Hi, I'm 19 and travelling for the first time with a friend in April, we start in Buenos Aires and hope to go through Chile, Peru Bolivia and Brazil before flying back from Rio 4 months later. I have A-level Spanish (or pre-uni spanish if you like) but was wondering how important it is, as my friend doesn't speak a word!?
We've booked the Inca Trail, and plan on improvising a lot while we're there.
so any suggestions or recomendations as to what to do and see,and how to do and see it would be much apprieciated. Thanks x
Well, as you are travelling together it is not really necessary for him to speak Spanish.
But I guess it would be nice both for you and for him that he starts to learn some basic Spanish at least.
Some people speak English in those countries, but most of them certainly do not.
Just wanna make you're aware that Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, not Spanish.
You can survive without any kind of Spanish...But you lose a whole layer of interaction. That said, younger folks in most of the countries down there have at least some English. Some of them are getting through osmosis as American tv and advertisement and music pervade their thinking. I think you'll be okay. After all, you can't learn the language of EVERY place you go. Sooner or later you have to be completely blank if you keep travelling. Then you get to develop the fine art of mime.
Agree with Piecar: not indispensable, but very convenient and making contact with locals is very difficult without it.
Cheers guys, I'm going to try and speak as much spanish as I can, which is why I chose South America,. Iwas just a little worried that if I go wrong then our trip would be in trouble, but feel better for your input. Thanks again x