VIDEO – Do you need to know Spanish in Mérida? Watch this video to learn more about why it’s not necessary to know Spanish but why it’s recommended.
Many visitors and future residents alike ask this important question. Technically, the answer is no BUT it is respectful to learn at least a few words and phrases in Spanish. Don’t worry! Learning a new language may seem challenging. One of the greatest things about Mérida is there are so many people here who want to help you. From learning about the neighborhoods to finding the best restaurants, you’ll find help around every corner.
Additionally, I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s easier to learn a language when you are in the country. From my perspective, this is definitely true. When people are all around you speaking a foreign language, listen to them. Over time, the intonation, inflection, and flow of words helps you understand better.
Notably, there are also people who have lived here for some time that don’t know Spanish in Mérida. It is a personal choice when deciding to learn the language or not. At times, there’s a sharp learning curve or some just can’t get the grasp of a new language. And you know what? That’s okay too! People don’t judge others for their mastery or lack of knowledge of the language.
Keep in mind, just about everyone you come into contact with wants to help you. That’s one of the beautiful things about this amazing city.