Do you need to speak Spanish in Puerto Vallarta?
This is a question I get asked all the time by my clients. The short answer is not really but the longer answer is you should try to learn the language of your new country. I really can’t believe the number of people that have wintered here for a number of years and can’t say Buenos días or De Nada. Trust me the locals appreciate it if you try to speak at least some Spanish. And the more you learn the more you can enjoy your life here. Usually the next question I get asked is how is my Spanish? Well it depends who you ask. Ask my bilingual children and they will say muy mal (very bad) and that when I do use my limited vocabulary I speak like a Gringo. I personally think that is unfair of them, I haven’t had the advantage of being sent to a private school for 5 years learning Spanish but alas I must give in. No more do I want my children responding to me when I speak in Spanish with “oh Daddy please no”.
So back to school I go. This time with a highly recommended private tutor, Zuri Aguirre (firstname.lastname@example.org) this will work better for me as it is via Skype sessions that can be fit into my busy schedule easier. And hopefully by the end of my sessions I can pin this image to my wall with pride.
I have also gone to the Spanish School Puerto Vallarta which uses the Warren Hardy method of study (http://www.spanishschoolvallarta.com) which I highly recommend for those just starting their foray into learning the wonderful Spanish language. It is a very comprehensive program and despite my kids’ opinion, I learned a lot here.
And finally for those I work with who may read this article, no this does not mean you can only speak Spanish to me now but hopefully as time goes by I will be able to understand and speak more and catch your jokes (which I am sure are largely at my expense).
Warren Brander is an expert real estate agent with The Agency in Puerto Vallarta. If you are thinking about buying or selling an investment property in Puerto Vallarta or the Banderas Bay area, contact him at (322) 200-2253 or warren.brander@TheAgencyRE.com