Mark Barnes

Spanish Instructor at Udemy

Before I was 20 years old I didn't know any Spanish, I bombed my 1 year of French in high school and thought I’d never be able to learn a second language. When I was 20 I took a 2 month crash course in Spanish and went to Mexico for two years where I continued to self teach and mastered the Spanish language.  I’ve been speaking Spanish now for 14 years. I’m a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  When I was working in Miami, I met a guy from Venezuela who had authored a book in Spanish.  He wasn't very proficient in English and after about a week of getting to know him he asked me if I could translate his book to English.  Which I did and it was fun and all but translating a book isn't as exciting as teaching Spanish.  I was an interpreter for a couple of landscape companies in Las Vegas and ran a business of my own in Spanish being that my employees were Spanish speakers.  Over the years I've had a lot of people ask me if I can teach them to speak Spanish like I speak it.  From these requests this course was born.  I've taken the concepts of how I learned and mastered Spanish and have simplified them so that those who take this course will become conversational in Spanish in a simple step-by-step fashion.    

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