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Dartok
5/26/2022 09:27 EST

I do not speak Spanish at all. How difficult a time will I have because of it.

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erinlashby
5/30/2022 18:55 EST

I have found that Babbel does not test your ability to speak well since the speech recognition does not work. ( I even had my spanish speaking boyfriend try!). I use Rosetta stone and Duolingo to help practice. The best is just to start speaking with native speakers as much as you can. Plenty Spanish speakers in the US that will teach and help in my experience.

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AshfordTravel
5/27/2022 14:34 EST

We have had very little difficulty because of Goggle Translate. As long as you have a smart phone and a wi-fi connection you are set. Very easy to use. We got T-Mobile as our service plan from the states as T-Mobile is the only plan that has free unlimited international messaging & texting & if you have a wi-fi connection all calls are free too. That phone connects to one service provider here and then we bought another phone just for here that connects to a different provider and is only $ 16/mo! We use it just when a local # is needed only and do not use it for data searching like goggle as that would cost a lot more. We also chose a different cell phone provider so we have good service pretty much everywhere in CR. If one phone can't get a signal usually the other one can. So even without a wi-fi connection we can use Goggle Translate pretty much anywhere. In Escazu where we live, most folks/businesses speak English or have someone in the establishment that does. That is one of the reasons we chose to move here. Also having to phones allows each one to translate to each other. So for example if we call the electric company, and no one speaks Spanish, we have Goggle Translate set on "conversation mode" and it quickly hears the Spanish & then immediately converts it to English speaking to us. Then we talk in English & it speaks in Spanish to the other party. Amazing technology!,

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Taosmountainhouse
5/26/2022 23:27 EST

i think first and foremost almost anyone can learn a 2nd ;language enough to get by. If you do not even try to speak the local language it is as much about a perception you will not even try to integrate into the local community. You can get by in most of CR without being fluent or even capable in spanish, but you will be considered an outsider. Try Babbel or a host of other online language apps. You are going to miss a lot and language is the most common bond a community shares.

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