Another Positive


Our recent message Touching Positive looked at three ways to cancel negativity and stress.

There is always a bright side and you can read a fourth way to beat negativity and find the positive below.

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Sunrise over Mt. Imbabura seen from our penthouse apartment. (See more on this penthouse and two other Cotacachi apartments for sale here).

Take for example Daylight Savings Time.

Ecuador does not have daylight savings time so keep in mind they are now running an hour earlier if you set your clocks forward.

This is one thing many people love about Ecuador… 12 hours of daylight 365 days a year!  This is good for health.  The body loves routine.  There is a growing recognition that there are more negatives to Daylight Savings Time  than just  losing sleep and missing appointments because we forgot to turn the clock forward.  There are serious health risks from sleep deprivation and studies have shown the lost hour increases heart attack and accident risk immediately following the change.

Personally I dislike this shift a lot.  As a morning person it means I have to wait longer for the dawn and go to bed while it is still light.  Some Americans are petitioning for the eradication of change.   The “I hate Daylight Savings Time” Facebook has a growing readership page of people who have a dislike of the shift.

Once I decided that our farm in North Carolina would be DST free.  I refused to change the clocks!  What a mess… like a shipper trying to ignore the tides.

Yet there is not a darn thing we can do about it.  I doubt we can impeach the Congress who voted the earlier change in.   We could try!

More effective is to look on the bright side.  Readers at the Huffington Post were asked about the benefits of DST. They gave replies such as:   
”More sunshine.”
 – “More daylight after work.”
-  “Not having to drive home work in the dark!”
 – “The reduction in SAD.”
 – “Looking forward to more sunshine (Vitamin D!)”   I can think of better ways to get Vitamin D but these people have the right idea… do the best you can with negativity you cannot control.  Protect yourself and look for the benefits that accrue in the positives.

Our friend and writer’s camp delegate, Todd Smith, has another approach to cancelling negativity. Here is what Todd wrote:

Mindfulness And The Friendly Universe

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When I read Gary’s newsletter from February 2nd on mindfulness meditation, it inspired me to look again at this ever-present, yet strangely elusive, “now” in which we live.  It is the only reality we can ever pin down, and yet we often avoid it in favor of the future or the past.  

Culturing this kind of mindfulness is the focus of my website www.theworkasmeditation.com.  And I use an interesting method to achieve this, which I share with you now.

In that February 2nd newsletter, Gary writes, “Life will happen. There will be change. Some changes we’ll like and some changes will hurt… unless we learn to see problems as opportunity and adapt in positive ways.

No negative approach to any problem or situation works… for long.  So positive really is the only logical way.

So how do we get there… to positive?”

In My Experience, There Are Many Ways

Gary has shared a method called mindfulness meditation.  

Today, I’d like to share another practical way to get from negative to positive.

Another path to mindfulness.  And it starts with a simple hypothesis.  An hypothesis that Einstein proposed many years ago.

Einstein said, “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.”

When We Ask This Question, Something Happens

The mind expands.  We start to see that which was previously threatening as something that is actually stimulating for our growth.  We start to see something positive, where there was only negative.

This is the practice of self-inquiry, an age-old practice of questioning our assumptions about the world.  It is the way of Socrates.  It is the advice of Patanjali.  It is even the tradition of modern science, from which Einstein came.

And while a general understanding of self-inquiry is vaguely helpful, it is the practice of it that transforms experience.

We Are All Born Believers

Whatever our parents told us we believed.  Whatever our friends told us we believed. Whatever conclusions we drew with our own partial understandings of the world, we believed.  

It’s our nature to believe.  And so naturally we have built-up a framework of beliefs, some of which are true, and some of which are not.  

And it is this framework that colors how we see the world. Our framework of beliefs dictates whether we experience the universe as friendly, or otherwise.  

Self-Inquiry Is A Way To Question Our Beliefs Whenever They Hold Us Back
This is a way to bring ourselves back to mindfulness, out of the story of a past or future.  And it is helpful whenever the mind gets caught in the trap of thinking that the universe is not friendly anymore.

This ancient practice of self-inquiry has been systematized into a very simple set of questions, turnarounds, and examples by Byron Katie.  

She calls her system, “The Work of Byron Katie.”  “The Work” for short, because it is work.  It’s not theory, but rather practice.  I have used it over the past six years quite regularly as a practice of mindfulness.  And I facilitate others in this method.

Here’s What It Looks Like

Let’s say you’re struggling with a business partner.  He is dominating the relationship, and hurting the business as a result.

The first thing to do is to identify a very specific incident, where he dominated you. Let’s say he cut you off in a business meeting in front of others.  

The next step is to identify the stressful thoughts in your mind at that moment when he cut you off, and to write them down.  There is a useful worksheet called the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet for this purpose.

Then You Start Questioning Everything You Wrote

This is done is a very systematic way using the four questions of “The Work”  below.  You would use them to question the thought, “He cut me off.”

1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know it’s true?
3. How do you react when you believe that thought?
4  Who would you be without that thought?

Questioning a solid fact like, “He cut me off,” can really open the mind.  And answering these questions can sometimes make it clear that the actual source of stress lies in my thinking, and not in the other person’s actions.
Then You Would Turn The Thought Around
This means finding opposites to the original thought.  For example:

Turnaround to myself:  I cut myself off.

Turnaround to the other:  I cut him off.

Turnaround to the opposite:  He didn’t cut me off.

And then you would find three or more genuine examples of how each turnaround could be as true, or truer, than the original thought.

Let’s Look At A Few Examples

Where did I cut myself off?  When he cut me off, I shut up.  He didn’t make me shut up.  I did that to myself.  So I cut myself off.  And I cut myself off from everyone else in the room.  I hardly uttered a word after that.  I cut myself off, and blamed it all on him.

And where did I cut him off?  I cut off eye contact right away.  I cut him off my good list for sure.  I was no longer open to participating in the discussion.  In fact, I was distant with him for several days after that, further hampering progress in our business.  I cut him off.  In fact, when I compare, I did more cutting off than he did, and in bigger ways.

And how could it be true that he didn’t cut me off, even though it looked like it?  
Maybe his cutting me off did not have the same intention that I took it to have. Maybe his cut-off was just a burst of enthusiasm, not an intention to put me down. Maybe he thought I was mature enough to handle it.  Maybe he saw us as equals there.  Maybe it was an open invitation to cut him off as the discussion developed in a very freestyle way.  

And isn’t it truer that he cut my words off, he didn’t actually cut me off?  Sure, my ego was invested in what I was saying, but in reality his interruption didn’t have that much to do with the real me at all.  He just cut off my words, which had gotten kind of long-winded anyway.  Maybe he was stopping me from digging a deeper hole than I already had dug.   Maybe he was on my side.  After all, the purpose of the meeting was discussion, and development of ideas, not just rubber stamping my ideas.

So You Get The Idea

Self-inquiry is a chance to consider the very opposite of what you think was going on.  And to come up with concrete examples for each opposite.  This provides balance to the mind.  

The original statement may still be true, “He cut me off,” but the charge on it has diminished or disappeared.  This is the power of self-inquiry for bringing us back to the present moment. When you question the stressful thoughts that pull you away from now, there is nothing left to keep you from being present now.

This process can be used to question any stressful thought or belief.  The key points are:

1. Choose a very specific situation (time, place, etc.) where someone upset you.

2. Write down your stressful thoughts about the other person. Using a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet can help.  Don’t just do it in your head.

3. Answer the four questions.

4. Find as many turnarounds (opposites) as you can, and at least three genuine examples for each turnaround.

But Is This Just The Power of Positive Thinking?

It does sound similar, but there is a key difference.  The power of positive thinking is a kind of artificial overlay, a kind of superimposition of what you want reality to be on top of reality.  

And this is easily shattered when challenged.  

The idea is that if you do this long enough and hard enough, life will become positive, when the reality is that life is already positive.  We don’t need to jigger it.  

We just need to see it.  Self-inquiry is inviting you to face reality dead-on, and find the positivity that has always been there.  

The result is fearless living, when you discover that the universe really is a friendly place.  Through inquiry, what you thought was a snake, turns out to be nothing but a harmless rope.

You May Enjoy Watching This In Action

Here is a video of me doing The Work with a client about a situation with her ex-boyfriend. Watch as this client challenges her own beliefs using the four questions of The Work, and finds concrete examples of how the opposite of what she was believing could be just as true.

In just a few minutes, her mind, which was obsessed with the past, shifts naturally back to the present.  And her emotions regain balance.

This process can be used for personal issues, work-related issues, or anywhere that you experience stress.  It is a way to go from negative to positive.  Or more accurately from negative and positive to a state of balance between the two, which is nothing other than mindfulness, or awareness of the present moment.

This link will take you to my website, where you can learn more about this simple process of self-inquiry.  And put Einstein’s question to the test, “Is the universe a friendly place?”  

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The universe is a balance yin and yang…  plus and minus… positive and negative.  For every minus there is a plus and we all, at some level know both sides.  Next time you are confronted with a negative… get in touch with the  positive and look for way to benefit.

Gary

Gain Super Thinking – Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador June 2,3,4 2017.

There are seven benefits you gain beyond Spanish when you learn the techniques of Super Thinking-Learning Spanish.

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Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador this June, 2017.

Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.  XXXX

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are seven more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1: You become smarter
#2: You build multitasking skills
#3: You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4: Your memory improves
#5: You become more perceptive
#6: Your decision-making skills improve
#7: You improve your English

This is why I invite you to visit Ecuador and learn how to use Super Thinking as you learn Spanish in three days.

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the traditional way.

However, there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov.  who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades.

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.   You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.   If this is not proof enough, I have provided links so you can read dozens more raves.  If this still is not proof enough, I’ll be happy to provide phone numbers so you can talk to those who have learned to speak Spanish in three days.

One delegate who attended a Super Thinking + Spanish course taught by two of the Super Spanish teachers that Merri and I trained (Shawn and Suzanne Bandick) wrote:

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Here are a few quotes from other delegates of courses conducted by our Super Spanish teachers.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote about his courses with Super Spanish teacher, Mark Frakes:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week,and I’m on to a new career. What is my new career?  Still formulating,but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons. Mark was a very capable leader and teacher and his choice of a pronunciation coach was well received.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be. We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did,and I look forward to other courses that you offer,and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Thanks to Mark, who you chose well to represent your program.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about Super Spanish teacher, Glenn Sterling’s course:   Buenos Dias, Gary y  Glenn,  Here is a testimonial for Super Thinking Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish Super Learning.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

The course was taught in English by Dr. Glenn Sterling, a witty, engaging, retired chiropractor, and Alberto, his Ecuadorian side kick, who made sure we learned to pronounce everything correctly.  After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Learning is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.

During the course of the day and night, humans experience four types of brain waves: alpha, beta, delta, and theta. It turns out we learn best in alpha state.  Research has shown that alpha state can be induced by meditation, listening to Baroque music (or any music that has about 60 beats per minute) and by taking a theanine (the active ingredient in green tea) supplement.

Getting into alpha involves slowing down and relaxing.  So, the class includes baroque music and guided journeys to support relaxation.  Imagine learning while relaxing and having fun. That’s not how I remember school!

The brutal truth: In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed.   (No wonder I have high blood pressure!) and, suddenly, I’m aware of it. Why?

1. Since early April, I’ve been living in a small town in a country with a slower pace of life and I’ve been affected by it.  Positively, I’d say.

2. In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“I liked how simple it made speaking Spanish. Shawn and Suzanne are amazing teachers.  They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price. The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How this Course Works in Just Three Days.

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.  This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages.”

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

The article begins: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many Americans don’t learn a second or a third language from birth, let alone a language that the CIA or U.S. Foreign Service might want. The situation has forced U.S. government agencies to learn how to cultivate the most talented second-language speakers from among college students with little to no other-language expertise.

“In U.S. education, we don’t develop early bilinguals,” said Catherine Doughty, a language expert at the University of Maryland.

Doughty spoke as part of a panel during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington, D.C.

She and other speakers described the typical U.S. second-language program as being a series of disjointed classes where students often repeated what they had learned before.

“Imagine math [programs] where the middle school says, ‘We don’t have any idea about what you studied,’ so you learn it again. It’s the same with high school,” said Robert O. Slater, director of the U.S. National Security Education Program.

MY COMMENT.  This is why traditional Spanish courses often do not work.  They create two obstacles up front…conjugation and  memorization of vocabulary.  Super Thinking + Spanish avoids both these obstacles.

The article continues:  Finding the best.  Government agencies aren’t alone in trying to recruit multilingual speakers; U.S. corporations covet such skills for doing business in the era of globalization.

MY COMMENT:  This is why speaking Spanish adds value to each of us as a person.  We become especially useful in an increasingly global multilingual society.

The article explained how Doughty and her colleagues used tests to train up cognitive processes related to language learning, such as the ability to hold information in the brain while using it for learning.  The tests sought to predict those who can succeed despite everything stacked against them.

The article reviewed changes in the brain.  Lee Osterhout is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle.  His lab used electrodes placed on the scalp to measure the electrical activity created by the signals of brain cells.  That allowed the researchers to see differences in the brain patterns among language learners and fluent speakers.  They found some surprising results:

The article pointed out:  Repeated studies of French language students showed that their brains responded differently to real French words compared with fake words after just two weeks of classes, even if the students themselves could not tell such words apart.   

“From knowing nothing to a little bit, [there are] huge changes in the brain,” Osterhout pointed out.  “[From] knowing a little to knowing a lot, [it is] much more subtle.”

MY COMMENT: This is why Super Thinking + Spanish works.   The three day course focus is entirely on making the huge change and ignores the subtle.  From there the perfection and subtle change.  The three day course prepares the learner to speak Spanish immediately and then make the subtle changes in their day to day life.

The article also said:  Another surprise came from studies of Spanish-speaking immigrants, because neither age nor language proficiency seemed to predict how quickly the immigrants picked up English.  Instead, the fastest learners showed both the greatest motivation to learn and a willingness to use English at every opportunity despite being bad at it (at first).

MY COMMENT:  This is the other reason why Super Thinking plus Spanish works.  This three day course gets the delegates speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so they can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning.  In this way, the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration.  Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process. At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov when he visited the USA.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence? You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?   How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became. My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.   When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Super Spanish teacher, Rick Brown, will be teaching a Super Thinking + Spanish course in Cuenca, Ecuador  June 2, 3, 4 2017.

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Rick Brown Super Thinking plus Spanish teacher, lives in Cuenca, Ecuador and Toronto, Ontario.

Rick sent the note below.

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Cuenca Inn Courtyard.

I recently visited Bill Dixon at his Cuenca Inn B&B located at Don Bosco and Santa Maria Streets in Cuenca, Ecuador.  This is Bill’s third project in Cuenca and shows what a beautiful creation he can make.

The Inn itself is in a large home well back from the road.  It has four good sized guest rooms, two with bathroom en suite and TVs.

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There is  a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.

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TV room for guests.

A guest living room with TV and big comfortable sofas adjoin the courtyard.

There is also a small bar area just off the courtyard  that we all enjoyed.  The Inn is very well appointed and the ambiance is warm and conducive to the comforts of a home away from home.  Internet/WIFI is good and is available to guests for long distance calling, along with pyre-loaded local cell phones.

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Cuenca Inn Dining Room.

At the same time I was visiting Bill, Neil and Inge (another retired couple) were there as well. We all enjoyed a great meal and hobnobbed about the state of affairs in North America for about three or four hours while enjoying a couple of bottles of wine.

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Cuenca Inn bar.

The Inn has a reasonably sized, fully equipped kitchen where breakfast is prepared. Bill created a superb dinner for us all including South African style BBQ Grilled Chicken with a very tasty vegetable casserole Au Gratin and an appetizer of his own design.  We had somewhat of an argument trying to name.  It consisted of layers of corn chips, peppers, cheese, chilies, some secret ingredients and was served with a wonderfully flavored home made red pepper jelly.  We finally settled on Bill’s Deep Dish Corn Chip Pizza as a name for it.  It was sweet and spicy,  crispy and very well balanced, well received by all, as was the rest of the food.

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Cuenca Inn Kitchen.

As I said previously we sat around the fire pit enjoying the conversation and the wine until well past 11 PM.  No one really wanted to leave but Bill had engagements in the morning and eventually we had to call it a day. Since the Inn is at a fairly major cross street we had no trouble hailing a taxi back to Ordonez Lasso where it turned out Neil, Inge and I all lived.

Bill and I had originally met in Oshawa when he attended our Super Thinking / Super Spanish course prior to coming to Cuenca.  He indicated that it had been a really good investment on his part as he had acquired the language basics he needed, and it gave him the confidence to make the change in his location and his life.

He actually attended the Super thinking / Super Spanish course twice about 3 months apart. He says he was amazed at how much of the first course he remembered on the second time around. He really threw his all into the course and got a lot out of both sessions.

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Cuenca Inn hosts, Bill Dixon (left), Michael and Deanna.

Cuenca Inn is offering  course delegates a 20% discount on room rates and a hearty and warm welcome to Cuenca.  You can make reservations or get further details  from Bill Dixon at billdixon700@hotmail.com.

That’s all for now except that you should come and visit Ecuador whenever you can. You will not be disappointed!

Enroll now and save.  The Super Spanish course is $499 ($799 couple) but in the Early Bird offer you save $150 when you enroll before April 1, 2017 .

Click here to attend both Super Thinking + Spanish June 2,3,4, 2017.  Super Thinking + Spanish $349.    Super Thinking + Spanish Couple $649.

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the Bandick’s made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Enroll now and save.  The Super Spanish course is $499 ($799 couple) but in the Early Bird offer you save $150 when you enroll before April 1, 2017 .

Click here to attend both Super Thinking + Spanish June 2,3,4, 2017.  Super Thinking + Spanish $349.    Super Thinking + Spanish Couple $649.

Gary

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Enroll now and save.  The Super Spanish course is $499 ($799 couple) but in the Early Bird offer you save $150 when you enroll before April 1, 2017 .

Click here to attend both Super Thinking + Spanish June 2,3,4, 2017.  Super Thinking + Spanish $349.    Super Thinking + Spanish Couple $649.

(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html



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