Panama can be a frustrating place to live or visit if you don’t know a word of Spanish. There are plenty of English speaking Panamanians and foreigners living here but the average Joe you will encounter throughout the day most likely knows very little English.
Will you be able to tell the taxi driver where to go?
How do you ask where something is at the store?
How can you order food correctly?
For the past three months I have been taking classes at Casco Antiguo Spanish School every Saturday to improve my Spanish. I think the classes are going great and I enjoy the environment that I’m learning in. I am past the level of being helpless with Spanish and can get what I want for the most part. I also live in Panama so I have had a lot of opportunities to speak Spanish dealing with daily problems.
But what if your just coming to Panama for a week or two and don’t want to be totally helpless during your trip?
Casco Antiguo Spanish School has a Spanish for Travelers program to learn what you need to know to combat everyday problems in Spanish. Panama is much more enjoyable if you know a little bit of Spanish to get by which is why this crash course is a great idea for visitors to take. The classes are offered for half the day and then you can head out for the rest of the day to practice what you just learned.
A few of the topics covered are:
Eating / Drinking: Communicating in restaurants, bars and cafes, from basic greetings, how to read a menu and order food, to expressing special dietary needs, and making complaints.
Shopping: Buying things in a variety of different situations, from clothing stores to supermarkets and kiosks.
Traveling: Providing phrases and vocabulary to help students move around the city, outside the city, and other Spanish-speaking countries with ease. Go over topics such as how to buy tickets, get directions, book accommodation.
The cost of the half-day course is $39.00 per person (if 2 or more people sign up) or $49.00 (for a private class). The cost includes materials, coffee, tea, and free wifi.