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Panama compared to other countries
Why Studying Spanish Abroad Is A Good Idea (& Spanish in Panama even Better!)
Panama has Unique Selling Points:
Written by Stew Green who has lived in 6 Latin countries and visited 11 others.
- Hey! It’s a vacation, rather than just studying.
- Learning Spanish in a Spanish speaking country is so much easier than slaving away at books in your own country. The atmosphere and the fact that real Spanish is all around constantly give you cues … you can see the shop signs etc.
- The presence of cultural things like Latin dance and Panama sights lets you really enter the spirit of the language.
The US, Canada & the UK For Learning Spanish
- It’s not a Spanish speaking country so there are no clues from the environment.
- It’s too easy to drop back into speaking English instead of forcing yourself into speaking Spanish.
- You miss the culture and the daily living & feeling of the Spanish language.
Spain For Learning Spanish
Spain is, of course, the home of the Spanish language and has all the history and culture, but …
- Since adopting the Euro it’s got pretty expensive.
- For North Americans and Canadians it’s a long and costly flight.
- Remember Spain has 4 main languages; go in a bar in other areas apart from the Center and the South and you’re likely to hear people speaking another language.
- Unlike Panama, mainland Spain doesn’t have a comfortable year round climate. Winter can be bitter whilst the summer is often overbearingly hot and dry.
Costa Rica For Learning Spanish
- Costa Rica is popular with Americans and has developed a two tier industry where visitors and Costa Ricans stay apart : I have often seen 2 restaurants side by side; the Costa Ricans go in one and the foreigners go in the “gringo restaurant” next door and pay double (or triple!) the price.
- Costa Rica has become more expensive, one of the most expensive countries of Central America.
- The safety in Costa Rica is going down, people struggle with the lack of security for foreigners.
Cuba For Learning Spanish
- The Cuban accent is very strong and not clear to other Spanish speakers.
- It’s not illegal like you might think, but there are problems with infrastructure.
- It ‘s now relatively expensive.
Venezuela For Learning Spanish
- The Venezualian accent is not clear to other Spanish speakers
- There is a serious lack of safety in this country
- Prices have come down, but there is lack of basic products in the country
- The political situation is still in turmoil
Chile and Argentina For Learning Spanish
- These countries are not cheap and prices are rising
- It´s a long and costly flight from North America, Canada or Europe
- The climate is influencing, as the winters are quite cold in most parts
- Argentina is unstable due to many protests, and the political situation is in constant turmoil
Mexico For Learning Spanish
- Mexican Spanish is popular and is the form used in most TV soap operas. It is a continent rather than a country, but infrastructure largely resembles the US.
- But where to go, you do not want to be close to the US border because of the dangerous areas
- If you fly into Mexico City it means you have a polluted city of 32 million people to deal with.
- Cancun has direct flights, but is largely a gringo tourist resort.
- And remember in the rest of the Yucatan Pennisula people’s native language is Mayan (Mexico has 30 languages)
The Inca Countries : Peru, Bolivia Ecuador For Learning Spanish
- They have strong differences in climates, it is not nice and warm year around in many areas
- 95% of the people are great; but you will have to watch out for the small percentage of people who are professional thieves.
- So those countries are better suited to the experienced Spanish speaker rather than the novice.
Central America : Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua For Learning Spanish
- Now all the civil wars and military dictatorships are over, but there are still major safety concern.
- They all need massive ugrading in infrastructure.
- So they are better suited to the hardcore traveler who has experience of the Spanish language.