"Even More Synergy Spanish Success Stories."
How people just like you have enriched their lives by taking a bold new approach to learning Spanish.
"I see a huge difference in my interaction in the community here. Phone conversations are much better too."
You are a language teacher genius!
I've been living in Costa Rica for 17 years teaching Suzuki Piano, and I know the most effective way to learn a language is the same way I teach music; but I couldn't find it in print and sound until your amazing work was introduced to me. I've had hundreds of classes, private tutors, books,, books, tapes, and on and on, and I can read, write, translate it very well on paper, and fully communicate in my studio; but much more communication skills are needed to function in all areas of life when living in a Spanish speaking country.
I appreciate your excellent work so much. It has all of the elements to guarantee success, and automatically lays a firm foundation upon which to rapidly build excellent communication and written skills for life. I decided to start at the very beginning no matter how much I learned before, and it is really working! I've only had it a few days now, and already I see a huge difference in my interaction in the community here. Phone conversations are much better too.
You are a language teacher genius to say the least.
"You have given me more than I ever expected when I bought your lessons. I am so impressed with the whole package."
Hola. como estas?
Marcus, Marcus, Marcus... you just never stop "GIVING". You are a very special person who "truly" cares about helping others to learn to speak Spanish. I feel very privileged to have found you in my journey to learn to speak Spanish. To say "Thank you" just doesn't seem to fully express my gratitude for the help that you have given me, and continue to give me.
Muchas gracias. All the best to you and your family.
Your friend from Canada.
Debbie later added
Hola. Thank you for your kind words.
I have on occasion written to you with questions or comments regarding your lessons. You have always answered my letters, thank you. You have given me more than I ever expected when I bought your lessons. You have said that you would be available for "coaching" and you have kept your word. I am so impressed with the whole package.
All the best to you and your family.
"I am in Peru putting into practice your Spanish lessons - and they have made a big difference thanks."
I am in Peru putting into practice your Spanish lessons - and they have made a big difference thanks.
Friends of mine took a more traditional Spanish class with a well known local teacher at the same time I took your audio course, my friends now know a lot more grammar than I do but they can't speak much Spanish, where as I can actually use what I know. I have recommended your course to them.
SonarData Pty Ltd
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
"I am too excited to sleep!"
Thank you Senor Santamaria!
I am so excited! Voy a hablar mucho mas en espanol con mis amigos pronto! I am too excited to sleep!
Thank you again
South Carolina, USA
"Your Spanish Course has really helped enrich my travel experiences here in South America."
Thanks Marcus. I am in South America - Nazca, Peru to be exact and I am delighted that what I have learned through your course has helped me to make myself understood in Spanish.
My tour group asked me to say a thank you in Spanish to a local family with whom we had a traditional Peruvian meal. I was delighted that although my Spanish was far from perfect our hosts understood what I said and our Spanish speaking guide said I did well!
Last night we stayed in the homes of families living on Amantani Island. It was a wonderful cultural experience enhanced by the fact that I was able to communicate with our host family albeit using only basic Spanish.
Your Spanish Course has really helped enrich my travel experiences here in South America.
"It focuses on the useful words and phrases for the real world and leaves out the irrelevant stuff that bogs down the learning process."
I have studied Spanish off and on for years in classes and studying books but never found the retention very good.
I was very happy when I found your web site, it didn't take me long to know that this is exactly what I needed. Your content, organization and style of teaching is what makes it work - because it focuses on the useful words and phrases for the real world and leaves out the irrelevant stuff that bogs down the learning process.
Your system is straight forward, complete and enjoyable to use which, in turn, makes learning Spanish faster, easier and more successful.
"I only wish i'd known about it sooner.The lessons are presented in such a way that it would be impossible not to learn the language."
Very many thanks!
I have spent a lot of money in the past on recordings, vocabulary and verb conjugation books, but I have to say I have learned more in one day using your method. I only wish i`d known about it sooner.The lessons are presented in such a way that it would be impossible not to learn the language.
Please keep me informed of any other lessons you have available and thanks once again from a very pleased student.
"Synergy Spanish has given me a completely new direction to my life."
Since receiving your Synergy Spanish Book and CD's, I am having a wonderful time. They are the best I have ever had... For about three years I have been trying to learn to speak Spanish...Church Classes, Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day books, a few quarters at the local Community College, and many hours of "complete frustration".... BUT Synergy Spanish has given me a completely new direction to my life.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I would like everyone I know to have this program and I have told many of my friends. Thanks for what you are doing to help us learn faster.
Have a Blessed Day,
Charlotte, N. C.
"I'm living in Madrid Spain and Synergy Spanish has made a huge difference to how fast I'm picking up Spanish."
Firstly I can honestly say you,re course is by far the most usful I,ve ever done. I'm living in Madrid Spain now and synergy spanish has made a huge difference to how fast I'm picking up the Spanish language.
"I will finally start to think in Spanish!"
I have been trying to learn Spanish for years, I am glad that I ran across you on the Internet, I feel
like this is it, I will finally start to think in Spanish!
I want to thank you for offering such an innovative course at such a fair price.
Choen O. Jackson
"It is helping me get around Cabo - and especially to talk to the people
that take care of our place"
Your method is great - I am learning much faster than other times I have tried to learn Spanish and it is helping me get around Cabo - and especially to talk to the people that take care of our place
Colorado USA and Cabo San Lucas Mexico
"Your course is helping me to remember the richness and the beauty of my Hispanic heritage and is helping me "re-acquire" my Spanish speaking abilities."
Dear Mr. Santamaria,
I spoke Spanish to the cashier at our local Mexican supermercado. It was great! She knew exactly what I was saying. I meant to tell her that, "We don't need bags for the milk (2 gallons)." The way I said it in Spanish was, "No necesitamos bolsas por la leche." I was with my father when I said this. I don't know if
I should have used "para" instead of "por", but she knew exactly what I was talking about. I remembered your instruction about being bold, so I was.
Now have a first-hand, real-world experience using your method and I know it truly works.
P.S. I am of Mexican-American descent. Many years ago--about 45-- while in the 2nd grade in Chicago, Illinois, I was thoroughly embarrassed in front of my class by my Euro-American teacher because I could (at that time) not understand much English. It was then that I vowed that it would never happen to me again. Well, it hasn't. However, in the process of placing so much emphasis on learning English, I lost, or perhaps "psychologically buried", my ability to speak and understand Spanish. Your course is helping me to remember the richness and the beauty of my Hispanic heritage and is helping me "re-acquire" my Spanish speaking abilities. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the effort and love that you have put forth in organizing your Spanish courses. I believe that they are terrific!
"I've been to Mexico twice on Missionary trips... Your Spanish program works great"
I've been to Mexico twice on Missionary trips...
Your Spanish program works great
"I am communicating in understandable Spanish.......finally!!!!!!!!....for the first time in years!!!"
I absolutely love the Synergy Spanish course that I bought several weeks ago.
I am communicating in understandable Spanish....... finally!!!!!!!!.... for the first time in years!!!
"I am 62 years old and didn't think I would be able to learn a new language, but it all came so easily."
I just completed the Synergy Course and loved it. I am 62 years old and didn't think I would be able to learn a new language, but it all came so easily, thanks to you.
I am looking forward to more courses! What a great job you are doing!
I have recommended your courses to several people from this area, and will continue to do so.
"I always wanted to learn but found it a chore. Now, I am really enjoying learning spanish for the first time."
I wondered if this course would just be the same as what I have already had but amazingly it has reinforced what was in your other courses as well as making me realise what has not "gone in" (my head) therefore it was excellent.
I always wanted to learn it but always found it a chore rather than a challenge. Now, I am really enjoying learning spanish for the first time.
"I am 65 years young and I have learned more in a couple of months from your course than I did in a year with a private teacher."
Marcus, I am about half way through your Synergy Spanish course and I have been very impressed with the way the course is put together. I am 65 years young and I have learned more in a couple of months from your course than I did in a year with a private teacher.
The amount of material I received is well worth much more than what I paid for it. I cannot believe how many free lessons you give away and how great your support is. Anyone should be able to learn Spanish from your Synergy Spanish course.
You have put a lot of effort into this program and it really shows.
Keep up the good work.
"About your action guide. It's generous. It's not some 6X9 inch book. It's big enough for you to see the words without having to use a hand-held magnifying glass"
I love your Synergy Spanish Level 1 course. I am particularly impressed with how you prepare us to speak in the action guide with the "pronunciations" on the right-hand side of the page. Another thing! About your workbook. It's generous. It's not some 6X9 inch (almost credit card size) book. It's big enough for you to see the words without having to use a hand-held magnifying glass but not so big you can't carry it with you, as I carry mine to work and study on my lunch hour.
"I really believe that if I had not found you I might well have abandoned the whole project of learning to speak Spanish."
Last summer my son, who lives in Mexico, married his sweetheart who is Mexican. Although she speaks excellent English I decided, in that moment, to learn to speak Spanish beyond the 'Hello, where is the bathroom level?'
I looked around, even took a summer series of classes - but eventually found you on the Internet. Since then I have been working my way through your lessons, listening to each as many times as I need to before moving on to the next. I even took a break and then picked you up again without losing anything that I could detect - I merely backed-up a few lessons to get warmed up.
I just returned home from 8 days visiting with my son and daughter-in-law in Mexico. I thought it would be fun to create an 'immersion course' for myself and, therefore, spent a total of 10 hours with a private tutor - it was both fun and useful - but only because I had done all the work with your material!!
My teacher found me fascinating because I could actually speak much more, with better pronunciation, than she expected. We addressed issues of grammar only as they were useful to my progress in understanding.
By the way - I'm 68 years old and a retired physician - I had, and have, no wish to take any more formal lessons,or worse still, any more evaluation tests ( been there- done far more than my fair share!)
Thank you for all your work - I really believe that if I had not found you I might well have abandoned the whole project of learning to speak Spanish.
"Other retirees (who are older, of course) can know that it is never to late to learn a language if it is taught correctly."
I am about 1/2 way through the Synergy Spanish and it is really reenforcing my previous training. It is also making me more comfortable speaking, which is what I bought it for.
Dave Cartier (Retired Electrical Engineer, Ph. D.)
When I wrote to Dave to ask his permission to add the comments from his email to my website... he added the following comment
Dear Marcus: I am happy to endorse you. Please use the following. I added my educational background and the fact that I am retired so that other retirees (who are older, of course) can know that it is never to late to learn a language if it is taught correctly.
"My wife Erika, a citizen of Peru, and I have been slowly breaking down our language gap and that has been in large part due to the ingenuity of your program."
My wife Erika, a citizen of Peru, and I have been slowly breaking down our language gap and that has been in large part due to the ingenuity of your program.
"I have tried to learn Spanish in many differents formats prior to using your "Synergy Spanish" and have found it to be the most effective. I think its effectiveness is in its simplicity. It starts with a basic list of the most used words (Palabras Basicas) that allows a student to learn hundreds of simple phrases. It is a logical building sequence that sets a foundation for further learning.
The important thing for me, unlike previous Spanish courses, is that these lessons/words stuck. I can remember them and draw upon them. My wife Erika, who is from Lima, Peru and speaks fluent Spanish, has complimented me on my progress. While I am quite a ways from be fluent in Spanish, I feel that most of my progress is due to the fact that your course makes learning Spanish fun and interesting. I thank you for the work that you have done with your Synergy Spanish course.
I will continue to use your materials, quite simply, because learning Spanish is now an essential part of my life. One day my wife and I plan to relocate to Lima, Peru. At that time I may teach English. I told my wife that the least I could do before starting to teach English in Peru is to learn to communicate in Spanish."
Thanks again Marcus!
Mark, Erika, Rafael Biberg
"I tried several other courses but never felt the confidence to actually speak Spanish until after completing Synergy Spanish."
I just finished your course & loved it.
I tried several other courses & even completed the Pimsleur Course to nearly the 3rd level but never felt the confidence to actually speak Spanish until after completing Synergy Spanish.
Harreson R Mayers
"I will be the first to say that I was very skeptical about your
I will be the first to say that I was very skeptical about your course.
However,I am now forming sentences in Spanish which with all the other programs I was just learning words.
I for one am a fan of your system.
North Dakota, USA
"We find it so much easier to learn and practice sentences which have
meaning rather than other courses where the content often has no relevence to everyday life."
We would like to send a big thank you for the Synergy Spanish course. We find it so much easier to learn
and practice sentences which have meaning rather than other courses where the content often has no relevence to everyday life.
Once again thank you very much.
John and Sue Stent
After I emailed John and Sue for permission to use their comments, I asked if there was anything they would like to add...they asked me to add the following...
We are English and live in mainland Spain and find that there is very little difference between Spanish Spanish and South American, so any prospective clients can be assured of the benefits no matter what their requirements are.
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