About me and why I help you learn Spanish

I am Polish, temporarily living in Florida. Apart from my native Polish, I speak fluently English, German and Spanish. Having seen how many Poles struggle to learn a foreign language, I have written a book “How to quickly learn foreign languages” that has hit a bestseller list and stays there for almost 2 years now.

I truly believe that anyone can successfully learn foreign languages. There are no unskilled individuals. Thorough my education, I have been told that I will have difficulties learning languages. I heard several myths, like: “a gift for languages goes with a gift for music” (I can’t sing a simple song without a false note ;)) or “you are an introvert, you won’t speak a foreign language” and others. I scored lowest in Russian comparing to other subjects in elementary school. Finally, I chose Finance and Banking for my Master’s Degree. Could I even more diminish my chances to learn a language? You don’t think so? So, I add to it, that I effectively started learning a language at the age of 17. Again, contrary to the popular belief that only a child can learn a language.

Spending the last year in the US, I had the opportunity to speak to a lot of people (you guys in America are so open-minded and easy going that it is easy to practice my English). Lots of them complemented my English and sometimes told me about their ordeal with Spanish.
What surprised me is that most people here just take regular stationary classes in a foreign language with a teacher and a group of fellow learners. Moreover, in many cases people learn Spanish, I would say, backwards. They focus on totally irrelevant aspects of this language.

In Poland, my country, it is a necessity to learn foreign languages. Our native language – Polish is not spoken by too many people around the world. When I first arrived in the US and went to a Barnes & Noble store in San Francisco, I was surprised at how small was a section with language learning textbooks, software and other aids. In any major Polish bookstore it is twice that big.

Altogether, I arrived at a conclusion that if the Poles needed my book, the Americans would at least need my blog :) And here I am to help you learn Spanish!

8 comments so far ↓

#1 Priscila Andrade on 05.03.10 at 9:41 am

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#2 Dante on 05.13.10 at 6:29 am

Hi, I’m from the Philippines, though majority of the people here are multilingual (since we speak different kind of dialects) but most of us forgot to speak Spanish, as you all know our country was ruled by Spaniards for more than 100 years that’s why there are many similarities of our language to Spanish like “kumusta” in Spanish it is como esta, trabaho and among others, so I decided to learn Spanish about a year ago, attending weekly classes with a native Spanish maestra, I also purchased audiobooks and Spanish to English dictionary, but when I attempted to speak in Spanish to a native friend over the internet it seems that I never learned anything since I can’t understand what he is saying unless he typed it, I felt bad about myself because all I know that it will be easier for me to learn that language because of my background. I don’t know what would be the best method for me to learn Spanish and speak like native without going to Spain or Mexico.

#3 dee on 05.14.10 at 3:58 am

I did not come from a spanish family but my grandma speaks fluent spanish. She told me that she learned the language by attending her father’s class, who used to be a spanish teacher, and they also talk spanish at home. I guess Dante, since you said you can only understand your friend when he types what he is trying to say, is that you need to improve your listening comprehension. I did some research regarding this issue, and people from different parts of the world says the same thing — immerse your self in the language by listening to movies, songs etc (which you’ve already done) but you don’t have to push yourself. listening daily for about 5-10 min is actually enough. I don’t have any experience learning a foreign language but I hope this helps you in some way… =)

#4 Priscila Andrade on 05.14.10 at 7:28 am

I’m writing to inform you that though your blog has been nominated to The Top 100 Language Blogs 2010. Thanks for participating!
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#5 leonia dunka on 05.18.10 at 5:36 pm

well tour so wonderful and i think you are the right person to help me to build my spanish vocabolary and i have spanish ccslc the next couple days from now. thank you.

#6 Lee on 04.11.11 at 8:54 am

really such a nice blog i like your story.

#7 Adolpho on 03.25.12 at 11:17 pm


Where can I find a link for info on your book
“How to Quickly Learn Foreign Languages”
mentioned above in this blog ?


#8 J. Mitchell on 05.20.13 at 9:12 pm

You make a great point that many people who try to learn a language focus on totally irrelevant stuff. In my opinion the main focus should always be on actually speaking the language and being able to understand it when spoken to.

Great idea for a blog by the way, I’ve enjoyed reading through some of your posts.


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