Learning Spanish in Colombia

It’s said that Colombian Spanish, and particularly that spoken in Bogotá, is the most proper in the world. So why waste your time learning anywhere else? Colombia is one of the premier destinations to learn the language and there are ample schools on offer here that guarantee you’ll be able to speak español in no time, and for a fraction of the price you’d pay back home.
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=> In terms of accent, Colombian Spanish can generally be broken into 3 broad categories: Bogotano, Paisa and Costeño (please note, there are more, but these are the most likely you’ll hear and the easiest to distinguish).

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Bogotano/Rolo (from Bogotá and surrounding areas)

Catedral Primada BogotaBogotano is the easiest to understand. People speak clearly, relatively slowly and, unless you’re hanging out with young locals, with relatively little slang.

“¿Parce, como te va?” – Mate, how’s it going? 
“¿Vecino regálame (una cerveza) por fa” – Can I get (a beer) please? (literally neighbour, gift me (a beer) please)


=> More information on learning Spanish in Bogotá
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Paisa (Medellín, Antioquia and around)

Medellin Pueblo PaisaThe Paisa accent is still easy to understand, though contains more colloquialisms and is a little rougher around the edges. Typically it has a little more of that Sean Connery-tinged accent that is found in Spain.
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“¡Eh ave maria pues!” Holy mother...! (both good and bad)
“¿Que mas hombre, bien o no?” - How are you?
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Recommended schools in Medellín:

http://nuevalengua.com/schools/colombia/medellin.html
http://spanishmedellin.com

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Costeño (Varies, but Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta and around)

The roofs of CartagenaThe Costeño accent is the most difficult of all, often omitting the ‘s’ sound for a ‘ch’ sound like in the Scottish word ‘loch’ or a more silent sound like the ‘h’ in ‘honour’. For example, instead of ‘conozco’, you’ll hear something closer to ‘conohko’, and instead of ‘de donde eres’, expect a lazier ‘de donde ereh’.
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Compa que” Hey mate
“Ira” - Bullshit!
“Nojoda” - OMG!

=> More information on learning Spanish in Cartagena
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