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Nakasophie
7/3/2017 20:08 EST

Hello, I'm planning to move to Chile next year. I would like to meet some people that live there or are planning to move there. People who speak English. I'm afraid that if I moved there and stop talking in English, I'm going to forget it. I have some friends there and they told me that they didn't see a english speaker there. My friends do not speak English. I just want to meet somebody to keep improving my English.

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CaptainJT
7/4/2017 07:57 EST

Nakasophie,

No Worries! There are many people who speak English in Chile. The real problem is learning to speak Chilean Spanish because it is different from all other Spanish languages, and, when you find a Chilean who speaks English they will not speak Spanish. I am in the process of teaching many Chileans how to speak what I call ChilEnglish, which is a mixture of both languages. They love it!

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Nakasophie
7/4/2017 12:38 EST

I'm happy to read that. And is there a community when I can find more English people? or is it the same at any place I want?
Thank you, I suppose I have to learn how to speak chilean spanish...

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cheshirecat4591
7/4/2017 20:18 EST

My husband, myself and my adult daughter will be arriving in Sept to live. US citizens, but we've been living in Ecuador for 4 years. (I am sure I will have trouble learning Chilean spanish after learning Castillian in school, and speaking Ecuadorian Spanish here!! LOL) We came from California

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CaptainJT
7/5/2017 07:21 EST

I have traveled more than 50,000 kilometers of Chile from Puerto Montt to Arica, from the Andes to the Pacific and everywhere in between. It is much the same everywhere. Most people do not speak English, but, there are always some that speak some English. I find Chileans are very helpful. In fact they usually go way out of their way to help me. When you get here look me up and I will tell you many of the fantastic experiences I have had with these wonderful people. I will also tell you what to look out for.

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FAIRCLOUGH
7/5/2017 16:15 EST

Naaa. It is prtty much the same spanish, only faster.

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FAIRCLOUGH
7/5/2017 16:28 EST

You will find more English speakers in Santiago and tourist spots like Vinya Del Mar. You will also find more young people able or willing to speak English with the younger generations that get some level of English in school.
The one great thing is I have found they will be very anxious to want to help you even if they don't speak good English or any at all.

I will be moving there in a couple of months and speak fluent Spanish. My girlfriend doesn't but I have placed stickers with the Spanish names on dozens of items in the house and she is learning the names of things fast.


Alan.

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Nakasophie
7/5/2017 19:07 EST

Thank you a lot for the information. I think I would like to move to Santiago, I really like the things I have read about Santiago.

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Socium
7/5/2017 20:56 EST

I am Chilean and all kids are taught English at school age as a mandatory language. So, everyone got some basic knowledge of it. However, few dare to speak. I But if you try to choose common words in your questions, many peole may answer your basic doubts.

As the approach at school is mostly in written English, try to write your words and show them to your Chilean counterpart.

Most of university students and later proffesionals have to study and read papers or books in English.

So, I don't see that you may face a big trouble. If you go to areas with older and lay people, there you may not find help.

But many of us speak the language, and as a friend said above, I reach
on the streets, people with a foreign look and with a map on their hand, asking if they need help or a hint.

Kind regards, and enjoy Chile.

Teo

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cheshirecat4591
7/5/2017 21:09 EST

I have done the same thing here in Ecuador for the last 4+ years...as we walk around the historic district (where we live) if we see "gringos" looking lost, or with a map, etc...hubby will say "Lost Gringo Alert" LOL...I regularly ask lost looking 'gringos' if they need help. (they are comfortable with me asking since I'm a very obvious Gringa myself LOL) I know my city area well, and can usually tell them how to find where they are trying to go, etc :)

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CaptainJT
7/6/2017 08:05 EST

And the banditos prey on people who look like they are foreigners!

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CaptainJT
7/6/2017 08:08 EST

Chile needs more people like you because here it is the Chileans who will try to help not the gringos.

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FAIRCLOUGH
7/6/2017 18:38 EST

And you combine the best of two worlds, speak English and have learned the Ecuadorian good habit of wanting to help others.

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FAIRCLOUGH
7/7/2017 11:58 EST

Santago is certainly one of my favorite places in the world. Close to great places, great people, good climate and far from everything you want to get away from.

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BEAltda
7/20/2017 14:34 EST

The language exchange might be useful for you. There are many evening and afternoons specially planned for this.

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Nakasophie
7/20/2017 20:34 EST

Thank you Teo, It's good to know that.

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