NOTE: THIS MEMBERSHIP SITE IS NO LONGER TAKING NEW MEMBERS:
The course is now available as a digital download here:
This link is for Volume 1. Other volumes will be added soon.
The reason I am closing this site is that it is too difficult for me to keep up with all the updates. I work a full time job which is pretty stressful, and I don’t make enough money with this course to dedicate much time to the upkeep of this membership site, which unfortunately, is quite time consuming. Because of the updates which happen between word press, word press themes, the various plug ins including the membership site, people keep contacting me having trouble logging in to the site with their password. And since I don’t have time to drop everything and help solve this recurring problem every time it happens, I decided to make it simpler for me, AND hopefully simpler for YOU. With the downloadable version of the course, you can now practice the lessons on your portable mp3 player, and you don’t have to be connected to the internet. This is my personal preference as well when working with these types of language learning materials.
SO, if you are currently a member to this site, and it is working for you, you can still log in. If you PAID for the course and would like the digital downloads, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will hook you up with everything you need.
The course description below is still accurate, except instead of the Randomizer software, I now offer the individual drills as mp3 files which you can use to create your own folders and practice in shuffle mode. Again, this allows you to practice with your portable, and offline.
For English speakers, the hardest part about learning Spanish is the subjunctive mood. The reason for this is simple: it doesn’t exist in English! Technically, there are a few cases of the subjunctive use in English, but it pales in comparison to the everyday use in Spanish.
You see, the subjunctive mood is hard-wired into the brain circuitry of native Spanish speakers. Most native Spanish speakers will have difficulty explaining what the subjunctive is or why it is used. But they know WHEN and HOW to use it naturally, without thinking about it.
The Spanish subjunctive is used in everyday Spanish to the extent that, if you want to be fluent in Spanish, you HAVE to learn to use the Spanish subjunctive fluently. The problem for Spanish students is there aren’t any effective tools for actually mastering the subjunctive mood.
I have been studying Spanish for several years and running into this roadblock to fluency, the inability to use the subjunctive on call, inspired me to create this program. I have studied the subjunctive mood plenty, have practiced it with whatever programs are available, and still, it wasn’t enough. The English-speaking brain just cannot easily start using the subjunctive in everyday Spanish conversation, no matter how well you understand the theory or explanations of when to use the subjunctive. The existing audio-based programs that cover the subjunctive mood, do a good job of introducing the student to the concept. But they fall way short of getting you to know WHEN and HOW to use it FLUENTLY.
In order to achieve fluency with the Spanish subjunctive mood, I created the Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive audio-based program. With this system you will master:
—ALL 4 tenses of the Spanish subjunctive (present, imperfect, present perfect and pluperfect)
—WHEN to use the Spanish subjunctive with the various subjunctive “triggers”
—HOW to conjugate the various tenses, including all those tricky irregular verb conjugations
As much as I appreciate audio-based programs that are based around short conversations, Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive focuses on only one thing: Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive! Therefore the program consists of English translation drills. LOTS of drills to drill it into our head! First you hear a sentence in English, then you translate it into Spanish. Then you hear the correct answer spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Then you repeat the correct answer.
This is what it takes to master the Spanish subjunctive. It may be a boring approach, there may not be any “fun” games to keep you entertained. But I guarantee, if you want to speak Spanish fluently, you will be 95% closer to that goal if you master the subjunctive mood with this program.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE?
Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive is sold as 6 separate courses, or volumes.
Each volume contains 48 audio lessons divided into 4 sections.
Section 1 = present subjunctive
Section 2 = present perfect subjunctive
Section 3 = imperfect subjunctive
Section 4 = plurperfect subjunctive.
Each volume focuses on a different type of subjunctive trigger, so you get to practice each subjunctive tense with the various triggers and learn how they interact with each other.
Each volume introduces 40 new verbs and phrases using a variety of useful vocabulary. The verbs and vocabulary are specifically chosen for more advanced students. So you won’t be working exclusively with Spanish 101 verb conjugation. You actually get to build and extend your vocabulary while using this program!
Not only will you be mastering the Spanish subjunctive, you will be building new useful vocabulary of verbs, words, and phrases that you will NEVER forget. After going through a complete volume multiple times, the new vocabulary will be cemented into the deep recesses of your memory.
Each section of each volume starts by familiarizing you with the new vocabulary and how the verbs are conjugated in the respective subjunctive tense of that section. Then you practice these with a variety of different “triggers”. Using this limited vocabulary helps you focus on the task at hand, which is getting to the point of using the subjunctive without having to think about it. Each section also contains a minimum of 9 subjunctive triggers.
Each audio lesson is anywhere from 8-10 minutes long. The speakers change so there is a bit of variety. There is also a text transcript for each audio track so that you can follow along. This is recommended for the first time you go through an audio lesson. So each volume contains about 8 hours of audio drills, that’s over 1500 unique drills! This is an amazing amount of content!
The audio lessons don’t contain any explanations or fluff. They are just straight-up drills. Each lesson comes with a written introduction which mentions some things unique to that lesson.
As a necessary side effect, you will also be practicing other aspects of Spanish grammar, including the various verb tenses (future, preterite, imperfect, past perfect, present perfect, conditional, conditional perfect), placement of indirect and direct objects, the se le constructions, and even some command forms (in Volume 4). You will also develop your aural skills listening to the native Spanish speakers. And you will speed up your pronunciation. Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive is a complete Spanish work-out!
Another great thing about Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive is that it focuses on providing useful and practical English translations. For example, if you wanted to say Es probable que él traduzca las palabras griegas, in English you wouldn’t say “It’s probable that he is translating the Greek words.” That is a literal translation, and although grammatically correct, it sounds odd. Rather you would say, “He’s probably translating the Greek words.” When called to express this phrase in Spanish, in your mind would you think to even use the Spanish subjunctive construction? Maybe if asked to translate that sentence you would try to say, Probablemente él está traduciendo las palabras griegas. Technically, there is nothing wrong with that translation. It just doesn’t sound all that natural in Spanish.
This is why throughout this course the English translations are as natural-sounding and un-literal as possible. They really get you accustomed to expressing things in the subjunctive mood, rather than trying to recreate a literal, and unnatural sounding Spanish equivalent. I don’t know if you’ve run into this problem with other audio-based programs, but I have. That’s why there is a huge focus on having really accurate and natural sounding English translations.
A very special bonus to Mastering the Spanish Subjunctive is a software tool that I have created. This tool randomizes the various audio drills so you can practice mixing up the tenses, triggers, and even the contents of each volume. This is the ideal final step to each section of a volume. First you learn the conjugation of the various verbs in the various tenses, then you practice each tense separately, then you combine it all together. With each new volume you are learning a new “trigger” type, so that by the end of each volume, you can combine the various trigger types and practice them all randomly. You will also be able to practice with just one tense at a time, or any combination that you choose. This application can be used on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
WHAT TYPE OF SUBJUNCTIVE TRIGGERS DOES EACH VOLUME USE?
Volume 1 = Desires, Doubts and Denials
Volume 2 = Emotional Triggers
Volume 3 = Impersonal Expressions
Volume 4 = Suggestions and Commands
Volume 5 = Adverbial expressions
Volume 6 = Miscellaneous Triggers