Top tips for choosing where to learn Spanish
With most big decisions in life, there will always be certain factors you need to take into consideration. If you love languages as much as we do, choosing where to take your next Spanish immersion trip won’t be an easy decision.
So, to help you make the most informed choice, we have put together a list of factors you should consider when deciding where to learn Spanish.
1. Back to basics
When choosing where to learn Spanish, an important consideration is the way Spanish is spoken. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries, making the choice rather difficult!
Like English and many other languages, different Spanish speaking countries have different accents, use of words, slang, mixtures of other native languages and the speed it’s spoken. Some countries such as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico have accents that are easy to understand. Argentina and Chile are known for more difficult accents, but they burst with Latin American flare and offer many other vibrant reasons to visit. Spanish from Spain is often considered the ‘purest’ version of the language, and mastering this will stand you in good stead, but the ‘th’ lisp sounds and the use of ‘vosotros’ will take some getting used to.
It’s important to choose your immersion destination based on your level of understanding and how suited you are to the country’s version of Spanish.
2. Variety is the spice of life
Spanish schools are plentiful around the world, so the decision of which one to study in can be difficult. To help make this decision, identify what you are looking for in a school i.e. How time-intensive would you like your course to be? Would you prefer group lessons or individual lessons? What extras can the school offer you?
We recommend you don’t limit yourself to one school in one city. To experience all a Spanish immersion trip has to offer, try courses at different schools in different cities, mixing up the size of the classes, intensity of the lessons and of course, the locations of the school. This way you can continue to learn as you travel around the country. Some schools even have branches in different cities, meaning you can continue with the same curriculum and teaching style as you travel. Perfect!
3. Learn outside of the classroom
Not all of your learning will happen inside the classroom. We recommend choosing a school and country that offers you the best exposure to the Spanish or Latin American culture and beauty, and the easy access to conversation practice with the locals.
Activities to get involved in outside of the classroom include dance lessons, language exchanges, watching live sport (football, of course!), taking hikes and adventures through the jungles and experiencing the unique natural treasures of South America or soaking up the beach sun in between your lessons.
Many schools will organize trips for their students, so check out the schools offering before you book. We recommend that regardless of where you choose to study, sign up to all the city tours, language events, dance and cooking classes, nightlife or day trips that you possibly can.
4. The price must be right
Affordability is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding where to travel. Bear in mind that cheap isn’t always quality. Carefully create a budget before you book your trip, so you know where you can afford to travel to or what kind of school you can attend.
Different countries have different living expenses, but it isn’t difficult to live comfortably while learning Spanish. Check out living costs here.
You may be interested in more expensive courses if they offer on-site accommodation or homestays, or maybe you would prefer to backpack or even camp while learning Spanish. Many schools offer perks such as free meals or discounts on activities or tours, so if you are on a strict budget, we recommend looking into these schools first.
So, where is the best place to learn Spanish?
With all of these factors being considered, at Lingo Locate we highly recommend Colombia as one of the best destinations globally to learn Spanish.
Colombia is known for its clear and easy to understand accent, its friendly locals who love to practice with you, and its high quality of language teachers. It’s an affordable travel destination with a great selection of language schools to choose from. Colombia has a rich culture and fascinating history and offers rainforests and mountains for adventure addicts, tropical beaches for sun-seekers, and cosmopolitan cities for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle of Latin America.
What are you waiting for? Search for Spanish schools in Colombia and start planning your trip today. We look forward to hearing you add -ito, -ico or -ica to the end of your words like a true Colombian in no time!