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How to Learn Spanish while Traveling?

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Spanish > Traveling to Improve your Spanish Skills

Spain is one of the world’s favorite tourist destination.

Geographical proximity to many other countries, change of scenery, good weather, nice beaches, cheap food,… tourists are delighted with this wonderful sunny country.

The recent real estate crisis that has hit Spain has only increased the number of travelers: looking for low-cost housing and sunshine all year round!

These language courses are perfect to enjoy the charm of this Mediterranean country, but also to progress in Spanish.

And yes, Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, spoken by more than 400 million speakers throughout the world!

This makes it an essential language to master in order to build a business (many international exchanges take place during the year) or to communicate with a large part of the population.

So then, how can you optimize your holiday with an “intensive internship” to progress in Spanish language?

And which are the Spanish speaking countries that are the best to travel in?

Learning Spanish Beforehand

If you’re are a beginner or an intermediate level spanish speaker, how can you learn Spanish before you leave? You won’t need to be fluent, that will come with time once you’re there, but you do need to have a conversational Spanish level and know basic Spanish words.

So, you’ve found a cheap stay for a dream holiday in a Spanish-speaking country: Spain with Barcelona, Madrid or Seville or South America with a cap in Argentina, Peru, Mexico or Colombia?

If you want your language immersion holidays to be perfect: before you go abroad, take the necessary measures!

The basic phrases to speak spanish before leaving Before going abroad, work and revise your Spanish basics

If you do not know the language of Cervantes, or even the Spanish bases, you’ll need to get to it and maybe even take some Spanish lessons if you want to have some fluency.

Here are some tips to familiarize yourself with the Spanish language before you fly for your All Inclusive stay:

  • Listen to Spanish: music, movies with subtitles, radios…
  • Establish Spanish vocabulary, Spanish grammar, important notions, polite expressions “por favor”, “gracias” and common expressions “hola que tal”, “puede ayudarme”, “puede darme” “espere un momento”, ” no entiendo “… This is perfect for oral expression and the development of Spanish vocabulary!
  • Opt for a book that offers thematic lists: do not clutter yourself with Spanish conjugation or overly complicated terms.

You can learn how to speak Spanish online! Plus it’s free. Search for “Free Spanish courses”, “Study Spanish”, “Spanish language course”, “Learn Spanish free” or “Spanish course online” on the internet!

  • Download fun apps like Nemo Spanish to practice spanish speaking before working with native Spanish speakers.
  • Go to learning sites like Easy Spanish.
  • Choose a tutor for an intensive course before the big start.
  • Go for online platforms like Superprof rather than a private tutoring agency that requires an expensive and regular subscription.

Why not opt ​​for a teacher whose mother tongue is Spanish?

Spanish courses: improving your Spanish on vacation

How to improve your Spanish on vacation? Learn Spanish in Spain for example!

Your journey will not have the same flavor if you master the official language.

To ask for services, to have information on a means of transport, to learn the most beautiful beaches, to go to discover some places unknown to the general public or even simple know where to go at night…

Knowing how to speak and understand Spanish is a great asset.

So how to improve and improve his level of Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country?

If you are between 10 and 18 years of age choose a language course: a full immersion in Spanish culture will allow you to familiarize yourself quickly with this new language.

Alternatively, opt for a humanitarian program abroad or work for the odd jobs in a foreign country.

Certainly you will not have a 5 star hotel and you will not go All Inclusive, but you will discover the country in another way.

You will progress much more quickly because you will have to deal with Spanish speakers every day and you will have to make yourself understood.

But then which destination to choose?

  • Spain
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Chile

You have the choice!

You do not have the possibility to leave, whether it is for a family trip or for a romantic escape?

If you want to improve your Spanish forget about travel sites and your dreams of idleness: treat yourself with a one-way Spanish course.

Sure, it’s less attractive but it can be just as effective if you invest in it seriously!

Spanish summer courses can be tailor-made: intensive courses, group or private lessons, conversation classes or more academic courses…

Finally, if taking courses in a Spanish school or online is of absolutely no interest to you: go out, meet people of Spanish-speaking preference, look for a Spanish correspondent on the internet…

Where to go to progress in Spanish?

What dream destination to choose to learn Spanish?

You are planning to start your holiday in the Spanish language territory, but you can’t figure out what your exact destination should be?

Holiday Club in Spain? All-Inclusive on a paradise island?

You have plenty of travel ideas but you can not decide.

travel and learn a language Discover Barcelona while improving your language skills.

What about Barcelona? The sun, beach nearby, historical monuments, remarkable architecture, numerous restaurants… Activities are plentiful in this big city!

If you fall in love with the city and want to stay there to work, be sure to get a NIE, foreign workers identification number.

Want to travel further afield?

Go for Argentina.

The strong points?

The prices are low. Argentines have a monthly salary of an average of $431 per month.

Note that the world average value of a resident’s salary is $850, almost double the income of an average Argentine.

Do you prefer a more heavenly destination with a postcard decor?

The Dominican Republic is a dream destination.

Again, the price of life is very low: estimated at 30% lower than in the US.

In addition, you can enjoy breathtaking scenery, sandy beaches and undeniable human warmth.

Practical information: a work visa will be required if you wish to stay there for some time to live there.

Madrid or Barcelona?

Where do you go to in Spain?

Spain in a very touristic country. And although it is quite far from the US, it is a privileged destination. The question most people ask is: Madrid or Barcelona?

For a summer holiday, choose Barcelona.

In Madrid, summer is extremely intense with temperatures up to 100 degrees!

Also, no beach nearby to bask in the sun while reading Don Quijote in its original version. However, if you want to leave in the spring or autumn, think about the two cities’ different offers.

In Barcelona you can:

  • Walk down the Rambla considered as the Champs Elysées of Barcelona and stroll to the Boqueria.
  • Go for a ride to Parc Guell. Did you know that a scene from the movie the Spanish hostel was shot there?
  • Visit the Sagrada Familia: the most visited monument in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
  • Go through the mythical Camp Nou stadium of F.C Barcelona.
  • Party place Reial and Port Olympica.

In Madrid, no Gaudi architecture, however you have the possibility to find places as remarkable as:

  • The Royal Palace.
  • The Prado Museum: a renowned art gallery with 3000 works, some of them by Goya.
  • The Centro de Arte Sofia: Spanish national museum of modern and contemporary art.
  • The Parque Del Buen Retiro for a break in this majestic park.
  • The lively Chueca area for partygoers.

If you’re leaving for working purposes, go to Madrid.

Madrid castles and architecture sites Madrid is an ideal destination in the autumn to improve your Spanish while enjoying its sublime architecture.

Indeed, Barcelona has opted for bilingualism combining Castilian and Catalan, while Madrid speaks exclusively Castilian. However if you want to become bilingual, you can learn to speak Spanish in both cities!

On returning home why not take a test such as the TOEIC or the TOEFL to demonstrate your oral and written skills in the Spanish language?

Spanish Student Cities

What are the best student cities?

Do you want to go on a language course through a university exchange program?

If you are adventurous and eager to become bilingual in Spanish, go for it!

You will need to apply for a diploma equivalence with the Universidad Nacional de Education a Distancia (UNED).

It’s only after that you can make your choice among the many universities present in the cities, where you wish to get to speak Spanish as well as a native!

But where to go?

  • The capital of Spain, Madrid is home to 20% of ERASMUS students, the european exchange program.

Want to be a future engineer? You may be interested in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

For the others, the Universidad Carlos III or Complutense would be a good alternative to achieve a professional level in Spanish in addition to a current Castilian.

  • Barcelona and its remarkable architecture coupled with the proximity of the beaches are a dream come true for more than one student!
  • Seville and the charms of Andalusia borrowed from the Arab period.

The Plaza de Espana in Seville at night Seville is a city in southern Spain renowned for its student life.

  • Valencia and its university life split on 3 campuses. This city is home to nearly 8% of foreign students.
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