Studying at Tico Lingo in Heredia, Costa Rica
I’m excited for my third day of Spanish classes here at Tico Lingo in Costa Rica!
You might think of me as a Spanish TEACHER, but I’m also still a Spanish LEARNER [for life].
The truth is, my Spanish isn’t nearly as good as I want it to be.
When I made my first Spanish video almost TEN years ago (what???) – improving my Spanish was still a big goal.
But, my videos, my business and life got in the way.
Sure, I’ve learned lots from making my videos…
And, on my own, I’ve studied tons of grammar and had iTalki partners…
But, we can only progress so much by studying grammar and speaking Spanish for an hour a week.
You’ve probably heard me say this before: the #1 best and fastest way to improve your Spanish is TOTAL IMMERSION.
And the easiest way to totally immerse yourself is to attend a Spanish immersion school and live with a Spanish-speaking family.
So, that’s what I’m doing!
I chose Tico Lingo because it’s a smallish, family-style school (I’m not into big companies or institutions).
Plus, it’s located in a town that has almost ZERO tourists.
Which means, I’m experiencing the real Costa Rica–not influenced by gringos or tourism.
More importantly, it means, when I order lunch at the market, nobody responds to me in English (because they don’t speak it).
So, I’m speaking Spanish at breakfast with my Costa Rican family…
I’m speaking Spanish in the streets, at the market and in restaurants…
I’m speaking Spanish in class, four hours a day…
I’m speaking Spanish when I get a haircut…
I’m speaking Spanish when I eat dinner with my Costa Rican family…
TOTAL IMMERSION. The #1 best and fastest way to improve your Spanish.
Tomorrow, I’ll post about how these Spanish immersion schools work (they’re all over the Spanish-speaking world).
So, if you have any questions, ask away at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, PURA VIDA (something they say all the time in Costa Rica).