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Advice on learning spanish while traveling

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1. Posted by ALLISONF (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

So I'm about to go off to south america and I'm looking for a program to learn Spanish with that I can use while I travel. I found this one online and I'm trying to get some advice on whether anyone thinks it looks like a good program or not. take a look at the videos on youtube...what do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXHKYOYOxh0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7itcjlJhfKQ&feature=related

do you think this looks like a good one or should I keep looking? I really want a way to learn fast and I know nothing at this point.

2. Posted by kathidi (Budding Member 51 posts) 7y

Check out AmeriSpan. I had a great experience with them in Guatemala. They offer homestays in many different locations and are reasonably priced.

Buena suerte y buen viaje!

3. Posted by sarahlux (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

I'm planning on doing a 4 Spanish week course in Cuba. I looked at several package programs which were really expensive but for way cheaper have applied direct to the University of Havana and will sort out my own accomodation.

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Tienes unos ojos preciosos!
¿Que vas hacer esta noche?
¿Quieres Bailar?

5. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 7y

Check out Pimsluer Approach. It's incredible I find it extremely effective and am well on my way to a third language.

Pura Vida,

ice

6. Posted by mendocina (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Well, I am not a Spanish teacher here in Mendoza, Argentina, but have been teaching English for several years, and I am familiar with many of the Spanish schools and teachers here, and have talked to a lot of foreign students who have studied Spanish over the years.

Yes, it is true that most Spanish teachers do not have qualifications or training to teach Spanish in Argentina. In fact, many do not have teaching qualifications at all. There are few places to get training as a Spanish language teacher in Argentina, and most that have teaching credentials have English or Spanish Literature credentials. The best ones have DELE certification from the Cervantes Institute of Spain.

Also, there is no such thing as a "certified" language institute in Argentina. There are advertising groups for "partner schools" that call themselves associations, but they are just a loose net of different schools that join together to give "recommendations" in different cities. For example, the " SEA - Asociación de Centros de Idiomas " which has many "member schools", has no real educational development function at all, it is just a way for "member schools" to advertise, and many of their schools are terrible (I know, because I have taught English at many of these schools, in BA and In Mendoza, at one time or another). Be carfeul. The best way to be sure is to get personal recommendations or references from former students. Some of these schools have some good Spanish teachers, but most are only mediocre, it is often a question of luck.

Also, be careful of websites from places like New York, Madrid and London who say they have "schools" in places like Mendoza or BA. They are nothing more than agents that charge large sums to Spanish schools in Argentina as a way of attracting students, which is the big battle here. If the sites (and probaly they are the majority of the sites that you get after a search) do not give the address and/or telephone number of the school (because they do not want you to contact them directly so they lose their big commission), do not deal with them. Be satisfied only after direct contact and after you feel confident in the school administrator or teacher.

There are some excellent Spanish teachers in small schools or who offer private lessons to small groups and individuals. For example, I have had excellent comments form foreign tourists and expats I have met in the cafes about Spanish instruction from:

http://www.cheeseandcrackers.ca/a/a.htm

Also, be carfelul about the accomodation arrangements of many of the institutes or other places, either they are overpriced or they are homestays wghere you are not really welcome. Again, personal recommendations from many students are always the best measue.

Enjoy your visit and studies here in Argentina, it is always a pleasure to run into people like you!

Buen viaje! :)

7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 6y

Sent you some common sense advices by private message.
Buena Suerte y
Buen Viaje.