At least according to me!
Since my Spanish was pretty much none existing (except for being able to order a beer and i don't even drink beer) before starting my journey through central America, i thought it would be a great idea to start off my travels with Spanish lessons. That is actually how i ended up starting in south America choosing Medellin as my starting point of my trip, that and that i had friends that recommended Colombia in general. A year ago, i was still living in the same ignorant bliss as many others thinking that Colombia was a no go due to security. But more on that in another post.
Anyhow, after consulting with Google on where to study Spanish in South/Central America, Google told me that Colombia is a good place to do so in. Some further research and the search engine told me that Bogata can be cold and rainy and along the coast its hot, hot, hot and humid + the Spanish is a bit harder to understand around the Caribian coast. Medellin is called the city of eternal spring, i really liked the sound of this so easy decision.
Took the decision to do private lessons at the ABC Spanish school, www.spanishmedellin.com. This school is run by Angela and Diego and two weeks in I only have positive things to say about the lessons. The lessons is held in an "converted" apartment that makes up the school. Angela is my teacher but everyday i also have some small conversations with Diego. Both of them are very patient and encouraging to ensure you practice your Spanish.
Since i am taking private lessons i can kind of decide how the lessons are set up. I learn better by speaking and Angela is perfect in mixing teaching me the words, get them in sentences but at the same time mix in some grammar as well. She defiantly can read on my face when i get overloaded and don't understand anything of the grammar, yes this is a regular occurrence since grammar isn't my strong talent in any language. One helpful surprise that i didn't expected is that each evening Angela records all sentences and words we been practising, she then emails me this in an audio file so i can listen and ensure i have the right pronunciation.
Not only do i get Spanish lessons but Angela also sometimes incorporate where to eat, shop or other stuff in to the lessons. Then she makes a map on the white board disribes everything and then she makes me tell her in Spanish about the map and the different places. Not only does it make me practice Spanish but it also has given me a couple of good meals:)
I now done two weeks of lessons, two hours a day and Im well happy with how much i learned. Ok, i am far far away from being able to hold a political discussion but i can be nice and polite when i buy my fruit and veg (in Spanish) in the corner store, i can have a slow conversation about what i did the during the day or what i will do, what i like and don't like, know the days of the week, months of the year, colours and some other stuff as well. Might not be the quickest speaker and i do have to ask people to repeat ones or twice but still think this is very good progress considering i only done 10 hours of lessons!!!!
There are of course several schools offering Spanish lessons here in Medellin but i am very happy that i chose the place i did:)
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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