Is Learning Spanish Hard?

Posted by Jul22, 2013 Comments (0)

do you speak spanish?Come to Costa Rica and this is the first question most people ask when they attend their first Spanish lesson. When you’re not splashing about in the water at our surf retreat or enjoying a relaxing massage, you might be sitting on a beach learning to speak the language of this Central American paradise.

You know it’s important and fun to learn a new language, but you still have some butterflies floating around in the pit of your stomach. We have everything you need to know about learning Spanish at our surf camp, though.

Language Difficulty

Every language has a certain level of difficulty. You’ll find a lot of websites which attempt to rank languages in order of difficulty. Whilst we won’t discuss the various drawbacks of such ranking systems, the consensus is Spanish is one of the ideal languages to learn for novice language learners.

There are a minimal number of tenses and pronouncing the words is simple for an English speaker. The most difficult part is learning to roll some of the words off your tongue.

This is why we always get people at our surf camp who claim they can’t speak a word and within a few sessions they’re forming coherent sentences.


Languages are difficult mainly because of the various tenses and conjugations. In the case of the Oriental languages, you’ll also have to deal with difficult symbols on top of this. Spanish is easier to learn than English. One of the reasons why people find it so hard is due to their own fears of failure.

It’s no secret the US and the UK rarely put much stock in learning languages. Once you leave school, these language skills tend to fade away. Be confident in your abilities and you’ll find learning Spanish enjoyable.

Total Immersion

If you’re going to try learning from a textbook without any immersion, you will find it difficult. It’s tough to stay motivated in this sort of environment. At our surf retreat, we seek to immerse you in the language. For a start, you’re in Costa Rica where the national language is Spanish.

During your excursions, you’ll encounter local people who speak fluent Spanish and English. Try your skills on them and get acquainted with the language in the real world.

It’s still important to use textbooks and so-called traditional learning materials, but they shouldn’t be the only things you use. Studies have shown students who’re immersed and integrated into a language will learn it much faster than someone who has no real world contact with it.


Learning a language should be fun. You’re on holiday in a delightful corner of the world and there’s no time for boredom. Boredom is when learning Spanish becomes hard because you don’t really want to be there. At the Shaka surf camp, we introduce games, fun conversations, and things which are actually beneficial to you.

In some cases, visitors to our surf camp have even sat under a thatched roof with a Spanish notebook and a cold beer in their hands. Now that’s the best way to learn to speak a new language!

Contact us for help organizing your Costa Rica surf camp adventure.



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