Here are (more or less) the steps I took to learn conversational Spanish.
I’ve toyed with many resources over the years, and found these ones to be the most helpful.
If you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, but weren’t sure where to start, this article is for you – if you proceed through all of these stages, you’ll come out the other side pretty damn fluent!
I know what you’re thinking.
Telenovelas, essentially Spanish/Portuguese-language soap operas, are for old ladies with too much time on their hands.
But I have a confession: I immensely enjoy them.
Not only are they great for learning Spanish, but they can also make for some high quality television.
Here are the 12 best Spanish-language telenovelas that I’ve found
One thing that is not entirely clear to travellers who have never been to Mexico is whether or not you can get by in the country without Spanish.
Considering its proximity to the United States, one might expect that everyone here will be able to handle themselves in English.
For better or for worse, this isn’t true.
I’ve been living in Mexico for almost a year. And, while I don’t claim to be an expert on Mexican culture, norms and mores, I have picked up on a few things that can make adjusting here as a foreigner a whole hell of a lot easier.
Basically, these tips are aimed at helping prevent foreigners – particularly young ones – from offending any locals, or becoming a stereotype.
I’d imagine that most of these tips should be common sense, but I’ve seen enough foreigners trip up on them while they’re here, so I figured it was worth composing a cheeky little list.