Find out about what it's like to learn Spanish in Salamanca. It's important to choose wisely when selecting a place to learn Spanish in Spain.
What Language Do They Speak in Salamanca?
This question is not as silly as it may sound as there are a number of languages spoken in Spain.
In Salamanca they speak standard (Castillian) Spanish.
The Accent and Dialect You'll Hear in Salamanca
The inhabitants of Salamanca speak with one of the clearest and most easily understood dialect. Salamanca is in the region of Castilla, which is where Castillian Spanish comes from.
People from Salamanca claim to speak with a classic, faultless accent. This is not true. They, like in Madrid, lisp the 'd' at the ends of words (making Madrid sound like 'Madrith'). Some of them also do something especially odd - lisping a hard c such as in the word 'correcto', pronouncing it as 'correthto'.
However, some odd idiosyncracies aside, listening to people from Salamanca speak is a great way of improving your Spanish.
Lifestyle in Salamanca
Salamanca is a small city and though the architect and attractive plazas are interesting, there isn't much in Salamanca to keep you amused for a long time.
Salamanca has a vibrant nightlife, especially for such a small city, as it has a large student population. Unfortunately, this amounts mainly to cheesy techno music and not what you might associate with 'studenty nightlife'.
Salamanca's academic and linguistic reputation brings a lot of foreign (especially North American) students into town. Hip-hop clubs have sprouted up to cater for them.
Climate in Salamanca
Salamanca's climate gets very hot in summer and extremely cold in winter. It is one of the driest regions in Spain.
Language Schools Where You Can Learn Spanish in Salamanca
The fact that Salamanca has one of the oldest universities in Europe, combined with the belief that Salamanca Spanish is the best in Spain, means there is a disproportionately high number of language schools in Salamanca.
This is a bad thing. Lots of schools means too few students to go round. A Japanese friend of mine learned Spanish in a class that was made up of 50% Asian students and 50% Brazilians. Asians typically learn slower than the average European as their languages are so different from Spanish, whereas Brazilians find switching from Portuguese to Spanish especially easy. But there were not enough students in the school to justify splitting the class in two.
Here is a list of schools to check out: