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Why do Spanish Immersion Programs Work?


Spanish immersion programs are a great way to learn because you learn and practice constantly throughout the day.  The limited amount of practice you get in a typical class back home just can’t compare to what you get spending any length of time submersed in the language and culture of a Spanish speaking country.

So why  do Spanish immersion programs work?  To sum it all up it works because it replicates the natural way of learning a language.  You start with sounds, which move on to words and then to groups of words, or phrases. Your ear picks up on subtleties  that help you understand a variety of people (not just your high school teacher’s accent!). Then you practice this rudimentary, caveman Spanish in your day-to-day activities and conversations as you get over the “awkward phase” of being embarrassed to practice what you know.  People correct you and you learn more.  You learn more by listening to people’s responses, picking up both vocabulary and grammar rules. If you politely ask them to help or correct your mistakes you get multiple teachers.

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Rivas cultural activities


Every Saturday in (the city of) Rivas cultural activities take place, such as traditional dances, (karaoke) singing, live mariachi and marimba music. There are vendors selling refreshments like chicha, a typical Nicaraguan drink. Also people can enjoy a gourmet food fair where families and visitors can try the different national dishes made my the people of Rivas and other Nicaraguan cities. There are artisans selling clothes and other things made in Nicaragua. At night, there are cultural and theatrical presentations, for which Rivas is famous. If you would like to know more about Nicaraguan life, food, and culture you can visit the family friendly fairs every Saturday from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.

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Rivas, Nicaragua

 



On September 15th, five Central American nations: 
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, 
and Nicaragua.

On this day in 1821, Central American leaders 
accepted a plan declaring the five nations free 
from Spain.
Every year on September 15  Nicaragua organises 
the Act of Independence of Central America 
is read in all state schools and are present 
demostrations of their cultural art to the public.
This ends the series of activities for the 
Independence Day celebrations.
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