30 Years On, I Figure It's Time To Learn To Speak Spanish
March 1, 2015, Panama City, Panama: The biggest challenge for adults trying to learn a new language is to create negative consequences associated with not learning it.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for 7. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.
I studied French, not Spanish, in high school and college. A year or so after graduation, I took my first trip to a Spanish-speaking country, Costa Rica. I packed a phrase book and boarded the plane without any concern that I didn't speak even a little of the language of the country where the plane was headed. Ah, youth.
Over the next couple of years, as I returned to Costa Rica often and began traveling as well to Nicaragua and Guatemala, I figured I'd pick up the Spanish I needed as I went along. How hard could it be?