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Old 11-26-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Hello!

I'm currently a senior in high school and after graduation I plan on moving to San Antonio for a gap year type of program. I will be working everyday during the week from around 8am to 7pm.

I'm from a town of around 115,000 in the midwest. The town is fairly progressive and I'm used to being around liberal people. Will SA be very liberal?

Obviously I'm used to very long and cold winters and very hot summers...how cold does it get in SA? (I don't think I'll miss the 5 month winter from where I've grown up)

How much is Spanish spoken I'm SA? If I've taken Spanish or the part 6 years, will I be able to practice often?

How is the cost of living?

Will I need to have a car in SA? Where I'm from, I'm used to driving everywhere but I'm not sure how good the public transportation in in SA.

What are your favorite things to do in SA during the weekends?

Any other tips for a mid-west girl moving down south or any other info in general?

I appreciate the responses. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Cost of living is not too bad here.

You will need a car.

We don't have a lot of cold weather here, this year we're off to a cold start but some years we only have one or two days that even feel like winter.

There are a ton of people here. Some of them are liberal and some are not. There are enought that you can pick your friends.

There are lots of Spanish speakers here, some of the words they use may be different than what you learned in school but you should be able to understand them and vice versa.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:54 PM
 
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There are lots of Spanish speakers here, some of the words they use may be different than what you learned in school but you should be able to understand them and vice versa.
Hedgehog_Mom points are spot on.

Last point being Castilian Spanish (what is usually taught in school) vs. Tex-mex. What you were taught in school is a little different, but you should be fine.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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Hedgehog_Mom points are spot on.

Last point being Castilian Spanish (what is usually taught in school) vs. Tex-mex. What you were taught in school is a little different, but you should be fine.


It's not a matter of Castillian Spanish...... it's correct Spanish taught at all schools, it's the person that tends to mangel it. This difference also happens with English. Correct English is taught in school and people will mangel that as well. I suspect it's as with many other languages.

Btw, Tex-Mex is not a language.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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Hedgehog_Mom points are spot on.

Last point being Castilian Spanish (what is usually taught in school) vs. Tex-mex. What you were taught in school is a little different, but you should be fine.
My school and all NEISD schools taught Latin American Spanish (I wouldn't be surprised if most American schools do), not Castilian Spanish.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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I'm fairly conservative and I find SA pretty liberal overall... There's lots of different people with lots of different views though, I don't think you would have a problem with the social climate!

I haven't been here long enough to know, it's been pretty freaking cold this last week or so! But people are telling me that it's uncommon. Supposedly winters don't last long.

Lots of Spanish.. No one's ever tried to have a conversation with me in Spanish but I guess you could use it if you wanted/needed to

Rent is pretty cheap/decent, lots of nice upgraded apartments for less than $1000 at least in the area I'm in (I'm out in the suburbs though). Lots of my friends here have roommates so it's even cheaper. Groceries are pretty average, gas is a few cents cheaper than other states. Generally low cost of living. For some reason though, my car insurance here was kinda high?

In my opinion you would need a car.. unless you stick to one particular area, everything is fairly spaced out.

I like to shop, dine out, go to movies, hang out with friends.. normal stuff. SA doesn't exactly have a fun and happening reputation with the kids at my college, but if you're with good company you can find fun stuff to do. If it's a weekend during the summer, I liked hanging out by a pool or staying inside with the a/c! (lol).
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Pockets of San Antonio are very liberal. For the most part. Although there are plenty of Republicans in the area as well, we are in Texas after all.

We have a very particular type of heat. It can get very humid at times whereas other times it gets very dry. That really depends on where the heat is coming from. Summers are hot. We have about two/three weeks of bitter cold but otherwise it's about 50s/60s in the winter, unless you count this week which is ridiculously cold for us.

Speaking Spanish is not necessary. It may help you eavesdrop on some fellow shoppers but you will not necessarily need to speak Spanish in an area. If you are working within the community within your gap year program (are you doing an AmeriCorp program?) you may need it to speak with a few families that are primarily Spanish speaking. Again, it's not something that is used every day unless you are in contact with the population that is primarily Spanish speaking.

I have a 1br/1ba apartment on the northwest side for $535. It's a relatively safe area and I have no concerns. This is on the lower end of rent for the city. Depending on where you'll be living it could be the lower end or the higher end near $1100 for a snazzy new hip area.

You'll need a car. VIA isn't going to get you where you need to go in a reasonable time.

I like netflix and a good glass of wine on the weekend. Ha. But seriously I love the greenways and the outdoors.

If you're from the midwest you're either going to love it here or hate it here. There really isn't an in between from what I can tell from midwesterners. My family moved from Wisconsin in 1988 to here and we've left once only to find our way back down here.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Btw, Tex-Mex is not a language.
Why don't you ask Trinity University Professor Scott Baird about that?

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Trinity University Professor Scott Baird believes Tex-Mex, the blend of Spanish and English spoken in South Texas, is evolving into a distinct language.

REFERENCE:
Tex-Mex language adds touch of spice to linguistic debate

Spanglish is another non-language which has evolved.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My school and all NEISD schools taught Latin American Spanish (I wouldn't be surprised if most American schools do), not Castilian Spanish.
When I went to UIW, we were taught Castilian Spanish.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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When I went to UIW, we were taught Castilian Spanish.
So y'all were taught the informal you-all (vosotros)?
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