Is There A Shortcut To Fluent Spanish?
Expert Language Training and a Supportive Community to Help You Become Fluent in Spanish
Live training and study plans • Grammar and pronunciation training • Original study material
• Forums • Accountability
When you made the decision to learn Spanish, you probably didn't think it would be so hard. Sure, it was fun when you first started and learned your first words. Felt good, didn't it?
So why is it so much harder now? When did those feelings of frustration begin? What's stopping you reach the next level in your Spanish?

It's simple. Learning to speak Spanish fluently isn't easy.

Freezing up when you speak...

Forgetting the words you've learned when you need them most...

Mixing up your grammar...

It's incredibly frustrating. Especially when your Spanish-speaking friends or loved ones are giving you that look... "So when are you finally going to be able to speak to us?"

To overcome these problems, and learn to speak Spanish the way you know you can, you need to do something smart...

Learn from someone who's been there and done it before.

You've bought textbooks and taken classes before. And they helped...a bit. But something was missing, right? 

That "something" is what separates those who become fluent in Spanish from those whose dreams of sun, sand and sangria fizzle out, and become a someday, maybe. 

And that's why I created the Fluent Spanish Academy

Here, I'll guide you through exactly what you need to break through the "intermediate plateau" and become fluent in Spanish...whatever your age or background.  

You'll get hands-on coaching to show you how to study the right way, and a community of likeminded Spanish learners to motivate you to do what it takes to succeed.  

•  Live training, where you'll learn effective study techniques and participate in motivating challenges, so you know exactly what to study every day

•  Weekly Spanish lessons (audio format) where you'll learn hand-picked, real-world Spanish to make your conversations more natural

• Audio recordings of conversations between native Spanish speakers, accompanied by word-for-word transcripts, so you can learn to understand Spanish in the real world

•  A complete video course on Spanish pronunciation, so you can perfect your articulation and sound less “foreign”

•  Original, engaging short stories (audio and text) to help you learn natural Spanish grammar

•  Interactive forums to get answers to your questions, make friends, and keep yourself accountable

In short, I'll teach you everything I know about making the breakthrough you're looking for in Spanish, learning to speak fluently, and putting a smile on the faces of those who matter to you most.

You'll still have to put in the work, but you don't have to do it alone. 

The Academy will soon be open for a second round of BETA members, at a special reduced price. (Regular price $97 a month). 

I'd like to welcome you to join us on the inside!


Olly Richards

I'm sorry, we're currently not accepting new members to the Academy. 

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"Thrilled With The Academy!"

I wanted you to know that I am thrilled with the Fluent Spanish Academy. I'm eager to work with the Listening Comprehension Training and love Grammar Central and the Pronunciation Training. The Forums are a great place for shared information, and working with Angela is a dream.

On the technical side, I very much appreciate your prompt and personal replies to my emails and to openness to feedback. Even the small things like being sensitive to the use of computer ink makes a big difference. The website itself is attractive and easy to navigate. I watch for and look forward to every new entry!

- Judi Martindale, USA
"Truly Excellent Materials!"
I am very impressed with your site. I love getting weekly lessons and having “digestible” chunks of information and audio easily available. Truly excellent materials here Olly. You and Ángela have a definite gift for teaching and clearly presenting information. There is SO much stuff on the internet and it’s nice to have an orderly site to go to which actually teaches material in a clear and concise way. Thanks for that!

Mike Billings, WA, USA
Is this a traditional Spanish course?
No, this is not a traditional Spanish course...for a very good reason! There are many traditional self-study Spanish courses on the market, which can be useful for beginners. But learning to speak fluent Spanish requires a different skill set. The focus of the Academy is on learning techniques, planning your study, keeping you accountable, and having a community of likeminded people so you don't have to do it alone. 
What makes this different?
In the Fluent Spanish Academy you get to learn from someone who's been there and done 8 different languages. You'll learn what you're doing wrong, and how to fix it. You'll also be part of a thriving community of people dedicated to learning fluent Spanish. You'll no longer have any feelings of uncertainty over how to study Spanish every day, because we'll be with you every step of the way. 
I'm a beginner in Spanish. Is this for me?
Fluent Spanish Academy is aimed at people who have already learned some Spanish, and now want to become fluent. It can also work for you if you're a beginner in Spanish, but already speak another romance language to a good level, such as Portuguese, French or Italian. If you're a complete beginner in Spanish, I recommend you start with a beginners textbook or course. When you get stuck, that's the time to join the Fluent Spanish Academy!
Will I still need a Spanish teacher?
To become fluent in Spanish, you need to practise speaking often. The only place you can get this practice is...real life! Some people find that hiring a tutor to help get enough speaking practice is the most convenient route. Others have friends or family they can speak to. Fluent Spanish Academy gives you all the tools, structure, materials and motivation you need, but you'll still need to create opportunities to practise speaking Spanish yourself.  
Can I get a refund?
Membership is billed on a monthly, or annual basis. You can cancel your membership any time, but we have a no-refund policy for partial months or annual membership. Join the community, take action and you’ll never want to leave, let alone a refund!
Will I get to ask you questions personally?
Yes, absolutely! Inside the Fluent Spanish Academy there are extensive member forums where you can ask questions, keep yourself accountable with other members, and even find a Spanish Meetup local to you. I'll be in the forums myself regularly, answering your questions and helping keep you on track!
Do you teach Latin American or Castilian Spanish? 
The Academy is for you no matter what variety of Spanish you are learning, and our members learn all major varieties of the language - from Spain and throughout Latin and Central America. Our materials are mostly "neutral" Spanish, meaning we teach things that are appropriate for any Spanish-speaking country. However, our listening training includes conversations in many different varieties of Spanish, which is great for ear training and makes you a more confident speaker of Spanish.

It is often a concern of students not to learn the "wrong" kind of Spanish. However, 99% of the Spanish language is identical, whichever country you are in. Almost everything you learn in Spain can be used in Mexico, and vice versa. Differences in vocabulary between countries are mostly limited to certain familiar daily words and phrases (food, greetings etc), and the particular way of saying "you" (singular/plural). These are usually learned as a beginner. Beyond this, most of what you learn can be considered "standard Spanish" and you can use it anywhere. 
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