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Old 01-02-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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Uruguay? cheap nice, safe and most modern out of all latin american countries
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:30 AM
 
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Why is everyone saying Colombia do you want to kill him. Mr 12. Go to Peru it's just as safe as the USA. Colombia is very unsafe More unsafe then South Africa.

DO NOT GO TO COLOMBIA AT ALL.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:30 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm a high school student thinking about taking a year off before college to become completely fluent in spanish. I have taken 5 years of spanish classes at school. I would like to stay somewhere where I can be immersed in the language, be able to see the beauty of the country, live fairly cheaply, and feel safe. I'm currently looking into Spain, Costa Rica and Argentina. Any suggestions?
What kind of Spanish do you want to learn?

You really need to research exactly what kind of Spanish you might learn in each place.

For example, I moved to Chile with a vague idea of learning Spanish there, but mainly went to teach English. However, quickly I learned that their Spanish was nearly unrecognizeable to most other Spanish-speakers. They clip many syllables, and just very different. They publish a popular book sold throughout Santiago, 'how to speak Chilean' with all the various ways they speak Spanish in CHile compared to everywhere else.

I heard that Argentinian SPanish was very close to Chilean, whereas it was also suppose to be nearly unrecognizeable to other spanish-speakers.

Then you have SPAIN itself. Do you want to learn Spanish to speak with European people or Latinos from Latin America? I studied Spanish in South AMerica, and later moved to Spain, and had an immense language barrier problem in Spain.

The PUREST Spanish, I mean, phonetically spoken and with the fewest 'slang words' particular to only one country, are generally found in the ANDEAN MOUNTAINS. This means, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru. They speak very slow and clearly and phonetically. So what you read, you'll hear. It just makes it easier to apply it to other types of SPanish speakers you'll hear elsewhere.

Carribbean Spanish is supposedly very clipped and omits a lot, and has tons of regional slangs.

Hope that helps, in short, I'd skip Spain (unless you are interested in Spain and not so interested Latin AMerica), and I'd skip Argentina (unless you are specifically interested MAINLY in Argentina). Of the three, maybe by default, Costa Rica.

IF you want a generic Spanish that would apply to as much as the Spanish speaking word as possible, I'd focus on Andean Mountain Spanish - i.e. Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Spain suggest!!!
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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What kind of Spanish do you want to learn?

You really need to research exactly what kind of Spanish you might learn in each place.

For example, I moved to Chile with a vague idea of learning Spanish there, but mainly went to teach English. However, quickly I learned that their Spanish was nearly unrecognizeable to most other Spanish-speakers. They clip many syllables, and just very different. They publish a popular book sold throughout Santiago, 'how to speak Chilean' with all the various ways they speak Spanish in CHile compared to everywhere else.

I heard that Argentinian SPanish was very close to Chilean, whereas it was also suppose to be nearly unrecognizeable to other spanish-speakers.

Then you have SPAIN itself. Do you want to learn Spanish to speak with European people or Latinos from Latin America? I studied Spanish in South AMerica, and later moved to Spain, and had an immense language barrier problem in Spain.

The PUREST Spanish, I mean, phonetically spoken and with the fewest 'slang words' particular to only one country, are generally found in the ANDEAN MOUNTAINS. This means, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru. They speak very slow and clearly and phonetically. So what you read, you'll hear. It just makes it easier to apply it to other types of SPanish speakers you'll hear elsewhere.

Carribbean Spanish is supposedly very clipped and omits a lot, and has tons of regional slangs.

Hope that helps, in short, I'd skip Spain (unless you are interested in Spain and not so interested Latin AMerica), and I'd skip Argentina (unless you are specifically interested MAINLY in Argentina). Of the three, maybe by default, Costa Rica.

IF you want a generic Spanish that would apply to as much as the Spanish speaking word as possible, I'd focus on Andean Mountain Spanish - i.e. Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador.
Thank you, this is really helpful! In school we're learning Mexican spanish, so I was worried about going to places where the spanish is very different. This really helps my decision.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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There are a couple of very nice university towns that come to mind: Sucre, Bolivia, and Merida, Venezuela. They are beautiful, interesting cities, a lot of students around to keep life exciting for a person your age, and affordable places to live. Neither has a beach. If that is a requirement, try Vina del Mar, Chile, but that can be expensive in the high season.
I did research on these 3 places and I am LOVING Sucre. Thank you!
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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Yes I would Suggest Peru to you becouse the Crime Rate is the lowest out of them inthat Area that your talking about.
Ive been to South America If you are looking for a Spainsh Speking Country Peru will the place.
Lima Peru is a nice place to live got Good Culture, food, nightlife and Warm Climte and the people are Really Friendly. Peru Country is also nice place good for walking. When I was in Peru I lost 10kg for walking in the Country side.
I was their for 1.5 Years best 1.5 years of my life was in Peru.

The Only thing that you would have to Worrie About is mud slides but it safe. Way Safer then Brazil, Colombia and Venzuela.
If you go anywhere in Latin America go to Peru.
Do you have any specific places to go in Peru?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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I spent 10 months in South America, which included 1 month in Peru.

I didn't find PERU safe at all. They won't even sell tickets to foreigners to go directly by bus from Lima to Cuzco. Way too many bus hijackings and kidnappings in the part of Peru between those two cities. Cuzco has a ton of tourists, but many of them get robbed or pickpocketed. Lima is a bit dicey too. I mean, PERU has a lot to offer from a touristic standpoint, but anyone saying it is safe, probably hasn't spent much time there. That being said, I'd recommend Cuzco if someone was intent on Peru.

Bolivia, however, felt the safest by large margins. Bolivians just didn't really care one way or another when they saw a foreigner, just completely indifferent. Whereas in Peru, I always felt your presence was acknowledged, and someone was devising a scheme to separate a few dollars or euros from your pockets.

I also felt quite safe in Ecuador, but later heard that as the economy went turbulent, it changed. Unsure how it is now.

Chile is the safest by far, but the Spanish spoken there is very clipped and unique. Not the best place to learn a generic Spanish that will be understood easily by most other spanish-speakers.

Personally, if I were going to go back to South America. I would probably choose Ecuador, just because I liked that it was a microcosm of South America - i.e. you have Pacific coastline and beaches on one side, you have amazon jungle on the other side, and a mountain range going right up the middle with permanant spring-like climates. Plus, the Spanish there is a clear, phonetic, not-so-many slangs, etc. of Spanish. However, I don't know how the safety issue is with Ecuador at this time.

Outside of Ecuador, I would choose BOLIVIA, just because it also has that clear, phonetic, well-spoken Spanish, PLUS there was a safety I felt there that I didn't always feel in other spanish-speaking countries in South America.

That being said, at this doesn't help with your case. But, personally, after spending a lot of time in Brazil, I found myself fascinating with the possibilty of Colombia. I doubt I'd recommend Colombia though, unless of course someone was particularly interested in Colombia above all others.

I also just want to say I know very little about Central American spanish, and that Mexican Spanish has a ton of slang, and a unique accent on it. But from an American perspective, Mexican Spanish is probably the Spanish we'll be hearing the most for a long time. Much more than other Spanish, unless you are planning to later live in Florida or New York - which has a more a much greater non-Mexican population of Spanish speakers.

All that being said, the Andean Spanish is a good Spanish to know that applies to many any Spanish you'll hear. Just because its stripped of more of the slang and clippings and such. Of course, if you are later going to be around a lot of Mexican Spanish speakers, you'll later have to learn their slang and unique way of speaking of Spanish.

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Old 01-04-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Santiago
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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Look into Uruguay
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