Survival or Integration? The Road to Spanish Fluency
Monday, September 10 2012 @ 05:18 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Wouldn't it be great to be able to make simple requests without offending your new neighbor? Or even better, understand the joke that everbody is laughing about? Wouldn't you like to negotiate a deal without coming across as rude, or to ask for a discount without sounding cheap? If you're moving to Panama, speaking Spanish to local trades people, builders, utility companies, or when setting up a business, means you will get superior, faster service and you will be in a better position to deal with things if they wrong. Knowing the language also opens up endless new friendships, and a deeper understanding of the Panamanian culture.
Convinced that your life in Panama will be a whole lot better if you learn Spanish? So, what do you have to do to get there? First of all, practice: A LOT, everyday. If you want to learn any language, practice is the key. Second of all, get yourself a good Spanish teacher: a native, university educated Spanish teacher, with plenty of experience and proper training. After that, do what she says: don't skip class, do your homework, and just keep on practicing. Now, if you already know some Spanish and want to reach fluency, the same advice applies.
Where to start? During the entire month of September (only), Habla Ya Spanish Schools have a very special offer for local residents: 2x1 on ANY Spanish course over 60 hours. If you live in Boquete or in Bocas del Toro, just drop by and sign up. Habla Ya’s 10 week Part Time Course for Residents which normally costs $500 is reduced to only $250 per student (when you sign up with someone else). If you live in Panama City, Coronado, Azuero or elsewhere, treat yourself to a 3 week Spanish learning vacation (or longer) to Bocas or Boquete, and take Spanish lessons while you're there. You can do between 20 and 30 hours of lessons per week, stay at a hotel (at a discounted price) or live with a local host family for an authentic Spanish immersion. For more information contact Habla Ya at: 730 - 8344, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more info about their September special...