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This Q & A sessions looks at:
#1: Singapore Real Estate and diversification.
#2: Ecuador political comments.
#3: Is gold a good buy?
#4: Can Ecuador shamans break the smoking habit?
#5: Questions about commodity trading programs?
#6: Can I raise money for US real estate abroad?
A reader asked this Singapore question after our message Global Investment Income where I wrote:
“One of the high yielding shares shares I like philosophically is the Suntec REIT in Singapore.
“Real estate makes a lot of sense to me now. Real estate prices have been crashing and creating some great values. Asian real estate makes a lot of sense and Singapore is one of the most trustworthy places to invest in Asia.
“Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (SUN SP) is one of two Singapore-traded REITs controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing. Li used to be a neighbor long ago when I lived in Hong Kong and is very shrewd, needless to say.
New Singapore Casino.
“Singapore has allowed two casinos to open. I am sad to see this as Singapore used to have strict attitudes about gambling and casinos. Lee Kuan Yew once said there would never be a casino in Singapore but these are two lavish locations opened in 2010, that will attract tourists and gamblers. Suntec’s main property is next door.
“With just two casinos Singapore has already become a rival to Las Vegas.
“Suntec REIT’s has office and retail property next to the new casinos. Suntecs office portfolio has 97.6% occupancy while the retail portfolio has 98.7% occupancy.
“Asia has great potential and the Singapore dollar has excellent underpinnings.
“Phillip Securities Research meanwhile is holding its forecasts and projections and maintains the Hold recommendation with fair value of $1.34. “We think management has done a good job in maintaining occupancy for the retail portfolio and improving the occupancy for the office portfolio. Note that office portfolio occupancy improved from 94.8% in 2Q09. Although reversionary rents probably softened in the wake of this, nonetheless leases were secured and mitigated the risk of tenants migration.”
“The good thing about REITs is their stable dividends,” this time when bank deposits have very low interest. Individual investors pay zero tax on the distributions, regardless of their nationality.
“Singapore-listed REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to unitholders, which makes them more attractive to those seeking dividends.
“Suntec REIT ticker symbol of (SUN.Singapore), owns premium retail and office properties in Singapore next to new casinos. The company has paid uninterrupted dividends every quarter since it went public in 2007.
The reader asked: Do you mean you might go now to Singapore, where the country is quite different? Do you mean Ecuador might not be the same after this turmoil?
My Reply: This is a suggestion of an investment in a share that provides diversification into Asia and the opportunity for income. This has nothing to do with living, moving or even visiting Singapore. I have no plans for this. I worked in Singapore for years many decades ago and have no interest except for passive investments. The turmoil in Ecuador seemed to last one day, affected very few people and may in numerous ways been good for Ecuador.
#2: Here are comments from more readers in Ecuador.
One wrote: You might like to remind readers that there are many more ambulances on the road compared to 10-12 years ago and that the police are paid better than ever before and that more of them are in paid employment which means more taxes are paid so more people for the infrastructure of Ecuador can be paid which will benefit everyone in the long run. Also the fact that also many Ecuadorians are still don’t trust the police because there are still a few corrupt police that insist on bribes before the take any action and so these people don’t know which police to trust and end up not trusting any of them. We have had first hand experience with people we have met in this instance. Also you might like to remind our readers that many Ecuadorians think that the former president Lucio Guiterrez was behind this trouble and that he is known for this type of action. Bitter because he was proved to be corrupt perhaps? Anyway Correa might be a hothead but as a father and husband would most likely not put his or his family’s lives in danger for political gain.
Reader Comment about WSJ article on Ecuador:
Hi Gary, Thanks for the update on Correa and the Wall Street Journal article. However I would remind you. The Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Very sadly it has become nothing but a right wing rag. I suspect there is more then a little right wing bias in this article.
My reply: The article seemed to present a view I heard from many others in Ecuador. I think the right wing is anti Correa who is mostly criticized as being left wing.
Another said: Why would any liberty lover, free enterprise person move to Ecuador? It is even more socialistic then the USA.
My reply: One could argue for a long time about which country is more socialistic…. but who cares which wing is causing the country to fly. The important point is how effective is the government in its interface with any particular portion of the public. Expat residents seem to be almost totally left alone.
Take income tax as an example. I was talking with an Ecuador attorney we send many of our Ecuador readers to for visa and tax advice. He has not yet had a client who has had to pay Ecuador income tax. He stated “it would be hard for an expat to pay Ecuador tax even if he wanted to unless someone in Ecuador is paying him a salary in Ecuador or he or she is invoicing Ecuadorians for Ecuador services. Living tax free anywhere does not seem socialistic to me.
Another wrote: It was nice to see my note in support of the President posted today, but I would like to state that anything written by Mary Anastasia O’Grady (opinion file of the Wall Street Journal) is a distortion of the truth. Again and again she has written in oposition of President Correa and anyone who is not to the extreme right or to her way of thinking. O´Grady persists in using politically charged language to amplify her misguided views and lack of understanding of events.
As a registered Republican I am anything but leftest, but there are times in which an adjustment must be made in order to correct the wrongs of generations of “Patrons” and Colonialism. The meeting of all the delegates of South American, as well as calls from Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, last Friday voiced support of this Government and of President Correa and clearly described this action of the 30th of September as an attempted coup . I think the attached photo of President Correa and Hillary Clinton demonstrate that relations with the West and Ecuador have warmed up. I was going to send you a copy of the the projects that the government have designated to be funded, but as a PDF file it was too heavy to send. At present companies from the United States and around the world are investing or looking to invest in some of these projects.
As a loyal American Veteran living in Ecuador, I too wish to live secure and in peace, but to do so one must have justice and provide the opportunity for the wealthest and the poorest members of society to succeed. In order for this beautiful country or any country to develop they must address 3 things. Infrastructure, Education and Health. As I see it, this is the goals of this government of “Correa”.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my views.
Too bad you didn’t get more than two person’s opinions (attorney’s, one patient’s) on what happened last weekend. There are reporters that have dug deep and found a bit different story on this. (Amy Goodman, for instance)
My girlfriend actually works in the police hospital where Correa was brought to, and also will refute a few details that you take for fact. The hospital is THE main police hospital and was controlled by the police, Correa was basically stuck at the hospital while police prevented him from leaving; it took overpowering military to extract him safely. It might warrant a closer look at what the Ecuadorean Congress actually passed in the law changes – it was a much better deal that the right-wing propaganda story that was blown out of proportion and led to the police uprising. The propaganda is so far reaching that even my girlfriend was starting to believe it.
My reply: I guess the reader did not read the other 20+ comments from readers in Ecuador.
Another reader asked about headlines at an Invest in Gold website:
Gary do you think this guy is accurate? The headlines say:
“Gold and Silver Are Sounding The Alarm Description:The currency crisis is almost here.”
My reply: Gold is insurance. I had gold before it rose and still have the same amount as I do not speculate in gold. Long term studies of gold and other commodities show they are the best investment during times of high inflation. This suggests that the high gold price has been created by:
A: Low return on other investments.
B: Pent up demand as gold was depressed for about 20 years.
C: Speculation and early anticipation of inflation.
The argument for near term inflation is far from won. The western industrialized could see an extended period of deflation. This suggests that gold is a highly speculative investment at this time with great risk of a drop in price.
Currency crisis? What crisis. the falling US dollar has brought great profits this year for all the readers who have read the numerous message at our site this year recommending to borrow dollars and invest in other higher paying currencies.
A reader wrote:
I wonder if you are contemplating a “stop-smoking” trips using shamanic techniques….and magic
if those shamans can heal from the dependencies of Nicotine……it’s big.
I think it will have a wider appeal and given the new environment and fresh air -it can be a success, I will be your first client. Bless
My reply. The Ecuador shamanic tours are about nothing. See more about this at Shaman tours.
Many shamans help overcome addictions but normally they’ll look beyond the symptom and go for the cure. They would not work on stopping smoking. They would look at why one smokes. This takes time to observe the lifestyle and would not be conducive to a tour. However I recommend you join a tour and do not discount spontaneous remission. I stopped smoking overnight 27 years ago after being a three pack a day guy since age 16. I was not even trying to quit and cannot tell you why I did expect I had a change of pace. Perhaps a shamanic tour would be the change of pace for you though it is not specifically about kicking the cigs.
A reader asked about a commodity trading program:
I just evaluated a new Forex trading software that one of my associates has financed and that he had developed. I have traded in the past in the Forex market at a time when the “expert advisers” (that is the name of those software that trade for you automatically in the forex market) did not exist and I know how difficult it is to make money in that field. I have been evaluating this software for some time, have seen some of the track record and have decided to open an account. I do not know if it is just pure luck but I invested just 9500 Euros on Sept. 14 and I am up 14% so far ; it did trade 17 times and had 14 wins and 3 losses. My associate, who has tested the software earlier, has a longer track record, that matches this type of return.
I have to admit that I am very puzzled……it seems to good to be true…..but the chart does not lie; yes I admit also that in the past few weeks we had a lot of currency movements which of course help.
This program uses stop losses. It does not ride the winners; it takes profit when the target is met. Once it has taken profit and conditions are still there, it will re-enter the trade for the next step.
Because you have a vast and long experience in the financial field, I wanted to talk about that when we meet next week, but also wanted you to look over that before we meet and get your gut feeling; I have no money invested in the software itself; I am just using it for now to test it.
Your thoughts will be appreciated because you are the only person I know who has the knowledge and intuition to give me advice on that.
My reply: There are three lessons I have learned from 42 years of observing commodity and currency trading and why I avoid it totally.
#1: This is a zero sum game. There is always one winner and one loser. This is Jyske trading room where was after the seminar. I know the head of Jyske’s trading operation well… Ivan Hansen… a genius. He has over 100 people…. traders, analysts and programmers and billions in capital trading 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They turn over 50 billion dollars a day.
I am going to compete against that? See how I explain this in a video on Jyske TV.
#2: The programs are always evolving. Every program seems to have its day then the market adapts and it no longer works. I lost a lot of money when a very bright trader had a system that worked perfectly for several years. I and many of my readers jumped in. We made some nice returns… nearly 100% in two years. Then we lost it all when it stopped working.
#3: Clients cannot handle the ups and downs. A small portion of one’s portfolio should indeed be in forex and or commodity trading, but its best pooled trading accounts where capital is sufficient to even out the bumps. This reduces profit when right but also lowers losses when wrong. I never write about this type of program for my readers because if it works well for awhile too many readers will abandon the broader good sense tenants of financial diversification. They do exactly the wrong then when the investment goes up and ditto when it goes down.
I have heard so many stories similar to this one so many times over so many years that I have come to recognize that I do not have the skills to understand them well enough to see their strengths and weaknesses. This is why I do not trade or use such programs. What I have seen is that the beginning of the story always begins in a similar upbeat way and the end every time has been a story of loss.
Final Question: Hi Gary. I Look forward to reading some of your articles and papers.
I operate a distressed asset fund (real estate and whole loans) and have successfully completed many projects in the past 2 years. I would like to raise additional capital to further add to the existing and prior success.
I am intrigued with the notion of borrowing capital from Japan and investing it in US foreclosures, REO’s and then fix/flip for yield and profit.
Am I being naive to think that this is feasible (borrowing capital from Japan and investing here in the US)? Regards.
My reply: This is not naive… but also not easy. I am putting together a course on how to raise funds abroad. One lesson shows how after the 1980s recession we helped a developer raise money abroad. I will announce the course soon.
Join Merri and me at our next course in Florida November 4 to 7,2010. Here are details.
Learn Spanish in Three Days
Gain Super Thinking – Learn Spanish in Cuenca, EcuadorLearn 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.
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:
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.
Rick Brown Super Thinking plus Spanish teacher, lives in Cuenca, Ecuador and Toronto, Ontario.
Rick sent the note below.
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.
There is a wonderful large central covered courtyard with TV, a central fire pit and lots of plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 .
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 .
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 .