the best book to learn spanish

What is the best book to learn Spanish? Choosing the best book can help accelerate your learning process. In this post, you'll read about 11 books for learning Spanish - and which one is our readers top choice. But first, a little about our methodology. While polls and surveys are okay, they aren't very accurate. Why? ... [Read more]

How to Say the Letters and Sounds in Spanish

Curious about how to say the letters and sounds in Spanish? Grab a coffee and lets learn this right now! This video will teach you the basic Spanish letters and sounds in less than 12 minutes. This is both a great introduction and review. Something I love about Spanish, is that the pronunciation is always ... [Read more]

learn spanish in 10 days

Ready to learn Spanish? If you are planning a move (or even long term travel) to Latin America - you're going to need some Spanish. In this post and infographic, you'll learn ten steps to learning Spanish. Lets get started! Download apps: Check Duolingo (won Best App Award in 2013) to get started. There are plenty ... [Read more]


Check out Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish on | | If you're learning Spanish, you've probably heard of Madrigal's Magic Key To Spanish. It's our readers favorite Spanish learning book. We've seen 600+ purchases just from mentioning this book in an overview post. The week we arrived in Ecuador, someone loaned us their copy ... [Read more]

best book learn spanish

So, what's the best book for learning Spanish? It can be pretty hard to sort out. There are thousands of options! To get the best of the best, we asked 8 travelers and expats to share the books that helped them learn Spanish. Here are their top twelve: Lets begin! Submitted by: Chris Hoyt | LanguaTravel Check out ... [Read more]


So here's the concept: set aside the books and really learn Spanish. It is true that books are important. But they offer limited value in pronunciation and flow of the language. With an audio program like Pimsleurs you can learn Spanish in just 30 minutes a day. Or like in the video - learn it ... [Read more]


Many people that move abroad are retired and don't need to work. This works out well when it comes to language learning because they have more time on their hands than people that need to work and take care of their children. We are hearing from more and more families planning to move abroad. It ... [Read more]


We knew before we moved to Ecuador that we were Gringos. And we have been called Gringos frequently - by store clerks, friends and even strangers on the street. I've gotten so used to it, I describe myself to Ecuadorians as "el Gringo" because its the easiest way to describe who I am. In a ... [Read more]

what is a gringo

Let me preface this post: I am a Canadian in Ecuador. While I don't pretend to understand the implications or etymologies of racial/cultural slang, I am familiar with this one from my perspective, from the three years we've been in Ecuador. When we first arrived in Ecuador, we were referred to as Gringos and subsequently began referring ... [Read more]


Despite Ecuador being a Spanish country, we are asked if it's necessary to learn Spanish before moving. The short answer is: "No, you don't have to learn before you move." We didn't and we got by fine. But if you do learn Spanish (even in a basic form) before you move, life will be much easier. And ... [Read more]

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