Woman Achieves Spanish Fluency Through Immersion After App Struggles

A 36-year-old woman, who struggled with language learning, successfully learned conversational Spanish using the Fluenz app and an immersive holiday in Mexico City. She continued to use the app after the trip and found it an effective way to learn conversational Spanish.

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Woman Achieves Spanish Fluency Through Immersion After App Struggles

Woman Achieves Spanish Fluency Through Immersion After App Struggles

A 36-year-old woman who considers herself "linguistically challenged" has successfully learned conversational Spanish through a combination of the Fluenz language learning app and an immersive holiday in Mexico City. The woman, who had previously attempted to learn French using the popular Duolingo app, found that even after a 150-day streak, she was not making significant progress.

Seeking a more effective approach, the woman discovered Fluenz, a company that offers Spanish language immersion holidays followed by ongoing software-supported learning. She booked a trip to Mexico City, which included four hours of lessons per day, as well as cultural experiences such as dining at a Michelin-star restaurant and an after-hours tour of the National Museum of Anthropology. The holiday package, priced at $5,500, also provided lifetime access to Fluenz's language learning software.

The Fluenz app employs a "building blocks" method to teach language, focusing on phrases that are genuinely useful for travelers. As one of the Fluenz tutors emphasized, "If you don't use it, you lose it." The app includes video tutorials, speaking, listening, reading, and writing lessons, as well as a traditional flashcard system. Learners progress through five levels, each containing approximately 30 different lessons lasting around 45 minutes. The app also requires perfect spelling, without the assistance of an autocorrect feature.

Since returning from her immersion holiday, the woman has continued to use the Fluenz app and has found it to be an effective way to learn conversational Spanish. "Unlike some other apps and language learning courses, Fluenz uses a method they call building blocks, which means learning a verb such as 'I want' or 'yo quiero' and building a sentence from there," the woman explained.

The woman's desire to learn another language was inspired by her bilingual friends and her own experiences traveling abroad. While she initially considered learning Italian, she eventually settled on Spanish after discovering the Fluenz program. Her grandfather, who retired to Spain in his sixties, had taught her a few basic Spanish phrases when she was a child, further fueling her interest in the language.

The combination of the Fluenz app and an immersive language learning holiday proved to be the key to success for this self-proclaimed "linguistically challenged" woman. By focusing on practical, conversational language skills and immersing herself in the culture, she was able to achieve a level of fluency that had eluded her through more traditional language learning methods.

Key Takeaways

  • A 36-year-old woman learned conversational Spanish using Fluenz app and an immersive holiday in Mexico City.
  • Fluenz's "building blocks" method focuses on practical phrases for travelers, with no autocorrect feature.
  • The app includes video tutorials, speaking, listening, reading, and writing lessons, with 5 levels and 30 lessons each.
  • The woman's immersive holiday included 4 hours of lessons/day, cultural experiences, and lifetime access to Fluenz software.
  • Combining Fluenz app and immersive holiday helped the woman achieve fluency in Spanish after previous failed attempts.