I wanted you to know that I am thrilled with the Fluent Spanish Academy. I'm eager to work with the Listening Comprehension Training and love Grammar Central and the Pronunciation Training. The Forums are a great place for shared information, and working with Angela is a dream.
On the technical side, I very much appreciate your prompt and personal replies to my emails and to openness to feedback. Even the small things like being sensitive to the use of computer ink makes a big difference. The website itself is attractive and easy to navigate. I watch for and look forward to every new entry!
- Judi Martindale, USA
"Truly Excellent Materials!"
I am very impressed with your site. I love getting weekly lessons and having “digestible” chunks of information and audio easily available. Truly excellent materials here Olly. You and Ángela have a definite gift for teaching and clearly presenting information. There is SO much stuff on the internet and it’s nice to have an orderly site to go to which actually teaches material in a clear and concise way. Thanks for that!
Mike Billings, WA, USA
Is this a traditional Spanish course?
No, this is not a traditional Spanish course...for a very good reason! There are many traditional self-study Spanish courses on the market, which can be useful for beginners. But learning tospeakfluent Spanish requires a different skill set. The focus of the Academy is on learning techniques, planning your study, keeping you accountable, and having a community of likeminded people so you don't have to do it alone.
What makes this different?
In the Fluent Spanish Academy you get to learn from someone who's been there and done it...in 8 different languages. You'll learn what you're doing wrong, and how to fix it. You'll also be part of a thriving community of people dedicated to learning fluent Spanish. You'll no longer have any feelings of uncertainty over how to study Spanish every day, because we'll be with you every step of the way.
I'm a beginner in Spanish. Is this for me?
Fluent Spanish Academy is aimed at people who have already learned some Spanish, and now want to become fluent. It can also work for you if you're a beginner in Spanish, but already speak another romance language to a good level, such as Portuguese, French or Italian. If you're a complete beginner in Spanish, I recommend you start with a beginners textbook or course. When you get stuck, that's the time to join the Fluent Spanish Academy!
Will I still need a Spanish teacher?
To become fluent in Spanish, you need to practise speaking often. The only place you can get this practice is...real life! Some people find that hiring a tutor to help get enough speaking practice is the most convenient route. Others have friends or family they can speak to. Fluent Spanish Academy gives you all the tools, structure, materials and motivation you need, but you'll still need to create opportunities to practise speaking Spanish yourself.
Can I get a refund?
Membership is billed on a monthly, or annual basis. You can cancel your membership any time, but we have a no-refund policy for partial months or annual membership. Join the community, take action and you’ll never want to leave, let alone a refund!
Will I get to ask you questions personally?
Yes, absolutely! Inside the Fluent Spanish Academy there are extensive member forums where you can ask questions, keep yourself accountable with other members, and even find a Spanish Meetup local to you. I'll be in the forums myself regularly, answering your questions and helping keep you on track!
Do you teach Latin American or Castilian Spanish?
The Academy is for you no matter what variety of Spanish you are learning, and our members learn all major varieties of the language - from Spain and throughout Latin and Central America. Our materials are mostly "neutral" Spanish, meaning we teach things that are appropriate for any Spanish-speaking country. However, our listening training includes conversations in many different varieties of Spanish, which is great for ear training and makes you a more confident speaker of Spanish.
It is often a concern of students not to learn the "wrong" kind of Spanish. However, 99% of the Spanish language is identical, whichever country you are in. Almost everything you learn in Spain can be used in Mexico, and vice versa. Differences in vocabulary between countries are mostly limited to certain familiar daily words and phrases (food, greetings etc), and the particular way of saying "you" (singular/plural). These are usually learned as a beginner. Beyond this, most of what you learn can be considered "standard Spanish" and you can use it anywhere.