It’s been decades since Spanish has gained popularity through TV flicks and popular culture. Yet nowadays, it has become truly a necessity and a plus aspect for job applications in the U.S. and overseas. That’s why many people around the world have decided to plunge into the learning adventure of studying Spanish abroad. Today, we´d like to show you two real experiences from real people, Sarah, a teacher from California and Gerald, a teacher from Germany. Here, they share their experiences when they went to CRLA in Costa Rica to study Spanish as students, and now they teach the language. Sarah: How She Became a Spanish Teacher “Hi my name is Sarah Sobkoviak; I’m a Spanish teacher from California. I teach Spanish: grades 3rd  through 8rd .My first experience with the CRLA Language Academy was as a junior in college and I had such a wonderful experience, I really enjoyed my homestay family to this day, 16 years later and still really close with my homestay family. I really loved the way in which their teachers focused their teaching on us. It was very conversational based; we did some grammar work and they really focused on becoming more bilingual, feeling
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Although there isn´t a short cut to achieve mastering a new language, there are fun ways to start it. In the case of Spanish, you can begin watching Latino TV series on the net, or dabble in reading magazines in Español, if that´s your preference. Yet if you´d like to go beyond speaking short sentences at hotels or restaurants, you may want to learn the following quick guide. This one will help you learn the more basic regular verbs in Spanish and start your journey to mastery. Verbs that end in ar: The general rules to conjugate Spanish verbs are a little more complicated that in English, but the good news is that regular verbs are used more often. So, once you learn to conjugate them, you´ll notice how easy they will become part of your learning process. So let’s begin:  Dar (to give), hablar (to talk), estar (to be), llegar (to arrive). Now, let’s conjugate each of these verbs: Yo doy (I give)                             Yo estoy (I am)                            Yo hablo (I talk)                        Tu das (You give)                        Tu estás (You are)                       Tu hablas o (You speak)                     Él da (He gives)                           Él está (He is)                               Él habla (He speaks)                       Nosotros damos (We
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Spanish is a rich language that is now the second most spoken language around the globe. With the numbers of Spanish speakers only growing, many are now considering taking Spanish studies abroad. Costa Rica is one of the most popular destination options for Spanish studies abroad. On this latest post, we’ll explore why so many are now choosing to study Spanish in Costa Rica with the Costa Rican Language Academy. Immerse Yourself in Costa Rican Culture with Home Stay Options One of the many reasons our students choose Costa Rican Language Academy for their Spanish studies abroad is that we offer home stay options.  Through our team, you can stay with a family in Costa Rica and enjoy an in-depth introduction to Costa Rican culture. You’ll spend time with your host family sharing meals and learning more about their history. Not only does this envelop you within local community, but it helps you become more connected with the rich history of those speaking the Spanish language. Learn Vocation-Specific Spanish If you’re considering moving to a new Spanish-speaking country to live or work, you might wish to learn Spanish before you go so you can better acclimatize yourself to your new
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Many are now considering taking Spanish studies to improve upon their understanding of the language. But to truly gain a clear understanding of the language, its history, and the context in which the language is used on a daily basis, students must immerse themselves in a Spanish-speaking culture. Within this latest post, our Costa Rican Language Academy team explain the benefits of taking Spanish studies abroad. Learn More from the Speakers Those speaking the Spanish language on a daily basis are those that advance the language. New phrases are being coined and new words are added to Spanish dictionaries as speakers in their native countries enhance the culture’s lexicon. By connecting directly with Spanish speakers in their home country, you’ll get a well-rounded understanding on how the language is used and build upon your knowledge of common phases. Hone Your Dialect While speaking Spanish in a classroom in your home country can be great for learning the key phrases in conversation, there’s no better way to learn the language expertly than living in a country where Spanish is the first language. If you choose to take Spanish studies abroad in a country such as Costa Rica, you’ll learn the local
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What’s the way to have the most wonderful experience of your life? I had no idea until I travelled to Costa Rica with CRLA for my Spanish studies abroad. The best part about travelling to learn a language has been that it’s not just about the language, but about making new friends while immersing myself in a new language and culture, and that’s why I posted a photo album of all the fun I had with my new friends. “From the first day, CRLA helped me with all my questions or worries. And thanks to them I only needed 4 weeks to learn to understand and express a lot in Spanish!” I know I’m not there yet, but my Spanish teacher helped me in taking the first steps. I really appreciate how much patience he had with me and how he found new ways every single day to get the most out of me. He didn’t only teach me a lot about the Spanish language but told me a lot about Costa Rican culture too, which I’m really grateful for. If I have the opportunity, I think I definitely come back! Coming to Costa Rica all the way from Belgium,
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“The reason why my experience was so worthwhile is because of the people here. I felt like the entire staff really cared about helping me and making me comfortable. I am truly glad that I decided to study Spanish abroad with the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA).”   Immersive Education Taking your Spanish studies abroad and immersing yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture is the best way to learn—and CRLA offers some of the best Spanish immersion programs in the world. CRLA offers structured classes during the day like any other school, but they also bring you into the culture: Spanish immersion students stay with Costa Rican families during their program. CRLA also provides complementary classes on Costa Rican cooking and Latin dance. The teachers and host families are all carefully vetted, and the care and attention they put into making everyone comfortable is incredible.   Places to visit There are several great destinations to visit while you stay in Costa Rica to study Spanish abroad: Manuel Antonio beach Monteverde Rio Celeste de Guatuso Puerto Viejo de Limón La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano Sarapiquí Tamarindo   The wonderful people at CRLA can help you plan a trip that includes some or all of
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Dreams can become a reality when you work hard and define your goals are clear. I remember having tried making a vision board last year; and it worked! I made a collage with some photographs of cool places like Costa Rica and of students studying Spanish abroad. Well, guess what? Six months later I was living the same unforgettable experience I visualized in those images.   I went to Costa Rica to learn Spanish at CRLA, travel the country, and immerse myself in a new culture. At CRLA (Costa Rican Language Academy) they provide one the best immersion programs for Spanish studies in the region. Plus, they have taught more than 15,000 students from all over the world.   What helped me the most was having the opportunity to explore amazing places in Costa Rica all while learning Spanish abroad. On top of that, CRLA offered me advice and assistance to arrange various trips in the area. Also, I had plenty of options for food, hotels and tours.   Popular Tours & Destinations at CRLA   These are some of the places you should visit when you are in Costa Rica:   Canopy San Luis Best of Pacific Tortuguero Arenal Volcano and
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People often think that learning a new language can be achieved by reading books through online courses or watching movies. The reality is that this can´t be farther from the truth. One of the best ways of learning a language, like Spanish, is to learn it abroad.   At CRLA (Costa Rican Language Academy) we provide one of the best immersion programs for Spanish studies in Latin America. We have taught more than 15,000 students from all over the world in the past 25 years. We understand the importance of learning Spanish first-hand and to have a deep understanding of the language and culture where it is spoken.   Our Spanish classes go beyond text books since students have the chance to speak in the language with Costa Ricans and learn Spanish in a variety of very enjoyable and different activities. Our immersion programs include staying with a Costa Rican family, Spanish lessons and much more.   CRLA include extracurricular activities such as: Conservation volunteering projects Costa Rican cooking Latin dance Home stay programs   Spanish is growing   It´s very important to remember that the Spanish language has become a true necessity due to the increasing expansion of the
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The Spanish language has been present in the United States way before actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s catchphrase: “hasta la vista, baby” was released in 1991. Nowadays, Hispanics are the second-largest ethnic group in the USA with 52 million and counting. That means Spanish has spread so vastly that it is almost imperative to learn this useful Romance language anywhere in the world. For this reason let’s check the 4 main reasons why everyone should learn Spanish, and even better: learning it abroad: Nowadays, it is top priority to study Spanish abroad in the businesses field. The Spanish language has becoming a necessity because it´s one of the fastest-growing market segment. Enterprises are striving to offer products / services to 350 million Spanish speakers around the world. So in the near future, if you would like to do business, you must learn how to speak it. To be able to talk with locals when you are traveling to Latin America, you should learn the new language first-hand. Your trip would not be as amazing as it could be if you learn Spanish abroad. Handling just one language will confine you only to guided tours, which could be expensive; you will probably miss
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How My “Amiga” Lauren Studied Spanish in Costa Rica Hi, my name is Karen Putter and I am from England. Recently I came back from a backpacking trip through South America with my high school friend Lauren. We started off in Argentina and visited some amazing places, went shopping, and even got to go to a soccer game at one of the most famous stadium called la Bombonera. Two days later we were off to travel across the continent with just two backpacks, a few bucks, and a lot of courage. Yet I was amazed the most in the fact that we didn’t have to struggle when talking to the locals. Surprisingly, we didn’t have to speak a single word of English. You may be wondering how two British girls could travel there without speaking the local language? Well, the answer was in my friend Lauren. She spoke Spanish almost like a native speaker; with just a little bit of accent. Thanks to her fluent Spanish, we had the chance to experience one of the best trips we have ever taken. She did all the talking when we needed to arrange tours, make a reservation, or ask locals direction or
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January 29, 2017

Costa Rican Language Academy Offers New Alternatives in Faculty-Led Spanish Studies Abroad

February 5, 2017 – San Jose, Costa Rica: – Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) wants to help teachers in the United States, and around the world, provide exciting opportunities to learn Spanish in an immersive atmosphere.
January 22, 2017

Enhance Your Spanish Through Our Amazing Costa Rica Volunteer Programs

Costa Rican Spanish Academy is proud to offer a wide variety of immersive Spanish studies abroad for individuals, groups, or even faculty-led classrooms of high school or college students. We offer one of the best opportunities in the world for students of all levels to learn Spanish directly from native speakers, while living in a Spanish-speaking country and soaking in its culture.
January 15, 2017

Prepare for Your Future Career with Spanish Studies Abroad & Specialized Program Options from CRLA

There has probably never been a greater demand for bilingual and even polylingual employees in many fields throughout the Americas. As English- and Spanish-speakers mingle across the western hemisphere, there is a huge need for quality translators and those fluent in specialized areas of language. For many, it can be very difficult to find the quality that only Spanish studies abroad provides.
January 7, 2017

Turn Your Spanish Classes into Something Truly Special with Spanish Studies Abroad Through CRLA

Is there anyone who truly enjoys learning Spanish solely in a classroom environment?  For many, itcan be an unnatural way to study a language, full of rote memorization from textbooks, and often produces students who lack a genuine understanding of how Spanish is spoken by actual natives – something that Spanish studies aboard can fix!