Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua
Over the years, lots of people have asked questions before their trip to study Spanish in Nicaragua. Here, we try to answer the most frequently asked questions that we have received at Apoyo Spanish School.
A Spanish-(insert your native language here) dictionary.
A notebook for taking class notes (and a few pens).
Light, comfortable clothes for warm weather.
Insect repellent (10% or more DEET is effective).
Sunscreen (higher SPF is better).
Shoes for hiking.
Shoes for wading.
Camera and charger or extra batteries.
Your favorite field guide of the birds or nature in the area (ask us if you would like recommendations.)
Snorkel, mask and fins.
The region of origin of a Spanish speaker is usually easily detected by his accent and choice of words. Although a few members of the Academia Real might disagree, differences are not much more than that, each being most useful where it is spoken. By learning to speak Spanish from different geographic locations, one will learn to understand the different variants and also will develop a more general language which transcends localities.
The current instruction strategy in teaching a foreign language is to speak only the language taught, not the language of the student, in the classroom. Both English and Spanish instruction techniques are most effective in this way. A good teacher will know how to get the students to communicate and begin learning, without using any language but Spanish.
Each individual needs to make an informed and autonomous decision about vaccines and health issues, with their personal doctor. The US State Department carries health and safety risk information on its website for each country.
In major cities, franchise businesses such as supermarkets and gas stations accept US and European credit cards and currency conversion is automatic. There are ATM machines wherever a BAC branch office is nearby which work with VISA and MASTERCARD. There are cash machines in Masaya and in Granada, but not in Apoyo, so get your cash before you depart these cities! No specific need for córdobas, however: Dollars are generally acceptable for payment in cash, as well.