Learning Spanish in Paradise is easy! Aside from the obvious inspiration that mother nature provides in the form of expansive beaches, towering trees, jaw-dropping sunsets and waterfalls galore, you'll also feel a sense of peace and serenity you just can't find throughout most of the world these days.
Costa Rica feels like home, where the locals, affectionately called "Ticos" welcome you literally into their home for a traditional home-cooked dinner. Imagine traveling back in time to a place where everyone smiles, waves and greets each other warmly. It's a country known for it's "Pura Vida" lifestyle, a laid-back, family-centered mentality where no one sweats the small stuff.
Here are our top tips for learning Spanish in Costa Rica:
1) Get Out and Explore
In order to really learn a language, you've got to interact with locals and practice, practice, practice. At the farmer's market, on the beach, during a hike checking out Toucans and Sloths.... always a change to improve your skills. Don't let a minute of your experience in Costa Rica go unappreciated - enjoy activities while learning and make a few lifelong memories as well!
2) Mix It Up
Don't rely solely on lesson plans or one learning platform online. En Espanol with Gina utilizes a mix of music, videos, poetry, traditional lesson plans, interesting current articles plus group conversational events to make sure you immerse yourself. Draw, doodle, sing, watch, play - mix it up to max our your potential. You just can't fully learn Spanish with an app! Get personal too.
3) Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Students often struggle with pronunciation when new to a language. Repetition is one of your best friends when it come to learning a language and without repeating it over and over and over - you just can't master the little differences in pronunciation. Think about how similar the English words muzzle and muscle are and how tiny the differences in pronunciation! Remember to repeat frequently for best results and pay attention to the vowels!
4) Sing Along Songs - Yep they're back
If you thought sing alongs were only for children, think again. There's something to be said for why we remember random phrases from songs for so many years and this is a huge tool to utilize in learning Spanish. En Espanol with Gina has hand picked a number of songs to assist with memorization and pronunciation. They might get stuck in your head - but that's exactly where you want those Spanish phrases to end up.