Spanish and get more from your travels in Ecuador. Whether
you take online Spanish classes or opt for a Spanish immersion program,
learning a new
language is rewarding.
will greatly increase your enjoyment of a trip to Ecuador.
ability to communicate with bus drivers, hotel owners and new friends
makes so much difference that learning to speak Spanish is highly
to learn Spanish?"
has no one easy answer. The best way to learn
Spanish depends on your
personal learning style - some learn by listening, others need
to write things down to remember them. Some students prefer a
formal Spanish school with structured language classes and invest great
effort in their studies, other lucky learners seem to absorb
languages just by talking to people on the bus. Most people
a mixture of Spanish lessons, immersion, self-study and practise.
budget will also impact on how
you study Spanish.
Remember you can get the most from paid lessons by also
same material in online courses free or cheaper and doing extra
background reading, too. Don't waste your money by booking
many hours of Spanish classes each day. There is a limit to
much your brain can absorb at one time. You will get the best
value from your Spanish language school if you allow at least
3 hours for homework, studying the same material in a different format
and practising what you have learnt, for each hour of formal lessons.
goes without saying that you should
make sure you do your Spanish homework! You can also set
homework. For example, challenge yourself to use each new
you learn at least 8 times in the following 24 hours. Try
a travel diary or journal in Spanish. You might find someone
your hostel or volunteer project willing to help you learn Spanish, or
trade for English lessons for a local person.
Spanish classes before you
leave your home
country will allow you to study at your own pace, and you can often
find Spanish online courses free or very cheaply. An evening
in Spanish will cost more, but could provide more interaction.
are not cheap but are very rigorous with a thorough grounding in
grammar - ideal for analytical students who want to know why and how,
and like to see their Spanish vocabulary written down. If you
prepared to put in the study time, Linguaphone will have you speaking
Spanish. Rosetta Stone take a very different approach, much
visual and based on remembering what you hear in connection with each
image. Is this your learning style? There are some
courses to learn Spanish online if you search the internet carefully -
try the BBC or the Open University.
course, but there is a wealth of tourist information about Ecuador on
the internet. Look for sites that have both English and
versions, so you can study the Spanish version and have the English
page as a backup to help you understand. (Bear in mind the
translation may not be exact). If you are going to volunteer
Ecuador, study the Spanish
version of the
to learn relevant vocabulary for your project. (See, for
which describes its volunteer opportunities and projects in both
Spanish and English).
immersion programs are
learning technique. Putting yourself in a situation where you
have no option but to speak and understand Spanish does indeed work
wonders, but it will probably more enjoyable if you have some basic
vocabulary before you start, and a good English / Spanish
dictionary. I have found the Langenscheidt mini
dictionary the best of those I have used. Arranging a solo
homestay with a local family is probably the most effective Spanish
immersion technique. Carefully selected volunteer projects
a useful way to learn Spanish.
immersion is not
feasible (or Spanish immersion programs are not affordable for
you), at least try to split up with your travel companions for part
of each day and make every effort to communicate in Spanish when you
have the chance. Chat with the person next to you on the bus
most Ecuadorians are friendly and interested to know what you are doing
in their country. Get out of La Mariscal and go somewhere
the menu is only in Spanish - you might discover some tasty traditional
foods of Ecuador as well as
learning Spanish. Go to
supermarket and read
labels and packets to learn the vocabulary you need, then go to a local
market to buy fruit and veg by the kilo. Watch Spanish TV and
to read the local newspaper.
may be lucky enough
to find cheap or free
Spanish lessons, perhaps through volunteering or with a homestay
family. If not, Spanish courses in Ecuador are usually
value for money and it's a worthwhile investment to learn Spanish as a
second language here. If you intend to
study Spanish in formal classes, see these tips for choosing
a Spanish language
Enjoy Ecuador more by learning Spanish - try online Spanish
classes to prepare for your Ecuador trip - search to get online courses
free. Consider Spanish immersion programs.
Once in Quito, Spanish lessons and a good
English-Spanish dictionary should put your Spanish language
skills on track.
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