Questions about Learning (4)

I’m short on time. How can I learn Spanish quickly and efficiently?

Unfortunately, there is only so much time and money to spend traveling abroad. That means I have to get creative in my daily life.

Here are some of my methods you might want to try out:

  1. Immediately switch languages when talking to a Spanish speaker.
  2. Allow your brain to daydream in Spanish by imagining how you would say certain phrases.
  3. If you don’t know something, ask someone or research it.
  4. Listen to Spanish radio stations & translate the lyrics online.
  5. Don’t worry about being perfect. Just enjoy the process and try your best.
  6. Subscribe to my YouTube video channel for weekly bite-sized lessons!
  7. Check out the Spanish is Your Amigo textbook or schedule a personal lesson!

There are many other ways to practice. Find a method you enjoy and that fits into your daily routine.  Perhaps try a Spanish chat room, watch novelas, or read books in Spanish. (Children’s books count, too!)

Why don’t audio books and computer programs work?

  • Only teach you to “parrot” phrases
  • False, unrealistic promises
  • No grammar foundation
  • Too expensive
  • No reference materials
  • Outdated
  • Few all-in-one programs
  • Inconvenient: Need a computer or CD player

Why don’t other textbooks work?

  • Scattered information
  • Useless activities
  • Outdated vocabulary
  • Excessive cultural notes
  • Messy format, images & fonts
  • Vague explanations
  • Few all-in-one textbooks
  • Inconvenient

Why is it important to learn Spanish?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language with over 300 million native speakers in over 24 countries claiming it.  Learning Spanish opens exciting possibilities for travel, career advancement, and countless new opportunities!

Questions about Kristen (3)

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.