A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)

What Language in Cuenca?

Parque Calderon in CuencaWhile there are numerous indigenous languages spoken in Ecuador (including Quichua – in the Sierra, and Shuar - in the Amazon), the only language you really need to be concerned about is Spanish.

Here in Cuenca you’ll find that virtually every taxi driver speaks some, if not fluent, English, because of living in New York City. Also, English is taught in schools and colleges, so many locals have a very basic understanding of some English words. That being said, it is worthwhile having a basic understanding of Spanish.

There are numerous free courses online, and some computer based courses that can give a basic understanding. Also, once here, there are a number of very good spanish schools. You can have a private tutor for just $4-5 per hour, or you can join a group class for a little less.

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Bryan is a journalist, photographer, expat and dad. He writes for Gringos Abroad (Ecuador travel and living) and Blogger Abroad (run an online business abroad). He also enjoys living in Southern Ecuador (South America) with his wife and daughter. Connect with Bryan on LinkedIn.

More about: Cuenca Ecuador, Language Learning, Living in Ecuador

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  • grant gresser June 30, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Hola I hope to visit cuenan this summer. I want to stay 2 or 3 months the first time I visit. I live in lasvegas for 30 years,it is too hot 117 today. I will bring you a lasvegas calendar,& poster. this is what i do here in lasvegas. thanks.

  • Malcolm Reding March 4, 2012, 5:36 am

    If you are considering an online Spanish course, make sure you get a Latin version otherwise you will get the Castillian Spanish which is a little different.

    • Bryan Haines March 4, 2012, 8:16 pm

      Thats an important clarification, thanks for mentioning that. While the basics are the same, there are some significant differences.


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