Studying Spanish Abroad - A Powerful Learning Experience

By: Corbin Newlyn

Have you been participating in Spanish classes for your job or for your school? Would you like to strengthen the lessons that you have learned in your classes by educating yourself more about the language in the presence of the natives? Why not take part in learning Spanish abroad?

The experience will give you the chance to be able to see a gorgeous new country, while you learn in what unique ways the Spanish language is genuinely a way of life for numerous individuals throughout the world. These are some of the best programs to take advantage if you are thinking about taking this trip, as well as some of the things you should do to prepare for learning Spanish abroad.

Cordova, Spain

One of the best locations to study Spanish is in Cordova, Spain. Once you get there, your accommodations will bet at a hostel or dormitory with students from both English and Spanish, and most signs as well as living instructions are in Spanish, so you will have to use context clues to find out where you can use the phone, where to use the bathrooms, and at what times the meals are served.

Some individuals take this trip knowing only a little Spanish, in order to give themselves a challenge and learn everything that they need to. However, some people study Spanish abroad in order to retain the lessons that they have learned, and employ the knowledge from books they may have about the language only in practical real life situations.

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador is another extraordinary place to study Spanish abroad. You take up lodging with a host family that is in the city, where you will be fed and you will get an opportunity to see the city while nearly no English is spoken to you. Alternatively, you can go to Quito and stay at one of the beautiful hotels that are made available in the city, so you can see the sites of Quito, visiting all the restaurants you want, and even get an opportunity to experience the night life that the city has to offer - all in Spanish.

Prior to taking your trip, you should make certain you take at least a course in Spanish or two, so you know how to say standard phrases like 'hello' ('hola'), 'where is ...?' ('Donde esta'?) and 'thank you' ('Gracias'). You should also carry along with you a Spanish-English dictionary, so you can translate rapidly if necessary.

Do some reading about the Spanish-speaking country that you are traveling to as this is also a good way to prepare for Spanish abroad. Find out everything you can about the culture, people, food, lifestyle and practices that you will end up seeing when you visit your host family or walk around the city.

Most of all, try to speak as little English as possible - in order to take full advantage of the experience, you must have the confidence to attempt being fluent in Spanish until you are completely comfortable speaking the language.

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