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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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Spanish immersion programs Costa Rica is a country best known for its beautiful beaches, incredible biodiversity, and unparalleled beauty: an absolute necessity to visit for people who love traveling.  If you’re someone who is interested in learning Spanish while also getting a taste of the ‘pura vida’ Costa Rican lifestyle then the Costa Rican Language Academy is perfect for you! Everyone knows the quickest way to learn a language is through complete immersion, and the CRLA allows people this unique opportunity.  The Spanish-oriented education you receive is divided into two sections: formal classes in the morning and cultural activities in the afternoon.  This structure caters to all different forms of learning and can include a homestay in a Costa Rican family to ensure you get as much practice speaking the language as possible. Cultural Activities: Latin Dance Classes: Learn from instructors how to perform some of the most famous Latin dances such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton and many more!  This is a fun and healthy bonding experience that teaches you skills that not only further immerses you into Costa Rican culture, but also stays with you so that you can go back home and impress all your friends with your
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Phrases in Spanish to survive traveling Learning a new language can be intimidating. There are countless strategies for learning a new language in the modern world, including in-person classes, websites like Duolingo, a potpourri of apps, and immersion programs. In many industries, learning a new language is an essential skill that will give an individual an advantage over other candidates and coworkers. In many regions or when traveling to countries where the language in question is spoken, it is practically a necessity. There are a few Spanish phrases that can help an individual survive a conversation or a trip abroad. 1. ¿Dónde está (el baño, la estación de policía)? This phrase means, “Where is (the bathroom, the police station)?” It is important for individuals in Spanish-speaking nations to be able to orient themselves and ask for directions. Getting lost in a domestic setting is intimidating enough; imagine the same scenario in a country where your language of fluency is not spoken. Of course, it would help for an individual to learn more location words. Many may argue that applications such as Google Maps eliminates the need to learn this phrase, but this is simply untrue. Phones do not always have
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Phrases in Spanish to survive a conversation You may be familiar with the common Spanish phrases “Hola,” “¿Cómo estás?” and “¿Cómo te llamas?” but here are a few more common phrases that you may not have been taught in your Spanish 101 class in high school. These are phrases you’ll actually hear in conversation in most Spanish-speaking countries.
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The Spanish language is spoken by an estimated 437 million native speakers worldwide. And like any language, Spanish varies depending upon the geographic location and socio-cultural influences. So how many types of Spanish are there? Read on to find out ways to identify language variations in Costa Rica. Continental variations: Spain and Latin America
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If you’re planning to take a trip in a Spanish-speaking country and don’t know Spanish yet, it’s time to equip yourself with the basics — including courteous amenities. In Costa Rica, for example, the people are very open and patient with tourists, yet they still place value on being respectful and pleasant to everyone. Whether you’re traveling across the country or just passing through town, here are some common phrases in Spanish to survive a conversation.
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LEARN SPANISH & LEAVE A POSITIVE FOOTPRINT

CRLA students have the opportunity of contributing to make a tangible difference in our world and to leave something positive for future generations.

October 16, 2018

Give Student the Perfect Spanish Study Abroad Opportunity

When it comes to studying abroad, most universities and colleges highly encourage it. While advisors work hard to provide the best opportunities for their students, sometimes without knowing it, students pick a study abroad program that doesn't provide them with credits that transfer easily.
May 23, 2017

CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It´s really fun.

CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It´s really fun. The methods used by the Costa Rican Language Academy WORK! I spent the first month of a 5-month exploration of Costa Rica at the CRLA, and, as I had hoped, I received a solid foundation in Spanish that allowed me to start speaking with the fine people of this country. CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It’s really fun Dr. Jeff Stewart Maine, USA December 2014
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.
December 28, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Now Offers Volunteer Opportunities That Reinforce Spanish Studies Abroad

December 5, 2016 – San Jose, Costa Rica – For over twenty-five years, Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) has created amazing opportunities for students to engage in Spanish language immersion programs that go far beyond the classroom environment.  Now, CRLA takes another step forward with the integration of volunteer opportunities into its Spanish studies.
November 28, 2016

Now Announcing Online Spanish Courses from Costa Rican Language Academy, a Leading Provider of Spanish Language Immersion Programs

December 5, 2016 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Since the 1980s, Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) has helped students master the Spanish language through their Spanish studies abroad programs.  Now, however, CRLA is taking their language-learning opportunities a step further with the addition of online classes.
October 23, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Helps Medical Students Enhance Their Expertise with Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica-based experts for Spanish language studies, Costa Rican Language Academy are now offering Spanish classes for medical professionals. The school’s courses are designed to offer a way for medical experts to study Spanish abroad in Costa Rica with qualified teachers and the leading training resources in the marketplace. Professionals will also have the opportunity to book tours and weekend excursions in Costa Rica as part of the tour experience. Studying in Costa Rica represents an unmissable opportunity to explore a beautiful country with a rich history. Millions of travelers visit Costa Rica each year to take in the historic sites and captivating views found throughout the country. Visiting Costa Rica also offers travelers the opportunity to study the Spanish language abroad in Costa Rica and apply it to their specific field, in order to communicate with a whole other range of patients As part of the Costa Rican Language Academy program, students will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled educators in learning Spanish with relevancy to their medical profession. Qualifying through the Costa Rican Language Academy will give students the opportunity to communicate with native speakers and then build their understanding for a potential career
September 2, 2016

Complete Studies Abroad While Immersed in Costa Rican Culture with Costa Rican Language Academy’s Spanish Homestay Program

San José, Costa Rica-based language school Costa Rican Language Academy invites students to their homestay program. The homestay program enables Spanish students to study the language abroad in Costa Rica while staying with an authentic Costa Rican family. It’s the ideal opportunity to become immersed in Costa Rican culture while enjoying a unique trip experience. Costa Rica is a country with captivating scenery and a fascinating history. And now students from across the globe visit Costa Rica to take part in studies at local schools. But for a truly unique and immersive experience, only a high quality homestay program can offer the student full value for their study investment. And that’s why so many are now turning to the homestay program at Costa Rican Language Academy instead of staying at a hotel. The Costa Rican Language Academy program combines classroom courses with a stay with a local Costa Rican family to help the student learn more on Costa Rica and the country’s rich cultural heritage. During their stay, students will be fed two meals a day by the family and will be given a key to the home so they can enter and leave the property as they wish. It’s
August 28, 2016

5 Reasons Students Choose to Study Spanish Abroad in Costa Rica through Costa Rican Language Academy

The best way to learn a new language is for students to immerse themselves within the culture. This experience can provide the foundation for understanding the language in a way that simple classroom learning cannot match. Which is a reason why students are now choosing to study Spanish abroad in Costa Rica at Costa Rican Language Academy. In this article, the team at CRLA explains the many advantages of their educational services. 1. Broad Range of Programs It’s important that the school the student selects has a wide range of language programs from which to choose from. That’s why many people are selecting the Costa Rican Language Academy as the school that offers both group and individual programs combining education, tours and volunteering opportunities. We also offer a large variety of class schedules and volunteer projects, depending on your preferences and needs. Each of the options available through CRLA are designed to help students grow within Costa Rican culture and to learn the language while immersed in a vibrant environment. 2. Proven Student Performance The results from the school’s study abroad Spanish courses speak for themselves. For more than 25 years, we have continually helped students move forward within their
August 2, 2016

Combine Spanish Studies Abroad with Volunteering in Latest Programs Offered by Costa Rican Language Academy

The San Jose, Costa Rica-based language school Costa Rican Language Academy is now inviting student groups to explore their full range of course options. One option for student groups is their personalized programs. The school offers a range of customized group programs for students of all language levels and college majors, where each program can be designed to include excursions across the region, volunteering and Spanish lessons. It’s the ideal educational opportunity for those looking to complete Spanish studies abroad. One of the fundamental challenges for a student trying to learn Spanish at a school in the U.S. or Canada is that the moment they leave the classroom, they find it challenging to retain the information and practice what they’ve learned. To ensure an optimal retention of course lessons and an unparalleled learning experience, students are now turning to CRLA for customized training programs that meet their needs and interests. Costa Rican Language Academy offers training programs for all types of Spanish learners. A popular choice is their tailored group programs, which allow Spanish students to study abroad in Costa Rica while adding various elements to their course. The school offers Spanish or faculty-led courses, as well as Spanish lessons
July 20, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Offers Numerous Programs for Spanish Studies Abroad

San José, Costa Rica – August 5, 2016 – Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) is offering numerous quality programs for those looking to invest in Spanish studies abroad. Each of these programs ensures that you have the opportunity to learn Spanish while enjoying the many pleasures of Costa Rica. CRLA offers numerous abroad programs through various universities, colleges and institutions. These programs are highly flexible and offer Spanish lessons, volunteer work and excursions. Each is as affordable as possible so everyone can study abroad in Costa Rica. For high school and college groups, we offer the ability to customize programs, with the possibility of including Spanish classes, volunteer work, as well as cultural classes. In addition, other activities such as museum visits, home stays and weekend excursions can be integrated into their program. Investing in Spanish studies abroad will lead to the experience of a lifetime and the customizable programs offered by CRLA provide high quality lessons and plenty of opportunity for exploration. For more information or further questions, contact them here. About CRLA Since 1989, CRLA has helped more than 15,000 students around the world learn Spanish while at the same time immersing themselves in and enjoying the culture
June 20, 2016

Costa Rica-based Costa Rican Language Academy Offering a Full Range of Spanish Language Courses

Costa Rica-based Spanish language teachers, Costa Rican Language Academy is now inviting students to explore their full assortment of Spanish language courses. Included within the company’s course selection are courses for beginners, intermediates, and experienced speakers. It’s a program selection designed to help integrate students within Costa Rican culture and ensure they can speak Spanish fluently over a short time period.