We’ve all been there. After touching down and getting acclimated to your new country, it hits you: while you can say things like, “Where’s the airport?” or “How much is this?,” you have no clue how to order your favorite drink or where to go for a decent haircut.
Where’s your high school language teacher when you need them?
For those of you who are visiting or moving to a Spanish-speaking country, we’ve gathered the best Spanish decks from FactSumo, a newly launched mobile app devoted to making learning painless and easy.
(By the way, decks are these little “learning bursts” beamed to your smartphone in podcast form. You can choose to learn with video, audio, or a combination of both, and you can do it in 5 minute chunks throughout the day so you can get fluent in Spanish FAST.)
Because let’s face it – you’ll never get fluent in Spanish just by asking for the bathroom all the time.
#1: Get Fluent Outside
— Ralph d. (@XperienceEspana) May 3, 2016
Venturing out into the wilderness? So many Spanish-speaking destinations – think Spain, Mexico, Central and South America – offer warm climates with ample opportunities to get back to nature.
Use this camping vocabulary deck to learn BBQ in Spanish and other outdoorsy words and phrases.
#2: Get Fluent At The Doc
— GlobalEd Programs (@GlobalEdAbroad) November 5, 2015
Working in healthcare? If you’re moving to a Spanish-speaking country to work or volunteer in the medical field, this medical instructions deck is the perfect way to break down the language barriers with patients.
#3: Get Fluent With Your Realtor
— Hilary S (@hilface728) July 16, 2014
Staying for a while? Renting or buying a home is hard enough. Doing it in another language? Fuhgeddaboudit.
#4: Get Fluent At The Bank
— Erik Larson (@eelarson) April 29, 2016
Need some cash? FactSumo’s got your back when it comes to banking in your new Spanish-speaking country.
#5: Get Fluent With Your Stylist
— Nerja in a Map (@nerjamap) April 13, 2015
#6: Get Fluent In The Powder Room
— Mankool Superyachts (@Mankool_Yachts) April 26, 2016
Leaking toilet? Find out why it won’t go down (or how to call the nearest plumber) with this deck all about plumbing. (Another alternative: live in a hotel or guest house so you don’t have to worry about your own plumbing. The pic above looks inviting, don’t you think?).
#7: Get Fluent At Yoga Class
— Insta Sitges (@InstaSitges) March 14, 2016
You can get by on a few basic words and phrases when you’re vacationing for a week or two somewhere. But when you’re living abroad, you need to be completely immersed. Knowing how to speak your way through everyday situations will save time and headaches. Happy learning!
To get started on your Spanish language immersion adventure, check out FactSumo.com.