How To Learn A Foreign Language

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?


23 Current Opportunities To Invest For Profit And Yield In Property

The World's Top Property Investments Right Now, All In One Room

Feb. 27, 2015, Panama City, Panama: Lief Simon’s Global Property Summit in Panama will reveal 23 opportunities to invest for profit and yield in real estate overseas.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

In a few weeks, I'll be hosting my annual Global Property Summit in Panama. The schedule is full, and I'm trying to find room for more developers with appealing offers who have presented themselves in recent weeks. The number of good opportunities for diversifying into real estate overseas is increasing as we continue to move into what I'm calling a Golden Age of global property investing.

Investing pre-construction, which gained a bad rap post-2008, is again a viable option. If you were a pre-construction investor stung by losses in pre-2008 bubble markets from Florida to Spain, you may be understandably wary. However, in certain markets, pre-construction is again interesting.


Surfing, Whale Watching, And Cigars In Las Terrenas

Top 10 Things To Do In Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Feb. 26, 2015, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic is a top choice in the Caribbean for surfing and whale watching.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

As we've been reporting lately... and as I can confirm from experience based on my recent scouting adventures... in the Dominican Republic beachfront town of Las Terrenas, the sparkling Caribbean and the sands that fringe it are ever-present. As you're coming and going around town throughout the day, you never have to look far to enjoy a view of the azure sea. 

If you've seen one Caribbean beach town, you've seen them all, you may be thinking. I thought that, too, before I saw this town. Las Terrenas is quintessential Caribbean but more than that. This town was discovered by Europeans, primarily the French, about three decades ago, and today is populated by French, Italians, Brits, Danes, and Germans.


Travel And Adventure In Kunming, China

Kunming, China—Not Ready For Retire Overseas Prime Time

Feb. 25, 2015, Kunming, China: Kunming, China, is a great place to visit but not ready for foreign retirees.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Vicki and I are in Kunming, China, for two months. We walk around a lot, mainly on crowded sidewalks. But, unlike in much of the world, here in China, locals use the wide, airy sidewalks to park cars, park motorcycles, repair mufflers, load and offload trucks, and blast music from loud speakers. Others sell food, clothes, shoes, or towels. And all the while hundreds, thousands of motorcycles drive through the same sidewalks, honking people out of the way. 

To walk down sidewalks, you run an obstacle course and play dodgeball at the same time. Cross the street in a crosswalk, with a green walk sign, and cars and motorcycles bear down on you from all directions. 

At first, we found the traffic chaos a bit unnerving. But Vicki and I have become used to the pause and glide required to get around obstacles and keep from getting crushed by a motorcycle. I figure there must be an intrinsic order here, although I have no idea what that order might be. 

The other day, a young man came up to Vicki and said, in English, "Hello, Grandmother, can I take your picture?"


Residency And Second Citizenship In The Dominican Republic

The DR—Best For Residency And Citizenship, Too

Feb. 24, 2015, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic is a top choice for establishing backup residency and for obtaining a second passport.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

I'm just back in the office after a week in the Dominican Republic. My bottom line impression? This is a land of opportunity.

First, I've moved this country, specifically the eclectic, lively, and very affordable Caribbean beachfront town of Las Terrenas, to the top of my list of places to buy real estate in 2015, as I detailed last week. Las Terrenas is the best place in the region to be shopping for affordable beachfront retirement digs and a great place to think about buying to let. Net rental yields can stretch into the double digits.

In addition, you could put some money into a CD with a bank in this country to earn as much as 5% for U.S. dollars and double digits on a Dominican Republic peso deposit. 

Furthermore, this is a destination where you can easily obtain residency and quickly get a second passport.

While many have touted the Dominican Republic as a place for an "instant" passport, this country does not offer an economic citizenship program. Believe any tout telling you otherwise, buy a passport through him, and you'll end up with a worthless document that will get you into trouble if you try to use it.


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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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