Quito Ecuador Report

Here is a report on the last Ecuador Get Together in Quito Ecuador by Roberto Ribadeneira, Ateam Ecuador in Quito.

Get Together Quito

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Andres Cordova at our Get Together in November (Quito)

Before even planning on moving to a different place, there are many details that you need to know: legal things, the culture, cost of living, weather, access to technology, how easy it would be there to move, the food, etc.

But of course it is one thing is to know the details and a different one is the experience. It’s like in sports, you need some theory to know how to play a game, but you won’t know if you like it or if you are good at it until you get to play.

That is why we are doing these seminars, because both things are very important. First we start with a mix of things, the experience and the theory. You arrive in Quito a day or two before the Get Together Seminar, which is on February 27 and 28. Quito has a brand new airport with one of the longest runways in South America. While approaching the city you get to see just how big Quito is; the buildings, the houses, the new highways, etc. This will give you a first look at how much Ecuador has developed in the last decade.

From the airport to downtown Quito it takes around 50 minutes depending on the traffic, but on the way you will see lots of new infrastructures and two valleys, Tumbaco and Cumbaya, where all the new rich people are living. Then you will arrive to Quito and to the Hotel, which is in the heart of the financial area.

Since we chose Hotel Finlandia for the seminar, you are in walking distance to almost everything that you need. A big mall which is Quicentro Shopping, banks, restaurants, a movie theater, the biggest park in town: La Carolina, a new boulevard in La Naciones Unidas, the stadium is two blocks from there, our dentist is three blocks away and the eye doctor is 3 minutes by car.

This will be perfect to show you most of the things that you can find in Quito, which is the door to Ecuador.  This year Quito ended up being the most visited city in the Country with over 533,000 people coming. But the real fun starts when the speakers share their knowledge.

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The Team From Intercomex answering questions (Quito)

That brings us to the theory.

We have a company that works with diplomats and helps people move from anywhere in the world to Ecuador. They will show their experience and answer questions that you may have about moving. What things you can bring, how much it will cost, how long it will take? Those details are very important, most people don’t know but having an accurate inventory helps out when pricing the shipping, as you can add insurance and make sure that you are covered.
It is so interesting that they have the have two full hours to inform everyone about their service. And they offer a free quote for anyone that plans on moving here.

Can I bring my lawnmower? My car? My silverware? My working tool? My refrigerator? How many TV’s?

Those are just few of the questions that people had, and believe it or not the answers vary a lot, depending from how many people are coming with you, or if you are going to work in Ecuador and in what field.

If you are planning on moving, having health insurance is also important. Mainly because with the insurance broker that is going to be at the seminar you get a very good coverage, but also the information on which doctors are the best. That is essential, as you want to have the best professionals and no just a random person.
They will provide details on the many variables that insurance companies need from you, but help you to choose the best program and also help you save hundreds of dollars a year in coverage.

Having a lawyer that you can trust is not only useful but fundamental. We have Dr. Andres Cordova who is very knowledgeable and will provide full details on what is that you need to know before coming to Ecuador. He also answers many questions about those important things that cross your mind. How long can you be here without a visa? If this or that investment works to get a visa? Do you need to do some paperwork before or after you get to Ecuador? How long it would take? Can you move while waiting for the residence? What are the legal costs?

If you are planning on coming to Ecuador and still want to work or you want to start a business, we have an expert in taxes that will guide you to all those legal things that you need to know before establishing a business here. Maria Augusta audits companies at the Super de Companias and can help you with these questions when venturing on a business in Ecuador, or just hiring someone.

We also have an expert in macroeconomic outlook. Carlos works at the government and knows a thing or two about Ecuador’s economy. He has a PhD and will give you an idea of what he thinks will be the future for Ecuador. With hard numbers he will show you charts of the last 13 years (since we converted to the dollar). You will see how much the economy has grown and how the future looks for our economy.

But hearing things from the legal and economic view are one thing; another one is the life every day. So we have an expat telling you how life is in Cotacachi and other small towns. Most people choose to live in small towns or small cities, the reasons vary, but the most common is: life is often better in a smaller place.

He will share how life is better due to the most delicious diet that you can find. Fresh oranges every morning, fresh bananas, yogurt, strawberries, mangos, taxos and many other fruits that you have never heard of and are great. Just eating right will make you lose wait without eating less. And restaurants serve first class meals for under $5.00, and I really mean first class meals.

We will also add a special segment with the cost of products in Ecuador so you have an idea of how life is going to be here. I ALWAYS tell people this. Don’t think that coming to Ecuador is about living in a cheaper place or because things are tough in the USA and is harder to afford to be there, Ecuador is another option.

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Jaime speaking about why he chose Ecuador after so many years in the USA

Coming to Ecuador is about saving, yes of course, but most important is about living better with the same amount of money that you are receiving in the USA.

This is what economists call (myself included) the Big Mac Index. What it means is that it takes more money to live in a more expensive place and to buy the same things. So for example, $1500 in Ecuador get you a nice apartment, great meals, a housekeeper, you can afford to eat out many times a month, cable TV, internet, cellphone, a club membership, a gardener, you can travel, enjoy fresh fruit, have insurance and many more things. The same $1500 in New York may get you a small apartment, and that is it.

Keep that in mind, the same amount of money in Ecuador gets you many things that you can’t afford in the USA, plus your quality of life could significantly improve. So plan on coming to Ecuador not only so save money, but to make your life better, MUCH BETTER. The key is to know that and make the most of it. I want for people to live here to be healthier, happier, more productive, more satisfied, to enjoy life, to go out, to walk more, to travel, to eat better. This is a country where you can find the finest hospital in Quito and also enjoy a country life in Cotacachi, or be at the beach in 20 minutes by plane and after another 20 minutes be at the Amazon.

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View of Quito from Hotel Finlandia

You can have better cellphone reception outside a small town in Otavalo than in some parts of the USA and you can have Internet access everywhere in the country.

But everything is about those small details that make your life great. So we added a speaker to talk about how to get those things that you love in the USA and Canada, here in Ecuador. From your favorites books, to your TV series, to those basketball games, to the NY Times subscription and your Hulu shows, to those products that you can still order in the USA and ship them to your home in Ecuador.


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Hope to see you in Ecuador!  Roberto

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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. It was a delight!

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

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One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  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.

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, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, 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.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

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 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 Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  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.

“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.”

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“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.

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I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

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Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course 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.”

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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!

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