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SpanishSmartBy SpanishSmart
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SpanishSmartBy SpanishSmart
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IMPROVING SPANISH ONE STATE AT A TIME

¡Viajemos por Nuevo México!  (Let's Travel through New Mexico!) is a board game for kids 12+ and adults.  The game takes place in familiar surroundings in New Mexico, where many of you live or have visited. Even if your level is just beginner you will be able to play because the game is designed in such a way that intuitively you will figure out what most words mean.  While you are playing, you prove your knowledge of the state and improve the state of your Spanish!

Teaching  Spanish in a fun and creative way has always been my goal. I made ¡Viajemos por Nuevo México! so that everybody could quickly learn and improve their Spanish using what they already know and are familiar with in their own surroundings, cities and state.

Learning another language is not an easy task. I believe that the more fun you have while learning, the more information you will retain in your memory and the more likely you will be to continue on your path to become bilingual.  

¡Viajemos por Nuevo México!  includes seven categories:

Players compete and try to be the first to arrive in the state's capital and win the game.  In the process they will encounter places where they must decide what to do in order to arrive in the state's capital faster. You can play in teams or individually.  Soon you will discover that you can use your knowledge of the state or your knowledge of Spanish to gain an advantage. Without any memorization or boring drills you will improve your Spanish one state at a time!

OUR STORY

I have been in the educational field for over 10 years. In my previous life I was an engineer who designed chemical plants, later on I worked in the financial world and then I found my passion in education.  I invented ¡Viajemos por Nuevo Mexico! as I pondered the same question every time I had to teach a class:

What fun activity can I use with my students to practice what they know, learn new concepts, and make it “stick” in their long-term memory?

Then one day the idea came to me: Use what students already know and create a road trip for each state. Since I happen to live in New Mexico, I drew a generic map of the state, put a road through it, wrote pertinent questions in Spanish on various subjects and started playing it with my students.  They thought it was the coolest idea ever!

While ¡Viajemos por Nuevo Mexico!  won't make you bilingual, it will improve your language skills. For those of you who are new Spanish learners, discovering that you can understand the questions because of your familiarity with your surroundings will encourage you to keep learning and continue playing the game.  For those of you who are at an intermediate or advanced level, the game will provide the opportunity to answer more challenging questions.

If this game is successful, our company will create similar games for every state in the United States.  With your help, that dream can become a reality!

Risks and challenges

This is my first time creating a board game. I've spent many months learning everything I can about the process, reading about the business and interviewing game developers in the industry.

I'm working with a major game publisher in New Jersey with awesome customer service. I know every aspect of the process and the costs and materials used. They have made all of my prototypes which look incredibly professional! So far, they have been reliable, delivered what promised, and have been an incredible supporter of my project.

Shipping is something that needs to be considered in the equation. (I was shocked when I found out how expensive it is.) After doing my homework, I have concluded that the best thing to do is to use Amazon's fulfillment services. A lot of you already have accounts with Amazon and are familiar with them so that part should go smoothly.

I'm very excited about getting this project going and delivering this board game to you! Whatever comes up, I will keep you posted, step by step.

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    You get the game including delivery anywhere in the United States PLUS 2-hour game playing class where you will enjoy a fun time with others who share your love of Spanish. The class will be held at SpanishABQ Language Institute in Albuquerque, NM. This is great for those living in or near Albuquerque. Traveling and accommodations not included.

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