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Prepare For the Risks Participating in a study abroad program can offer you the experience of a lifetime. You’ll learn a new language while you immerse yourself in an exciting new culture — and you’ll have countless opportunities to make new friends inside and outside the classroom. However, there are always risks involved whenever you spend time in another country. To help you prepare for your total immersion Spanish language experience, we’ve compiled a list that will help you know the risks of studying abroad — and how to deal with them. Get travel insurance. Accidents, illness, theft or loss of property  — these are just a few of the mishaps that can occur when even the most savvy of travelers ventures abroad. The key is to be prepared: If you’re enrolling in a Spanish study abroad program through your university, ask them if their program includes an option to purchase travel insurance. In addition, check to see if your own private insurance (or the insurance of your parents if you’re covered under them) offers coverage while you’re abroad. Finally, you can purchase insurance through companies which have policies specifically designed for travelers. Be sure to look for insurance that
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Why students prefer us What better way to learn Spanish than to completely immerse yourself in the language, culture, and beauty of Costa Rica! According to the World Economic Forum, more than 437 million people globally speak Spanish. Students learn more quickly and retain the language better when they are able to use it in natural situations, and the program we offer at Costa Rica Language Academy CRLA provides the best environment possible to join a volunteer project, experience a way of life, make new friends, and much more. Learning Spanish abroad at CRLA is a safe, wonderful experience for students of all ages. Our homestay program pairs students with local families who make them feel right at home, immersed in the Tico culture. Homestays provide a great way to enjoy Costa Rican cuisine, learn about daily life, and converse constantly in Spanish. The secure neighborhood in San Jose has experienced local staff to ensure the comfort and security of all students, allowing everyone to relax and absorb the experience. Our programs Our programs are flexible and can be customized for a short- or long-term stay to fit each individual’s needs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Spanish speaker, our varied and
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Why students prefer us At CRLA, we have been serving students from around the globe and helping them learn Spanish since 1989. When our students do an immersion program to learn Spanish abroad, they get a one-of-a-kind experience in beautiful Costa Rica. While we could talk about our program all day, sometimes it’s most informative to just let the words of our past clients speak for us. This way, if you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, you can have an idea of what you’ll experience with CRLA. And, aside from this post, you can find more reviews here, and video testimonials here. The Best Instructors and Academics Of course, the main reason someone chooses to participate in a Spanish immersion program is to absorb as much of the language as possible. Our students rave about how, “classes are based on your level, no matter where you are starting off and the teaching staff understands what your needs are and how to get you started!” People also love how “the small classes let us get to know our professors on a one-to-one basis. They not only taught us but became our lifelong friends.” You can find many more reviews
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Is it worth it to take a Spanish language immersion program as an adult? Have you always wanted to learn a second language? Maybe you thought it would take too much time, or were afraid you would be embarrassed about making mistakes, or you just haven’t made up your mind to do it. Now is the time to consider the Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA). Our program immerses you in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, while cultural opportunities and expert Spanish language teachers help you achieve your goal of learning Spanish. Need some facts to help you make the decision? More than 20 percent of our nation’s population speak a language other than English, according to a recent United States Census. The Census also reports that 40.5 million, or 13.3 percent, of the population speak Spanish, demonstrating Spanish has become an important language in the American culture and it continues to grow. Learning a second language provides you with many benefits. It improves your analytical skills, confidence and creativity, while also building your resume. You develop a deeper understanding of another culture, and also make international traveling easier, as you broaden your acceptance of diversity. By choosing an immersive program at CRLA,
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Spanish study abroad programs in Costa Rica Are you looking to study abroad? Or perhaps you need to cover that language credit for your undergraduate degree. Maybe, you are just looking for a cultural adventure. At the Costa Rican Language Academy, you will not only learn to speak Spanish through their comprehensive Spanish courses, you will experience the intricacies of Costa Rican culture by participating in their regular Spanish programs for individual students, as well as group Spanish Immersion and Service Learning trips taught and led by experienced leaders. The CRLA team cares about your success in your personal endeavors and their study abroad programs aim to allow you to design your own schedule while taking care of travel and accommodation to ensure your stay in Costa Rica is focused on academic and personal growth. There are endless opportunities to study abroad in Costa Rica, so what makes CRLA unique? Free Cultural Activities and Services for Students As a CRLA student, you will be given various opportunities to take part in cultural activities. This includes Latin dance classes, cooking classes, and weekly yoga classes. The faculty at CRLA want you to feel at home in Costa Rica and offer several complementary services for incoming students,
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Learning a new language is time-consuming, and it requires hours upon hours to achieve fluency. However, it’s not simply about the quantity of time spent studying; the quality of those hours matters too. For higher quality learning, turn away from grammar books, conjugation drills, and vocab lists and focus on actively incorporating Spanish in your daily life. Here’s five ways to make the best use of your time for faster and more effective Spanish learning. Practice Listening The next time you pull up Netflix to binge watch a new series, consider picking a show in Spanish. Instead of using the English subtitles as a crutch, use the Spanish subtitles so you can train your ear to better identify words and phrases. Beyond Netflix, there are countless YouTubers geared toward Spanish learners such as Easy Spanish in which Spanish speakers are interviewed about their daily life. The channel also provides accurate subtitles in both Spanish and English. Incorporate Your Interests If you have a hobby, think about how you can add Spanish into the mix. For example, if you love to cook, start looking up recipes in Spanish. It’s a win/win situation if you can learn and treat yourself to a delicious home-cooked
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Why learn Spanish? You hear it at the supermarket, the coffee shop, the park, and on the street. The melodic sounds of the beautiful Spanish language are all around us. No matter where you live or spend your days, you probably hear or see Spanish in some form or another. The time has never been more right to learn Spanish. Here are 3 reasons to learn Spanish lo más pronto posible (as quickly as possible). Professional advancement: No matter what profession you’ve chosen, or if you’re undecided or in transition, learning Spanish can give you a professional edge. Many positions advertise that Spanish proficiency is “preferred,” which means that you’re more likely to be accepted for the position if you speak and understand Spanish. This preference spans professions: Spanish proficiency is heavily sought in the fields of marketing, business, education, non-profit, sales, and virtually every other type of profession. Social connections: If you’re interested in expanding your social connections, learning Spanish is a sure way to find new friends. In fact, even the process of learning Spanish, especially if you chose to immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture, will provide opportunities for deep, fun, meaningful social interactions. For more information
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Learning the basic grammar of a new language is important — even if you’re studying abroad in an immersion program and also hanging out at the beach or hiking in the rainforest. A language’s grammar is the glue that sticks everything together, ensuring clear communication and smooth navigation through social situations. So read on to find out about the five most important rules of grammar in the Spanish language. 1. There are several ways of saying “you” (second person). Standard forms across the board in any Spanish-speaking country include: tú (you singular, informal); usted (you singular, formal) and ustedes (you plural, formal). All these forms are used when addressing both males and females. There also some regional forms of “you” as well. You may hear vos in Costa Rica, Argentina, and other countries as an alternative to the second person singular tú. In addition, you’ll hear vosotros/vosotras in Spain to represent the informal plural of “you” (think: “y’all” or “you guys.”) 2. Nouns are assigned genders and reflect number. For instance, the beach is “la playa,” To visit the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, though, you would say “las playas de Costa Rica.” The word for beach is assigned a feminine gender,
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Learning a language nowadays can be so much easier than in decades past. Today’s top methods concentrate on helping the student learn Spanish through direct experience in a natural, dynamic environment. And that means not just signing up for a Spanish course, but studying abroad and immersing yourself in the Spanish language and local customs. Read on to find out about five tips that will help you learn Spanish much faster. Study in a Spanish speaking country that’s open to tourists and students. Costa Rica, for example, is known for its peaceful history, its tourist-friendly citizens, and its clear Spanish dialect. Most tourists find that the local ticos, or native Costa Rican speakers, have a relaxed and joyful approach to life, and tend to be friendly and helpful towards people from other countries who come to learn their language. Stay with a host family. A host family provides invaluable guidance, introduces you to local events, and helps you learn the basics — like how to use the local public transportation. You may even find a host family with members your age who know the best places to hang out. You may even end up forming friendship bonds that last for years.
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Hay muchas escuelas que ofrecen una experiencia de estudio en el extranjero, por lo que puede ser confuso cuando intentas elegir una escuela de idiomas donde puedes aprender español en el extranjero. Pero hay algunas cosas clave que debe tener en cuenta al buscar, y que elevan las mejores escuelas de idiomas por encima del resto. Entonces, para saber cómo elegir la mejor escuela para aprender español , sigue leyendo: Una reputación estelar en línea y fuera de línea La escuela que seleccione debe tener una reputación excepcional, tanto de boca en boca como a través de reseñas en línea. Consulte con las escuelas y universidades que han enviado a sus estudiantes en programas de estudio en el extranjero a la escuela que tiene en mente, así como con revisiones en línea independientes como TripAdvisor para ver qué tienen que decir. No debe conformarse con nada menos que excelentes críticas. Diversos datos demográficos Cuando te embarcas en una experiencia de estudio en el extranjero en Costa Rica para aprender español, lo último que quieres encontrar es que muchos estudiantes de tu propio país solo hablen inglés. Es por eso que es importante asegurarse de que la escuela que elija para
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