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Old 01-08-2014, 08:22 PM
 
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Who has attended or has knowledge about Intensive Spanish language courses in Latin America? Are they useful\effective? Would appreciate any information about them. I'm thinking about courses in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Panama - but info about other places appreciated too.

Secondly how difficult is it for a traveler in Latin America who doesn't speak Spanish or Portuguese? Can you get by?
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Who has attended or has knowledge about Intensive Spanish language courses in Latin America? Are they useful\effective? Would appreciate any information about them. I'm thinking about courses in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Panama - but info about other places appreciated too.

Secondly how difficult is it for a traveler in Latin America who doesn't speak Spanish or Portuguese? Can you get by?

They would definitely be effective, but mostly because you're living in their country. Chances are the classes you take there will not be any more effective than classes you would take here in the United States.

I'd rather study Spanish in the United States and then go visit that country and have more time for fun instead of studying.

Visiting a country in Latin America without knowing the language could be ok, but you will not get the same experience as someone who does speak Spanish. People in Latin America really don't speak much English.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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I would suggest Ecuador as a good place to study Spanish.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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I would suggest Ecuador as a good place to study Spanish.
Why?
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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I'd rather study Spanish in the United States and then go visit that country and have more time for fun instead of studying.

Visiting a country in Latin America without knowing the language could be ok, but you will not get the same experience as someone who does speak Spanish. People in Latin America really don't speak much English.
I think it would be nice to enjoy the country while learning the language at the same time. Especially if being there helps you learn the language better. Some of the schools are very inexpensive.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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Dude, its my dream to study Spanish in Colombia. I sure wish I could stay there longer than three months.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I think it would be nice to enjoy the country while learning the language at the same time. Especially if being there helps you learn the language better. Some of the schools are very inexpensive.
Yeah, I understand what you're saying. However I think it would be better to go down there with more knowledge of the language and pick up more as you go. That way you're able to converse with people when you arrive instead of just finally getting there as you're leaving.

I think either one will be a good experience, and you should have fun regardless. I just think you'd get more out of it by already speaking more Spanish when you get there.

You'll probably learn more Spanish just by being out and about in the city than you would in a class.
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