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Those who have decided to make Costa Rica their home for a few months, a year or even permanently soon realize the importance of establishing a base in the language which they encounter each day.  Whether interactions be greeting your friendly Tico neighbors, engaging with vendors at the local farmer’s market or with a clerk at the supermarket, ordering a menu selection at your favorite restaurant, opening a bank account, going to the hardware store to pick up items for a DIY project, communicating with your doctor or asking for directions, knowing Spanish will ease the assimilation to your new home. Plus, it simply makes sense -- permitting your time in Costa Rica to be more enjoyable with more confidence regarding the goings-on around you.

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“Sí…bueno…sí….claro. Oki. Chau.”

I hung up the phone in the Groups office of CPI and stared, wide-eyed, around the room. Oh no. It was my first day as a Grupos CPI chaperone, and I had just gotten off the phone with my boss who had given me a list of things to accomplish. (Actually, that was just an educated guess because I had spent the previous five minutes pretending to know exactly what she was saying while only catching about 2% of the conversation).

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Clearly an important question and the answer very much depends on your linguistic goals.  Most language immersion programs offer a 3 or 4 hour program on week days with some institutes extending classes with sessions of one or two additional hours daily. These extended programs are ideal for those students with specific objectives, whether those goals be personal or professional.

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When I sat down to write this initial blog, I simply pulled up a single picture from 2008--my first summer spent in Costa Rica--and let my mind fill-in the rest.

The picture shows the day my university arrived at the San Jose airport to begin our study abroad trip, and I can be seen grinning broadly while

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Summer vacation is a great time to explore the globe and learn Spanish in a short time! But how do you find the best country to study abroad and the best Spanish immersion programs? 

Costa Rica is known to be one of the top countries for spanish study thanks to: the quality of Spanish spoken, safety, bio-diversity and close proximity to North America. 

Spanish immersion programs with room and board included offer study abroad programs for as short as two weeks (but also up to various months).

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