Does Synergy Spanish Really Work or Is it a Scam? Here is a review of Marcus Santamaria's Program:
Synergy Spanish is completely unique in its approach to teaching the language, and is designed more for the person who wants to cram for a vacation than learn proper verb conjugation and the like. Other courses like Rocket Spanish are comprehensive language courses that take months to complete, and cover the nuances of the language in-depth. Synergy Spanish is different, in that it teaches students a number of vocabulary words that can be used to create basic everyday statements and questions.
Who is it for?
This course is for absolute beginners, and assumes no prior knowledge or experience with Spanish. It teaches “survival Spanish”, and gives you the basic words and phrases you will need to get around in a Spanish speaking country. You can think of it as a short cut to learning practical Spanish in a pinch for a business trip or unplanned vacation.
Synergy Spanish is something of a quick survey course on the Spanish language. Not much time is spent on the more technical aspects of sentence structure and verb conjugation. The focus is on putting short phrases together to form basic questions and statements like:
- Where is the bathroom?
- How much does this cost?
- Where can I get a taxi?
- No thank you.
- Yes, please
Of course, the course goes much deeper than these simple statements, but you get the basic idea. If you want to be able to sit down and have a long conversation with a native speaker, you will be better off going with a more complete course. Synergy Spanish is for the person who doesn’t have the time or the desire to learn the language from top to bottom, but wants to be able to get around easily and communicate in a basic way with the locals. If you go through the course in its entirety you will feel quite comfortable shopping, eating in restaurants, and finding your way around in Spanish speaking countries.
How it Works
The unique approach used in this program is somewhat backwards when compared to traditional courses. You will start by learning 138 short phrases in Spanish. Once you have these phrases down pat you will learn how to tie them together to form a variety of different statements and questions. This allows student to pick up the language pretty quickly without knowing any technical details, and will have you speaking decent conversational Spanish in a very short time.
The program is designed with speed in mind, and the speed at which you can learn the language is its biggest perk. If you just found out you have a week to develop a basic grasp of conversational Spanish, there is no other course that will do you any good in that short period of time.
One thing I will say about this program—get the audio upgrade. You really need to be able to hear these phrases being spoken to grasp their meaning and memorize them. You will pay a few more dollars, but it is well worth the extra cost. The audio tracks are high quality, and listening to them is a much easier way to learn compared to just reading the phrases in the text format.
The Synergy Spanish Approach
Marcus Santamaria, the creator of this program, deliberately chose not to focus on grammar or syntax, as he felt it complicates the learning process and inhibits the flow of free expression. The program is remarkably simple, and cuts out all of the unnecessary fluff and filler. There is no member forum, no free demos, and no interactive modules either. Some may find this odd, but it just speaks to the bare bone approach the program employs to allow you to pick up Spanish in such a short time.
The course breaks verbs down into three categories:
- Brick verbs
- Synergy verbs
- Mortar verbs
These verbs are chosen because of their versatility. With the 45 brick verbs, 30 synergy verbs and 65 mortar verbs included in the course you can construct nearly 85,000 different sentences. Throughout the 25 lessons in the course you will learn to combine the key phrases in a multitude of different ways to make complete, coherent sentences.
The audio upgrade, a must in my opinion, helps with pronunciation and auditory memory, while the written lessons in the eBooks will help solidify the audio lessons. Mnemonic tricks are employed to help you commit many phrases to memory in a very short period of time.
- Through repetition of the 138 phrases you will quickly commit them to memory and be able to put them together in different ways.
- The approach is much faster than comparable programs like Pimsleur, and can be completed in a fraction of the time.
- The 138 phrases are carefully chosen, and can be combined to form almost any type of statement or question.
- The audio lessons are quite short at only 15 minutes in length so the information is more easily assimilated.
- The radical new approach will have you speaking survival Spanish in as little as 5-7 days.
The Perfect Approach for Learning Spanish Quickly
Is this the right Spanish course for everyone? Clearly the answer here is “no”. This is not an academic course—it is a practical one. If you want to gain a thorough understanding of the Spanish language and speak it fluently you will need a more comprehensive course. However, if you just want to learn the basics in a hurry, this course is a godsend.
Each lesson is brief and easy to understand, and the next lesson builds on the phrases you have already learned. After a few lessons you will start making the connections, and will be able to tie phrases together to form coherent sentences. If you run into any problems simply email Marcus at the provided support email address and he’ll respond promptly.
A Risk Free Deal
With the promise to teach you conversational Spanish in only a week and a 60-day money back guarantee, you really can’t go wrong with this course. Grab it today if you need to learn some quick and dirty Spanish in a hurry.
Last Updated: December 04, 2017.