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See a test below that can help you understand “How You Learn Best.”

When you visit or move to a new country like Ecuador, there are many things to learn… new places… sights, sounds, customs… as well as language.

Having just spent nearly a month with two of my newest grandchildren… I can see why so many people have problems learning Spanish… or learning anything for that matter.


Here our grandson, Leo, is teaching me about how to learn via his … everything in mouth trial and error technique.

The ability to keep learning is more important than ever before. Rapid change means we have to keep learning to just keep up… much less retire from the rat race.

This is why we have been increasing our focus on Super Thinking + Spanish through Frequency Modulation where delegates learn Spanish in just three days.  (See our upcoming May courses in Canada and Mexico).

Super Thinking is the important part of this course.  Learning Spanish in such a short time is the tool that proves what a powerful shift in learning that Frequency Modulation can create.

Of course learning Spanish is useful because Spanish it is the third most spoken language in the world. (According to the Krysstal site)

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And of course it is especially useful in North America because such a large part of the Spanish speaking population is nearby in the faster growing portions of the Americas.

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Countries in dark blue are Spanish speaking. The light blue shows where Spanish is most important.

How is it possible to learn Spanish in just three days?  This note from a delegate at our last Super Thinking + Spanish course  helps explain how this is possible.

Hello Merri and Gary,  Just had to express my wonder and pleasure coming from the Super Learning and Super Spanish class in Mount Dora;  it was absolutely fantastic!!  You both have such a wealth of knowledge and expertise, I feel fortunate to have found you; I really mean that.  Someone said “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  You appeared.

I have been amazed at how my head keeps pulling up the correlations we learned.  Every time I see words I’m trying to put them into Spanish.

I did have the opportunity today on a flight to experiment some with a Brazilian lady.  We each caught a few words.

I am saying all the English words, then repeating them in Spanish as we did in class.  I have a home in Mexico where I will be able to do a lot of practicing in May.  There is a gardener who has always tried to communicate with me; I will be practicing with him and the maid, then on to the “streets”!  My granddaughter also was tutored for a year in Mexico; we will be conversing also.  I’m very excited about this.

The July Writer’s Camp in July will be as good I know.

Muchas gracias por trabajo fantastico.  Instrutors es excelente y patiente para estudentes.

(now as you said – these two sentences may not be completely correct, but I know you will know what I’m saying…and that’s all we really want to do!)

This is the key to learning Spanish in three days.  The course gives delegates the ability to communicate in Spanish so they can create sentences every single day.

A study for the CIA on how to help people learn second languages showed that the key to learning was “the willingness  to speak a language even though one was bad at it in the beginning”.  In short  those who learn the fastest and the best were those who applied trail and error to learning a language.

Enter Leo and Matilda our grandkids. Dada.  Maa Ma.  Is this perfect English?  Not a bit but do you think it will communicate?   Mom and dad will go bananas when they hear this first attempt to communicate.

The willingness to speak a new language even though not perfectly is the key to learning.   Plus what is perfect?  As languages evolve,  isn’t it a bit silly to worry about perfection when “How R U” and “TQ” (Thank You) and “cool” “awesome” “I am 4 U” and other such short cuts are now accepted forms of communication?

The cool awesome thing about Super Thinking + Spanish is that it prepares you to communicate in just three days so you do not sound bad at all.  Your three day Spanish is very eloquent and allows you to apply trial and error after the course in three different ways… speaking words you read and hear in your lessons…   creating Spanish sentences that get your point across mentally in a technique we call “detouring” and by creating sentences daily. When you memorize a sentence you quickly forget. When you create a sentence, it is yours forever!

There is a fourth dimension to learning that every person can apply differently depending on how they learn so we want to share the test below.  It can help you understand better how you specifically learn but first may I remind you that at the root of all scientific discovery is trial and error.

Trial and error IS the root of all scientific application… so much so that many higher education facilities now teach improved problem-solving skills in special events such as the Science Olympiad  as explained (linked below) at the New Mexico Tech a scinece and engineering research university.

Application of problem solving skills as a long term endeavor.
Education is the importance of trial and error.
Emphasis on experiences rather than memorization.

We can apply trial and error in different ways and learn in different ways. Understanding how we learn best can help us be more effective!  Here is the test at the selfgrowth.com site.

In Part 3 of the Self Improvement 101 course by David Riklan at that site says (bolds are mine):

Part 3:  How to Immediately Determine Which of the Top 3 Learning Styles Will Work Best for You – by David Riklan says:
Today’s section (Part 3) focuses on the different ways in which we learn.  By figuring out your most appropriate LEARNING STYLE(s), you will be able to determine which type of self-help you’re best suited for.

 The three major learning styles defined by psychologists include:

Visual Learning
Auditory Learning
Kinesthetic Learning

 You’ll certainly be able to learn more effectively by understanding which learning style works for you.  But don’t believe that you’re limited to just one!  In fact, mostly all of us use a combination of styles.  It is important, however, for you to be part of an environment that makes the most of your learning ability.  

VISUAL LEARNERS (approximately 65 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their eyes. This includes looking at visual images or reading text.  Visual learners usually prefer graphics, illustrations and charts.  They are able to remember details and ideas in picture form, typically what they’ve seen before. 

AUDITORY LEARNERS (approximately 30 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their ears. This includes listening and talking.  Although easily distracted, auditory learners learn by memorizing sound.  For instance, they learn instructions by repeating them over and over again, even in silent form. They often like background music to block out interrupting noises.

KINESTHETIC LEARNERS (approximately 5 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting meaning through touch and movement.  Kinesthetic learners learn through physical interaction; most are young children.  In essence, touching is a way of seeing.

So, which of these three styles is most effective for you?  If you’re not sure, here is an exercise to help.  Read through the following examples and note down how many apply to you personally.  By counting how many check marks you have in each category, you can determine the type of learning that is right for you.


—Reads or watches TV to relax.

—Tends to remember people’s faces but not their names.

—Gets distracted by untidiness when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by reading the book.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it looks.

—Solves problems most easily by writing out possible solutions.


—Listens to music or the radio to relax.

—Tends to remember people’s names but not their faces.

—Gets distracted by noise when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by purchasing the audio tapes.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by sounding it out.

—Solves problems most easily by talking through possible solutions.


—Does a physical activity or plays a sport to relax.

—Tends to remember people by recalling things he/she did with them.

—Gets distracted by moving people when concentrating.

—Learns about a new idea by going to the seminar.

—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it feels.

—Solves problems most easily through hands-on experience.

If you have a high score for visual learners, then I recommend you utilize visual presentations like illustrations, slides and videos. If you see that you are more of an audio learner, then audio sources like tapes or lectures will suit you best. If you happen to fit under the kinesthetic category, then a kinesthetic or hands-on approach to learning will help.

Certainly it is possible to score evenly across all three.  This shows that you are able to learn well using either the visual, audio or kinesthetic learning styles.  Congratulations!

The knowledge you gain about yourself from this test can help you improve your ability to learn through trial and error.

In these times of rapid change… this ability to keep abreast and get ahead of change can be the most effective step in moving forward in any career or situation that you desire.


Learn how to use Super Thinking to earn through writing at our two new Writer’s Camps.

My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador

My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador.

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An Ecuador condo with this view is $24,000 less than I quoted.  See my screw up below.

First, we continue our series on how to earn as you write to sell so you can earn in Ecuador or wherever you live.  Today we look at how momentum in marketing and self publishing brings success.

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We live in a competitive world.  To earn through writing you need to expose your publications and build momentum via a growing readership.  Even if you are just writing without a financial agenda… you need readers.   Writers compete for reader attention with exposure.  The writer with the greatest exposure will gain the most sales if the publication is focused and communicates well.

A good focused publication is always the first key.   Self publishers do not market, to legitimize their work.  Publications speak for themselves, if they are tuned to the times and deliver a message, they will speak for themselves.   There is an audience for every book written so if the book is focused, speaks well and is exposed, it will do well.

However before a book can speak it must get into readers hands in a way conducive to reading.  Publications need initial and regular followup exposure to build momentum.

Here are three ways to gain readership that builds  momentum… through events,  through social media and through search engine optimization.

One way to start and build momentum is through events.

James Redfield for example used personal visits to bookstores supported by speaking at church events to build the momentum of his self published book “The Celestine Prophesy”.  The momentum Redfield created turned this book into a best seller for three years.  Redfield is a quiet sort and let his book do much of the talking but he did work hard to get the momentum going.  See an interview where Redfield explains this below.  See Redfield’s website here.

The business end of self publishing can be enormously fun, but requires effort on the self publishers part.   Take Hugh Howey as another example. Hugh is a top selling self publisher but he really works hard to keep the momentum of his success building.

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Hugh Howey with our grandson Garren at a Comicon event. He is building momentum through events.  Though Hugh has sold millions of books and his readers love him, he still attends many events all over the world to increase exposure of his books.

Before Taiwan, Hugh was in Turkey, Germany, Finland, Spain and all over the USA.   He  has many events ahead in the USA as well as trips to London and South Africa… all to keep the momentum of his book sales growing.

Hugh Howey has created quite an amazing self publishing story you should hear.

In 2011 while working at a book store, Hugh typed out a short story “Wool”, during his lunch breaks.  Soon this publication was earning him over $100,000 a month on Amazon.  He  has sold over a million books at Amazon but to sustain and build upon this effort he spends more time attending events globally than ever before.

See my interview with Hugh on how to gain momentum in self publishing below.  See Hugh’s website by clicking here.

Social Networking Builds Momentum

Then take a look at an interview with my sister Sandra who has built a website on art that has over 2 million visits.  She uses only social media.  See a link to this interview below.

Social networking is simply one more way to develop a list and expose your publications.

My sister, Sandra, is an artist and started using social networking to build momentum with readers focused around arts and crafts.  She now has:

Twitter-1126 followers
Facebook home page-260 friends,
Life Imitates Doodle fanpage: 94 (She just launched this two nights ago)
Flickr-775 followers; 1,030,079 page views
Google+-565 followers
Life Imitates Doodles Blog-608,174 page views; 521 followers

Her site is http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/

Search Engine Example

One way Merri, David and I maintain momentum in our website and ezine activity (which leads to sales our courses, reports and books) is through search engine optimization.  Our focus is on self publishing, Ecuador and value investing.  Here are examples of typical headlines we use and the Google rankings we gained.

For example, yesterday I tested how well our recent articles on stock market values and Ecuador farm tours ranked at Google.

We ranked #3 for the phrase “Ecuador Farm Tours”.

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Our Major Market Value article ranked #1 at Google.  Our emerging market article ranked #1 and #2.  The title of our article yesterday on search engine optimization  ranked #1 a Google.

Plus I am sure that many of the Valentine roses readers enjoyed this year because our article had a Google first page ranking for the phrase “Ecuador Valentine roses” and our images were ranked #1 as well.

All of these rankings help lead readers to our site.  This leads them to sign up for our free daily ezine and this builds the momentum of our messages.

Learn more about Search engine optimization from our webmaster here.

Knowing how to start and build momentum is an important part of successful self publishing.  There is an audience for every book written and if you create a well focused publication that speaks well, use the three tools above to build momentum.  When exposed, your publication will do well.


Learn the business end of self publishing as well as how to write to sell with our self publishing course.

James Redfield

See a video of how James Redfield marketed the Celestine Prophesy

Cotacachi, Ecuador with a Reduced Price

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Escape to the mountains and enjoy a million dollar view from your own, modern and open condo at Jahua Pacha 1.2 miles from Cotacachi.

Watch the sun rise from your own balcony.

2 Bedrooms.


Master Bedroom.


Second bedroom.

There are 3 fireplaces and a grand room with… 


vaulted ceilings.


Granite and tile throughout, including a Jacuzzi shower and tub.

There are 2 bathrooms.

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Master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.

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Bathrooms have tile floors and surrounds.

A sun room offers a 3rd bedroom option, den or TV room.


Over 1,800 square feet of (183 m2 ) of lovely living, complete with dishwasher and double door refrigerator.


View from back of condo.

Walk to Cotacachi or a short taxi ride into this unique village.

Owner is selling partially furnished due to health issues and offers this fantastic condo for $125,000.

The new top floor units are selling for $159,500 unfurnished.

This condo was for sale at $149,000 but due to illness the owner must get a quick sale and has lowered the price to $125,000 with a number of upgrades, all light fixtures, a 2 door refrigerator (that was $2,997.00) and partially furnished.   I featured this condo in yesterday’s post but failed to show the reduced price, so here you have it… a $24,000 savings.



May consider partial trade for property around the  central coast.  Contact Joan at joan_zook@yahoo.com  for further information and additional pictures.

We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.


See more on the how you learn at Selfgrowth.com

See Spanishlguist.com for details on Spanish speaking coutnries.

See the Krysstal site here

See more about the science Olympiad here