The Spanish Lessons Are Moving

About six weeks ago, I started creating basic Spanish video lessons specifically for retirees who move to Mexico. The lessons are short – each one less than 10 minutes long – and they feature animated versions of Linda and me.

After posting the first nine lessons in the series, I decided it was time to go back and do an honest assessment of the series to this point. The goal of the assessment was to see if I should continue the series or not.

Although the feedback that I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, the statistical data indicates that only a very small number of people are watching the lessons. For example, video lessons receive an average of 92% fewer views than blog articles for the same period of time.

Another unintended consequence of posting the lessons is that the rate of new subscriptions to the blog has also declined. Some blog subscribers have even requested not to be notified of new lessons.

Saying Good-Bye

It seems clear that a policy change is in order. Effective immediately, new Spanish lessons will not be posted on the blog. Since some people have already shared links to the existing lessons, I’ve decided to leave them on there for now.

A New Home

I will continue to make new lessons; however, they will only be available via our YouTube channel. The link to our channel is below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPb5icVxZvFpmORSjDKrrnw

If you would like to be notified of new videos, you need to subscribe directly to our YouTube channel. Look for a button on the video or the page that says “subscribe”.

About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) is a former lieutenant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida. During his 25-year career, he received numerous commendations to include two of the agency's top honors: a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2015, Paul retired and moved to Mexico with his wife. He now spends his days enjoying the Riviera Maya and blogging from the beach.

108 Comments on "The Spanish Lessons Are Moving"

  1. I think your lessons are awesome! Thank you for your efforts

  2. Ensenada Aaron | July 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    Keep up the good work Paul

  3. Robin Harris | July 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    I’m a fairly new reader of your blog and watched the first few lessons then got busy with work sadly. I do appreciate what I’ve watched so far and fully intend to continue watching as I think you have a great instructional style. Please do keep the lessons on your YouTube channel. I just subscribed and plan to watch the rest as soon as I can. 🙂

  4. Gwendolyn Sheder | July 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Reply

    I have enjoyed the lessons immensely! Thank you very much!

  5. I hope you will continue to post more lessons as time allows. Having lived in the Vallarta area as an expat for 2 1/2 years I have found your method of instruction to be much better than the other classes and courses I’ve taken. Gracias Amigo!

  6. I’m now officially a subscriber on you tube!
    I’m guilty of saving your other lessons, which are very much appreciated and so helpful, in one of my email folders to get to when life isn’t quite so busy…
    Although I may never move to Mexico, we love to visit annually. You’re such a creative writer – your posts are always informative and enjoyable. Thank you for your efforts!

  7. Maria K Cavendish | July 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Reply

    The ONLY reason I didn’t watch the lessons yet, is that my Spanish is more advanced. I’m looking forward to joining you at a later time. Thank you!

  8. Miriam S Cope | July 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Reply

    Rats!!@

  9. I love the lessons, and I know I haven’t watched lately. I like to take notes when watching, thus, reason for delay watching.

  10. I already subscribed to them. If you ever think of taking them down. Please warn me so I can download them to a local drive. I think they are a good long term reference for anyone looking to “try out” learning Spanish.

  11. Elizabeth Gorman | July 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Reply

    I think they were excellent and creative. Many thanks for all your effort!

  12. Love your approach to teaching. I’m delighted you’re keeping them going.

  13. Larry Roberts | July 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Reply

    Paul, I would like to say that I for one have found your style of teaching to be very helpful with my Spanish! I look forward to both of the posts and will definitely subscribe to your YouTube channel.

    Thank you so much for all of your efforts.

    Larry R.

  14. Patricia Armstrong | July 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Reply

    This is very sad to me but guess I can understand Paul and Linda, Thank u for the 9 lessons as I learned a lot, U r a great teacher and your pronouncian was excellent and only had to listen to u say a word once or twice and had that Spanish pronunciation myself. Don’t know that my piece of crap phone will play utube videos all the time as it has a mind of it’s own..If there is a link u can send me to my email I would love to continue them, Again thanks so much and good luck to u and Linda <3

  15. Subscribed! Thank you.

  16. Yours were the first lessons that have made sense. Watched all, some more than once, and will be cramming during the next three weeks getting ready for another trip to Maroma. Thanks for continuing them in utube. Appreciate your work!

  17. The lessons are great. I just don’t have much time for watching things, so I’ve been bookmarking them for “later”, whenever that might be. The YouTube channel makes great sense and I’ve now subscribed to that.

  18. Tammy immordino | July 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm | Reply

    Your lessons are helping me tremendously. Please continue! I love your blog too!

  19. Excellent videos and needed by so many of us! Timing is everything at least for me. In Seattle we have finally had 52 straight days with no rain (after 10 months of dreary, record setting rain) so I (we all) are out cramming as much in as we can! Have subscribed to the You Tube and will watch when I have exhausted the beautiful weather here! Thank you for your fine efforts.

  20. Sue Kingsley | July 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Reply

    Thanks for your lessons. I will continue with them on YouTube.

  21. I have been saving them for a later read/watch as time would not allow. The first few that I watched I thought were great though I may not have said as much to you. Sorry about that, please don;t stop making them as they really are good. I will be signing up for your you-tube lessons pronto.

  22. Just subscribed on YouTube! Thanks for all you contribute.

  23. Wow, this is shocking, what more important info on Mexico than the language. Thanks for not just cancelling the lessons, I for one think they are great! Looking forward to future lessons.

  24. I have really enjoyed the Spanish Lessons. Is it easy to get them via utube?

  25. Marshal Portnoy | July 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Reply

    I enjoy your blog and the lessons. I appreciate your efforts very much. Just an outstanding job, clear and concise! Further, I believe, you make the assumption that not everybody has majored in computer science so that even your instructions of how go from point A to B on your webpage is clear to me. Thank you.

  26. Shirley Wright | July 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Reply

    NOOOOO! I have saved them until I can study!

  27. I subscribed to the youtube even before this blog announcement. I find them so entertaining, I am checking to see if a new one is on every chance I get. I don’t see myself moving or living in Mexico, pollo, but love learning the language and using it on my vacations. A bit thank you to the time and effort you put into these free lessons.

    • You’re welcome, Garry. Thanks for subscribing to the YouTube channel and for following the blog.

  28. I’m relieved the lessons are moving, and not going away! See you two on You Tube!

  29. Michael Montgomery | July 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm | Reply

    Well that’s too bad. It should have been a positive experience for you and your subscribers. For my own part, I was waiting until they were mostly finished and watch them all at once. I have no problem watching them on utube. Are they available in audio only as I would like to use them in the car?

    • They are only available in the video format because I use a lot of visual aids during the lessons.

  30. I can’t believe this is unpopular, you do a great job. We will be catching you on you tube. Thanks for continuing.

    • Thanks, David. In many ways, learning a foreign language is a lot like joining a gym. Everyone is enthusiastic at first but as time goes on, many of them give it up.

  31. I left a message on YouTube but thought I would tell you how I enjoy the mexican spanish lessons. It is greatly appreciated and a lot of hard work in your part.

  32. Angela and James Saunders | July 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Reply

    Love the lessons. Been so busy with selling stuff and the house and the temp move, that I haven’t had time, but funny enough, yesterday I caught up on three lessons. thank you for your efforts!!!!

  33. Wow that’s a shame. Like others have said, I’d say I’m a little bit past the topics that were being covered, but even in the basics you mentioned some techniques and ideas that I had never thought of. I ended up watching them all. Looking forward to seeing more lessons, the pace was very nice and it was more tailored for the situations we find ourselves in daily. Subscribed to your channel.

  34. I love your lessons! I subscribed to your YouTube channel. Please keep the lessons coming!! Great lessons, easy to follow.

  35. Trish Richard | July 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Reply

    Your lessons mesh exactly with how my mind works. I’d pay for them and think you could compete with Warren Hardy. Thanks for continuing. Your accent is excellent BTW.

  36. Cameron McLean | July 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Reply

    Thank you for all of the effort. I enjoy all of your posts, including the lessons, I re-read many of the articles and have now subscibed to the YouTube channel. I appreciate all that you do.

  37. Janet Parrish | July 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Reply

    Hi, Paul!
    Sorry the lessons won’t be on the blog any longer but it’s great they will be on youtube and you will be adding more! Love your approach and the animations are entertaining and creative (love the humor :)). I know it must be very time intensive to create them so you must be doing them because you love it. Thank goodness for those of us who enjoy learning in a different way. I want you to know how much they are appreciated! My husband and I are looking to move your way within the year so we are pounding the Spanish into our brains asap so our experience will be even better. Your entire blog has been so helpful and encouraging. A wonderful resource and a friendly voice to answer our questions–many before we knew we had them 🙂 Always look forward to your posts! Have another great week ahead!

  38. Don’t be discouraged by statistics. My wife and I, as well as my 92 year-old mother watch every one. When she doesn’t receive one for several days she emails me to ask if she missed one. Remember the receiver has to WANT to learn. Quality, not quantity. Thanks for what you do.

  39. steph scovill | July 30, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Reply

    I work in an assisted living facility and have a resident who speaks very little English. English is understood, but he cannot answer. I’ve taken it upon myself to learn Spanish to help him, as well as other staff. Your videos are easy to follow and informative. Some think I’m ‘loco’ but what the heck! Gracias!!

  40. Rene H Dobbins | July 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Reply

    Thank you for the lessons and for continuing on You Tube. They have been helpful to me and I appreciate you.

  41. I’m sorry to see this. I thought the Spanish lessons were great! In fact I think you should start in person classes. Count me in if you do.

  42. I just discovered your leeons a few days ago and was looking forward to start taking . They looked great to me I will try and source them out on YOU TUBE do not stop as some of us who have a hard time with Spanish find your lessons very helpful

  43. Brenda Conner | July 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Reply

    Wow, that’s too bad. The spanish lessons were my favorite part of the blog. I’m surprised that click numbers are your main motivator, but I guess I shouldn’t be. Oh well, I do appreciate all the effort you put into those lessons and they are very helpful so I will definitely take my clicks over to the you tube channel instead of the blog and facebook 😉

  44. Love your blog. Love the Spanish lessons. Subscribed and looking forward to more.Thanks for all the helpful information on both.

  45. just subscribed many thanks

  46. The lessons are how I found you in the first place. My wife and I LOVE them!!!

  47. I LOVE the spanish lessons along with the entire blog! Please don’t stop either! Thank you for making them available through youtube. I have subscribed
    Danielle

  48. I’m glad you are continuing the lessons! I have already subscribed to the YouTube channel and look forward to working through them with my husband!

    We will be in Akumal the end of September! Can’t wait to eat salbutes!!!

    I LOVE your blog!!!

  49. I speak Spanish at a more advanced level than your blog (so far) but I’m still learning tricks from you! So glad you’ve chosen to move and not jettison them. I love the way your gringo mind works. 🙂

  50. Cal or Sally | July 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Reply

    Sorry to see you go. You were a great asset to the Expect Articles. We will try to follow you on U-Tube.

  51. I really like the concept. For me, more advanced lessons would be helpful.

    Joan, PV

  52. Love your Spanish lessons. It helps that they are cute to watch as well. I find them to be good refreshers and cause me to start working in my notebooks again. Please, keep them coming!

  53. Thanks for the heads up, I so look forward to a new lesson, will subscribe and continue to learn from you. This is the first time I have enjoyed learning a new language and able to keep it in my head. Please continue.

  54. Edith Henneberg | July 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Reply

    I am really glad the Spanish Lessons will still be available. I quickly look at them and really planned o get back to them “later”. Who said you have more time when you retire I especially like the graphics – what programme do you use to create them? (Unless it’s a secret).

    Edith

  55. Larry M. Brown | July 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm | Reply

    Paul l faithfully read all your comments that are posted including the recent Spanish lessons. I have all the 9 lessons saved and will continue to work with them.
    I moved to Mulege BCS part time, about a year ago and your blog has been the very best answering questions about a Gringo in Mexico. This week l will pick up my Permanente Residente card in Santa Rosalia.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Larry Brown.

  56. Wayne McCrae | July 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Reply

    Hi Paul. I have recieved all the emails and lessons. When you first started I was enroute to Canada to visit family. Once I return in September I will be reviewing the lessons. I bad. Lol.

  57. You already know I LOVE your lessons and now so does my husband! The way you break it down made it much easier for me to grasp. We will difinitly continue whatever way we must. We appreciate your efforts!

    Thanks,
    Debi & Johnny

  58. MARIE SONNENBERG | July 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Reply

    Hi, i heard the first lesson and have been filing them as we are driving to Mexico in November from Western Canada. this is going to be our material for the drive so we can practice and learn on the way. thanks Paul and keep up the great ideas

  59. Hey Paul, in order to get more viewers I would suggest using more descriptive titles from now on. That way you’ll increase your odds of being ranked better by the Youtube algorithm, and therefore your channel will get new people. For example: Instead of just saying “Lesson 9”, you can change that title to: “Lesson 9: How to use the verb Tener”, or “Lesson 9: The verb Tener in a nutshell”.

    It is also convenient to upload lessons without any specific order.

    Hope this helps.

  60. I just subscribed to the you tube channel.
    I have enjoyed the lesson series although I got to lesson 5 and then we went down to our house in Mexico and I’m sorry but I just haven’t got back to them. But definitely will. Thanks for making them available on you tube.
    The blog is great too. Interesting and informative. Glad you have a good time doing it

  61. Well Spanish lessons for retirees narrows your target audience quite substantially. I am not a retiree so it is annoying for me to always see them. Maybe you should make Spanish Lessons for human beings to broaden your target audience?

  62. Oh no!! I’ve been saving them for when I have some solid time to devote to the lessons. I did the first 2 and they were fantastic. But I need to wait til I have a time to do them without distractions so I can really pay attention. So, I’ve just been stockpiling them, but now, I have copied the links and emailed them to myself so I can still access them. Thanks for doing this project – very useful!

  63. Whew! You scared me! I thought you were going to stop them altogether. Please keep on! I love them. I took four years in high school, i have done Duolingo until I am blue in the face and even some Rosseta Stone. Your lessons are by far more useful! Thanks and keep up the good work!

  64. Patricia Ruth | July 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Reply

    Loved the lessons although my Spanish is more advanced, I always enjoy a review. The lessons are great!

  65. Hi Paul, I wonder if some people, like myself, are saving the lessons for a time when they can give them the attention they deserve? I did not know that not opening them would affect your data! I really love that you are giving such honest and interesting information about living in Mexico. You may be changing more lives than you will ever know!

  66. Gerald Bourhis | July 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    Paul and Linda thank you for all the work you are putting into the Spanish lessons and the blog, and the you tube channel. I appreciate all the wonderful information and the lessons you have done. I’m like many others here and have saved the earlier lessons with hopes of watching and learning through them all as time permits. I’m glad they are not going away and just moving so that we all can have access to be able to learn on an ongoing basis. Again my thanks for all you two are doing. Gracias.

  67. Elaine Foster | July 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm | Reply

    Love learning Español on your website. Will subscribe to you tube, you are doing an incredible service to us with your easy, informative and educational videos. Please don’t stop, por favor mi amigo y amiga.

  68. I like really the Spanish lessons. I’m not a beginner, so the lessons are a review of material I already know, but they’re valuable nonetheless (I’ve viewed and learned from each one). I have to say I’m a little surprised that you’re letting traffic to this website dictate your decision to move the lessons offsite. Thanks for everything. You provide a valuable perspective on expat life.

  69. I feel your pain. The blogs I write on learning the the language always get the least traffic. Even if I hadn’t written the book on language tools, I’d still feel morally obligated to encourage learning the language just like doctors try to encourage people to exercise. You know most people will close down, but when you see the difference it makes, you feel you have to keep trying.

  70. So sorry to hear it! I’ve really enjoyed your video lessons and am sorry to see them go although I understand the reasons behind your decision. On the upside, I have recently received your book and have been working through the lessons from there – and enjoying myself in the process! I am looking forward to also using Kerry’s book in the near future (so many books, so little time!) and hope to be using the language both while on vacation – and with a little luck – when I am able to retre & become an expat too! Keep up the good work – you are a wealth of knowledge & experience!

  71. Janelle DeStasio | July 31, 2017 at 9:00 am | Reply

    Thank you for the lessons. I have subscribed to your YouTube Channel so I can continue learning.

  72. We planned to start taking advantage of the lessons once we were spending more time in Mexico so no feedback from us but we hope to be able to access these on youtube – thanks!

  73. Collese Dahlberg | July 31, 2017 at 11:26 am | Reply

    Thank you for both the blog and the lessons!

  74. I LOVE your lessons! They are so practical and helpful! I subscribed to the You Tube channel and hope you continue them.

    P.S. I am a retired teacher and live close to Akumal

  75. I love the lessons!!! Keep them coming!!

  76. I am in the states currently and have a terrible Internet connection, especially compared to the one I have in Mexico. Because of that I spent a concerned 24 hours only able to see the first part of your email (the email preview) and unable to see if you were discontinuing the lessons altogether or not. I am so glad they are just moving to YouTube. I listened to the first 3, was learning a lot, and shared it with others. Then we came for a visit to the states. Between the Internet connection, time constraints, and lack of privacy, I join the large group of commenters who like the lessons, but have not worked them into their schedule. Next stop: YouTube to sign up. Thank you for the blog and the lessons. Enjoyable, instructive, and appreciated.

  77. I’m a native Spanish speaker with a Gringo accent and I watched your lessons as a refresher and because the videos and pronunciation was very good.

  78. I was saving them for Winter when I have more time

  79. Angela Perrone | August 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Reply

    You are a wonderful teacher. I always wanted to learn Spanish. I have books but your lessons have been a blessing. Thank you so much. Angela

  80. Paul, I enjoyed the Spanish lessons and will look forward to viewing them on YouTube. Thoroughly enjoy them and your blogs. You are a great resource! I talk about you and Linda as “these two people moved to Mexico and this is what they have done! ” It is much appreciated, thank you!

  81. Hey Paul,
    Thanks for stopping by My Baja Kitchen. I didn’t realize that you were the Spanish Lessons guy. I like your videos and your blog. I need to get into the cooking video scene but it’s hard to teach an old doctora new tricks. Good luck with the move and keep making the fun and useful videos.
    Salud,
    Tracey @ http://www.mybajakitchen.com

    • Yes, I am a jack of all trades — well, you know the rest…lol. I think videos would work great for your blog. Maybe one day you’ll give it a try.

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