- What is Fluency?
But what is fluency? There are many definitions and we use a very simple, practical definition: if you’re able to easily understand any Spanish language film or TV show (perhaps not knowing 5 or so words, but being able to guess their meaning from context) and you’re able to communicate any idea that you want, through speech, to a native Spanish speaker (not necessarily with full grammatical correctness), we say you have reached a minimal level of fluency. You are at the level where you can use Spanish anywhere in the Spanish speaking world, converse with anyone, use it for work, etc.
We like the definition because it puts you in charge; you don’t need to take exams or consult with an expert to determine if you’re fluent or not. With proper training, you will easily be able to determine your level and how close or far you are from fluency.
Can you afford to devote 5.5 hours a week on an ongoing basis to become fluent? That depends on:
1. How much you value becoming a fluent Spanish speaker, and
2. The value you put on those 5.5 hours a week. If you feel you are not making any progress, the value goes down to zero. If you believe you are not making enough progress or that progress is too slow, the value goes down. If you find that your experience is one of boredom or of struggle and effort or of 'sacrifice' it's likely that you'll find many other things in your busy life that need attention and it will be difficult to find the time to pursue fluency in Spanish.
If, on the other hand, you experience those 5.5 hours as thoroughly enjoyable, even entertaining and, after a while, you start to notice significant progress, and you eagerly look forward to your Designed Immersion™ sessions, then you will value those 5.5 hours a week very highly indeed.
Most people (including us) are not willing to devote 5.5 hours a week on an ongoing basis to studying Spanish in the conventional way. Designed Immersion™ is not the conventional way.
If you've read this far, it's very likely that you do value becoming fluent in Spanish. And in the Designed Immersion™ training you'll learn how (and how easy it is) to make your Membership time highly enjoyable and satisfying.
Just as it was inevitable that you become fluent in your native language (as it was with virtually everyone you know), Designed Immersion™ shows you a path to fluency in Spanish that is also inevitably successful. During the training you'll learn about this important point of 'your inevitable success at reaching fluency in Spanish'.
Once you start the Designed Immersion™ Membership, the only thing that can keep you from reaching Practical Fluency is not putting in your time on a regular basis. And the only way for any of us to be willing to devote several hours a week - indefinitely - to anything is that we must find that time to be very valuable and rewarding (e.g. like an enjoyable hobby). The success of Designed Immersion™ is grounded on this premise.