The Massey Method: Learn Spanish from a Former NSA Agent
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The Massey Method: Learn Spanish from a Former NSA Agent

A former NSA agent shares his secret for learning languages in this course for Spanish.
3.3 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,300 students enrolled
Created by Keith Massey
Last updated 8/2014
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will competently speak Basic Spanish and you will be emerging on Intermediate knowledge.
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Requirements
  • No course requirements except a desire to work hard so you can soon be speaking basic to intermediate Spanish.
Description

In this course, you'll learn Basic to Intermediate Spanish. More importantly, you'll learn the foundation upon which you can then succeed in learning to competently speak Spanish at more Advanced Levels. The instruction is in the form of a series of videos presenting the vocabulary you need in five phases of increasing difficulty.

Dr. Massey is a former linguist with the National Security Agency. He gives you here the secret system he developed which enabled him to learn Spanish, Romanian, Arabic, and other languages.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for anyone who wants to speak Spanish.
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
02:33:00
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Phase One
5 Lectures 21:20

In this video, you will learn the basic greetings and some helpful phrases to use when you're first learning Spanish.
Preview 04:43

In this video, you'll learn the basic verbs and pronouns.
Preview 04:00

In this video, you learn the most basic numbers in Spanish.
Phase One: Numbers
02:14

In this video, I provide you with some basic grammatical information that will help you learn Spanish.
Phase One: Basic Grammar
08:31

This Quiz will assess your learning of Phase One.
Phase One Quiz
10 questions
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Phase Two
8 Lectures 31:15
In this video you learn further Model Sentences.
Phase Two: Model Sentences
03:10

In this video, you learn further nouns and words for food and drink.
Phase Two: Nouns/Food and Drink
02:43

In this video, you learn critically important adjectives, which will help you speak in a lively fashion.
Phase Two: Adjectives
02:45

In this video, you learn words for time and who to form questions.
Phase Two: Time/Interrogatives
04:21

In this video, you learn basic prepositions and other important words.
Phase Two: Prepositions and Miscellaneous
03:45

In this video, you learn yet more important numbers.
Phase Two: Numbers
02:42

This video begins your exploration of basic verbs in the present tense.
Phase Two: Basic Verbs
08:15

This video gives you important verb infinitives you'll use every day.
Phase Two: Basic Verb Infinitives
03:34

This Quiz will assess your knowledge of Phase Two Spanish.

Phase Two Quiz
20 questions
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Phase Three
6 Lectures 30:41
This video gives you more model sentences you can use to form new phrases.
Phase Three: Model Sentences
04:13

This video gives you more important nouns and words for food and drink.
Phase Three: Nouns/Food and Drink
04:33

In this video, you learn more adjectives to describe the world.
Phase Three: Adjectives
04:06

In this video, you learn more words for time and other important concepts.
Phase Three: Time/Miscellaneous
05:05

In this video, you learn more important verbs in all the persons of the verb in the present tense.
Phase Three: Basic Verbs
09:26

In this video, you learn yet more important verb infinitives.
Phase Three: Basic Verb Infinitives
03:18

This Quiz tests your knowledge of Phase Three Spanish.
Phase Three Quiz
20 questions
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Phase Four
7 Lectures 34:56
In this video, you learn important sentences for telling time.
Phase Four: Model Sentences
02:06

In this video you continue your exploration of important nouns.
Phase Four: Nouns/Food and Drink
05:23

In this video you learn further adjectives.
Phase Four: Adjectives
03:20

In this video you complete your learning of words associated with time and you learn more important prepositions.
Phase Four: Time/Prepositions
05:27

In this video you learn important words, including more words for numbers.
Phase Four: Miscellaneous/Numbers
05:45

In this video you continue your learning of present tense important verbs.
Phase Four: Basic Verbs
09:24

In this video, you continue your learning of important verb infinitives.
Phase Four: Basic Verb Infinitives
03:31

In this quiz, you find out your knowledge of Phase Four material.
Phase Four Quiz
20 questions
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Phase Five
8 Lectures 34:48
In this video, you learn more important sentence models equipping you with basic Spanish grammar.
Phase Five: Model Sentences
02:49

In this video, you conclude your exploration of basic nouns and words for food and drink.
Phase Five: Nouns/Food and Drink
06:04

In this video, you learn more important adjectives to describe your world.
Phase Five: Adjectives
05:31

In this video you learn yet more prepositions and other important words.
Phase Five: Prepositions/Miscellaneous
04:14

In this video you learn important parts of the body and basic colors.
Phase Five: Parts of the Body/Colors
04:01

In this video, you continue to learn important basic verbs in the present tense.
Phase Five: Basic Verbs
06:45

In this video, you learn some more important verb infinitives.
Phase Five: Basic Verb Infinitives
03:34

This is a quiz covering the material you learned in the final phase of the course.
Phase Five Quiz
24 questions

This video concludes the course and gives suggestions for further learning opportunities.

Here are the books Dr. Massey recommends to continue your Spanish language learning.

See it and Say it in Spanish, by Margarita Madrigal

Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish, by Margarita Madrigal

Spanish, Step by Step, by Charles Berlitz
Final Course Overview
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About the Instructor
Keith Massey
4.0 Average rating
39 Reviews
5,228 Students
2 Courses
Scholar, Language Instructor, Author

About Me

I grew up in Madison, WI. I earned my BA in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an MA and PhD in Biblical Hebrew and Semitic Studies, with a minor in Arabic. I've published a number of academic articles, listed after this biography.

After 9/11, I served for four years at the Top Secret National Security Agency as an Arabic linguist, during which time I earned the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for service performed in Iraq in 2004.

In 2006 I left the NSA to become a teacher of Latin at a public high school. I speak Spanish, Romanian, and Arabic. I'm the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies, by Wiley Publishing. I'm proud to be a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and I'm a certified interpreter for that organization.

Please Explore My Books

In addition to my interest in languages, I've written several novels published by Lingua Sacra Publishing. My first novel, A Place of Brightness, tells the story of a family starting from the time they were fighting against Communist tyranny in 1960's Romania down to the current day.

The novel Amor Vincit Omnia: An Andrew Valquist Adventure , recounts the early days of a new linguist at the National Security Agency. In this novel, I indulge my love of Latin and spin a tale in which a knowledge of that ancient language is crucial to stopping a shadowy terrorist organization.

Another novel students of Latin will love is In Saecula Saeculorum, in which a group of four high school students are sent back in time to Ancient Rome on a mission to save the world. I invite you to click on the link to my main page to explore my novels and other resources for learning languages.

Academic Publications

2008 Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. Wiley Publishing. ISBN 9780470373378.

2008 "A Latin Etymology for Romanian DA = Yes" in Ianua. Revista Philologica Romanica, Vol. 8. ISSN: 1616-413X.

2008 "Further Evidence for an "Italic" Substratum in Romanian," in Philologie im Netz 43/2008, pp. 11-16. ISSN 1433-7177.

2007 "Vergilian Allusions In Newman’s “Kindly Light," in Newman Studies Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007. ISSN 1547-9080.

2006 "A Second Look at Latin Secundus = 'Favorable'" in Pomoerium Online Journal, Vol. 5/2004-2006. ISSN 0945-2354.

2002 "Letters and Mysterious Letters," contributor of article for Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (E.J. Brill Publishers). ISBN-13: 978-9004123557.

1996 "Mystery Letters of the Quran," in Arabica (E.J. Brill Publishers) by Keith Massey. ISSN: 0570-5398

1995 "Semitic Quadriliteral Animal Terms: An Explanation," in Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) by Keith Massey and Kevin Massey. ISSN 0259-0131

1993 "Dialogue of Creeds" in ISLAMOCHRISTIANA

(Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies) by Keith Masseyand Kevin Massey. ISSN: 0392-7288.