Questions about Kristen

How did you learn Spanish?

I’m a native English speaker who learned Spanish through thousands of hours of instruction over a span of ten years. I was fortunate to be able to study abroad for a month in Cuernavaca, Mexico and I received my Spanish minor in 2010.

In addition to taking formal classes, I have logged hundreds of hours of personal research and speak Spanish to anyone who’s willing to humor me. I’ll never be finished learning Spanish because I constantly find new ways to use and refine my abilities.

Why did you write a textbook?

Formal classes provide me with a strong grammatical foundation. This is necessary in order to express your own ideas in another language. But at times, my classes were anything but simple. I always wished there was a clearer, quicker method. I wanted lessons to be taught in plain English.

Instead, words like “pluperfect” confused me. I wanted only the necessary lessons, vocabulary and practice condensed into one textbook. Instead, the books were cluttered. So I used to create my own materials.

I learned that having the right materials in front of you can make all the difference. In an effort to teach Spanish in the easiest way, I created the simplest “teach yourself” textbook.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes. You can book a lesson by visiting

You can also send me an email ( with questions. Include your goals and timeline for learning Spanish and we can set up a consultation.