While Panama has an awesome reputation for tropical weather and beautiful beaches (and the canal, of course!), you should definitely look beyond the face value, as the country is so much more than a pretty place. Its notoriety as a vacation destination is without a doubt well-deserved, but it is also one of the best places in the whole world to not only add to your tan, but to your skill set – in particular, learning Spanish. If you’re considering learning Spanish abroad, Panama should be on the top of your list!
People talk slowly
One of the hardest things for new language learners is putting skills into practice in the real world. Outside of the classroom, people don’t usually talk as slowly and correctly as your teacher, especially in Latin America! It’s not uncommon for even confident students to completely shut down when faced with a real live conversation with a native speaker, as they are confronted with slang and mile-a-minute chatter.
Luckily, Panama is a happy exception in that speed-talking and excessive slang isn’t the norm. Especially when compared to countries in South America (including Venezuela), Panamanians seem to talk at a turtle-like speed, and quite correctly and politely. The slower pace of speaking lets any new or shy language learners comprehend more easily, and you won’t lose your spot in a conversation.