Panama - Spanish Language

Living and Learning in the Same Place
Hola…….. como estas…… me llamo es; that high school Spanish course just didn’t stick with you like you thought it would.  Now that you are considering a move to Latin America, now is a good time to think about learning some Spanish for real, wouldn’t you say?  Don’t worry, Spanish isn’t a difficult language to learn (If you can read this, you have one of the tough ones already!), and since you’re going to be in Panama, Spanish language training is going to be close to home!

While Latin American countries such as Mexico and Costa Rica receive much of the attention when it comes to Spanish language schools, Panama is increasing in prominence.  With a tremendous influx of business people, expatriates and retirees, Panama’s stature in Spanish language training continues to grow.  For many years, Panama had a strong American influence and because of this, many Panamanians speak English; it is estimated that number is 14%.  As the American influence subsides, the influx of tourists and foreign residents are communicating more in Spanish, making Spanish language schools in Panama more important.

With little more than a simple Google search in the computer, an impressive number of Spanish language schools appear in Panama.  These can be schools that offer online training, short-term instruction in Panama or high intensity, “instant immersion” education.  While online classes are very helpful, there is nothing better than immersing oneself in the language, traditions and culture of a new country.  There are many Spanish language schools in Panama that can help you do just that.

As mentioned before, many of the Spanish language schools in Panama offer courses in the country, whether for local foreigners trying to understand their new language, or residents of other countries trying to learn.  A few examples of these schools are:

Spanish Abroad, Inc.
This school offers quality Spanish language programs and features small group and private courses.  Students can stay with host families or in certain locations, in student residences.  Included are many cultural activities and the opportunity to explore Panama by participating in excursions.

Spanish Panama
This Spanish language school in Panama is Canadian owned has professional Spanish teachers.  They offer flexible scheduling, home stays and airport pickup. This school offers learning Spanish with “on-site” practice near the campus as well as in class. "Crash" courses are available for short term visitors. Extracurricular activities include Latin dance classes, and excursions in Panama City, Old Panama, beaches, the Panama Canal and National Parks.

ILERI Spanish School
Founded in 1994 and located in Panama City, this Spanish language school offers quality Spanish language programs with start dates all year long. Group classes as well as private classes are available. ILERI also has a wide array of cultural and weekend activities. Accommodations for the students are with local host families.

No matter which Spanish language school you choose, Panama is the perfect place to start learning Spanish!  With its combination of culture, history and fun, any student will be able to study for a short time in Panama and learn for a lifetime.  ¡Bienvenido a Panamá!  ¡Creo que tu vas a gozar aprendiendo español aquí!  Buena suerte. 


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