Language Barrier in Ecuador

The fear of not being understood abroad is one of the biggest issues for every traveller who is not familiar with any foreign languages. Although English is spoken in the majority of European countries, in the case of travelling to Ecuador, you would be surprised how few people can speak this language. The local community, especially from the outside of the major cities, does not communicate in English which may seem like a barrier for Europeans who do not speak Spanish. However, if you are not a Spanish speaker, stay relaxed. We will explain everything and provide the solution for you.

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Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. You can learn Spanish in our Puerto Lopez Spanish School.

Who Can Speak English in Ecuador?

It is likely to communicate in English in international restaurants, hotels and hostels which are advertised on the English websites as well as at the airports and with the staff from renowned and reputable carriers. If you decide to learn Spanish in Ecuador, you will, naturally, get an English-speaking teacher. Moreover, this is probably the whole list of places and people who would understand you during your journey. Of course, you can visit Ecuador and hide from the local community by choosing expensive holidays during which you spend most of the time in the hotel area and visit only a few flagships locations. However, this is not the option for people who travel on the budget or for true adventure seekers. Therefore, in the last section, we propose you the alternative solution from which you would benefit more regarding money and possibility to explore the country. However, firstly, if you speak Spanish just a little you may wonder if it is enough… or not? This time, we have good news!

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Language barrier in Ecuador | a sign
English translations on the signs are not the standard in Ecuador.

Speaking Spanish With Local People

Ecuadorian people like when the traveller attempts to speak Spanish and support him even if he is a complete beginner. In general, the society is very friendly, spontaneous and talkative. Therefore, the adoption of basics of this language can be considered as a huge advantage for the visitor. Being familiar with the 1000 most popular words and phrases would be enough to able to communicate when ordering a taxi or in the local restaurant. However, if you struggle with a language barrier or are not able to learn basics due to, for example, time constraint we encourage you to follow proposed solution which will allow you to enjoy the real adventure in Ecuador without unnecessary stress and fear.

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Language barrier in Ecuador | Flags in Bolivia.


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