Should I learn Spanish at the start or end of my European holiday??? Has anyone used Enforex?
I have been researching the Enforex language school options. I have decided on doing a 14 week course that lets you study at Enforex in the following areas.
This means I would have 2 weeks in each destination and attend the schools there for 25 x 55min lessons a week.
Has anyone used this company before? I thought it sounded like a great way to tour the Country while learning the language.
My dilemma is this, I am wanting to travel 3 months around Europe June/July/Aug/Sep - should I learn the language before or after travel? Would I be able to use Spanish while backpacking the rest of Europe or would I just forget it after my 3 month trip? When is the weather warmer in Spain April/May/June or Sept/Oct/Nov?
I was also thinking that if I get a RTW ticket I could make my Nth American stop somewhere like Miami where they speak Spanish (is that correct?)
I am hoping to stay with host families or couch surf with locals so that I can fully submerge myself in the language and culture 😊
Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Don't know the company. Whether you want to learn Spanish before/after traveling depends on you. Knowing some Spanish could be a tiny tiny tiny bit useful, especially if you intend on traveling to Portugal, Italy, France or Romania (other Latin languages. They won't understand when you speak Spanish, but signs will make more sense). Don't think Spanish will be of much use though outside those country's. Most people speak English. Spain is usually a nice and warm I think. Hard to predict which is warmer. Some years have good springs, some have good autumns. Don't think there's that much difference.
Thanks for the advice 😊
I think I will leave Spain until the end of my travels. After Spain I think I will go to Miami/South America/Mexico then fly home from LAX.
Can I ask another question though - can you tell me about the variations of Spanish spoken around the world? I think that in Sth America it is slightly different to Spain, what bout Miami and Mexico?? Or is it more a case of different accents like Aus/Eng/NZ/Usa speaking the same English with different accents??
Don't know about Central America, though I've generally been able to understand people from Costa Rica and Mexico without any difficulty. (Learned Spanish in Peru/Bolivia and visited Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Spain)
Generally all Spanish speaking people can understand each other without much difficulty. There are a couple of variations of Spanish though, namely:
- Spain uses 'vosotros' (Spanish has 2 forms of saying 'you', a formal and an informal one, both for plural and singular. In SA (and I'm guessing Central America as well, but am not sure) the informal, plural form is dropped.)
- Chileans are notorious for using slang
- Argentineans pronounce the 'll' and 'y' differently, and form certain verbs differently. However once you're used to the different pronounciation it's very easy to understand Argentineans.
Also each country tends to prefer certain synonyms (though they know the other synonyms as well.) For instance in Peru/Bolivia I'd say 'carro', while in Spain/Argentina I'd have to use 'coche' and in other places I'd say 'auto' (=car)
I guess you could say it's like different accents, though the diffence in vocabulary usage might be a bit stronger (though it all depends where you learn Spanish/where you are. I had no difficulty in SA but in Spain I often felt clueless.) Also, there are big differences in the speed at which Spanish is spoken. In Peru and Bolivia, people tend to speak Spanish much slower, compared to Argentina, Chile and Spain (and to a lesser degree Paraguay).
Thankyou for all of that information - I appreciate it! I guess I will have to learn as much Spanish as I can before I go so I have a chance at communicating in most of those countries.
I saw this post and I thought I might add from my own experience 😊
I just came back from South America I've been there for 2 months, started at Brazil went down to Argentina then Chile and last, Peru.
The fact is that I managed without a lot of Spanish but in Cusco Peru I studied Spanish in a nice school that offers classes in the morning and activities at the afternoon, here is the web site for it: http://www.speakspanishperu.com
After I did that course I was sorry I didn't start from Peru to Brazil. I heard that a lot of people are doing it that way and than they study a little Spanish in Peru and continue with some spanish throughout their trip...
I recommend you to learn the basic just so you'll know something and than study for a week or two in one of those schools, its really fun!
When booking with Enforex make sure that you check bank holidays in the country where you want to learn Spanish as this is something that Enforex will NOT inform you of upfront. Enforex will happily charge you for bank holidays but you will not receive any classes or refund for the missed classes. Their argument is that you were informed of this in small print on your invoice.And then it's too late to change the dates of your trip in order to get what you pay for.So watch out and learn from my experience in Barcelona!
Spanish or Castilian (español or castellano) is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects and languages in the northern fringes of the Iberian Peninsula during the 10th century and gradually spread through the Kingdom of Castile, becoming the foremost language for government and trade in the Spanish Empire.
Castilian is the official language of Spain, it is the Spanish purest form, unaltered by local accents and expressions. So I suggest you to go in any Castilian city, situated in the region of Castile-Leon.
I guess that If somebody want to learn English, will they go to England or Australia? For someone who want to learn Spanish should ask themselves the same question, castilian or Catalan, Euskera...
I´ve found some schools in the heart of castilian y Leon region
Although my favourite city in Spain is Barcelona I think the best place to learn Spanish is Madrid. Barcelona is in Catalunya and it's first language is Catalan and the cities of Granada, Seville and Marbella are in Andalucia and the people have strong accents. The people of Madrid have no accent and speak clearly so learning will be easier than anywhere else.