A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


Visit Expedia…

Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

I was very pleased to win an award for this blog! Even better for you: click through for lists of all sorts of award-winning travel blogs.

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Jan 4, 2009 – It’s been a few weeks now since I added the image of my new ebook on how to learn Spanish to the side of this blog. Quite a few of you have signed up for it and I thought everybody else might like to know more about it.

It’s not another grammar book or lists of vocabulary, useful as those might be. Instead, it’s a discussion of the process of how to learn to speak Spanish.

I called it Five Keys to Learning Spanish Rapidly:

  • Key 1: Choose a Method of Learning Spanish that is Right for You
  • Key 2: Find All Kinds of Time to Learn Spanish
  • Key 3: Remember by Reviewing.. That’s How Our Minds Work
  • Key 4: Listen, Listen, Listen
  • Key 5: Speak Spanish Now

I discuss each topic and include a resource guide.

Regular readers of this blog know that I am hardly an expert at the Spanish language. So what gives? I decided last summer that I wanted to improve my Spanish, and I began doing research into what the most effective methods are for learning another language. The website learnspanishrapidly.com grew out of what I learned. One thing that stands out is that being, ahem, of a certain age is no impediment.

When you sign up for the free ebook, you also receive an email from me on Tuesday mornings, which lists and shows the beginnings of the Learn Spanish Rapidly blog posts from the past week, an easy way to keep current. You can of course unsubscribe from it at any time, from the link included in the bottom of the email. And I don’t do anything with your email address except send you the newsletter.

The email itself can serve as reminder to you to keep going on your own Spanish, even if you don’t happen to click through to the blog. One of the things I’m noticing as my own Spanish improves is that creating simple, regular habits is a huge key. I talk about that a lot over on the new site. For example, I’m currently running a series of articles on the benefits of using computer flashcard programs to study Spanish.

That site has only been up a few months and I have huge plans for it. It turns out that there are all kinds of interesting online resources for learning Spanish, and I intend to make that site a place where you can read reviews of many of them. I write about ways to learn Spanish for free and about commercial programs like Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Tell Me More, and my new favorite, Fluenz.

So if you’re at all interested in learning Spanish, do sign up for my ebook, from any page of this or that website, or just go take a look at


and its blog at LearnSpanishRapidly.com/blog/

Comments from the old blog:

  • At January 06, 2009 11:22 AM,  John said…

    Hi Rosana, you should also tell people that travel and want to live, retire,or go on holidays, to Spain. They should also use your ebook.Five Keys To Learning Spanish Rapidly. I hope this is of help to you. I have given your details also
    to my members of Crazy John Freebies Worldwide Club.

  • At January 06, 2009 12:28 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    Good point, John ! I lived in southern Spain for about a year when I was 25 and loved it. Haven’t been back, though.

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