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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]

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How's your Spanish? No doubt you have heard about the Pimsleur Spanish course. The Pimsleur Method (developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur) is popular among travelers, expats and business people - and is my favorite way to learn Spanish. When we first moved to Ecuador I was really struggling with learning the language. Some friends told ... [Read more]

google translate spanish

Chances are if you are living or traveling in a Spanish speaking country you will use Google Translate at some point. Google Translate can be a help but it can also mess you up. When we moved to Ecuador I used Google Translate (I didn't know any Spanish) to prepare for a conversation I was ... [Read more]

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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 that are looking to move ... [Read more]

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“With just English, my life would be 20% of the richness that I have had.” - Tim Ferriss, Best-Selling Author If you are thinking about moving abroad to Ecuador (like I did) or to another Spanish speaking country, you might as well as jump into the cultural richness. However, I highly recommend doing some sessions ... [Read more]

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Before we moved to Ecuador, we spent a lot of money on books and courses to learn Spanish. I wish we would have had this course before we moved! I just finished listening to the audio version of Speak From Day 1 - a language hacking guide. I really liked it, it was motivational and made me ... [Read more]

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This is part of our Expat Profile Series. Do you have a story? Share your Story here. We have one section for Expats and another for Travelers. Ecuador Expat Profile - Stewart Perez, Cumbaya Ecuador The Expat: Stewart Perez LinkedIn: ec.linkedin.com/in/stewartperez We live in Cumbayá, Pichincha Province, Ecuador. Cumbayá is a rural parish of Quito, located in the Sierra region of Ecuador. We've been ... [Read more]

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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]

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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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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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