Spain Vacations

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Spanish vacations can be immensely enriched if you know even a bit of Spanish. That's assuming, of course, that you're the kind of traveler who enjoys engaging in conversation with the local people and making new friends. If this is not your cup of tea, however, and you're a shy introvert who prefers just to admire the scenery, learning Spanish can still be mighty useful for you.

Why is Spanish so important for the foreign traveler to Spain? The reason is that, in Spain, English is not a compulsory part of the educational curriculum. The result is that many Spanish citizens are not able to speak or understand English well at all. If you want to be able to avoid linguistic impasses, it pays to spend a little time learning Spanish to be able to meet your hosts halfway.

Spanish for Your Vacation

Though it's true that you cannot count on Spanish people to know English, it's also true that, as the world becomes more connected through TV, pop culture, and the Internet, English continues to seep into the Spanish cultural consciousness. This becomes evident when you hear the amount of English words routinely interjected into Spanish conversations, albeit with a Spanish accent. "Meeting," "parking," "style," "flyers," and "deejay" are just a few examples.

As an English-speaking traveler in Spain, the time has never been better for you to learn some Spanish basics. Simply by virtue of being an American, you're already exposed to a good deal of Spanish vocabulary. Besides, it's amazing how doors can suddenly open for you once you make the effort to speak the language of another. In exchange, the people you are speaking to will be encouraged to meet you halfway with what they know in English ... and that's the root of some very rewarding travel experiences.

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