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First stop in Latin America- Learn Spanish in Mexico City

First stop in Latin America- Learn Spanish in Mexico City

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Learning Spanish? – doesn’t everyone speak English?

If you want to have a different experience it think you should!

Hello, my name is Ricardo, and I am a Spanish teacher and I created this post to share my experiences with foreigners living in Mexico and learning Spanish.

Over the years I´ve had several students from different nationalities, I always liked to learn languages and meet different people.

I traveled a couple of times in the south of Mexico, especially in Oaxaca and Quintana Roo, during these trips I met many travelers from different countries, what I liked about them was that they were always trying to say a few words in Spanish, and I think it was very cute and funny listen to a foreigner doing its best to connect with local people.

Now I´ve been living in Mexico City for almost 10 years, and during 3 years I´ve been teaching Spanish to foreigners.

I think what attracts foreigners to learn my mother tongue is that Spanish is a rich and beautiful language with sounds pleasant to your ears. Like other Latin languages, Spanish is as pleasant to talk and to listen.

Another reason to learn Spanish is that you can change your personality, for example when I speak French I feel that I am smart, elegant and sophisticated.

How do you feel when speaking Spanish?

I suppose Spanish sounds intense and emotional.

My students have different reasons to come to Mexico, I will list some of them:

  • They want to go out of their comfort zone
  • They want to live new experiences
  • Meet new people
  • Experience a different culture
  • Find love and romantic experiences
  • Immerse into the language
  • Enjoy the weather and save money
  • Eat tacos and taste new flavors

What are your reasons to learn Spanish?

I really like teaching to foreigners because all of these things listed above, so this year I decided to create my website and find more students that want to experience life in Mexico through the language.

We are a small size and warm Spanish School in Mexico City with a family-run atmosphere.

I´ve been teacher in other schools around the city but I was disappointed because of their impersonal attention, I felt bad for the students because they will only lose their money.

So I realized that I could offer a friendly, welcoming environment and highly personalized attention of a small school. 

I like to see my beginner students starting to speak Spanish, sometimes we go out to the local market to negotiate prices and learn new vocabulary and expresions.

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Also they can buy bus tickets or ask for other information. With Spanish in Mexico you can open doors, as people are usually open-minded, curious and not racist towards foreigners.

Also I created a Spanish Conversation Club for all foreigners learning Spanish in Mexico City, I organize it every week and it´s published on Meetup website, so if you are in Mexico and want to have a conversation come it is free!

The main goal is just to practice conversation in a fun and relaxed way.

How I teach and what strategies you can use

My aim is to use the language as quickly as possible with a real approach.

I focus in conversation, we have results because we have small groups

  • We do presentations of different topics
  • We emulate conversations
  • We learn to describe situations
  • We create stories
  • We read novels and listen to them
  • We write letters

What are the advantages of learning Spanish when traveling in Latin America?

I am convinced that learning Spanish for your travel to South America will pay off.

Many travelers with whom I spoke, were already traveling in Asia, and they told me that is impossible to prepare for the different languages.

In South America, however, that is different. Spanish is spoken almost everywhere. So it really makes sense to prepare for the trip to South America with Spanish.

Why choose Mexico as a first destination to learn Spanish?

If you plan a multi-month backpacker trip through Central or South America, then I recommend you to choose Mexico as a first location. Here are my thoughts:

Mexico has been a popular tourist destination for several years. Especially the Yucatan peninsula  in the east, that has attracted visitors from all over the world. With Caribbean dream beaches and the enormous Chichen Itza Mayan Temple. But Mexico is much more. You will read in this article what the Latin American country has to offer you.

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1. Food: the Mexican elixir of life

Do you like to cook? Do you like Spanish? Why not do both?

Tacos, burritos and tequila. Not for nothing Mexican cuisine was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Do you recognize names like Mole, Ceviche, Quesadillas or Tamales?

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From the street stands to the award-winning kitchens: Mexican food is a mixture of traditional methods of prehispanic cultures such as Mayas and Aztecs and Spanish cuisine.

While in Mexico you can look for a Spanish Language School that offers lessons for cooking typical Mexican dishes! What a better way to immerse into the language and discover the secrets of the most famous recipes of Mexico!

2. The Popocatepetl & other volcanoes

Do you like hiking? What a better way to learn Spanish while doing one or your favorites activities?

In the center of Mexico is located the Popocatepetl volcano that means something like «strong smoking mountain». Due to its activity, however, its «twin sister» Iztaccíhuatl is more suitable for hiking, as this volcano is not active anymore. From the slopes of the neighboring volcano you can enjoy wonderful views of the smoking Popocatepetl. In addition to the two twin volcanoes, numerous other volcanoes characterize the landscape of Mexico.

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So if you want to practice Spanish I recommend you to take a tour with locals or ask if your Spanish Language School organize a trip to the volcanoes!

3. Pyramids: Mayan & Aztec architectural arts

As already mentioned, the Mayan pyramid Chichen Itza in the north of the Yucatan peninsula is probably the largest and most famous pyramid in Mexico.

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In addition, there are many other Mayan sites, just as impressive, but often less crowded. Like the jungle-covered Palenque, where you climb the pyramids while listening to the sound of the monkeys in the trees.

Another impressive Mayan city named Calakmul, these ruins represent one of the last discoveries of the Mayan civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Ask your Spanish Language School if there are organized trips to Archeological sites!

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Archeology meets aesthetics in Tulum, where the Mayan ruins perch directly on the palm-fringed Caribbean beach.

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In the surroundings of Mexico City you can find the probably most imposing pyramids: Teotihuacán, means something like «where you become a god».

As unspeakable as the name, so magically the feeling when walking through the extensive grounds.

4. Cenotes: mystical freshwater caves

Unreal, magical, beautiful. This is how the legendary freshwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula can be described in a few words. The cenotes invite you to dive, snorkel and cool down in the often muggy heat of eastern Mexico.

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Take a tour, go alone or ask your Spanish Language School if there are organized trips to these beautiful sites.

So now that you know some wonderful places in Mexico and activities to do for improving your Spanish, I want to talk about some advises for learning Spanish before going to Mexico and while being there.

Of course it is possible to find the Spanish Language School independently on the web. But you should keep in mind that not all schools are equally flexible and you may have to look for the one that better suits you.

Also you have to be aware if the Spanish Language School is really good for you. Some Schools can be contacted before your arrival to Mexico, so I recommend you to contact them via Skype and have a talk with them, so this way you will see if special attention is offered.

Spanish Language Schools offer a variety of courses from one-to-one lessons to group courses. Ambitious students can also take the DELE exam course. And if the language is not enough, you will find interesting combination with cooking or dancing classes.

How long do you need to learn Spanish?

The minimum course length is two weeks and can be extended as desired. How long it takes you to reach your learning goal depends on your motivation, your previous knowledge and probably also your talent.

Why attending a Spanish Language School pays off?

However, a language course not only helps you to communicate while traveling but also has a number of other benefits:

A language certificate looks good in your CV – at least much better than a backpacker trip of several months.

The importance of Spanish in the business world is not as big as that of English. Nevertheless, an additional qualification helps you to find a job.

Language is the key to culture. When you understand the logic of a language, you often realize why people in another culture are the way they are.

Many travelers visit a language school (mostly in Mexico or Guatemala) before their big trip to Latin America. If you are traveling alone, a Spanish language school is a good place to find a travel companion.

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In general, attending a Spanish language schools will pay off because you will find a guide that will help you in your journey to learn the language.

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How to improve your Spanish: only 10 minutes a day with this simple exercise!

How to improve your Spanish: only 10 minutes a day with this simple exercise!

Hello! My name is Carlos, and I’m a Spanish teacher in Mexico City, I speak several languages, over the past couple of years I tried different resources to learn a language by my own.

The following excercise is very useful when you don’t have someone with whom to practice a language.

I create small stories about someone’s daily life, you can also create your’s!

Try to translate at least two paragraphs every day, this will help you to improve your confidence when speaking.

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I recommend you to translate by your own, and then check it on google translate if it correspond to the actual text.

Let´s start…

  • Hi, my name is Tom. Tom Smith. I am from United States. Now I am living in Mexico City, currently I am learning Spanish in a School, also I use Duolingo, and I like to talk with locals.
  • I am an entrepreneur and digital nomad. I am starting my own company. I just moved to Mexico this month. My life is very interesting. My family says it’s not interesting, but I think it’s very good.
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  • I am alone. I have no wife, no dog, no cat. I have an apartment. That’s not bad. And also I like to travel and dancing salsa. I am planning to travel to Colombia to improve my salsa moves.
  • In the morning I eat tamales and atole. I take a shower for ten minutes and get dress very quickly. I start working very early in the morning, about at 8 am.
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  • I am so busy, I have to talk with clients in China and Japan. In the afternoon I have lunch in a cafe shop and talk. At 7pm I go to the park to work out. And sometimes at night, I eat pizza and have a drink with my friends.
  • In the evening at home I watch TV, football. Then I sleep. I like to live in Mexico, food it is so good and places are beautiful.
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I hope this was useful for you. We are a Spanish School located in Mexico City, and we like to share and prepare materials for an effective learning. If you have further questions leave me a message.

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Learn Spanish for beginners during your commute

Learn Spanish for beginners during your commute

I want to share a few sources to learn Spanish for beginners during your commute.

Your commute to and from work or school is the perfect time to Learn Spanish! Of course we know that because of our daily routine it seem impossible to find the right place and time to practice or study.

Here is a little guide with some practical tools that can be used either in your way to work or while doing multitasking (cooking, cleaning, working out, etc.).

Audio clips…..

«I would like to listen to Audios in Spanish but I do not understand anything»

Todo normal! Claro que no entiendes! It’s perfectly normal to understand nothing at first! But, how do you deal with that?

First, you will play your podcast or audio clip while doing other activities.

You will tell me «well pfff I do not understand anything so it’s useless», False! Certainly you have the impression that it is useless because you are in passive learning but your ear begins to get used to the sounds of the language.

Soon words will come out of your mouth and you’re going to ask, «where does that come from?» This moment is magic! You’re going to tell me this method is great, it’s simple! Yes it is simple but obviously, it is not enough.

Second, this time, you will pay attention to this podcast, even if you do not understand everything or even «nothing». Concentrate a little and find some words of vocabulary.

Write them down on a piece of paper, then look for the translation. I recommend you to use Translate by Speech of Google. This way you can learn more vocabulary.

So, let´s take a look of my recommendations.

1. Book2

I strongly recommend this one, this is very useful for beginners and it is free.

It offers 100 lessons, covering a broad range of topics such as: numbers, colors, travel situations, verb forms, and a small amount of business conversation.

Users can click any phrase to repeat it as needed. Users can also download audio files (MP3) containing one or two languages.

In the app, learners can record their own voice for comparison with the recorded voice.

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2. Audio Lingua

In this website you can enjoy Spanish podcasts for all levels. You can even choose your podcast according to your level: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2. They deal with various topics of daily life.

It’s up to you to choose your subject, the level and even the voice and accent. Also you can download the MP3 file.

3. Audiobooks

I want to recommend this Audiobook that I found in Youtube, it is very good for beginners because the story it all happens in present tense. You can download this file by using this convert into mp3.

I hope you have found useful this recommendations. Tell me in the comments if you are ready to put podcasts in Spanish every moment of your life to progress even faster. Total immersion to have quick results and soon speak Spanish.

We are a Spanish Language School located in Mexico City, and we create this contect to spread to other students of Spanish around the world. Feel free to contact me , if you want me to talk about other material or ways to improve your Spanish leave a comment below!

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6 Best Movies to Learn Spanish

6 Best Movies to Learn Spanish

Who said that learning a foreign language should be boring? Many students make the mistake of using only textbooks to learn a language. These books are useful, of course, but watching movies or youtube channels in their native language is just as effective and fun to improve your skills and listening skills.

Why are movies the best way to learn Spanish?

When you watch a movie, you are relaxed. In such a pleasant atmosphere, your brain is better able to capture information and memorize new words and phrases. That said, make sure you listen carefully. Watching movies in Spanish will also help you learn more about the cultural and societal aspects of the language.

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Do you want to watch a movie? Why not watch it in Spanish?

We have compiled a list of 6 movies to help you learn Spanish while having fun.

1. Amores Perros

Get your ears tuned into Mexican slang.

This award winning film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu portrays lives on the edge of society in Mexico City. Dog fighting, violence and poverty dominate the life of Octavio, and to make matters worse he’s fallen in love with his sister in law.

2. Como agua para chocolate    

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This film is about the ancestral traditions and strong family ties in Mexico. Nominated for a Golden Globe in the best foreign film category, this film received 10 Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Caesars, and in 1992 became the most profitable Spanish film ever released in the United States. So it’s worth it to watch it.

The main character, Tita, feels devastated and lost because she cannot marry Pedro, the man she loves. When her older sister marries Pedro in her place, Tita must resign herself to living a life of suffering. Following the story of the family over more than twenty years, the film tells the life of different characters through time. You will certainly be touched by their stories, and it will also be an opportunity to learn some vocabulary words in Spanish.

3. El Laberinto del Fauno

Pan’s Labyrinth, it is an excellent film for those who love the fantastic genre infused with horror. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the film in 2006, describes it as «a fairy tale for adults«.

The story takes place in Spain, shortly after the Civil War, in 1944. Ofelia and her mother move to a small town where the girl does not want to live. His mother will soon have a baby, and her stepfather, a soldier, is trying to annihilate the enemy forces. That’s when little Ofelia discovers the forest and encounters a fauna that reveals something extraordinary.

4. No Se Aceptan Devoluciones

Do you want to watch a good comedy? it’s the best way to spend a good evening while learning Spanish. This film is in Mexican Spanish, and very easy to understand for those who want to learn the language. There are also many dialogues in English, as the film takes place in the United States.

Co-written and directed by Eugenio Derbez- a very well known comedian in Mexico- in 2013. The film tells the story of Valentin, a man who finds himself obliged to take care of his daughter alone. This suddenly appears in her life, prompting her to find her mother and give him back the baby. Having no choice but to keep his daughter, he decides to raise her up as best she can and take care of her.

5. Diarios de Motocicleta

Inspired by Ernesto «Che» Guevara‘s notebooks, the movie «Diarios de motocicleta» («Travel Diaries«) tells the story of Che’s long journey on motorbikes and his friends across South America. This great adventure, full of encounters and experiences, will forever transform the young Che Guevara and push him to try to change things, until the revolution.

Watching this film is one of the best ways to learn Spanish for students of all levels. You will appreciate not only the beauty of South America, but also the accent and the Argentine slang.

6. La ley de herodes

This is an hilarious movie that shows the sad reality of Latin American politics. Particularly a satire about Mexico’s long-ruling political party, the PRI. If you want to understand mexican society and politics this is the perfect movie to watch.

I hope you enjoyed this post and got new tools to improve your learning. You can also check some recommendations to learn Spanish on Youtube. Click here.

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The 5 best Youtube Channels to learn Spanish quickly

The 5 best Youtubers to Learn Spanish

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easier than ever to use new technologies to learn a foreign language. There are several apps and other online methods to help you study any language. The advantage is that you can focus on it whenever and wherever you want.

Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world? Do you want to start speaking Spanish as a native? How much time do you spend on the internet? If you want to optimize the time you spend on the web, I advise you to watch instructional videos to help you in your learning. YouTube is a great tool: the site is easy to use and provides access to thousands of videos about language learning, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and even culture.

Here I mention why YouTube is the best way to learn Spanish:

  • You may have already taken academic courses and studied textbooks. If so, it’s a good time to add some additional to your learning program.
  • Watching videos on YouTube gives you the opportunity to find and communicate with other students.
  • Many videos allow you to study the real native language.
  • You can watch these videos as many times as you want, pause or watch them whenever you want.

Although there are tons of Spanish videos on YouTube, the quality is very variable. That’s why we’ve created a list of Top 5 YouTubers to help you learn Spanish quickly. We hope you will reach your goals easily. No more excuses for not going there! Let’s go.

Spanishpod101

The main goal of SpanishPod101 is to teach you to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish. The videos of the channel come in the form of educational lessons combined with information on culture and daily life in Spain. SpanishPod101 is suitable for both beginners and more advanced students. Some videos are entirely dedicated to Mexican Spanish.

Spanish With Paul

This channel is perfect for intermediate or advanced students. Paul seems to make videos on almost any subject. In his videos he translates texts in English into Spanish. So I think you can learn lots of vocabulary and new verbs to express sometimes more structured ideas.

Aprende español con WhyNotSpanish

Whynotspanish is a channel made by a girl from Colombia named María. This channel is very useful for listening to native speakers in real conversations.

Even if you’re just starting out, you can watch these videos and learn Spanish by listening to them and trying to understand some jokes. If you already have an advanced level and you understand perfectly, you can be proud of your language progress.

Butterfly Spanish

Butterfly Spanish is a YouTube channel created by Ana, a young woman who wants to give students around the world tips and tricks to learn Spanish with confidence. His video lessons are structured but entertaining, and the content is often presented in a list format.

Classes last between 10 and 45 minutes and are suitable for all levels. On this channel, you can learn basic language, improve your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation. See you on Ana’s channel if you want to discover how to order food, congratulate your friends or express your opinion in Spanish.

Spanish with Superholly

If you are looking for a fun channel where you can learn slang and useful words in Spanish, Superholly is exactly what you need. Holly is an excellent teacher who likes to talk about different topics. There are not subtitles.

YouTube is definitely a great resource for learning a foreign language. And you, do you have any favorite YouTubers who speak Spanish or who teach it? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below.

I hope this article has helped you learn Spanish.

I use this method practically every day.

Feel free to continue your learning by revising your vocabulary on your favorite blog and leave me a comment if you have questions.

We are a Spanish Language School located in Mexico City, and we create this contect to spread to other students of Spanish around the world. Feel free to contact me , if you want me to talk about other material or ways to improve your Spanish leave a comment below!