Facts about the Spanish language
More than 330 million people speak Spanish, making it the fourth-most utilized language in the world today. Spanish is the official language of Spain, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, Colombia, Argentina, and numerous other countries in Central and South America. Spanish is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Why Learn Spanish?
· Because you enjoy connecting with people. Learning Spanish will help you connect in new ways with people in your town, at your school, in the restaurants where you eat and the stores where you shop. Spanish also helps you get the most out of international travel.
· Because you want to prepare for your future. As the number of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. and around the world continues to grow, the ability to understand and speak Spanish gets more valuable every day. If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, civil service, business, or education, you’ll be amazed by how useful even basic skills can be.
· Because you’d like to understand your past. Learning Spanish may help you feel more connected to your ancestors.
· Because you like having fun! Give your curiosity free reign as you indulge in paella and learn to tango. Traditional activities from Spanish-speaking countries, mixed with camping favorites like canoeing, swimming, and marshmallow roasting, guarantee that every minute of your experience at El Lago del Bosque will be a treasured memory in the making.
Did you know?
The United States is currently home to the fifth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world? According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 28.1 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish at home, and 40 million people know and use Spanish regularly.
Our Spanish programs offer participants of every age a virtual world tour of Spanish cultures. Our caring, professional staff comes from all corners of the Spanish-speaking world, and they love to share their traditions. You may be served an asado argentina (Argentine barbecue) one evening and paella the next. And everyone enjoys the fun activities, from singing Spanish songs and learning traditional dances like la salsa and el tango.
You’ll be immersed in the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of the Spanish-speaking world. When you’re surrounded by dedicated counselors who are devoted to helping you understand the language and customs from your first hola (hello) until your final adiós (good bye), you’ll amaze yourself with how much you can learn. While the programs vary by length, location, focus and age-group, some of the most important features stay the same across our programs.
Every session provides the opportunity to experience Spanish language and cultures while participating in activities such as canto (singing), telenovela (the Village soap opera) and la fogata (campfire). You will have many opportunities to practice your español while participating in athletic and cultural activities such as fútbol (soccer), canoas (canoeing), periodismo (journalism), culinaria (cooking), baile (dance) and arte. There’s always something for you to enjoy.
Read about the delicious food at El Lago del Bosque.