How much can you say with just six words, I think you’ll be very surprised.
There are just six main words in this lesson. You can find them on page 7 of this Action Guide.
In the audio I’ll also give you a few extra words that are so recognizable you can use them instantly. Words like España (Spain), mayo (May), el doctor (the doctor).
Find out how much expression you can make with just six main Spanish words. Go ahead and speak some real Spanish in flowing sentences right now with the audio lesson below. Just press the play button to start.
The Complete Synergy Spanish Course is Available in These 3 Versions
Dear Soon-to-be-Spanish Speaker,
Would you like to speak Spanish that could impress a native speaker? Want the words to freely flow from your tongue instead of sounding like a slowed down, broken record because you’re constantly grasping for the correct grammar in your head?
Enough! The “traditional” way of teaching Spanish doesn’t work for most people – especially if you’re not in grade school or college anymore.
Even if you’ve tried to learn a language before and failed, now you can learn “real-world” Spanish quickly and easily. I am a language teacher and after years of using methods that just don’t cut it, I have finally developed a course, Synergy Spanish, that really works for the rest of us. (If you want to know my motivation, read the “about me” in the side panel.)
And here’s the best part: all you need to do is learn 138 words – more about this later. It will work for you if:
You’ve never spoken a word of Spanish
After endless courses and months or even years of study, you still can’t string a Spanish sentence together without a struggle.
You need to learn the language quickly.
You are over 40 and “learning isn’t as easy as it used to be”
You don’t want to spend countless hours worrying about grammar or sentence structure.
Spanish has been difficult for you in the past.
You don’t have a lot of time to devote to lessons.
About Marcus Santamaria
My name is Marcus Santamaria. That’s me in the picture to the left. After getting married and moving to a Spanish speaking country I found myself all at sea. I couldn’t speak any Spanish! I couldn’t mix with the locals or my new family and friends.
I also had another motivation…
As an English teacher, I absolutely needed to learn the language so that I didn’t feel like a fraud! I mean, how could I possibly teach English as a second language when I didn’t even know one myself?
My shame drove me to search endlessly for a better way of learning and teaching. Believe me, learning Spanish was not easy for me…I struggled! Eventually I discovered what I had suspected all along: the problem was not me, but the methods I was using.
Once I discovered what’s really important for communication, (you’ll be amazed at how much of what is normally taught actually gets in the way of communication) and how to best use the mind for rapid learning, I became fluent in Spanish and very successful at teaching, too!
I am now a very successful language teacher – one of the most respected and highest paid in Latin America. But the main reason I have a lot to offer you as a Spanish teacher is simply this: I have been where you are now. If you have ever had a tough time learning a language, Synergy Spanish can help – and I’m here for you, too!
Now You Can Get By in Spanish With Just 138 Words!
It’s crazy. So many people who want to speak Spanish end up not being able to speak at all. Yet, I have used my knowledge of languages to develop a simple formula that virtually assures your success.
All you need to do is learn just 138 words. Then, I’ll show you how to use them so effectively that native Spanish speakers will be amazed at how easily you express yourself in their language.
Yes, I know it sounds incredible, maybe even too good to be true (just look at all of the unsolicited testimonials on this page to see that it works). Yet, when you experience the power of using patterns to multiply Spanish, you’ll know for sure that speaking Spanish is easily within your reach.
Once you’ve tried this approach you’ll wonder, “why haven’t I been shown this before?”
When you know the formula, it’s a piece of cake to make thousands of Spanish phrases from that small list of just 138 words.
The secret lies in a simple method of combining Spanish words. A method that is very straightforward. In fact, with just a little effort you can go through the entire system in as little as 12 hours…
It Doesn’t Matter How Old You Are, Or What Experience You Have Had With Spanish, Now Communicating In Spanish Is Possible For Everyone
Speak Spanish that will impress the locals – even if you feel like you’ve had a “mental block” with learning Spanish before.
Avoid the traps that stop most people from finally speaking Spanish
Feel comfortable and be ready for real-world Spanish conversations – in as little as 12 hours – much less time and effort than other courses
Learn how to connect with locals if you live in a Spanish-speaking country or a Latino community in
Converse with your Spanish-speaking co-workers and neighbors
Travel to exotic Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, and experience the real flavor of the local
Teach your children or grandchildren to speak Spanish
Learn Just a Handful of Words
and Enhance Your Travel Experiences
You know, travel is so much more enriching when you have enough confidence in your Spanish to get away from the tourist traps. Instead of some plastic, made-for-the-masses, fake experience, you can soak up the vitality of Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, as you interact and move freely among the locals.
Your new ability in Spanish is your passport to go where the tourists don’t go. It’s your ticket to having real conversations in Spanish for the very first time.
“It’s like entering some secret club, with a hospitality you probably have never felt before. You’ll get extra attention in the restaurants. You’ll get tips on where to go to get the best quality authentic products. And of course, when you speak Spanish the prices are so much better.”
Native Spanish speakers really appreciate your efforts to speak in their language. When people realize that you are not the typical ugly foreigner expecting “them” to speak English, you will be amazed how warmly you are treated.
If you work with Spanish speakers, or live in a Spanish-speaking country, then this course is even more important for you than it is for travelers. It has opened many doors for many people to connect with native Spanish speakers. It has even been responsible for at least one marriage.
Learn Just a Handful of Words and Enhance Your Travel Experiences
“First of all I want to say thank you for creating Synergy Spanish. It has been a tremendous learning experience for me. You make the whole thing so easy.
I am getting married next week to the love of my life. My fiancée is Mexican and doesn’t speak English. If it hadn’t been for your course giving me the ability to understand and speak conversational Spanish fast, I probably would not have been able to meet my future wife.”
Kyle Crawford – San Felipe Marina Resort, Mexico
It is always great to hear when people use my course to interact in the real world. Not everyone finds the love of their life like Kyle did, his story is in the box just to the left; however there are many interesting ways my students use their newfound ability in Spanish.
Bill told me about his “off the tourist path, home-hosted visit to Chiapas, Mexico.” Jaime said that her new ability to communicate with the parents of her students who only speak Spanish.
Jan said she can now communicate with the Spaniards in Orihuela Costa, where she plans to spend her retirement. Steve and Mai have also moved to Spain. They wrote to tell me that they now have a new confidence to talk to people in their adopted country.
There are many more stories. In fact, I get letters everyday from people who are delighted to be communicating in Spanish for the first time. Here are some comments from some of my students.
What People Say about Marcus and Synergy Spanish
“My Mexican friends are more than impressed with my progress in a little over a month!”
“Synergy Spanish was absolutely excellent. It was easy to follow and the learning just flowed naturally. My Mexican friends are more than impressed with my progress in a little over a month!”
-Neil Ellson, USA
“It is so easy to practice and learn Spanish”
“In a few words, Synergy Spanish is excellent. I like very much the CDs of this program because it is so easy to practice and learn Spanish”
-Edmund R. Donoghue,
“I learned a lot of Spanish from your course; more than all my past classes”
“I would like to say thanks for writing the course “Synergy Spanish”. I learned a lot of Spanish from your course; more than all my past classes.”
“Our experience was due in large part to being able to communicate in Spanish”
My wife and I belong to Friendship Force International, which is an organization that sponsors home hosting. Late last year our club arranged to visit two clubs in Chiapas, Mexico (Tuxtla-Gutierrez and Comitan).
I thought that since Chiapas is so far south and off the tourist paths that I would enjoy the experience more if I knew a little Spanish when we stayed in our host’s homes. I went to the Internet and searched for courses. Yours caught my eye and I ordered your Synergy Spanish with the 14 Cd’s. I started my studies right after the first of the year, and we left for Chiapas March 12th.
Muchisimas Gracias!! I was able to communicate with our first family that spoke very little English. The Chiapas area is wonderful!! The people are great, the food was delicious, the drinks flowed freely, the music and dancing went on as long as you could stand. Those two weeks were the best vacation I can remember taking!
I could go on for several pages about our experience but it was due in large part to being able to communicate in Spanish. I am 69 years old, and if I can do it, anyone should be able to experience the thrill of speaking another language.
I particularly want to thank Elena for her work on the Cd’s. Her slow pace and clear pronuciation of every word made learning that much more achievable.
Keep up the good work and I will be ordering new courses as they become available.
Fort Worth, TX
“I can now communicate with the Spanish folk in the town in Orihuela Costa”
Hola! I have over the last 3 years attended 3 night school classes to learn this beautiful language. After which I still couldn’t string a sentence together. I am amazed at how simple you have made this and I can now communicate with the Spanish folk in the town in Orihuela Costa where I am planning to spend my retirement.
Jan Woodhouse Middlesex, UK
“It’s made an enormous difference in my ability to communicate to the parents of my students”
Dear Sr. Santamaria, I am just on the third CD of Synergy Spanish, but it’s made an enormous difference in my ability to communicate to the parents of my students, many of whom don’t speak English. Your teaching methods are extraordinarily effective, and I’ve tried many of them.
Con respeto, Jamie Roberts Philadelphia, PA
“It is making a big difference to our confidence in talking to people in our adopted country”
I have been very pleased with the progress I’ve made using Synergy Spanish. We are English ex-pats who moved to Spain, and have been trying to learn the language, seriously, for 4 years. However, in our 60’s learning a new language has been daunting. But we are making real progress now, thanks to your course.
Thanks for Synergy Spanish which really is making a big difference to our confidence in talking to people in our adopted country.
Regards, Steve and Mair Harper Spain
“Now, I can speak with my five new children. Thanks for helping us!”
Thank you so much for creating this program. My husband and I are adopting five children from Guatemala and really needed a quick way to learn Spanish. Your lessons have been a godsend!
Other programs we have tried just haven’t clicked. Your method runs circles around all the others we have attempted! Thanks again. Ahora, puedo hablar con mi cinco nuevos ninos! Gracias por ayudarnos! (now, I can speak with my five new children. Thanks for helping us!) Renee and Scott Dean Georgia, USA
Most courses teach you grammar in chunks. You learn adverbs and qualifiers today, the subjunctive tomorrow, the progressive the day after that. Most of the time, you’re just confused.
You never make free-flowing sentences, and if you do manage to speak at all, it feels unnatural and stilted.
Not only is this antiquated method of teaching grueling for the
students, but it’s horrible for the teachers as well. You’d be amazed how many teachers hate grammar-based methods. Yet, they have to teach it, because it is part of the curriculum.
What’s worse? Grammar-based methods almost never work.
If it did work, millions of people would speak Spanish as a second language. Yet, very few people are able to use their classroom Spanish to communicate.
In fact, if you have tried to learn Spanish already and failed, it’s not your fault. The fault lies in the ineffective methods that you have been exposed to.
You see, studies show that these grammar-based methods of teaching language fail 95% of the time. Notice, I didn’t say, “95% of people fail to learn Spanish”.
You didn’t fail, the method failed.
The reason you can’t yet communicate in Spanish has nothing to do with memorizing another verb tense and all its conjugations, learning the subjunctive, the Spanish verb to be, or any of that grammar stuff. None of that will make a scrap of difference in your ability to communicate.
If you are a beginner, learning more grammar may even make your communication worse. You see, with too much analysis of grammar you become hesitant when you speak. Your mind focuses on rules instead of flowing along with the conversation.
Fortunately, there is an easier way.
It’s Simply Astonishing How Well You’ll Express Yourself
You may be wondering, “but I already know a lot more that 138 Spanish words and I can’t communicate para nada (at all)”. Again, it’s not your fault. The fault lies in the methods you have been taught.
Spanish words are usually taught in lists. The lists are based on a theme. This is a really easy and fast way to build a Spanish course. But it is next to useless for communicating.
If I created my courses this way, it would take me a few days instead of the best part of a year to make a course. I guess those courses make sense for the publisher’s business interests, however, as a way for you to connect with people in Spanish…
Forget about it!
Let me explain why it doesn’t work and what you can do about it. Here’s what usually happens with word lists. First day you learn words related to a theme e.g. animals. So you learn the Spanish words for goat, pig, donkey, horse, saddle, bridle, tiger, lion, zoo, etc.
Next day’s theme is furniture: bed, sofa, table, chair, armchair, cupboard, toy box etc. If you learn 10 words a day then after three days 10+10+10 = 30 words
Now you know 30 words. That’s better than 3 days ago, but can you go out and communicate in the Spanish world?
What would you say? Dog cat armchair or pig saddle sofa?
“On the other hand, when you multiply Spanish 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000 phrase combinations you can use at will to express yourself. The result is the difference between dog pig monkey vs. me gustaría verla esta noche (I would like to see her tonight.)”
By using combinations, you speak in real Spanish sentences in next to no time.
In fact, the example sentence is from lesson 3 of Synergy Spanish. You easily make sentences like this and many more by lesson 3. Best of all, you can finish lessons 1-3 in just a few hours.
This is the most powerful secret for your successful communication in Spanish.
Instead of learning thematic words-lists that make you sound like a cave man, you discover patterns that multiply Spanish. Then the words flow naturally into Spanish phrases you can use any time you want.
Here’s how each of the sections gives your Spanish a natural flow:
Your Synergy Spanish Course Modules:
You learn to talk about yourself. You feel your confidence soar as Spanish starts rolling off your tongue in clear sentences. After completing the 8 user-friendly lessons you are ready to advance to the conversational part of the course.
This is the dialog building part of the course, where you multiply your conversation skills. Now the fun really begins. After all, your reason for learning Spanish is to interact with people isn’t it?
This section gets you expressing even more than you ever thought you could. Best of all, it happens in a far shorter time than you ever imagined possible. Although you are not yet even half way through the course, I’ll bet you are itching to get out there and try your new Spanish speaking skills.
Plus, I show you how to utilize sentence starters and sentence builders, so your Spanish really starts flowing very freely.
Are you going to travel with your husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, children or friends? Then section 3 has extra appeal for you. Even when you’re not traveling or you travel alone, this section gives you extra Spanish speaking skills to use everyday.
You talk about what you are doing as a group. Again, it’s easy. You just add another layer. And while you practice talking about your group, you learn more Brick and Mortar words. With every addition you speak on a wider range of topics. Yet, even though you are using a lot more Spanish, it’s always easy for you to speak freely and comfortably.
You’ll extend your conversational ability to speak to groups of people. This is for talking to in-laws, workers, students etc. With the command you now have of the language, it’s easy to talk to them all as a group.
You are becoming very accomplished in your ability to communicate in Spanish. However, I must
emphasize again, there is no confusion. It’s still straightforward. It’s as easy-to-follow as the first step, even though now your skill is much more advanced.
It’s time to bring it all home. You round out your narration skills. Talk about your kids, wife, countrymen, work mates, anyone you want, in free-flowing sentences.
When you finish you realize that you have never had to suffer through mind-numbing conjugations, yet you are speaking in perfectly conjugated Spanish sentences. Without studying direct and indirect object
pronouns, you are using them in almost every sentence.
All the confusion has been eliminated. The grammatical labels are stripped away and unnecessary because you have taken command of your communication in Spanish. You have a very comfortable and natural feel for the Spanish language.
The Synergy Spanish System –
Your Success is as Easy As One, Two, Three!
1. The Synergy Spanish Fast Start Guide:
Gives you everything you need to master the foundation of your Spanish speaking success, the Synergy Verbs and Brick and Mortar words. You learn the secrets to speaking freely and expressively as you discover how to combine Spanish words into fluent sentences.
In this fast start guide you also learn…
What to focus on for Spanish success from the first day – if you’re serious about using your Spanish in the real world
Why focusing on minor points of grammar fail in real world communication.
The memory technique that took me from failure to success in Spanish.
How to learn Spanish words 4 or 5 times faster with less effort.
22 Spanish multipliers: These easy multipliers instantly boost your ability to interact with anyone.
How to make a good first impression every time
A simple mistake language students make that causes tension when speaking to natives – why it happens and how to avoid it…and make people warm up to you instead
Why being bold is almost always more important than being perfect… make the most effective use of your Spanish every time.
Simple sentences-starters & sentences-builders: Multiply your power of communication in Spanish with simple patterns you can use right away.
Fend off bad habits with easy-to-understand accuracy pointers. Start on the right foot and make a habit of speaking Spanish well.
How to maximize and multiply your Spanish. You’ll discover why most Spanish courses cover too many topics. They overload you and leave you not knowing how to use anything. Instead, you’ll master the most important parts of Spanish and have much more power to communicate in less time with less effort.
2. The Synergy Spanish Audio/Video Lessons:
Have you ever listened to a language audio/video and felt totally lost? So many courses have long dialogs or situations with Spanish spoken very fast right from the first lesson. Somehow you are expected to magically learn Spanish by listening to something you can’t understand.
The audio/video lessons in Synergy Spanish are designed to actively involve you in your learning. They build up in steps, so you never feel lost. You gradually use more words, in more p