Alternate Spanish Immersion Idea

Steven-W15

I just returned from a week in Barcelona (not the best place to learn Spanish btw). My primary objective was to push my Spanish up to a higher level. Here is what I did:

1.) I spent one hour a day every weekday with a professor one-on-one. I found her on a web site (link below) where prices varied from 10 to 16 euros for an hour of instruction (which I thought was a terrific value): 
http://www.tusclasesparticulares.com/clases-idiomas/espanol-para-extranjeros.aspx

2.) I stayed with an elderly woman (who was largely restricted to her apartment). I found her on airbnb.com at 25 euros a night (which I also thought was a terrific value). Almost every night we would spend a good couple of hours talking in Spanish.

This in addition to taking every opportunity to speak with everyone I could (never in English!) during the day.

As I was quite pleased with the result, I thought I'd pass this idea on to you all. I think getting some immersion in addition to the online learning is essential if you want to achieve true conversational fluency.
 

Dan-H24

Esteban: Gracias por las ideas. También creo que inmersión es la mejor manera aprender una idioma. Esteban: Gracias por las ideas. También creo que inmersión es la mejor manera aprender una idioma. Estoy planificando un viaje a Costa Rica por un mes para estudiar español y sumergirme en la lengua.

Tengo una pregunta para ti: ¿por que dices que Barcelona no es un buen ciudad para aprender español?

Saludos,
Dan

Steven-W15

Hola Dan,

Se habla catalán en Barcelona y todos los letreros son en ese idioma. El acento también se puede ser fuerte dependiendo de la persona. Además hay muchas personas allí que no se consideran españoles debido a varias razones (la lengua, la guerra civil, el dinero, etc.).

Deberías estar hablando con fluidez después de un mes en Costa Rica. Buena suerte.

Saludos,

Estaban

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