Common problematic situations we hear from students…

  • You can’t put a sentence together when needed, although you create the perfect conversation in your mind when you walk away.

  • You can’t understand or keep up with what you’re being told because they talk “too fast”.

  • You shy away from having a conversation, even though you know plenty of vocabulary in Spanish.

  • You have trouble understanding “simple things” or common questions.

  • You struggle with being easily (and clearly) understood about timing and appointment arrangements. 

  • You manage to start a conversation, but then you don’t know what to say next.

About the program

Our goal is to help you communicate with locals in Spanish. We approach the learning process from two main perspectives: pronunciation and the construction of sentences using the most commonly used verbs in Spanish. We believe that a solid foundation of pronunciation is the key to speaking and understanding the language. So, we created our own method known as BLyM to help you develop speaking skills and sound more like a native.

Speaking training

We believe in the power of pronunciation when learning a new language. That’s why 50% of the program in the Foundation course is dedicated to learning how to become fluent. All students, beginners and advanced, are evaluated and suggested ways to improve their pronunciation.

Verb drills

Learn the most commonly used verbs, train their pronunciation, use them in sentences and practice over and over again. You’ll learn an easy method to start building sentences and master their pronunciation when used in phrases.

Relevant lessons

We like to keep the lessons relevant so that you learn the language the way it is used and heard in Baja. Therefore, we use local examples and words native speakers feel more comfortable with in the area.

Conversation

In addition to learning how to build sentences, you’ll learn key conversational words and expressions that will help you overcome common communication problems and get involved with the local culture.

Online quizzes

In order to keep the thread of learning going there’s a corresponding online audio-based quiz for each Unit. Each quiz is carefully designed to stimulate your listening and comprehension skills. This is a fun way to practice at home and test yourself bwtween classes.

Authentic learning material

We mainly use learning material we create ourselves like worksheets and printed lessons or dialogues with audio. All the audio clips are recorded with authentic voices and professional microphones.


The technique

We have created our own technique to help you develop the habit of speaking naturally. We like to refer to this technique as BLyM, which stands for blending, linking and merging.

BLyM is a 3-step training process we came up with to teach how to connect the sounds of words in a sentence. This is what most students struggle with: understanding how many words they’re being told. They struggle to associate vocabulary with sounds and they conclude learning Spanish is not for them because “native speakers talk too fast”. 

Our program will help you …

Gain confidence when speaking, understand more Spanish even if they talk too fast, sound more natural and build strong relationships. These are invaluable benefits you get when you have a solid foundation of pronunciation, but it all starts with your own. BLyM has been designed to help you achieve that.


My background

My name is Jair, and I’m the founder of Spanish for Baja Residents. I’m originally from Monterrey and I’ve lived in Cabo for nearly 10 years. I have always been interested in learning new languages and meeting new people. I started learning English when I was about 12, then started learning Italian at the age of 15. Náhuatl (spoken by the Aztecs back in the day, and the most second spoken language in Mexico after Spanish nowadays) was the third language on my list to learn. I went to The State University of Baja California Sur, UABCS, and got a Language Degree, majoring in English and French. I started developing Spanish classes to help Americans and Canadians living in Cabo communicate with locals. That was back in 2012. I’m currently working on improving a pronunciation system that can be easily learned and useful for the Baja English speaking community. I also teach Náhuatl at UABCS, and continue learning and contributing as much as I can to promote living native languages of Mexico.

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