Spanglish: a language exchange in Liberia, Costa Rica

Spanglish: a language exchange in Liberia, Costa Rica

I am always way too early. Classes, appointments, interviews,… This Spanglish event organised by Instituto Estelar every Wednesday in Mariajuana Restaurant, a block south of the school, was no different. I arrived about half an hour before it started and sat alone at the big table with my Diet Coke. It did give me a chance to explore the place a bit, though, and it is an amazing bar-restaurant. Very beautiful atmosphere and such friendly people.

When people slowly started to show up, I noticed there was a nice mix between familiar and new faces. The event is free and open to the community, so there was a mix of students and friends. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the event itself. I had been to one similar event before where the spoken languages were French and English. That event was super organised with one person walking around, making sure the right language was spoken at the right time. I was somewhat relieved that this event was more like an informal gathering than a drill hour. The concept seemed to be more about what felt natural.

I had several conversations with different people. But I appreciated the little questions posed by another Spanish student’s lovely Tica mama most. I noticed that I could already bring out a few sentences that made some sense. The confidence to speak is key in learning any language and I can fully imagine that once these events become a regular activity, it will contribute majorly to my desired results to master Spanish.

This blog was written by Mieke, from Belgium, who is a Spanish student at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.