Ecuadorian Spanish / Spanish of days gone by
When it comes to treasure hunting, I can never just sit around doing nothing. I am either researching or learning new things.
My question: Is there a particular type of Spanish to learn that would be better for living and adapting to the Ecuadorian culture and people.
What do you recommend? There are many Spanish language learning cd's, etc. and schools.
I had a friend in my university days that was a grad student studying the old Spanish language which she claimed was quite a bit different from the Spanish of today.
Stan's response: I can't imagine living in Latin America and not learning to speak Spanish. And yet, so many gringos don't put in the effort. Thanks for your most excellent question David.
The Spanish spoken and taught in Quito, Cuenca and Loja is some of the best Spanish on the planet. Everyone learns differently. Some students do better in a classroom, some with one-on-one coaching and some do better with self-study. You must discover what works best for you.
I prefer self-study. I have thrived on the Pimsleur System and Duolingo which is free and online. It also helps to have an Ecuadorian wife who doesn't speak much English.
Again, this is a very personal matter. That said, one needs to put in time nearly everyday and even suffer a bit if one is to advance to the point of being able to freely converse with strangers.
For me, being able to communicate with the locals has been one of the most important ways to discover gold, treasure, lost cities and cheap beer.