Traveling to Colombia

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Colombia Language Info

Colombia Language Info

When traveling to a foreign country, it’s always a good idea to have a few basic phrases of the official language handy. Even if you completely mispronounce a word or a phrase, the locals will appreciate you attempting to speak their language.

In Colombia the official language is Spanish. Although, the accent varies depending on the region you visit. Many claim that Colombian Spanish is the “purest,” and most clearly spoken in all of Latin America. So if you have any background of Spanish, you will most likely be able to understand Colombians just fine. It’s in Argentina, where you will have more trouble understanding the dialect.

Most Colombians learn English in school, and enjoy watching Hollywood films, giving them a basic understanding of English. It’s common for teenagers and children to try and practice their English with foreigners. So if you have a basic understanding of Spanish, you can help them as they help you! You don’t need to worry about language barriers at hotels, restaurants, and major tourist locations. The staff at those locations will speak English well. All of tour guides are English-speaking and other languages are available upon request. Just ask!

In today’s world, access to learning a language is endless. If you prefer to have a learning service ready to use, download the app, “duolingo.” Duolingo offers short lessons on a multitude of languages, including Spanish, directly on your phone. The software program Rosetta Stone is also popular. If you prefer a more interactive experience, we recommend taking a "Spanish for Travelers" class at your local community center. Many travel guidebooks include brief language sections. Learning a few basic Spanish phrases will make it much easier and enjoyable as you travel through Colombia. Study up before you go to familiarize yourself with basic Spanish, and have an unforgettable trip!


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