You want to learn Spanish and you’re checking your options to do it online.
There are thousands of free materials out there, but you are not willing to stand yet another YouTube video telling you OMG don’t say X or Y, yet another video with colors or farm animals, yet another video like You’re pronouncing these Spanish brands wrong lol.
Look, there are two universal truths many people are not aware of: 1) the most valuable resource you have is time, because you can never get more of it; and 2) if something is free, you are the product.
I hate wasting my time and even more when someone else makes me waste my time. That’s why I try to be very respectful with everyone’s time.
My name is Paco and I’m here to help you learn Spanish online for real. I’m an actual linguist and I’ve spent years not only teaching Spanish, but also and especially learning about it. Because being native doesn’t mean you know about your language. That’s why I actively learn about it so I can actually explain every detail.
My soul burns every time I see those learn Spanish with my random podcast, get fluent in 3 months with my pdfs (Spanish teachers hate me), you need a native to actually learn, or just like you couldn’t teach English because it’s your own language, a Spaniard can’t really teach you Spanish, etc.
Everybody will just say whatever fits their plans.
Do you like to be treated like you’re stupid? I definitely don’t! And yet that’s what I find in so many websites, YouTube channels, newsletters…
That’s why I plan to teach you Spanish like you’re an intelligent adult. Adult to adult.
I want to start already!
Right now I’m working on the Absolute Beginner Spanish course. I’m publishing new content quite often.
I’m not publishing random contents depending on whether I got drunk or not last night. I’m publishing a consistent, comprehensive, step-by-step course.
You start with the first class and continue with lesson two, then the third one, etc.
I’m not a native English speaker, I’m not bilingual, but I know more Spanish than you and enough English so you understand what I say.
It’s going to be good and fun.
Yes, yes. I want to start already!
Some questions you may have
Socrates was asking questions to others and to himself all the time. That’s what made him one of the wisest guys. It’s good to have questions. I have answers.
Why is the content for free?
I know, I know: if something is free, you are the product. Right now, the content is for free for two very important reasons:
- There is still not enough content. I keep publishing, but there’s not enough just yet.
- You are the product indeed. The website and the videos have ads which give me money to buy peanuts. But above all, because my intention is to make you like me so much that, when there is enough content, you’ll be willing to take out your card.
Why should I learn Spanish from Spain?
Short answer: because it’s pretty much the same everywhere. Would you say British English, Australian English, American English, etc. are so different from each other?
Of course, there are differences. There are even differences between one city and the one 50 km away (and yes, get used to kilometers).
Here I could sell you some BS about Castilian Spanish being better, the original one or any other nonsense argument. That’s completely stupid. There’s no best Spanish anywhere, just like there’s no worst Spanish.
It doesn’t matter if you live in the United States and have Mexican neighbors. I say coche, they say carro; I say ¿qué pasa?, they say ¿qué onda?… You’ll manage to live with some tiny differences.
Can I learn Spanish just by watching the videos?
Yes and no.
Can you learn how to ride a bike just by watching videos? Hardly. It will help, but the most important part is the practice.
I will give you a lot of materials to feed your brain with Spanish grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. After that, it’s up to you to digest and get some muscles out of it.
Do I need to learn grammar?
Yes, you do.
Don’t waste your time and money on those you-don’t-need-grammar gurus. You are not a baby and you don’t spend 24×7 in a Spanish-speaking environment, so you just can’t absorb Spanish just like native children do.