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Universidad de las Americas - Puebla

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TobyFrowen
Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States
History, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Being that it was my home university's program transported to UDLA, I had no language barrier because everythig was taught in my native tongue of English. My host family was not to have spoken anything but Spanish but my host brother always wanted to speak English to better himself. I made an extreme effort to make friends with people that didn't know Englsih so that I could learn Spanish.
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Celia D
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
International Relations, Undergraduate, Independent
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before:
My level after:
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I was already pretty fluent in Spanish before I started studying. However, I think my written Spanish improved during my time at UDLA. I didn't take any language courses but I knew international students who did and overall they seemed to be impressed by the quality of tuition.
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Julia W
University of Southern Denmark - S°nderborg, S°nderborg, Denmark
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Altough I had very good grades at school in Spanish, it was quite hard to fallow everyhing at the beginning of my study time in Mexico. But most of the people are quite patient and try to explain expression that I didn┤t unterstand in other words. That happend as well in social but also in university life. Therefore I learned a lot of new vocabulary and my listening skills developed strongly. If I am talking now to a native speaker I often her compliments about my spoken Spanish and that I adopted the Mexican way of speaking:-)
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James G
The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Learnt a lot. There are many variations from Mexican Spanish and Castillian Spanish that should be aware of before you go, as I found out when asking a hotel porter where I could have sex with a bus!
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fisharrock
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At first I was concerned about taking classes taught in Spanish, but the tutors were used to teaching international students and I experienced no real problems. Socially, I gained confidence with time and by the end of the semester, I felt much more at ease. The fact that there were lots of international students from all over the world helped enormously, as Spanish bcame our common language.
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Remco v
Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Living in Mexico really obliges you to learn Spanish, and a few months in Mexico is already enough to really improve your Spanish. But it all depends on your own effort.
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