Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What if I Don't Speak Spanish?

Well, of course if you do speak Spanish or some Spanish you're going to be able to do a lot of things here with ease. Now, that doesn't mean if you don't speak Spanish that you need to rush out and purchase the most expensive language learning system known to man and cram for the next few weeks before your flight down.

  • First of all, there are free options at your local library. Save your money and use your library card to pick up some practice CDs. There's also your local Spanish congregation. They'll be happy for the support and you'll get a chance to prepare your ears for taking in this beautiful new language.

  • Secondly, it may surprise you to learn that people have been living here without knowing Spanish at all. Yeah, I said it. There's people that have been here for YEARS without being able to speak even the bare minimum of Spanish. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just don't let that be your reason for not coming down.

Other languages you may hear in and around town: English, German, French and Chinese.

If you're not interested in preaching in Spanish or Miskito (the tongues of the land) there are congregations and groups in these other languages:

English, Chinese, and LSN (Nicaraguan Sign Language).

More tips here

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  1. It's true that you can live here without speaking Spanish but honestly, you'll have such an easier time of it if you know a few basics before you come. And it's easier to learn at home than here. If you end up going to a rural area there's a good chance NO ONE ELSE will speak English to be able to help you. Plus, it's easy to get swindled if you don't understand the language, and that hurts on a need-greater's budget.

    1. So true, Shawn. The idea of not speaking a word of Spanish and trying to buy anything on the street, frightens me as it did when I first arrived. It can be done but like you said, you'll take a hit in your wallet until your Spanish improves!

  2. Thanks to both of you lovely lady. How does one go about learning NSL? Obviously there lol. But can you start with asl to help any?