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This month I have focused on the nitty gritty issue of learning the language when one decides to relocate to a new destination. In the case of Britons residing in Spain, many refuse to take lessons or prioritise learning Spanish because they assume most locals will speak English. This is not always the case and besides, it is surely more fun to engage with local people in their own tongue?
As a nation we find getting to grips with new lingos very difficult but it is worth persevering. Even a basic understanding of Castilian Spanish can make all the difference and make living in Spain a far more enjoyable and enriching experience.
So, to the naysayers, I say, give it a go! There is nothing more satisfying than being able to order food in a restaurant, chat with the builder, participate in conversation at a dinner or understand what the heck’s going on at a fiesta. there are classes and teachers galore in Spain only too happy to assist and for those who prefer to go it alone, there’s nothing to beat watching Spanish films, reading the local news and watching some of the more amusing Spanish soaps!
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