Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days? It is in the traditional way of learning a language.
However there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun. This course works because it is education without stress!
Part of the Super Thinking method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world Union beat the USA into space.
Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s. She has been practicing this unique and remarkable form of education for four decades.
Lozanov’s teachings are one of seven keys used in the course. These seven include:
#1: 17 lessons teaching the student 4005 words that are the same in Spanish and English so there is no memorization of vocabulary.
#2: Losanov’s teaching was to use certain forms of Baroque music throughout because the brain likes hearing it. This causes the mind to associate Spanish with pleasure.
#3: Using a wave system to improve vocabulary so students can hear themselves and other speak words without fear.
#4: Developing confidence by having students create Spanish sentences in the first three hours so the process is more meaningful.
#5: Staying totally in the infinitive so there is no conjugation.
#6: Using relaxation sessions and humor to keep the students in a state of relaxed concentration the most effective state for learning.
#7: Getting students to speak well enough in three days so they can mentally and verbally create sentences that keeps Spanish active in their mind
Just read a few of the many raves we receive from delegates who have learned from these new teachers how to communicate in Spanish.
One delegate who attended a recent Super Thinking + Spanish course taught by our Super Teachers, Shawn and Suzanne Bandick, wrote:
Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teaching Super Spanish together in Vernon BC.
September 28-29-30, Shawn & Suzanne Bandick – Vernon BC, Canada. Enroll Single $499. Enroll Couple $599.
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Here are a few quotes from readers who attended this course .
Hi Gary, Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week,and I’m on to a new career.What is my new career? Still formulating,but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons. Mark was a very capable leader and teacher,and his choice of Daniella as a pronunciation coach was well received.
Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language;the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.We all,and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.Last year I spent six weeks in Ecu and now I plan on conversing with the people.
Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home.You do what you say you will.There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks.The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.You did,and I look forward to other courses that you offer,and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.Thanks to Mark,who you chose well to represent your program.
Best regards, Denis Molloy. Actually I now answer to my course acquired name of Antonio. For that I am also grateful. Love, Antonio.
Another wrote about this course:
Below is a testimonial for Super Thinking Super Spanish. Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course. In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling. I finished Super Spanish Super Learning. I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.
After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!
Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador. The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.
I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it. I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course. One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Learning is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.
During the course of the day and night, humans experience four types of brain waves: alpha, beta, delta, and theta. It turns out we learn best in alpha state. Research has shown that alpha state can be induced by meditation, listening to Baroque music (or any music that has about 60 beats per minute) and by taking a theanine (the active ingredient in green tea) supplement.
Getting into alpha involves slowing down and relaxing. So, class includes baroque music and guided journeys to support relaxation. Imagine learning while relaxing and having fun. That’s not how I remember school!
The brutal truth: In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) and, suddenly, I’m aware of it. Why?
1. Since early April, I’ve been living in a small town in a country with a slower pace of life and I’ve been affected by it. Positively, I’d say.
2. In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org). What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life. Rob Christi
A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days. This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”
Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.
The article begins: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many Americans don’t learn a second or a third language from birth, let alone a language that the CIA or U.S. Foreign Service might want. The situation has forced U.S. government agencies to learn how to cultivate the most talented second-language speakers from among college students with little to no other-language expertise.
“In U.S. education, we don’t develop early bilinguals,” said Catherine Doughty, a language expert at the University of Maryland.
Doughty spoke as part of a panel on Feb. 19 during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington, D.C.
She and other speakers described the typical U.S. second-language program as being a series of disjointed classes where students often repeated what they had learned before.
“Imagine math [programs] where the middle school says, ‘We don’t have any idea about what you studied,’ so you learn it again. It’s the same with high school,” said Robert O. Slater, director of the U.S. National Security Education Program.
MY COMMENT. This is why traditional Spanish courses often do not work. They create two obstacles up front…conjugation and memorization of vocabulary. Super Thinking + Spanish avoids both these obstacles.
The article continues: Finding the best. Government agencies aren’t alone in trying to recruit multilingual speakers; U.S. corporations covet such skills for doing business in the era of globalization.
MY COMMENT: This is why speaking Spanish adds value to each of us as a person. We become especially useful in an increasingly global multilingual society.
The article explained how Doughty and her colleagues used tests to train up cognitive processes related to language learning, such as the ability to hold information in the brain while using it for learning. The tests sought to predict those who can succeed despite everything stacked against them.
The article reviewed changes in the brain. Lee Osterhout is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. His lab used electrodes placed on the scalp to measure the electrical activity created by the signals of brain cells. That allowed the researchers to see differences in the brain patterns among language learners and fluent speakers. They found some surprising results.
The article pointed out: Repeated studies of French language students showed that their brains responded differently to real French words compared with fake words after just two weeks of classes, even if the students themselves could not tell such words apart.
“From knowing nothing to a little bit, [there are] huge changes in the brain,” Osterhout pointed out.”[From] knowing a little to knowing a lot, [it is] much more subtle.”
MY COMMENT: This is why Super Thinking + Spanish works. The three day course focus is entirely on making the huge change and ignores the subtle. From there the perfection and subtle change. The three day course prepares the learner to speak Spanish immediately and then make the subtle changes in their day to day life.
The article also said: Another surprise came from studies of Spanish-speaking immigrants, because neither age nor language proficiency seemed to predict how quickly the immigrants picked up English. Instead, the fastest learners showed both the greatest motivation to learn and a willingness to use English at every opportunity despite being bad at it (at first).
MY COMMENT: This is the other reason why Super Thinking plus Spanish works. This three day course gets the delegates speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so they can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning. In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.
The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain. Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.
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Another attendee wrote: “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.”
“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it. It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.”
“I liked how simple it made speaking Spanish. Shawn and Suzanne are amazing teachers. They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this course. Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you. This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.”
“The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning. The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price. The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless. To Shawn and Suzanne, thank you so much. You are gracious hosts and wonderful teachers. I learned so much. Muchas, muchas gracias.”
“I loved the relaxed environment. I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary. I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better! Muchas Gracias! I had a call from Telcel (a Mexican phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word! Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”
“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning. Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”
“I learned a lot of new vocabulary and the class gave me an opportunity to practice my Spanish, especially the pronunciation – thank you Guillermo. I would recommend this class because Shawn and Suzanne you are great teachers, the original way of teaching the language, and the pronunciation practice.”
“I liked the laid back yet professional approach. I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish, I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.
“It was a very enjoyable class.”
“Thank you Shawn, Suzanne and Memo. It was a great learning environment. I liked that it was not strict and regimented.”
Here is what one reader, a Costa Rican wrote about her traveling companion, an American, who just completed our four day Super Thinking plus Spanish course.
I can tell you from experience that the Spanish course he took with you made a genuine difference. I am also making a point of allowing him to be the one communicating, and I step in only if things go seriously awry. But he is much more relaxed and is actually communicating which is a big leap from his previous efforts.This is why I write with confidence that yes you really can learn Spanish in just four days.
Yet as this former delegate wrote, Super Thinking can help us with much more than just learning a language.
“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized my expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky
This Super Thinking rave shows that being in the zone enhances the mind and body.
Gary & Merri, I had such dramatic results today, in the physical rather than the cognitive realm, that I had to share this immediately.
I started my day with Baroque music. Before I began my Spanish lesson, I went through the Mayan Waves Brain Refresher (Brain Sync). I also played an alpha wave composition while I completed a lesson in the morning. I repeated the process this afternoon. Before my high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in the evening, I put on a gamma brain wave video from you tube faster reading gamma waves help with exercise. I preformed the “Halo Of Sweat” workout from an online fitness site. Around the world, people complete the workout and posts their scores, striving to meet or beat the personal trainer. Frankly, my reps have rarely come close to the reps of the woman featured in the video nor have I ever beat her. Until today.
Not only did I come close to her performance, I surpassed her quite significantly with several exercises. I performed my best in the last exercise, Abs Burn Out. Her scores were 38, 34 and 33 and mine were 60, 40 and 47!
I believe several factors allowed me to achieve this acceleration in athletic ability today:
1. My left and right hemispheres are now harmonizing.
2. The meditation and relaxed concentration techniques I learned are coming more easily to me and are effective.
3. My focus and concentration are greatly enhanced.
I am a Pilates professional so to have my exercise regimen improve so swiftly is remarkable. Not only am I now able speak Spanish but I am experiencing optimal health as well. I am deeply grateful to you and Merri for your SuperLearning instruction. Be well.
Join Shawn and Suzanne Bandick this September Sept. 28, 29 and 30th, 2018, in Vernon BC.
The class location is in the middle of Downtown Vernon. You are one block from 30th Ave where you can wander at your leisure; from unique gift shops to trendy retail outlets. Choose from a wide array of dining options from casual to formal, fast food to gourmet, deli-style to ethnic specialties.
Vernon’s heritage also comes alive with outdoor heritage murals. Downtown Vernon has transformed large blank walls into colorful artists’ canvases depicting Vernon’s rich heritage. You are in the middle of them all.
Vernon Class location comments: Great location, easy to find, lots of space and close to all kinds of restaurants and food.
Closest Airport: Kelowna, BC (YLW)
Vernon Tourism Center: www.tourismvernon.com
Holiday ideas for the Okanagan Valley: www.hellobc.com/thompson-okanagan
Hotel possibilities: www.tripadvisor.com- Vernon_Okanagan_Valley_British_Columbia-Hotels.html