obviously an excuse for someone who does not want to build a connection with people.
Yes, Spanish does require practice. But that means you can interact with people even more now than you ever thought was imaginable because people are developing new friendships, relationships, and traveling every day.
If you contribute more than the average person — and you’re willing to work hard — you will see the results you deserve.
INVISIBLE SCRIPT #3: “I don’t have the ability to acquire a new language.”
wrong, wrong, WRONG.
The classic invisible script is also horribly sad since it usually takes us years to figure out that simply putting our head down and working hard does NOT get us noticed at work. And simply “doing good work” is not enough.
Then we hear words like “networking,” which makes us think of being dirty, immoral, inauthentic people. Better to just forget about it…even if it means not getting a few thousand dollars more.
The problem is those thousands of dollars add up to millions over the span of our lifetime. And networking doesn’t have to be immoral or inauthentic. You can actually let your boss know how important your contributions are without being arrogant — even if you’re trying to promote yourself as an introvert.
By the way, how would you feel if you knew your colleague — who has the same years of experience speaking as you do and knows Spanish — might make $3,000 more than you do? Chances are, he took the initiative to learn Spanish. He didn’t even have to be a master at it…he simply learned a new language.
And with some training, you can do far better than that. You’ll know exactly WHAT to say WHEN to say it, and HOW to say it — and you’ll have the confidence to speak with people in Spanish.
The surprising truth: What NOT learning Spanish is costing you
We’ve talked about how we “know” we should learn Spanish…but when we don’t, it costs us thousands of dollars per year…adding up to MILLIONS of dollars over the span of our career.
That’s not an exaggeration. A single $5,000 salary increase in your career, when properly invested, can be worth more than $1 million by the end of your career. And people who acquire a new language once tend to be more successful and learn many new things.
If we assume you learn Spanish, you can earn a higher salary. For example, a salary increase of $5,000 by learning Spanish, that means you’re losing over $400 per month by not learning Spanish.
Think about that.
Every day you’re not learning Spanish, you’re losing money.
And it’s not just about your salary. You’re losing out on other things that you could acquire — additional benefits, better titles, increased responsibilities. And most of all, the ability to know that you are treated with respect…and you are being paid what you deserve.
Most people never learn Spanish because they think it’s too hard. But when you see your invisible scripts for what they are — limiting beliefs — you can make a change. When you finally hear what your boss isn’t telling you, you’ll have the confidence to learn Spanish and ask for what you deserve. And when you’re armed with the knowledge, phrases, and statements on precisely WHAT to say, WHEN to say it, and HOW to say it, you’ll be unstoppable.
What your boss isn’t telling you
Just one more thing.
I’ve been on the other side of the negotiating table many times. I’ve negotiated my salary, and I’ve had my boss negotiate against me.
Let me share the biggest insights from sharing this very same experience.
$5,000 means nothing to a company, but it means everything to you. Let’s assume your current salary is $70,000. That means your job is paying around $100,000 “fully loaded,” when they include taxes, health insurance, benefits, furniture, and everything else.
If your job employs 20+ employees, they’re likely making at least 7 figures in revenue — often many, many times that. $5,000 is nothing to a large, medium, or even small company! They do not want to lose you over a few thousand dollars. That’s pocket change to them.
Keeping their business running is far more important than counting pennies to them — and for most businesses, that’s exactly what $5K is equivalent to.
“But I just don’t have time.” This may be true, but a well-qualified employee is not concerned with time, which they know is out of their control. Instead, they are more concerned with adding more value at work, understanding what their boss needs, helping him shine, and quantifying their work. Even in a time crunch, well-qualified employees can find the time to get things done.
Which do you want to be?
You’ve already cost your company thousands of dollars. $5,000 is nothing. Companies spend an average of $6,000 for recruiting new employees. As you get more and more experience, that number increases. If you factor in training and onboarding, and your company has spent well over $10,000 in hiring you.
They don’t want to lose you for a simple $5K salary increase, which they’d spend if you left anyway. If you learn Spanish, you can often bring up your pay dramatically.
Do nothing, get nothing. Most people (especially men) simply don’t try to learn a new language like Spanish. They take the salary that’s offered…over and over again…and soon, they wonder how their colleague (who does the exact same work) makes $5,000/year more than them.
When you don’t try to learn anything new, you invisibly condemn yourself to passively accept whatever your employer offers — and his goal is to pay you as little as possible to keep you working!
It’s risky NOT to learn Spanish. First-time language learners become self-conscious about the way they pronounce certain words in Spanish: “Am I saying it right?” But we already know that your school has spent thousands of dollars recruiting and training you, so they don’t want to lose you. The bigger risk is NOT learning Spanish — and losing $400 per month, plus the respect of your employer and peers.
When you learn a new language, you’ll be surprised how quickly your boss will treat you with respect.
Are you ready to learn Spanish?
Introducing Learn Spanish Fast
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Greet people and say goodbye; introduce themselves and others; ask and say how to spell names; say where they are from; exchange phone numbers; say what day of the week it is; describe the weather; respond to classroom instructions
Talk about a typical day; talk about what they are doing; talk about their daily routine while on vacation; talk about buying souvenirs on vacation; talk about vacation activities.
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