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
It Is Never Too Late To Learn Spanish Abroad 50 years ago, who would have thought we were going to embrace globalization? With this global transition came the necessity to mix and mingle with other cultures, and the entire world became a cultural melting pot. This brought the necessity of embracing new languages, like Spanish. For instance, children in the U.S take Spanish classes in high school and most of them attempt to perfect it as best as they can later in life during university. Yet learning a new language is not as easy when you get older. It’s pretty tough for an adult to learn anything new, much less a new language. Well, let´s demystify this belief which is not based on true facts. The truth is that it´s never too late to learn a new skill if you put your mind to it (according to scientists). Let´s learn 3 infallible ways to learn Spanish. Have an open mind When you get older, certain bad habits can be ingrained. However, by introducing new habits like routine exercises for the mind through creative tools (such as reading and writing) anyone can break the spell. A good way to start
With globalization and a more competitive job market, Spanish is getting more attention from students around the world. It’s the second most spoken language in North America, is spoken not only in Spain and most of the American continent, but also in some parts of the Philippines, some Caribbean islands, and many other areas around the world. Spanish is constantly growing in popularity through music, popular culture and the increase in Latin population. For this reason, Spanish immersion programs have gained popularity in every Spanish-speaking country and thousands of people are choosing to participate in said programs. While there are many reasons to learn Spanish, some of the most popular include: If you learn Spanish, you will stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. You will be able to apply for jobs around the world and have a great opportunity to improve your work profile and to get to know other cultures, which you can get a head start with a Spanish immersion program. As the Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. and many people come from Spanish speaking families; you will have the opportunity to meet more people and create strong relationships with
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.
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.
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.
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!
One of the features that sets Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) apart from other Spanish studies abroad programs is that we can work with groups of any size. Rather than focusing solely on individual students or small groups, we have the resources to accommodate university or high school groups, often a few at a time.
For many students, a stay with Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) is the most exciting adventure they’ve ever been on, especially if they’ve never been outside their own country. Joining the CRLA Spanish language immersion programs is an incredible opportunity which will provide lifelong memories… but it can be a bit overwhelming when you don’t know what to expect.
One of the most common misconceptions we hear from prospective students or teachers organizing group trips is that intensive Spanish studies abroad require extensive existing knowledge of Spanish. That’s not the case at Costa Rican Language Academy!
One of the reasons that Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) has been so popular since the 1980s is that we ensure that our students balance the hard work of Spanish studies abroad with plenty of play. In fact, we encourage students to take four-day study weeks specifically so they’ll have long weekends to explore Costa Rica.
Studying Spanish abroad in Costa Rica offers students a great way to learn the language while enjoying the culture and surroundings of an exceptional country. But for those choosing their program based on their career, whether they wish to go into the medical field or into a teaching position, it’s important to know how to select the right option for the future. In this latest article, the experts at Costa Rican Language Academy present their guide to choosing the correct Spanish studies abroad program for their chosen career path. Speak with Former Students When choosing a school to complete Spanish studies abroad, students should take the testimonies of the school’s former students into full consideration. They should speak with them about how the school built its reputation and whether the school was able to offer the necessary depth of education they required to achieve career success in both the short and long term. When speaking with former students, it’s important to consider what the school did to help that student succeed. Were they able to offer unique learning opportunities unavailable at other institutions? Discuss Options with the School Oftentimes communicating directly with administrators at the school is the best way
For students, the option to study abroad in Costa Rica offers an exciting opportunity to gain insightful experiences that will mark them for the rest of their lives. It’s not a surprise that thousands of students from across the globe are now planning an upcoming trip to Costa Rica. But before embarking on the journey as a student, it’s important that you know how you can improve your own experience when you visit the country. Our team at Costa Rican Language Academy has great experience in this area and in our latest post, we present a guide to enhancing your trip! Take Part in Local Activities While you’ll be primarily focusing on your education when you study abroad in Costa Rica, you can significantly improve the value of your experience when you take part in local activities. Work with your school to plan activities in the local region. This will benefit you in many ways for the future. Firstly, you’ll make friends with local residents who can give you more information on the region and help introduce you to the new culture, plus get to know new people. Secondly, it will allow you to clear your mind outside of the
Spanish language training can give students a clear foundation for success throughout their careers. It’s why so many universities now offer language training for students as part of their curriculum. But for schools searching for Spanish studies partners abroad, it’s important to carefully consider the available options. Within this latest post, the team at Costa Rican Language Academy presents three elements for schools to consider when booking Spanish studies abroad in Costa Rica for university students. Program Depth The depth of the program offered by the school is a leading consideration. Is the school able to offer the comprehensive range of course options and additional activities to enrich the educational experience? It’s important the school chosen doesn’t simply offer courses within the classroom, but it also able to offer trips throughout the country. For example, students completing their Spanish studies abroad in Costa Rica should have access to a wide range of trip options through their school. This will allow them to discover the country and learn more about its rich history and culture. Timeline The timeline for the trip should also be carefully considered when analyzing trip options for Spanish studies abroad. Oftentimes university students have strict schedules that
For teachers at high schools and universities across the country, it’s important to provide a fulfilling learning experience for each student. It’s the reason why many are now looking into school trips that will allow their students to further their Spanish studies abroad in countries such as Costa Rica. But before booking their trip, teachers must plan the process carefully. And so, within this latest post, we’ll take a look at the questions to ask when organizing student groups for Spanish studies abroad. 1. Do You Offer a Range of Accommodation Options? Each study group will be unique in terms of their accommodations requirements. One group might prefer to study while directly in communication with Spanish language speakers and stay in their home, and another might prefer the comfort of a hotel during their first time in the country. It’s important to review the range of accommodation options the study program provides before choosing the best option for students. 2. Do You Offer Volunteer Opportunities? Beyond studying within the country, the school should also provide a range of additional activities for visitors to enjoy. An example is volunteer opportunities. The language training school should be able to build a program