Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Importance of Learning the Language

When people are considering making the move to Mexico from a foreign country, one of the first questions they ask me is "Do I need to learn the language?"  My answer is always the same - a resounding "YES!"  While it is possible to live in Mexico and speak only English (especially if you live in an expat hotspot like Los Cabos or San Miguel de Allende), I don't recommend it. 

Learning the language increases your ability to connect with a whole new set of people, understand what's going on around you, and gain a deeper understanding of the culture.  It is especially important in business - when people see that you are trying to learn their language they tend to be more helpful and appreciative. 

If you are interested in learning Spanish, I highly recommend checking out the Rocket Language online course series.  They even offer a sample 6 day course for free - so you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!!!

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