Noun: A white person from an English-speaking country, often from the United States (who is a non-native Spanish speaker)
I am sure many of you have heard this term before. Contrary to some belief, it is not slang, nor slanderous. Some Americans may take offense at this term, but they shouldn't. All it really means is "a foreigner who speaks English." If you're a native of the USA, that's you - and it's definitely ME. So, I'm THE GRINGA.
I grew up in a small town with no Spanish speaking influence, but I was able to learn Spanish fluently. Throughout years of many conversations with fellow gringos, I realized that I constantly heard the same responses when I asked why they didn't know Spanish. Many of them went like this:
- "It was simply too hard to learn"
- I took a couple years of Spanish in high school but don’t remember anything.
- I took some mandatory classes but I only remember how to say "hola,"
Those words burned in my ears as I thought about why people found Spanish so difficult to learn. There had to be an identifiable reason why my fellow gringos y gringas did not grasp or remember even the basics of Spanish. Sure enough…
THERE IT WAS STARING ME RIGHT IN THE FACE!
The problem was not the language; the problem was the way they went about trying to learn it. With that realization, I decided to make it my mission to develop a learning technique that would provide a fun, easy, and understandable way for native English speakers to learn Spanish and retain what they learn.
THIS IS SPANISH FOR LIFE, NOT THE CLASSROOMMy innovative teaching methods steer away from the grueling and grammatically heavy textbook approach. My gringos y gringas do not get bogged down with the many grammatical differences that exist between English, and Spanish. They learn in a practical, hands-on format that takes what you already know about the English language and expands on it in a simple, easy to remember way. You'll be conversational before you know it!
If you tried Spanish before and failed - or if you never tried before because you thought it would be too hard - now is the time to take the leap and learn for keeps: THE GRINGA WAY.