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Spanish is the second largest mother tongue in the world after Chinese. It is spoken by 387 million people and more than 600 million totally. The majority of Spanish speakers live in Latin America, Spain and the United States.Spanish is quite similar to Portuguese which is spoken by another 200 million worldwide.In some Latin American countries they offer intensive courses in Spanish that allows you to quickly defend yourself in Spanish. The secret to success is hard intense training under skilled supervision. For best results, try an individual program with your own private tutor, lessons are scheduled individually for maximum benefit, the basic idea about our classes is that you learn more, better and faster if you are taught Spanish in Spanish. The traditional method is to use the students language (English, German, French etc.) to talk about Spanish which very often give you a false feeling of progress until you realize that you have just wasted your time, that you know everything about Spanish grammar but you are able to speak very little. In countries with higher levels of salaries it is almost impossible to pay a private teacher, if you are not very rich or a CEO in a big company. The traditional countries where you can get cheap private teachers are Ecuador and Guatemala. Now a new country has been added to the list, Colombia. Personally I have studied in Guatemala and Colombia and I liked both. I liked Guatemala because the mayan and colonial culture (specially in Antigua) and I liked Colombia for the Carribean beaches. It’s a long time since I studied in Guatemala therefore I can’t give you any concrete recomendations, however when I studied in Colombia (where I decided to stay) I studied at Neotropical Spanish Classes ( in the Carribean beachtown Santa Marta.

With the above mentioned method you are able to speak a fairly good Spanish in about two weeks. OK, you really have to study, there is no way that you can reach those results partying all night and show up in classes with a good hangover. But do like many travellers that plan to travel a lot in Latin America, start your trip with 2 weeks of hard work and then enjoy the rest of the trip twice as much. Travel to me is not just to see monuments, enjoy nice restaurants, bars and discos, travel is getting to know and understand the country you visit. And there is no way you can do that without talking to the locals.

Like a friend Bart said: “I didn’t speak one word of Spanish when I arrived in Santa Marta and traveling for 4 months in South America speaking Spanish is quite a must.” “And I did get a bookwork of papers, we made long hours, and we spoke directly in to Spanish. But was that bad? No, just the contrary! This is the way of learning, especially when you get fresh coffee every lesson, sipping it on the terrace while learning and practicing Spanish.”

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09 Sep 2016

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