I've taken Connor's Roadmap to Conversational course. I have to say, it was a life changing course and I want to detail why I feel that way. Connor is a knowledgeable and patient educator. His 'Roadmap' is beautifully thought out and gives a day-by-day summary of what to work on. For me, our twice weekly classes with Connor were super useful and inspiring. But, here's the best part: Connor has devised a method to improve your Spanish that can be tweaked to use for any language study or even any life hack. His method is a carefully streamlined, step-by-step roadmap for success. If you follow the steps, you will improve. It's a matter of extracting important and meaningful points from various sources and then studying those points and making them part of your personal 'vocabulary.' Once you start using these curated study points, they become part of your own wheelhouse of study. I'm now studying French as well as Spanish and his method is proving to be so helpful in learning the new language. This means that once the 'Roadmap to Conversational' course is over, you can continue to follow his methods and continue to benefit from his proven techniques. I recommend this course without reservation; it's really the best course that I've taken and I'll continue to benefit from his methods of study.
I loved this class! Connor offered innovative strategies and techniques and provided practical ways to implement them in a consistent routine. The structure, including live classes, provided time for practice, support, and accountability. The Ongoing Learning Plan outlines ways to keep this roadmap in place for the coming months. Finally, I found a system that works!
Mary Ellen Benalcazar
I have been trying to learn Spanish for about 4 years. It started as a way to prepare for an upcoming service trip to Guatemala, but I continued learning to be able to better communicate with my significant other’s family. I used Duolingo on and off throughout those years but it never really stuck and I didn’t feel like I was very confident in any areas of Spanish. After working with Connor during this 6 week program, I feel much more confident and less intimidated by the process of learning Spanish. I learned about many other resources besides Duolingo that are way more impactful and a better use of my time. The tips that Connor shared let me make a lot more progress in these 6 weeks than I had in the 4 years prior. Having someone holding me accountable while I was making learning a language a habit helped me to not give up when it got difficult like I had done in the past. Each meeting we practiced some Spanish, learned about a specific topic/skill, and walked away with physical resources to use and a study focus for the week. It was really great to learn from someone else who had been through the process and was not a native speaker – Connor understands what works and what the tricky parts are because he has been through it himself! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to fast-track their Spanish learning and find resources that will actually work for you.
By focusing on ways of incorporating Spanish into things that I already enjoy, I am making much more progress and gaining more confidence. Instead of just studying vocab and verbs in some arbitrary order, I am learning the words and ways to use Spanish for my own life.
Connor has kept me on my toes with daily practice and interesting lessons that have kept my interest at its peak. Along with the class assignments, Connor includes other resources of learning and/or focus that prove very helpful in order to (PARA) ease into everyday Spanish speaking. This is an intensive workshop so be prepared to do your homework! I am enjoying it very much.
I want to tell you that I very much enjoyed the class. I think you have a great teaching style and your presentations were excellent. The information that you conveyed was very valuable. You have tremendous insight into language learning and you did a great job sharing really good motivation, tips and tricks, etc.
When the course began, (the reason I joined the course) I felt that I had focused too much of my time on comprehension and learning the general rules or concepts related to Spanish grammar. However, I had not incorporated any significant Spanish listening and speaking practice. It gave me a false sense of competence with Spanish. As the course began, I felt and saw how little of the learning that I had done could be applied to communicating with you and the other course members. Now, I am a bit more confident about speaking during our bi-weekly sessions, but I generally 'freeze' to recall what to say or how to say it. Understanding what you and other course members say during our sessions is challenging at times, but I am seeing improvement in my ability. When I feel overwhelmed about how much I still need to learn (which will never truly end :-), I give myself credit for my efforts and keep moving!
Every time we go over pronunciation I have an "aha" moment. This is the first time I've ever understood HOW to make each letter sound. I finally understand why I sound different than a native speaker and even though I'll need much more practice I better understand how to pronounce words properly.
I think there’s been 3 super impactful things that I’ve been picked during your course beyond expanding my vocabulary and verb conjugation: 1. Simplifying sentence structure - when I came into the course I would always think that the complex sentences in English would translate more literally to spanish, which you highlighted is so not true. Understanding that and then simplifying my English to translate to spanish has been super helpful. 2. Learning day to day phrases vs. “donde esta la biblioteca” - this has been huge because I can already see the phrases we’ve discussed being used by others in my day to day life. 3. Don’t worry about just listening in live conversation (just picked this one up) - until our last class, I was putting pressure on myself to try to respond or join in on the conversation with Ale and our nanny. Today I decided to just listen and my mind freed up to actually understand what was being said for the entire conversation vs. getting side tracked by trying to formulate a sentence to respond. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue to build confidence to join, or that I shouldn’t join if a quick comment comes into my mind, but releasing myself from that pressure opened me up to really understand the entire conversation.