(Colombian) Spanish: From Zero to Hero
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’ve been told that by moving to a Spanish speaking country, you’ll “just pick up” the language, then you’ve been lied to.
Unless you’re below the age of about 12, there is nothing passive about learning a foreign language. Much as we might wish it were so, having daily contact with these alien words and expressions does not mean that they will magically and effortlessly seep into your brain.
You have to work hard to get them there.
Undoubtedly, your progress will be more rapid if you stay a while in Colombia, or any other Spanish-speaking country, as you will be exposed to the language much more frequently than you would back home.
Techniques to fast track you from a Spanish novice to a Spanish master
But you still have to get out there and make a conscious effort to study, learn and practice. And, along the way, there...