During the “What’s Your Biggest Concern About Relocating to Panama” Conference Call, one of the biggest concerns was the language barrier.
In some areas in Panama, you can get by without leaning much Spanish. In other areas of Panama, you will need to know more Spanish. The good news is that you already know a lot more Spanish than you think! Here are a few examples:
A word that ends with OR in English is exactly the same in Spanish – just pronounced a little different with the accent on the last syllable in Spanish
Color = Color
Conductor = Conductor
Words that end with an AL are exactly the same in English and Spanish. In Spanish, you stress the last syllable when you say the word.
Principal = Principal
Hospital = Hospital
Words that end with BLE are identical in English and Spanish but you stress the next to the last syllable
Visable = Visable
Terrible = Terrible
Words that end with an IC, you just add an O in Spanish
Public = Publico
Plastic = Plastico
Words that ends with an IST, you just add an A in Spanish
Dentist – Dentista
Artist – Artista
See how easy that is!
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Do you need to know Spanish before you move to Panama? Absolutely not! But just knowing a little Spanish will certainly help.