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I speak... United States

Fluent in Chicago as well.

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Why a guy...


would want to go somewhere where they do not speak United States is a mystery to me.



In Costa Rica you hire a husband and wife team for $250 US a month. The caretakers live on the property in a 800sq ft apartment that is built with the same standards as the main house. That is to say the caretakers live like relative royalty compared to a typical tico. The house momma usually takes care of all meals and household operations. The man takes care of the grounds and maintenance as well as assists English speakers in town. Most Tico's though do speak some English.

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I've wanted to learn Spanish for the same reasons that I eventually want to move to a Spanish speaking country, but I find it funny I understand most Spanish being spoken to me but I can't for the life of me speak it back fluently. Spanish seems to be very easy to pick up and I hope you become fluent quickly, however I guarantee once you move there and are forced to speak it daily that you'll catch on exponentially faster than trying to learn it through other means. I hear a lot people who learn to speak Spanish fluently find themselves thinking in Spanish because it's easier and uses less words to describe something especially when they're cursing lol.

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I will hire a caretaker to cook, clean etc -- but I think the chances that person will be bilingual are extremely slim These positions are popular in Ecuador. Hopefully they will be patient enough for me to practice my broken Spanish on them and I can learn from them since they will live on the back of my property.

Best thing is for @Gary to retire at same time, since his Spanish is already pretty good. He can be my assistant

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..very different in Europe though!

In my country (where we have 4 official languages) - kids in school learn 2 to 3 foreign languages.
Native language in my part is Swiss german - a spoken language only.
Speaking and writing myself fluently german, french, english plus quite some italian.
To read newspapers some core bahasa indonesia and mauritian creole (french originated)
Learning with Rosetta some russian right now - to at least understand the news on tv channels ;-)
Understanding other cultures - The Language IS KEY!

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Fluent in 3 speak 4. Would be nice though to learn the language for the best tax heaven country for ex-pats. Are Ecuador or Costa Rica tax heavens?

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Fluent in 3 speak 4. Would be nice though to learn the language for the best tax heaven country for ex-pats. Are Ecuador or Costa Rica tax heavens?

Afaik, there is no Capital Gain Tax in Ecuador!

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..very different in Europe though!

In my country (where we have 4 official languages) - kids in school learn 2 to 3 foreign languages.
Native language in my part is Swiss german - a spoken language only.
Speaking and writing myself fluently german, french, english plus quite some italian.
To read newspapers some core bahasa indonesia and mauritian creole (french originated)
Learning with Rosetta some russian right now - to at least understand the news on tv channels ;-)
Understanding other cultures - The Language IS KEY!

GFIs1

and keeps the brain working

Indeed coming from a small European country there's a certain necessity to learn foreign languages... My mother tongue is Finnish, and I consider myself fluent in English and French as well. On top of that I speak some Spanish, German and Swedish (the 2nd official language in Finland) plus basic Russian and elementary Japanese. Wanna learn moar...

On a sidenote, hands down the best way to quickly and thoroughly learn a new language is to simply move someplace where you have to use it each and every day. So @Big Mike and others, while it of course makes sense to get a grip of the basics, grammar and all that by studying, don't worry - once you've moved in the language will come to you soon enough so long as you keep stubbornly and consistently using it and not reverting to English (which might be harder for native anglophones though).

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Fun subject.... after retiring, it seems that I am even forgetting the one that I thought that I knew, so maybe fluent in None!!! Although I have been working pretty hard on C#.....

Dont retire too soon MIke.... We like having you right here....

Bob


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I recently purchased Fluenz (Fluenz - Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn Italian, Learn Chinese, Learn German with Fluenz) to learn Spanish, since I am retiring to Ecuador. I've tried Rosetta Stone in the past and didn't care for it, and this time around did some research on Fluenz and I think it is a better fit for me (time will tell...).

In Ecuador, Spanish is the primary language. Some of my neighbors will speak English but to get around town I will need to know Spanish.

How many languages do you know?

What is your first language?

How did you learn your second language? Mentors, software, schooling, audio CD lessons, etc?

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