do spanish class ex pats as equals

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19 Mar 2008 00:00 by susanswl75 Star rating in newcastle uk. 13 posts Send private message

i am in the process of researching loads of books, web sites, tv programs and talking to people about moving to spain. one minute i would feel really positive about it and then i will hear something negative and it knocks me back to square one. one of the things i have heard is that the spanish don't treat the english very well especially if they don't speak good spanish. how have other people found this. i look forward to your replies.


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19 Mar 2008 17:55 by Karensun Star rating in Orihuela Costa. 1474 posts Send private message

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I can't say that has been my experience over the 5 years I have lived here.

I have only limited Spanish but have had no problems ( only my own insecurities ! ) and have often found the Spanish people have been more than helpful in adding the odd word for me and telling me how to say it in Spanish.

I have NEVER been made to feel 2nd class by the Spanish and my spell in a Spanish speaking hospital showed me the caring, thoughtfu,l friendly way of the Spanish in a time of real trauma for me.

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19 Mar 2008 18:37 by EOS Team Star rating in In Spain of course!. 4017 posts Send private message

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I think that the Spanish appreciate how difficult it is to learn languages so they are very encouraging to British people making effort to learn Spanish.



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19 Mar 2008 19:21 by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9330 posts Send private message

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In general.... we LOVE having people enjoying, appreciating and respecting our culture and our country and we generally welcome expat who has a respectful behaviour.

We are a hospitable culture... for sure.

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11 Jun 2008 11:10 by jmirza101 Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

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In my experience it depends what colour the expat is!!!

As a brown brit, you wouldn't believe the problems I have faced. Here are just a few.

1. Police harassment
2. Old ladies clutching their handbags closely when I happen to walk by.
3, Being stared at! (or does that happen to everyone in this country).

On one occasion I walked into a coffee bar and a guy had wondered away from his chair on the back of which he had hung his jacket, as soon as he saw me he moved sharpishly to stand guard beside his jacket! Probaly the sharpest he's moved in his life!

Shall I go on?

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11 Jun 2008 11:51 by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9330 posts Send private message

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No the new generations.... they do like colors, yes!



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11 Jun 2008 19:58 by far Star rating in Dundrum, Co. Down. 169 posts Send private message

Hello everyone,

Apart from the harrowing experience of buying or trying to buy a property off plan, waiting 4 years and its still not built. When in spain i have found most spanish people to be extremely polite, very helpful and with a great sense of humour, they in no way make you feel uncomfortable when trying out your spanish speaking skills and they are very family orientated and i have been told that mothers with children are much better treated in the workplace than in the uk.

Having observed the behaviour of some ex pats i dont know how the spanish put up with them!

I think the british could learn a lot from them for the better but the government needs to get its act together to stop the mistreatment of people from other countries who are in the process or have bought property in spain.
You reap what you so and this mistreatment is already coming back to haunt them, spains reputation is so bad in this regard that no-one wants to buy there anymore!


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