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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

is it absolutly nessary or can a phrase book get me by?

2. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 10y

I would try and learn some basic phrases before you go but I'm sure you'll pick up lots while you're out there. Just keep your eyes and ears open. You'll get a lot more out of your trip if you don't have your head stuck in a phrase book all the time and can actually chat with the people you meet. Have fun!

3. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

take a course in Spanish before you go, pick up as much from that as you posibly can and practice it as much as you can before you go.

Carry a phrase book with you at all times if unsure. The longer you spend time in latin america the better your spanish will become in all areas - understanding it being spoken to you, speaking it yourself, reading Spanish and also writing in Spanish.

4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

If travelling alone, knowledge of very basic speak, to read and to write if need be, in order to make yourself understood wherever you go..avoid 'malentendidos' or mis understandings on teh road that could get you lost or in trouble. Get a native speaking tutor for 2 weeks before your departure or go to a class. There are also hundreds of Spanish Schools in Latin America, many with home stay, worth a week or two.

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