For this, we advise you to totally immerse yourself in a Hispanic country for a stay of a few months (or years depending on your desires).
Indeed, taking Spanish classes is good, but to learn a language, the best is still to practice it on a daily basis. To travel and progress in Spanish at the same time! One of the best Spanish school is actually travelling in a Spanish speaking countries.
Obviously, we can only recommend that you start by taking some private lessons to learn the phrases to know to speak Spanish and make yourself understood.
This will allow you to start your adventure with confidence.
Once this step is done, we suggest you choose one (or more) destination to learn Spanish.
Barcelona is a city renowned throughout the world for its charms and festivities. In Spain, Barcelona has a very specific status, and is well known for its welcoming atmosphere and festive culture.
Nearby the sea, Barcelona offers you 1000 reasons to stay the time it takes to learn Spanish.
If Barcelona is so popular among tourists, students and Americans, it’s for its warmth. Indeed, in Barcelona, it is warm during most of the year. Like in many cities across Spain.
Thus, you will often want to have a drink on the terrace or to relax on the beach (located a few minutes by transport from the center of the city).
And to become bilingual and get used to the Spanish culture, moving around the city and discover its heritage is sometimes more efficient on a beach than in Spanish lessons or online Spanish courses where your teacher will try to teach you about Spanish through very academic grammar lessons, or with verbs you will never use.
Discover the magnificent architecture of Barcelona!
In addition, Barcelonans are known for their open-mindedness and hospitality. It’s a fact: in Barcelona, you will never get bored.
What makes Barcelona so charming: its human and festive aspect. Moreover, even if Catalan is widely spoken in Barcelona, you will have no trouble exchanging in Spanish.
First and foremost, you need to find a place to stay. The ideal to immerse yourself totally would be to live in a place with roomates.
One of the most efficient way to learn how to speak a new language is to immerse yourself intensively in the culture and the language.
By living with Spanish people inside a Spanish city, you will find your Spanish roomates to be the best Spanish teachers! Fluency does come much naturally through immersion. That’s also because you have no other choice than to be in the position of a learner every second of every day, without even noticing it.
Indeed, rents are relatively high in Barcelona, so you can also, through this, save money. Many announcements are posted at the University of Barcelona.
Speaking of university, do you know that you can learn Spanish without paying?
Indeed, the government of Catalonia offers free Spanish classes to those who request it. An opportunity not to be missed. You will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in intensive classes with a native Spanish teacher and get the best Spanish lessons to learn vocabulary, grammar, conjugation and tenses and the right pronunciation of a native Spanish speaker.
Good to know: if you want to work in Barcelona, you will need to obtain a foreign worker identification number. You can do that at a police station in Barceloneta for that. Once this number is in your possession, you can look for a job on dedicated websites such as: Infojobs.net, loquo.com or laboris.net.
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Second destination we offer for taking Spanish courses: Argentina.
It’s the perfect country if South America is your passion.
Above all, although the salary is low compared to the Americans’ salary, it is interesting to point out that life is not expensive in Argentina. Thus, with an average salary, you will live decently without problems.
Namely: the minimum wage is 4716 pesos monthly (or 270$ roughly) and the average salary is 10 900 pesos (626$). This for 48-hour weeks.
In addition, Argentina offers many outdoor activities and life is really enjoyable. Whether in terms of cuisine, entertainment or the arts: Argentina offers you many treasures of Latin America.
Not to mention the beautiful landscapes that you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to discover during your stay.
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If you plan to spend less than 90 days in Argentina, you will not have to worry about a visa. All you need is an updated passport that will be stamped upon arrival. On the other hand, if you wish to live there for a longer period of time, consider getting information on how to obtain a Working Holiday Visa (PVT) quickly.
This type of document allows you to stay in Argentina and exercise there for a maximum of one year.
If you are a student, technician, journalist, contract worker, trainee, you can also obtain a resident visa (or temporary visa) valid from 6 months to 3 years. With this type of document, you obtain a DNI (Documento Nacional de Identidad) for the same period.
Once there, you will need to find accommodation. Some choose to stay at the hotel or at the residence while waiting to find an apartment. However, we advise you to call a real estate agency before your arrival. Thus, you will not have a housing problem once there.
Costa Rica is a dream destination for taking Spanish classes.
Located in Central America, the country has a majority Spanish population that will allow you to improve in the language.
In addition to sublime landscapes and pleasant weather, Costa Rica is a warm country. The inhabitants are all open to discussion and it is very easy to approach the premises. Which is maybe the most efficient way to learn Spanish and become bilingual: talking with the natives will teach you the real conversational Spanish and an unlimited amount of vocabulary. With Cubans it may be the nicest way to learn both grammar and culture of the country and the language.
Costa Rica: a beautiful natural ecosystem!
Moreover, it is interesting to note that the country is very secure and that the cost of living is much cheaper than in the USA.
Since 2010, it has become more difficult to travel to Costa Rica. Thus, unless you already have a job, whether you are an annuitant or an investor, you will have a hard time finding a certificate of temporary residence.
The best way to stay permanently in Costa Rica is to be married to a person from there, to have Costa Rican parents or to give birth to a child in the country.
That being said, to go to this country easily, we advise you to start volunteering on behalf of a humanitarian organization. Thus, you can easily return to Costa Rica. In addition, you will be in direct contact with the local population. Not to mention feeling useful.
In our opinion, it’s the best (and easiest) thing to go to learn Spanish on a Costa Rican vacation.
We continue our tour of the best destinations to learn the Spanish language. Next step on our program: the Dominican Republic. Indeed, looking at the pictures and seeing the beautiful landscapes, who would not dream of going there? And why not live there for a while to improve your Spanish skills?
The Dominican Republic is a real dream destination. Indeed, this country offers pleasant weather, long sandy beaches and above all welcoming, stressless and warm people.
Learn Spanish under coconut trees!
It’s a well-known fact: to live in the Dominican Republic, you have to love improvisation, party and have a certain openness. If this is your case, the Dominican Republic is for you.
If you wish to live in the Dominican Republic for a long time, you will need a work visa. With this type of document, you can obtain a local driver’s license and open a bank account at the same time. To do this, you will need to find, at least, a fixed-term contract there. It is also possible to obtain a student visa, to renew each year.
Note: the language spoken by locals differs a little from classical Spanish. You will probably have a little time of adaptation to speak in the beginning.
By the time you get there, with a beginner level or intermediate Spanish, without noticing it, thanks to conversations with the native speakers, you will soon become fluent or even bilingual! That’s the best part of learning Spanish by travelling in Spanish speaking countries.
Finally, we also want to talk about the country of the cigar: Cuba. It is also an incredible destination to learn Spanish.
Cuba is a country with rich history and proud and open-minded people. Everything in this country tells a fascinating story: from the embargo with the United States to the communist domination of the time of Fidel Castro.
Cuba: a Spanish frozen in time!
Cuba is first and foremost places that are discovered over time and a population that we enjoy discussing with. You will soon enough learn that conversations with local Spanish speakers is the most efficient way to become fluent, to improve at the same time your comprehension of a foreign language and the culture inside this new language.
Cuban people are among the most social and eager to share their culture. Ideal to practice your Spanish everyday.
Once there, nothing beats the casas particulares to live with the residents. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to meet Cubans who will rent you rooms directly within their home.
Regarding the visa, it is still quite complicated for American citizens to visit Cuba without a specific visa. Do not hesitate to look at the details on the website of the American Embassy in Cuba where you will get all the informations.
Note finally that it is always interesting to revise your Spanish before the holidays …!
You get it now: if you want to learn Spanish, you have a large choice in the destination. Among all the Spanish speaking countries, language and culture of these countries are part of the discovery when you visit the places.
What is good about Hispanic culture is that the countries where the language is spoken mostly are all dream places. It’s up to you to make your choice according to your preferences. In any case, prepare yourself to live an unforgettable stay.
By the time you start thinking and dreaming in Spanish like a native speaker, you will be able to tell yourself: my task is accomplished.