Top ten tips for Americans moving to Chile

I´ve met some wonderful people through this blog. Top of the list, Valentine. A Cali girl, she’s thrown herself into expat life since she moved here last year. When she’s not cruising around with her kids on a double decker bus tour, mountain biking down the Andes or hiking in the hills, she works as Community Liaison Officer at the US…
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How to speak Spanish in a month: Learn like a five year …

What’s the easiest way to learn Spanish? What’s the fastest way to learn a foreign language in general? Learn like a five year old. We arrived in Santiago de Chile about a year ago. My five year old son, Sebastian now speaks almost fluently and understands about 90% of Spanish (unless we’re talking about cartoons or cake, then it’s 100%).…
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How to learn a foreign language – it’s simpler than you thought

Languages are like diets. Just like that pill which promises to give you a Victoria’s Secret model’s body in a week, anyone telling you they can make you fluent in Russian overnight is lying. I studied French and German at university, I dabbled in Arabic while living in Damascus and I’m now trying my hand at Spanish here in Chile.…
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The Best Schools in Santiago

We’re currently looking into a school for our son in Santiago, Chile. If you’re starting the search too, here is a list of some of the best schools we’ve come across here in Santiago and the suburbs. Please note that these notes are my very personal thoughts and impressions. Just because I didn’t rate a school, doesn’t mean you won’t.…
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Top tips for applying to schools in Santiago, Chile

A few weeks ago I posted about how tough the school application process is here in Santiago, Chile. There’s an under supply of schools and a huge demand from parents, resulting in a scarcity of places. While in some countries a large bank balance will get your pick of the top schools of the country, here in Chile it’s much…
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Top travel tips for new expats in Santiago, Chile

We’ve been in Santiago over a month now and I have to admit, I haven’t explored much of the city yet. That’s perhaps the difference between tourists and expats. We expats have a mission, we have stuff to be getting on with, mobile phone contracts to be setting up, identity cards to be processed and as we’re here for a…
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Can Spanish style parenting help your unruly child?

Today I noticed my son’s scooter was inside the rubbish bin. If it’s in there, I’m not allowed to take it out until Wednesday morning, if at all. Let me explain. If my three year old misbehaves, he gets a warning from his Spanish dad. If he continues to misbehave, he gets a warning in a harsher tone of voice.…
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Can sign language help your bilingual child?

Experts reckon that bilingual kids are at a significant advantage. OK so it might take them a little longer to grasp the lingos but the final results outweigh any difficulties along the way. Tell that to a toddler from a multilingual family at dinner time. Learning to speak is frustrating enough but add in extra languages and it gets messy (literally).…
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Fancy a nationality swap?

Fancy swapping nationalities this month? I’m considering Canadian – modest, understated and cool. Or Switzerland – safe, pacifistic and beautiful. Or Tuvaluan – a nationality hardly anyone has heard of, belonging to a country which will disappear anyway if sea levels continue to rise. Because I’m rather bored of being British right now. Or rather I’m fed up of being held up for Brexit, Gibraltar, the Falklands and pretty much…
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