Best Spanish-speaking country to visit?
I have the opportunity next year to go to a Spanish-speaking country. Which one s best to visit if I am only an intermediate Spanish speaker?
Well I have just returned back to my home country (Australia) from Argentina. I went there for only 3 weeks. I attended a Spanish School there for 2 weeks. I found their Spanish a little different. They speak with an Italian tang I think. But after my time there I picked up some more Spanish. After speaking to other people that have visited some Spanish speaking countries they have said that Peru is a good country to go to for learning. They speak slow and concise and clearly. I have been told the same with Colombia. If you go to Chile they are suppose to speak very very fast. Spanish from Spain is good too but you have to learn to use your tongue more with once, doce etc etc etc. Mexico have a few different words I think. All of this could be wrong but these suggestions are from other people informing me of the same question you have. I hope this helps!
It's not exactly a country but you could visit El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles. Just think, you wouldn't have to change currencies and if you get stuck trying to say it in Spanish there is almost always someone around that knows some English!
Any country where you can say coger without fear.
Great question, Sam.
I suggest Oaxaca, Mexico. It's safe, fun, and has the best Spanish school that I've ever seen.
PM me if you want more info on the school or the city.
Well, I hear Costa Rica is great... it's generally a very safe country to visit. But, if I had my choice, I would definitely visit Spain....it's so rich in history and has TAPAS! Yummy.
any where, that you want to go.
Spain of course!! without doubting!!!!!
If you live in the US and your goal is learning the language and not pure tourism then without a doubt, Mexico. Mexico has the largest Spanish speaking population in the world and many of the 40+ million Spanish speakers in the US originate from Mexico. So learn the Spanish you will hear the most when you return home.
I would agree with Spain. It's the mother country of all other Spanish-speaking countries (from a language perspective, that is) and is just an amazing place to visit while learning a fairly universally accepted "standard" form of Spanish. Plus, Europe is wonderful and depending on your time, you can go to other amazing places. Living in Spain, for me, was terrific as we were a very cheap and short flight away from London, Paris, Rome, and we even took a trips to Istanbul and the Canary Islands. Plus, we drove to Lisbon. All without any significant time zone change. It was very odd to land in Rome and not have to change your watch or have lost an entire day.
Returning to the U.S. after living there, I can tell you that I understand more readily people who speak Spanish from Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.
I definitely was left with an accent that is significantly different than what I hear around me having returned to the US, and the vocabulary at times can be different, but because Spain's influence is sort of fundamental, most speakers of Spanish are familiar with Spain's version of Spanish.
Edited to add: we go back in the summers, and this time I'm actually going to take a Spanish class while the kids are in camp (my son is going to a day camp in the city, and my daughters are going to their overnight camp in the mountains outside Madrid). There are plenty of Spanish schools around Madrid, where we lived, and it's a truly charming experience. Lots of retired couples learning Spanish for the first time and lots of young au pairs doing the same. Plus a stroll and coffee in the square, a museum, a concert, the ballet. Wonderful! I can't wait for this summer! There are the same kinds of opportunities in Barcelona, and Valencia. And, of course, plenty of smaller towns all over Spain.
I can't tell you anything from experience since I've only been to a few places in the west coast of Mexico....However, the country I'm in love with is Spain even though I've never been there....yet! Although they are in the middle of a huge economic crisis, they have such a rich history and beautiful landscapes and I personally think their accent is awesome!
Of course, because I partly live in Costa Rica, I would say Costa Rica is a great Spanish Speaking country....
Here are a few great things about talking to Costa Rican's:
- They are eager to help you learn (when you mess up while speaking in Spanish to someone, they kindly help you)
- 80% Costa Rican's speak English
- Great site seeing
Sam! how did you get the opportunity? I'm also learning Spanish and one of my goal is to become a Spanish teacher.
El único país que he visitado de habla español es españa. Barcelona de hecho. No puedo imaginar mejorando esta experiencia.
The only Spanish speaking country I have been in is Spain. In fact, Barcelona. I can't imagine anything better!