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  1. Dodger

    How much Spanish do you need on the VDLP

    I have a very basic understanding of Spanish. I can ask for a menu, do you do dinner, etc & do you, where is inanition I can order basic food, coffee, tea, where is/are please, thank you etc I am attempting to understand some basic written words. Will this get me by or do I need more, I...
  2. Prentiss Riddle

    "Fluent Forever" app now offers Castilian Spanish

    The nerdiest language app ever, Fluent Forever, has just added Castilian Spanish to their language list. Has anyone tried it? I read the book and fooled with their method years ago before they had an app (I was learning a different language, Hindi) and I thought their approach made a lot of...
  3. Learning Spanish with Jose from Ponferrada (when he lived in Sydney)

    Learning Spanish with Jose from Ponferrada (when he lived in Sydney)

    Do you need to speak Spanish to walk a Camino in Spain? Yes and No. On the Camino Frances, not really. Other more remote routes? I think it's useful.
  4. henrythedog

    Easy Spanish radio?

    I’ve been learning Castilian Spanish for a couple of years and, at my own pace and in ‘expected’ situations, I’ve some degree of competence. Strong B1, approaching B2 on a good day. (UK ‘A’ level). What I need to work on is conversation and comprehension of random speech. The Spanish radio...
  5. JanskeMarie

    Spanish language

    September 16th I will start my Camino Madrid. This is a Camino where mainly Spanish is spoken, a language I don't speak well. Have you encountered difficulties if you do not speak the language on the road?
  6. cher99840

    Immersion Spanish Schools in Spain

    Has anyone any experience good or bad with any of the immersion language courses in the various schools in Spain? I am planning on returning to Spain in early spring 2020 to complete the Via de la Plata starting from Merida where I left off in 2017. The plan is to go over early for 3 to 4 weeks...
  7. peregrina2000

    Recommendations on Language Courses?

    A Camino pal of mine is hoping to return to Spain for a 2-4 week language course. The choices are overwhelming, and he was hoping that someone on the forum would have specific recommendations. He would like to be in a coastal place, daily lessons, not sure what other features he should pay...
  8. Helen1

    Recommendations for Spanish classes in London wanted

    Hi All, I'm lucky to live in central London so I have a overwhelming choice of places to learn beginner Spanish after work e.g. The Cervantes Institute course is £325 per term + books, but the classes are 2.5 hours long !?! (this is the one people tend to recommend on camino forums) Various...
  9. Robo

    What are YOUR Favourite Spanish Words?

    Prior to our last Camino, I thought it might be useful to learn some more Spanish. The aim was to build on my already impressive vocabulary of about 20 words, that dealt mainly with food and drink! The big goal this time, would be to achieve the ultimate in flexibility and independence… To be...
  10. C

    Essential Camino Spanish?

    Is there a quick guide to essential Spanish for pilgrims?
  11. CS Peregrina

    Language on the Camino

    How do you think your language abilities affect your Camino experience? If you speak only English… Has that hampered your ability to connect with other pilgrims? Has that hampered your ability to connect with people along the way (bar tenders, servers, store owners...
  12. Jersey

    Best app for learning Spanish?

    I'm looking for an app to learn Spanish that is audio based so I can listen while I go for my daily walk. Thanks
  13. notion900

    Proper Preparation?

    Just a philosophical question. Judging by the posts on this forum, most people spend an inordinate amount of time, money and effort fretting about gear and clothing, reading tons of blogs, and diligently watching films and reading books, and yet seem to expend so little effort trying to learn...
  14. April Jo

    Should I learn Portuguese or Spanish

    Hi. I'm struggling to learn Spanish.... I'm thinking of doing the CP next time: should I keep going with Spanish, or would it make more sense to learn Portuguese? Thanks for your anticipated opinions.
  15. linkster

    Camino Vocabulario

    I have been trying to learn some basic Spanish in preparation for my first Camino. I have been using Rosetta Stone, Spanish 101 at the local State College, Coffee Break Spanish, and Spanish Behind the Wheel. A little bit every day, and it is slowly starting to make sense. I have started putting...
  16. Deacon Jason

    Speaking Spanish in Spain

    A question especially for any Spanish pilgrim brethren on the forum (and, of course, any others who are knowledgeable): I speak intermediate level Mexican Spanish...aside from those differences I've already discovered (tortillas aren't bread, sandwiches are bocadillos not tortas) are there any...
  17. L

    Talking with local people?

    Something I haven't found in the Camino books and accounts I've read: Conversations with local people in the Camino towns and villages. Nothing about how folks earn a living, what they do for fun, how they feel about life in general. Seems like most of the conversations I read about are...
  18. VNwalking

    Spanish language flashcards online

    I searched for similar threads but there don't seem to be any, so here goes--I hope it's not a duplication. So I just found out about a free flashcard program for studying almost any language--or many other things for that matter. You can download flashcards to an android phone or PC, then use...
  19. Jerriah

    Signage at Bus/Train Stations?

    Are the signs at the Airport/Train/Bus station only in Spanish? Or do they have some in English? Is navigating these places easy not knowing any spanish?
  20. E


    Hi. Just wondering. I have some words of Spanish and learning some more at the minute. If im been honest im not the best in the world for leaning languages. Would I get by on basic Spanish without offending any of the locals or worse making a tit out of myself ;)