5 reasons to speak Spanish in Ibiza

Maybe it was that day that he got up and realised he didn't want to live with Brexit, or maybe it was that other day that he went to bed feeling unhappy, stuck and/or dissatisfied with his life.

Be that as it may, one day he decided that he deserves more and that he is willing to leave everything to move to Ibiza in the hope of a better lifestyle.

A sunny climate most of the year, a slower pace of life and more cheerful and welcoming people make Ibiza an ideal destination to live all year round and start your new life happily with your family.

Here at BestOf Ibiza Properties we have years of experience in the real estate market and we are confident that we can help you find your perfect property on the island to make that dream come true.

In this post, however, we would like to share with you 5 reasons why you need Spanish in Ibiza AFTER you have moved to the island.

Because despite Ibiza's strong local expat community, speaking Spanish on the island can help you overcome countless everyday challenges,as well as opening up a new world of opportunities for you and your family when you become a year-round resident.

1 - Feeling independent and in control

 

Until not long ago, one could easily "get by" on the island just by speaking English.

But now you have to keep in mind that with Brexit the island has fewer Britons working all year round, and for any new resident who doesn't understand any Spanish, it's going to be a lot harder to just order a dish in a restaurant.

The truth is that one day, at some point, you will have to deal and communicate with a Local Spanish that does not speak a word in English.

And I can assure you that the exchange will be ugly and messy and you WILL HATE yourself for not being able to express yourself as you would like... as a confident and mature adult, not as an insecure and nervous child.

Expressing your opinion comfortably in Spanish anytime, anywhere and with anyone will not only increase your self-esteem, but also provide you with the sense of freedom and control over your life that you hope to get when you come to Ibiza.

2 - Save money and time

There can be nothing worse than feeling an easy target in a new country.

Whether you live in Ibiza, Paris or Beijing, not speaking the local language greatly increases the chances of you being taken advantage of by unscrupulous mechanics who under-charge you for a car repair or dishonest commercials who sell you their "best internet package".

Of course, some professionals on the island can speak a bit of English and will be happy to make an effort with you, but this will not be an option all the time to always ensure a smooth interaction.

So how are you going to order your important legal documents or properly explain your symptoms to your doctor?

Speaking Spanish in Ibiza will not only enable you to say NO at the right time, but it can help you avoid costly misunderstandings and save you time on the annoying and uncomfortable comings and goings trying to fix them.

3 - Be proud of yourself

Deep down we all know that when we go abroad, not imposing our language and respecting local customs is simply the right thing to do.

It may not always be the easiest option, but it's always the most rewarding.

In addition to feeling constantly lost and confused in everyday situations, not speaking Spanish in Ibiza will make you carry a feeling of guilt and shame for not truly embracing the language and culture of your new home in Spain.

But this, of course, is simply a personal choice.

With a little effort and learning some Spanish, you can become a respectful and proud new resident who accepts the plurality of the island and strives to connect and learn from the local community with confidence and curiosity.

Español en Ibiza

4 - Connect with the essence of Ibiza

Beyond the summer club scene and the stunning nature you always see in magazines, Ibiza is also known for having a rich cultural and historical heritage.

But what makes Ibiza a truly unique and almost magical place to live is the relaxed, positive and open attitude to life of its local community formed by ibizans and the rest of the islanders.

If you take seriously the idea of making Ibiza your new home,you should consider learning Spanish so as not to miss the connection with the true essence of the island.

To avoid living a parallel life on the island in your "ex-patriot bubble," make an effort to understand the new people and the culture around you as a sign of respect for accepting you and allowing you to start a new chapter of your life in paradise.

5 - Challenging negative stereotypes about expats abroad

Like it or not, by the simple fact of being a foreigner the locals will already have a predetermined perception about you.

This unfair trial is not, of course, your fault, as the only culprits are the many ex-patriots who came before you and who chose to live on the island for years and NEVER bothered to learn anything about Spanish.

They acted selfishly and never strived to connect and understandthe local culture... so they are now automatically judged as "one of them".

Luckily, you can now change that.

NOW you can choose to learn Spanish and have an impact on the island by helping to create a more connected and diverse community where language and culture are no obstacles to understanding each other.

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Conclusion:

Coming on holiday a few days or weeks a year and getting by with a "hello friend" and "2 beers please" is completely different from living on the island all year round.

As a full-time resident of Ibiza, you will not only discover a wonderful new depth of the island, but you will also be presented with a number of completely different challenges that you will have to face.

Speaking Spanish in Ibiza will help you enjoy your new experiences more and will enable you to face everything that the island has in store for you.

If you want Ibiza to be your home and want to be helped get started with your Spanish, we suggest you visit www.jaimevalencia.net and talk to Jaime, the only Spanish coach on the island who specialises in helping new owners embrace their new life on the island.

Or check out our next blog post where we share with you our 3 most popular ways to learn Spanish in Ibiza to help you become a proud and respectful new resident on the island.

For inquiries about any of our properties in Ibiza, do not hesitate to contact us.

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