Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.
Luckily, it’s pretty damn easy to dress well in Latin America. You really don’t need much. This isn’t New York City or Los Angeles. A little effort goes a long way here.
The custom suit might even be too much. For most gringos, your goal should simply be to NOT look like this:
I’ve rocked the goofy gringo look before, too.
This is the quintessential gringo look while traveling around Latin America. You’ve got the cargo shots, the flip-flops, and a soccer jersey or tank top.
If you’ve spent enough time in the region, you’ll come to recognize this look from a mile away. You know it when you’ve seen it. The goofy gringo travels all over Latin America – often in herds.
Now, rocking this attire while enjoying some time at the beach or even doing a little tourism in a warm city is perfectly fine.
The problem is gringos have taken this relaxed attire a little too far. Nowadays, you’ll see dudes rolling around major cities like Bogota, Colombia or Lima, Peru looking like scrubs.
Whereas locals are in pants and a button-down, some even in a suit, the gringo is strolling around like he’s at the beach in cities of 10+ million people. Cities that are the capital of said counties filled with business people and hard workers.
It’s not a good look. Unsurprisingly, many Latinos think gringos are complete and utter slobs.
Think about it. If people from different countries came to your city by the thousands and every single time you see one of them on the streets they look like they’re hungover and headed to the beach, you wouldn’t hold a high opinion of them, either.
Instead of rolling around looking like a slob, follow a few of these rules and you’ll soon be seen as the best-dressed gringo many a Latino has ever seen:
Wear Pants: Seriously, if you wear pants in public, locals in Latin America will give you more respect. They’ve seen enough of the cargo shorts and swimming trunks from foreigners. A decent pair of jeans during the day is all you need to impress.
No Flip-Flops: First off, flip-flops are horrible for your feet and ankles. Second, they look sloppy unless you’re going to the beach. I’ll never understand why gringos walk around in flip-flops so damn much. Just don’t do it unless you’re at the beach or pool.
Normal T-Shirts: Tank tops, soccer jerseys, and those weird “hippy clothing shirt” things are typical for the traveling gringo to roll around in while traveling in Latin America. Instead, just wear a normal v-neck or henley t-shirt in a basic color during the day.
Common sighting in Peru.
Basically, you want to look like you would back home. Think about how you would dress if you went to the library while at university or the coffee shop with a friend. Think how you would dress for a first date back home.
Just dress normally. Don’t come down to Latin America and become a scrub just because you’re a few miles away from home. That type of effort and attitudes gives gringos a bad name all over the region.
A Gringo’s Guide to Dressing Better, Style, and Fashion in Latin America
Now, we’re getting to the good stuff. If you want specific style advice while traveling Latin America, here it is.
Below you’ll find what you need to know about dressing well in Latin America and standing out from the gringo crowd in a good way.
While I’m no fashion blogger, here’s a little bit of specific advice about fashion in Latin America and how the average gringo can dress better:
Shoes For Travelers
They say shoes make a man and I cannot disagree. Just by not wearing flip-flops, you separate yourself from the gringo herd.
But there’s more to it than that.
If you want to look damn good while you’re living and traveling in Latin America, here’s what shoes and footwear I recommend:
Sperry Sneakers: I’ve worn this pair of Sperry’s for years. I think I’ve had three different pairs. Latin girls love them for some reason and I regularly get compliments on them, which is odd to me – as they’re a basic pair of shoes. These are my daytime shoes. I wear them to coffee shops, co-working spaces, and more. They look good with jeans.
Thursday Boot Company: I’ve worn this pair of boots by Thursday Boot Company for the past few years. They look impressive with a pair of dark jeans or nice travel pants. Plus, they’re durable as hell. One pair will last a couple years when properly shined every couple weeks while living in Latin America. Oh, and you’ll get compliments on them. Trust me.
Jeans and Travel Pants
You should get used to wearing pants while traveling in Latin America. Even when it’s hot as Hades outside, Latinos will wear pants. Hell, even when you start sweating the minute you step outside, people in Latin America will still wear pants.
It’s the culture. Unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb, and not in a good way, you’ll want to wear jeans or pants most of the time while living in the region.
Here are a few of my favorite jeans and travel pants:
Outlier Slim Dungarees: These are the best pair of travel pants I’ve ever seen, worn, or even heard of. They’re seriously awesome. Pricey, but awesome. I found them ideal for walking around during the day in Latin America, as they’re somewhat lightweight and you don’t get overheated.
Hudson Jeans: I’m a huge fan of Hudson Men’s Jeans, especially the darker washes. They look great while on a date or partying at night and match well with t-shirts and button-down. You can even dress them up with a blazer and look pretty damn stylish.
T-Shirts, V-Neck, Henleys
It’s super easy to dress better than the average gringo in Latin America during the daytime. Just wear a normal looking t-shirt, v-neck, or short-sleeve henley. Most travelers wear tank tops or scraggly soccer jerseys all day.
So, let’s dive in. A few of my favorite travel t-shirts include:
prAna Men’s V-Neck: For those who don’t like merino wool, the prAna men’s v-neck is the best travel t-shirt I’ve found. This shirt looks damn good. After wearing my heather grey prAna v-neck for years, I can attest to the style and durability of their products. Highly recommended.
Woolly Clothing Merino Wool Short Sleeve Henley: I have three of these merino wool travel shirts. Currently, I don’t travel with any other “t-shirts” while on the road. The Woolly Clothing Merino Wool Short Sleeve Henley looks fantastic and offers numerous benefits for travelers. I can’t recommend this product enough.
Rocking that short sleeve henley in Cali, Colombia.
Generally, Latin America is a fairly warm region. You really don’t need too many long sleeve shirts unless you plan to go hiking in cooler regions often.
As such, I typically only bring one long sleeve shirt with me while traveling Latin America. I recommend you do the same. No reason to overpack. Packing light is always packing tight.
Here’s my favorite:
Woolly Clothing Merino Wool Long Sleeve Henley: I’ve been wearing this long-sleeve henley all winter and it’s been fantastic. The Woolly Clothing Merino Wool Long Sleeve Henley is warm and it looks damn good. If you’re looking for one long sleeve shirt to pack, this should be the one.
I’ve met more than a few gringos who didn’t have a single button down in their backpack while traveling around Latin America. Only t-shirts and tank-tops. That’s fine and dandy, but not exactly ideal when trying to look stylish.
Plus, in many cities throughout the region, you’re not getting into a decent nightclub without at least a button down shirt on. T-shirts and sneakers aren’t flying at Lima Bar in Miraflores or Hotel V in Zona T.
Now, the style of button down you wear is a little more varied than other clothing items. The type of dress shirts you wear will be determined by your age, physique, hair color, skin color, and more.
So, it’s a bit difficult to give specific examples of dress shirts. But I’ll do my best.
Generally, one-color shirts or pattern shirts fair well in Latin America. Think sharp business attire or full-on Cuban drug dealer swag.
I often just rock a slim-fit white dress shirt when partying in Latin America. Just something basic like this:
It’s essential to unbutton as many buttons as possible.
Upper-class Latinos often like to rock one-color dress shirts that have a business or professional vibe. Mimicking that style tends to work damn well and looks great, especially in nightclubs.
The Cuban drug dealer look is also popular in Latin America. What do I mean by the Cuban drug dealer look? Well, it’s generally chino pants and a printed button-down shirt. Occasionally, they’ll rock a blazer.
Think about what Pitbull would wear during a Miami winter. In my mind, it’s something like this:
Cuban Drug Dealer 101.
Printer dress shirts like the one above fair well in Latin America, especially when mixed with a clashing color of paints. For example, you wouldn’t wear that shirt with jeans. You’d rock chino pants with it.
Here are a few other buttons downs that would look good in Latin America:
In many Latin American locales, you won’t have any need for jackets, blazers, or suits. In other places like Bogota, Colombia, some nicer clothing really comes in handy from time to time.
While I won’t give any specific blazer recommendations, as that’s too specific to the individual, I will say that military-style jackets seem to get a great reception here. I rarely bring a jacket, but when I do it usually looks like this:
Hard to see it.
I don’t see a ton of leather jackets in Latin America. Honestly, they just don’t seem to popular here. I can’t say I’d recommend leather down here.
You can definitely rock necklaces and earrings down here, too. Although, I’d say the watch and bracelet combo is by far the best way to go.
Oh, and sunglasses are a must. I usually just buy a knock-off pair of aviators from a street vendor for $5-6 USD when I arrive. No reason to spend big bucks on them, as they’ll probably get lost while you travel.
I’ve gotten more hate for wearing basketball shorts to the gym than any other fashion faux pas in Latin America. Seriously, I’ve found Latinos absolutely hate baggy basketball shorts with a passion.
I even had a girl offer to take me shopping for proper gym clothing, as she was so turned off by my Jordan shorts and high-top Nike shoes.
Many people in gyms throughout Latin America dress pretty well. Stylish track pants are common and name brands are always found. This is especially true in nice gyms, like Smart Fit or Body Tech.
Personally, I can’t be bothered to overpack on fancy gym clothes, but I did ditch the baggy basketball shorts and cutoff t-shirts.
In Cali, Colombia. Boardshorts still a little too baggy, but I’ll live.
These days I travel light, so a pair of trainers, one merino wool tank top, and a few pairs of board shorts is all I rock these days.
Here are a few gym attire recommendations for Latin America:
Chuck Taylors: These are ideal gym shoes while traveling because they don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage. Plus, Chuck Taylor shoes are stylish in the gym. Couldn’t recommend these enough.
Boardshorts: While boardshorts are not as stylish as track pants in the gym and look a little gringo beach bum, the benefits far outweigh the downsides. Boardshorts from brands like O’Neill look great and can be worn in the gym, to swim, and more.
Merino Wool Tank Top: I’m wearing a merino wool tank top in the photo above. It looks great in the gym and holds up during a good sweat. I love the Woolly Clothing tank-top and highly recommend it.
Going the Extra Mile: Getting Custom Clothes Made in Latin America
Last, but not least – I want to talk about one simple way to truly take your style to the next level in Latin America and back home.
What’s that? Getting custom clothing made while traveling.
Now, this may be above your pay grade or interest level, but it’s still worth talking about. In Latin America, you can get custom dress shirts, blazers, and suits made for rock bottom prices.
You just have to know where to look and how to find the high-quality craftsmanship.
I’m certainly no expert in this regard, but many of my buddies have gotten custom suits, blazers, and shirts made for pennies on the dollar compared to back home.
The quality is impeccable and the fit unbeatable. You can get fully customized suits created for $200-400 USD in places like Bogota, Colombia.
A custom cut dress shirt, made from a material you selected out of hundreds, only costs anywhere from $40-80 USD.
Stunning blazers handcrafted to your specific size often only cost $120-150.
If you’re into style and fashion, consider getting custom clothing made in Latin America. You’ll find prices 50-80% cheaper than back home and the quality is comparable.
Just make sure you search for custom clothing in big cities known as financial capitals of their country. Things Bogota, Colombia or Mexico City.
Also, remember that a good tailor isn’t going to turn around your suit or shirts in one weeks time. You’ll usually need to give them 2-3 weeks to finish your clothing, although a little bribery goes a long way here.
A Gringo’s Guide to Fashion in Latin America
Whew, that was a long one. But I wanted this post to be thorough. I wanted to give you an idea of exactly how to dress while traveling around Latin America.
I want my fellow gringos to look damn good.
Just remember – I’m no fashion blogger. I’m just a dude traveling around who puts an effort into not looking like a slob.
It’s pretty easy.
Drop the cargo shorts, flip-flops, and tank-tops. Just wear clothing like you do when you’re trying to look presentable back home and then add in a little Cuban drug dealer swag.
It’s damn near epidemic. You can spot em’ from a mile away. The cargo shorts. The flip-flops. Spending half their vacation swiping Tinder and the other snapping Instagram tourist shots to impress ugly thots.
The goofy gringo has invaded Latin America.
And the trend isn’t going to change.
With the advent of dirt cheap flights, Airbnb apartment rentals, and online dating, the hordes of horny autists aren’t going anywhere.
Normally, I wouldn’t be mad. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. And all that good shit. But I’ve had it up to here with these goofy chodes giving gringos a bad name.
Y’all are messing up my rep with every cargo short’d step.
Gringos wear this in the cities, too.
What Happens When Goofy Gringos Invade?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining here. Well, maybe a little.
But, y’all aren’t really messing with my lifestyle. It’s easy to separate yourself from the herd. I can combat the bad rep and stereotypes pretty easily these days. Sometimes it’s a pain in the arse, but usually manageable.
This is for your own good.
What happens when goofy gringos hit a city? Well, they practically destroy it. Just look at places like Cartagena, Medellin, or Bogota.
You can’t even walk around Cartagena without being pestered. Man, you can’t even swim in the ocean without some chode driving by in a jet ski trying to sell you a ride. And you sure as hell can’t hit on a girl without wondering if she’s a hooker.
Why? Because goofy gringos put up with the incessant bullshit. Hell, some even encourage it.
Stop being a pansy. If someone’s bothering you in the third world, tell them to screw off. Sternly. Be an arse.
If every girl you’re chatting with might be a hooker, dating and mating get old pretty quick. Trust me. But some dudes just put up with it. Like it’s normal.
It’s not. It doesn’t have to be. You’re a chump. A mark.
Next, there’s one more thing to do. Just learn a little of the local language.
If you’re going to Colombia or Peru, a little Spanish ability will go a long way. You don’t have to be fluent. I’m certainly not, but being able to hold a conversation will definitely help you navigate the murky waters found in Latin America.
You’ll keep yourself a little safer, develop better connections with locals, and generally just enjoy things a little more in Latin America – if you speak Spanish.
Luckily, that’s easier than ever before. Nowadays, you can study Spanish from the comfort of your home before you hit the road.
With unlimited online personalized Spanish lessons and professional tutors, BaseLang is the only thing you need to pick up a little Español before you head down to Latin America.
If you’re curious about how to focus better, you’re in the perfect place. Trust me.
Why? Because I learned how to focus better through trial and error. Before I learned a few tricks and tips to improve cognition, focusing was never my strong suit.
Back in the day, I was the kid who slept all day in class and couldn’t pay attention even when I was awake. My parents would come back from parent-teacher conferences and tell me all my teachers thought I had ADD. Attention deficit disorder.
The teachers wanted me to pop pills. Thankfully, my parents had other ideas. They saw no reason to put an honor student on Adderall.
My grades were fine throughout high school and college, but I never cared or paid any attention. I just wanted to hoop. I’d watch YouTube videos of NBA players during lectures and then cram for finals.
I couldn’t focus on classes, nor did I want to. But eventually, the real world comes calling and a young man realizes money doesn’t grow on trees.
Reality popped me straight in the mouth once I graduated. The NBA certainly wasn’t calling some half-crippled 5’11” white guy and I had no valuable skill set to sell to corporations.
How was I going to generate money? I had no idea, but I knew it was going to take more effort and focus than I was accustomed to. I knew I needed to learn how to focus better.
And by golly gee willikers, I did.
I might not be where I want to be, but I’ve been able to replace the income from my first job out of college and then some by simply focusing on the process and publishing a mountain of content online.
I enhanced my cognition, improved my ability to focus, and taught myself value skills like copywriting, search engine optimization, and even a little networking.
I’m not saying this to hype myself up. I’m saying it because if I can sit in front of a computer screen for hours on end every single day…
So can you!
You can use the tips and tricks found in this article to improve cognition, enhance productivity, and achieve whatever goals you set out to conquer.
How do I know? Because I did that exact thing and I used to be the definition of an unmotivated, unfocused slacker.
Click the pic for one simple focus trick.
P.S: This article about how to focus better is purely informational and should be viewed as entertainment. I am certainly not a doctor or a lawyer. This is not medical advice. Always consult a medical professional before enhancing your mind or consuming any nootropic, like Modafinil. Oh, and read my disclaimer, too.
What is Focus?
Before we get into a few specific tips and tricks, let’s talk about what is focus and how you can hack it.
Now, by the dictionary definition, focus is:
A center of activity, attraction, or attention. Or a point of concentration (Source).
The definition works, but most people aren’t thinking about centering attraction or activity around a certain thing when thinking about how to focus better.
No, they want to know how to pay attention longer, harder, and how to get more done. What people want to know is how to become more productive.
When talking about focus, you’re talking about improving cognition in order to achieve a goal.
You need to improve your focus because you want to get more stuff done, make more money, get better grades, and eventually, become more successful.
What is focus? To me, focus is the ability to concentrate the mind on a specific task you need to get done.
By focusing on this task, you give yourself the best chance of being successful – however you define success.
11 Tricks to Improve Cognition and Skyrocket Productivity
Enough with the fluff. It’s time to dig into the nitty-gritty. I’m going to give you a few tips and tricks that’ll have your productivity skyrocketing.
Here’s exactly how to improve cognition and enhance your focus:
#1. Find Your Purpose
When how to focus better becomes a priority, you truly only need one thing. A purpose. Something driving you towards success.
You have to actually give a damn. Seriously, I can give you every hack in the book. I can sell you smart drugs and big dreams.
But none of it matters if you don’t give a damn. If you don’t have a purpose, goal, and vision – then it’s damn near impossible to improve your focus and enhance productivity.
Part of being focused comes from motivation. If you’re not motivated to achieve your goals, then it’s unlikely you’ll find the success you’ve dreamed of.
The world just doesn’t work like that. The law of attraction is real. You can literally think things into your reality. You can make it happen by believing.
Once you have your purpose, the motivation comes naturally. How to focus better becomes an afterthought because you become driven to succeed. You’ve found that need to succeed deep inside you.
#2. Write Your Goals Down
How do you find your purpose? How do you clarify exactly what you’re focusing for? That’s easy. Back away from the computer screen, young fella. This might surprise you, but…
You write stuff down.
Point. Blank. Period. Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Sit down and start writing. Let the words flow and focus on your goals and aspirations.
You want to clearly define why you want to focus and where the enhanced cognition will lead your life.
See, when you write things down on paper, you physically bring the idea into life. You’re physically writing the idea down on a piece of paper, an object in the physical realm.
This is a powerful mental ploy, not some spiritual B.S. spunk. And I’m not the only one to talk about it. Just look at studies like this one.
Now, once you’ve defined your “Why” by bringing it to life, you don’t stop writing. Heck no!
You keep writing down your goals every single day. Part of being focused is planning and being prepared.
So, what’s one of the easiest ways to stay focused each and every day? Write down what you plan to accomplish the night before.
Just grab a notepad and scribble down the 3-5 biggest things you plan to accomplish the following day. Then put those ideas to the back of your brain and let your subconscious marinate as you sleep.
#3. Drink More Coffee
Coffee is for closers. Coffee is for champions. And yeah, coffee is tailormade to enhance your focus.
I know. It’s a basic biatch type of tip. Nothing groundbreaking here. But seriously, if you’re looking to improve your focus, drinking more coffee will help you do so.
Nearly every single person I’ve met who is crushing their goals every single day, week, month, and year is also aimlessly addicted to coffee.
For example, I’ve got a buddy and we always talk health and wealth. Straight priorities.
The other day I was telling him about my plan to limit caffeine intake to a few cups of coffee a day and my idea to eliminate taking a stimulant-laden pre-workout for the gym.
He paused for a moment before laughing. Then began regaling me about how he upped his caffeine intake to 5-6 cups of coffee every single day during the work week.
Mind you, this guy is one of the most successful mid-20s dudes you’ll meet. He’s flying up the corporate chain and looking to hit “C-Level” before he turns 40.
It got me to thinking. Coffee truly is the nectar of the Gods. If you’re curious about how to focus better, then start brewing a big pot of coffee every morning and downing it each day.
Originally developed as a pharmaceutical drug to treat narcolepsy (Source), Modafinil has become the world’s most popular smart drugs.
High-achievers from around the world are popping Modafinil on a daily basis to work 12+ hours a day with enhanced focus and increased cognition. Hell, Modafinil even increases memory and retention.
If you could package a pill that guaranteed improved focus, Modafinil would be it.
How to focus better? Buy Modafinil online and take 200 mg 1-3 days each week. Just make sure you take it in the morning!
#6. Get the Blood Flowing
It’s time to go all bro science here. Exercise is an impressive cognitive enhanced and one of the easiest way to increase focus and productivity.
But it’s not actually bro science at all. Exercise is amazing for the brain. Well, at least that’s what Havard Medical School claims:
Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.
Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment (Source).
If you’re looking to improve focus and cognition, try waking the body and brain up with a little morning cardio.
The goal isn’t to exhaust the muscles, but to get the blood flowing and wake up the mind.
Shoot for 20 minutes of light cardio each morning if you’re looking to hit optimum levels of focus.
#7. Find Your Rhythm
As people, we’re all the same, but we’re also different. Some of us are more productive in the morning times, while others work best at night.
If you’re a night owl and more productive in the evenings, it’s imperative to build a lifestyle and schedule that works for you.
Schedule your study hours or creative tasks in the evening. Plan to down coffee until wee hours of the morning when focus and enhanced cognition are desired and required.
For most of us, including me, our bodies are in-sync with the sun and our circadian rhythms ensure we’re more focused and productive in the mornings.
This means getting out of bed before noon and starting the day off as early as possible.
Personally, I’ve found I get way more done between 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. I know I can crank out work during those hours, especially if I’m downing black coffee and fasting.
As such, I schedule my toughest tasks for the day during these hours. Anything I need to do that requires high levels of focus is handled during these times.
I know my rhythm. I understand this is where I’ll get the bulk of my work done.
Your goal? Find the rhythm that works best for you.
#8. Getting “High” With Music
Again, this might sound all new age and hippy, but hear me out. Music plays a role in how we feel and think. The music you listen to affects your mood and emotions (Source).
Your mood and emotions are directly correlated with how focused and productive you are. Thus, the music you listen to plays a role in how focused you are. Luckily, you can hack this fact and use it to your advantage.
I call it getting high on music.
You start by finding a song that gives you great energy and positivity. You want something that has a fast beat. Slow and mellow is cool, but you want to enhance the mind – not put it to sleep.
I tend to look through the Trap Nation Channel on YouTube to find my song of choice for the day.
Then I use a YouTube converter/downloader to turn the song into a file on my computer and upload it to iTunes. This process takes about 3-5 minutes.
Once it’s in iTunes, I put it on repeat and let the music flow. The same song. All damn day.
At first, you might hate it. You’d think you’ll get bored of the same song, but after 30 minutes or so, the mind becomes entranced by it.
The beats bring you closer and closer to a flow state. Your focus skyrockets and productivity goes through the roof.
If how to focus better is on your mind, this is one hack you must test out!
#9. All Hail the Pomodoro Technique
Sometimes we have to do stuff we just aren’t excited about. Even if you have a purpose and you’ve set goals, not every part of the process will be fun.
Maybe you hate invoicing. You could have a technical writing project to get done. Hell, maybe you have to put together your expense report for the quarter – off the clock.
Whatever it is, we sometimes need to stay focused on mundane tasks. In times like these, the Pomodoro Technique reigns supreme.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
Well, that’s easy. The Pomodoro Technique works like this. You work hard for 25 straight minutes without any interruptions – smartphones, phone calls, mindlessly web surfing, etc.
In the 25 minutes, you’re 100% on the task at hand – no matter how mindlessly it is or how much you want to avoid doing it.
Once the 25 minutes is up, you take a quick five-minute break to recharge, go to the bathroom, and check your phone. Then you do another 25-minute session with complete focus.
A timer like this one rings after each period is over. You set it to start the clock each round.
What you need to know right now is that it works. Every single one of us has the ability to intensely focus in 25-minute blocks.
If you’re struggling to complete one specific task, give the Pomodoro Technique a try. If it doesn’t work, outsource the job and move on.
#10. Hack Your Sleep
I’m not going to claim to be an expert on this one. But the National Sleep Foundation is and here’s what they have to say about sleep and cognitive function:
When you lose sleep, it’s harder to focus and pay attention. This affects school performance and job productivity.
Sleep feeds creativity, synthesizes new ideas, and leads you to “ah ha” moments. Research shows that we need good sleep to feed our high-level, innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
As you sleep, memories are reactivated, connections between brain cells are strengthened, and the information is transferred from short to long-term. Without enough quality sleep, we can become more forgetful. Studies suggest that sleeping shortly after we learn new information helps us retain and recall that information later (Source).
Put simply, the better you sleep the easier it is to focus.
I don’t know about you, but I notice a direct correlation between how focused I am during the day and how good a nights’ sleep I got.
I have no doubts. High-quality sleep equals a focused, productive mind.
Luckily, I’ve found a way to hack my sleep. I’ve tried all the pills out there. Natural, pharmaceutical, and more. Some worked for a short time, but nothing lasted forever.
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In the review, I detail everything you need to know when deciding whether BaseLang is a good way for you to learn Spanish or not. If you’re still on the fence, it might clear some things up.
For those sold on BaseLang, keep reading. Below, I detail exactly how you can get the most out of the Spanish language learning service.
A Gringo’s Guide to BaseLang: 7 Tips to Improve Your Experience and Spanish Speaking Ability
Enough with all the ado, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this article. Err, I mean the rice and beans. Whatever works. Just give me a damn bandeja paisa sin chicharron and I’m happy as a clam.
Here are seven tips that’ll ensure you get the most out of BaseLang:
Finding the Perfect Teachers
Finding the perfect teachers is the most important thing you can do when learning Spanish with BaseLang.
Seriously, a good Spanish professor will have you learning 10X faster than an average one.
Luckily, there are dozens of great teachers on BaseLang. Your goal is to find 2-3 BaseLang professors that vibe well with your Spanish learning goals.
Then try to book all your lessons with these teachers. You’ll develop a personal relationship with your teachers and they’ll become invested in helping you learn Spanish.
I find working with 2-3 different teachers consistently far preferable to taking classes with half a dozen new professors each week.
Just test out a couple dozen BaseLang professors for your first few weeks, then pick a few that vibe well with you.
Hour Blocks Are Better
In BaseLang, you book 30-minute individual Spanish lessons. You can book a lesson for 30-minutes or hours on end.
If you’re serious about learning, you’re far better off booking 1-3 hours straight. Ideally, You book an hour or two of lessons with the same professor.
30-minute lessons are fine and dandy, but you’ll find your brain starts to switch from English mode to Spanish after about 20 minutes of warming up.
If you just book a 30-minute lesson, then the class is basically over once you start to find your flow speaking and understanding Spanish.
By booking an hour or more with the same teacher, you’ll see results skyrocket because you’re able to get into a Spanish “flow state” and stay there during longer lessons.
Cut the Chit-Chat
If you’re doing 30-minute lessons, you have to remember to cut the chit-chat. Be friendly, but value your time.
Venezuelans are friendly people. It’s easy to start chatting with them in elementary Spanish and spend the first 15 minutes of a lesson exchanging pleasantries.
Once you finally get into the curriculum, you only have 10 minutes left in the lesson and it’s impossible to get much Spanish learning done in such a short time.
Now, this is perfectly fine for beginners. You need to listen in Spanish and get comfortable exchanging pleasantries.
But for those of us looking to go from a beginner to intermediate, you’ll need to keep the pleasantries short and sweet.
You want to spend as much time studying the BaseLang curriculum as possible – because it’s damn good!
Always Take Notes
My first month studying with BaseLang I barely took any notes. My Spanish level improved greatly, but I’d say that had more to do with one amazing professor than my study methods.
Recently, I started getting serious about studying Spanish. So, I’ve started taking notes on every lesson and creating flashcards afterward.
Why? Because I understand the power of writing things down when learning. By writing something down, you’re bringing the phrase into life.
You’re literally breathing life into your Spanish learning and comprehension by writing things down.
I’ve noticed great improvements over the last few weeks and my stack of notecards is rapidly growing, along with my vocabulary:
Soy un nerd.
If you’re booking 30-minute lessons on after another, then you need to come prepared to your BaseLang classes. You want to make the most out of every minute learning Spanish with a Venezuelan professor.
As such, you’ll want to prepare for class. Open up the BaseLang portal before class and log in. Scroll through lessons and figure out where you are in the program.
Open up some slides and decide exactly what you want to study today. Have a notepad by your side and write down exactly what you’re going to study.
Have Zoom open and message your professor for the day five minutes before the class starts. Make sure they know you’re ready to rock right away.
By taking a few minutes to plan out what lessons you’re going to study and quickly reviewing the curriculum, you’ll save yourself a lot of time while in the lesson.
This will help maximize the time you spend with BaseLang and further improve your Spanish speaking ability.
Bring a Bottle of Water
Last, but not least – always have some water next to you during your lesson. Just place a water bottle next to your computer before the lesson begins.
Why? Well, one of the biggest benefits of BaseLang is getting your pronunciation correct.
Your BaseLang professor should be correcting your pronunciation every time it is incorrect. For a gringo like me, this helps my accent significantly and helps me seem like I know more Spanish than I actually do.
But I noticed it gets harder and harder to pronounce Spanish words properly if my mouth is dry.
After about 20-30 minutes of talking in Spanish, my pronunciation goes to complete shit. I start sounding uber Gringo once, again.
My mouth gets dry and my tongue simply doesn’t move like it needs to when learning and speaking a second language, specifically a romance language.
Then I take a few swigs of water and everything goes back to normal. My Spanish accents instantly improves and I begin pronouncing things much better. No harm, no foul.
Never Book on Sunday Evenings
Just. Don’t. Do. It. Trust me on this one…
The Internet connection with BaseLang is pretty good most of the time. I really haven’t had any issues with poor connections or lost Zoom calls – except on Sunday evenings.
In major metro areas in Venezuela, the Internet connection is horrific. People are sitting in their homes on Whats App, NetFlix, Facebook, and more.
I’ve had more issues taking lessons on Sunday evenings than I’ve had any other day of the week combined.
Just avoid Sunday evening lessons. The Internet in Venezuela is too congested at this time and it can be hard to communicate with Zoom on a bad connection.
A Gringo’s Guide to BaseLang
That’s it. A few quick tips on how to get the most out of your monthly BaseLang membership.
Overall, I’m pretty enamored with the service. Seriously, BaseLang is pretty dope.
If you’re serious about learning Spanish and willing to pay a monthly fee, you’ll find your speaking and listening skills skyrocketing when using BaseLang.
No hype. Just speaking from personal experience and my results. BaseLang works if you put in some effort and I couldn’t recommend the service enough.
I’ll never forget my first taste of violence in Latin America.
Spending some time in a city prominently featured on the world’s most dangerous cities list, I decided to head down to the park at dusk.
A brutal hangover had set in from the night before and another night of boozing was on the horizon. A little exercise was needed to get the blood flowing. I wanted to do a few pull-ups and push-ups.
Sadly, that never happened.
Before I knew it, five guys with prison-style shanks had my buddy and I surrounded in front of a soccer goal at the park. They were yelling in Spanish and I had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on.
Apparently, they wanted cell phones and wallets but ended up settling for basketball shorts and sneakers.
We weren’t smart enough to stay inside at night while visiting San Salvador, but at least we knew enough to leave the smartphones back at the hotel.
Once back in the hotel, I vowed never to visit another place prominently featured on the world’s most dangerous city list.
Fake News! Why the World’s Most Dangerous Cities List is Pure Propaganda
When I first saw the list, I couldn’t help but laugh. I began scanning the 50 cities for places I’d been and recalling interesting encounters and experiences.
But my eyes kept darting back to the #1 spot…
Los Cabos, Mexico is the most dangerous city in the world.
That can’t be right. Los Cabos, Mexico is home to Cabo San Lucas, a well-known vacation spot for Americans and Canadians.
Nearly two million tourists visit Los Cabos every single year!
Why on earth would tourists frequent the most dangerous city in the world? That just doesn’t make sense to me.
I’m damn near an abject degenerate with a taste for adventure, but I’m not planning to head back to any of the top-10 most dangerous cities in the world anytime soon, especially after my experiences in San Salvador.
Why would someone knowingly bring their families to the most dangerous city in the world?
Well, some wouldn’t. And they haven’t been coming to Cabo nearly as much. Tourism has plummeted in Cabo San Lucas over the last six months.
First, the U.S. State Department issued a warning telling tourists to stay clear of the region. Overnight the city lost nearly 20% of their tourism dollars.
Nearly 35,000 hotel room nights were canceled after the warning was issued (Source).
Next thing you knew, the world’s most dangerous cities list claimed Los Cabos was the most dangerous city in the world.
It’s not hard to surmise tourism is about to plummet even further in the area. What once was expected to completely replace Mazatlan, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta – may now be replaced, too.
But, is Los Cabos actually the most dangerous city in the world? Without even visiting, I want to state this clearly…
While there’s a multitude of reasons why, they’re practically irrelevant. You only need to know one thing when assessing the actual threat of danger in Los Cabos compared to other vacation spots.
Anywhere White Women Go Isn’t That Dangerous
I said it. Not even hating, but anywhere that American white women go on vacation in droves just isn’t that dangerous. It just can’t be.
Don’t believe me. That’s fine. You don’t have to.
But do this for me…
Get on Instagram and type into “Cabo San Lucas” into the location filter. Then scroll through the photos.
Who is traveling in Los Cabos right now? White women. Hundreds, maybe thousands of them, all taking weekend or week-long trips to the beach in Los Cabos to snap Instagram selfies.
If the blonde California bombshell who can’t speak a lick of Spanish stays safe while getting “white girl wasted” all week in Cabo, then I’m forced to believe this isn’t actually the most dangerous city in the world.
Sure, it’s anecdotal, but you won’t see any “white girl wasted-ness” on Instagram in cities like Caracas, Venezuela.
Gang Violence Vs. Being a Target
The situation in Mexico seems to be getting worse with each passing year. Ever since El Chapo was taken out, the various drug cartels have been at war with one and other.
Things have spiraled out of hand and many tourists and digital nomads alike have begun avoiding the country, especially certain areas.
But is Mexico really that dangerous for the average gringo looking to enjoy a little fun in the sun?
I’d suspect not and I’ve put my money where my mouth is. I’ll be traveling Mexico’s Pacific coast for the better part of 2018.
Why? Because after spending time in a number of cities on this list, I understand there’s a difference between gang members killing each other in certain areas and criminals targeting tourists and locals throughout the whole city.
The vast majority of crime in Mexico seems to be cartel on cartel violence. While there have been times when the crime has spilled over into tourist areas, the country generally does a good job of keeping things separated.
While we Americans hear about problems in Mexico all the time, it must be noted that nearly 35 million foreign tourists visit the country every year (Source).
That’s over five times more than any other country in Latin America! The reason we hear about all the issues in Mexico more than anywhere else is proximity and sheer numbers.
More Americans go to Mexico than anywhere else. Plus, Mexico has 12 cities on the list. So, the concerns many have are warranted.
But crime against tourists doesn’t seem to be increasing in Mexico. The vast majority of the crime is still drug war violence between the cartels.
This is different from other areas on the list. From what I’ve heard, places in Venezuela and Brazil do a far worse job of separating drug violence and normal civilian life.
Cuando somos pandilleros, no hay ninguna problemas de la criminalidad.
Peace in the Middle East and Africa?
The world’s most dangerous cities list excludes war zones, which makes it a little more difficult to compare and contrast areas.
This means the researchers do a far better job of combing through murder rates and statistics in Latin America, as their native language is Spanish.
What does this mean for intrepid travelers? Well, it basically means that violence levels in Latin America will be more accurately reported than other regions around the world, especially Africa and the Middle East.
Yeah, that’s common sense. I get it.
While Venezuela is essentially a war zone these days, most cities in Latin America are still quite livable, even if they made the list.
For example, you’re far better off living in Cali, Colombia or Mazatlan, Mexico than you would be in a number of African countries that didn’t make the list.
I’m confident many cities that made the list are safer than African countries like Somalia, Libya, Congo, and more (Source).
Furthermore, you’re far better off in Latin America than many a city in Iraq or Syria. Sure, many of these places are war zones.
But these places have been war zones for going on a decade. At a certain point, it’s no longer a war zone and just how life is in certain places.
My point? While Latin America is overwhelmingly featured on this list, hold 42 out of the top 50 spots, that doesn’t necessarily mean the region is the worst in the world.
It means the statistics are actually getting reported in many Latin American countries, like Mexico and Brazil.
Sure, there’s danger in many Latin American locales, but it’s also pretty easy to spot and stay away from in my experiences.
Interesting Tidbits For Travelers in Latin America
For Latin American traveler junkies, the list brings some interesting tidbits of information. I anxiously began scanning the interwebs after looking at the world’s most dangerous cities list for 2018.
It seems a few spots I had my eyes on may have opened up. Plus, I noticed a few other things:
Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico Dominate
And not in a good way, either! It’s clear that Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico are the three most dangerous countries in the regions – and it’s not even close elsewhere.
Brazil seems to be in a downward spiral. Home to the most cities on the world’s most dangerous cities list with 16 places, Brazil has become more and more dangerous the last few years thanks to economic problems and political scandals.
Things seem to have gotten especially bad in northern Brazil, although I’m not sure why.
Mexico comes in at the second spot here with 12 cities on the list. Nearly all of Mexico’s violence is centered around drug smuggling routes in along the Pacific coast and near the border with the U.S.A.
Venezuela only has five cities on the list, however, that’s not entirely accurate. The situation has gotten so dire in Venezuela that most places aren’t reporting murder statistics any longer.
Even the crime rates from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, should be taken with a grain of salt. Most consider Caracas to be the most dangerous and violent city in the world that’s not a war zone.
Colombia Cleaned Up Its Act
With only three cities on the list, Colombia has seemingly cleaned up its act as of late. Medellin, Colombia isn’t even on the list any longer and it used to be the most dangerous city in the world.
Cali, Colombia and it’s suburb of Palmira did make the list, but I can personally attest to improving safety levels in Cali after spending a few months there last year.
Just a gringo in the mean streets of Cali, Colombia.
Most of the crime in Cali, Colombia is restricted to certain barrios. If you stay in nicer neighborhoods like Granada or El Penon, you shouldn’t have any issues in this city. Knock on wood, but I certainly didn’t. – P.S: Read more here:
In a surpirsing turn of events, Honduras may be improving. The country used to feature two of the top-5 most dangerous cities in the world year-in and year-out, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
Both cities have become markedly safer over the last year, as they come in at numbers 35 and 36 respectively on this list.
What’s caused the change in Honduras?
Apparently, the President invested large sums of money (much of it U.S. aid dollars) into a maximum security prison that gangs couldn’t break in and out of. He then began rounding up the worse criminals in Honduras and throwing them into this maximum security prison.
In a matter of months, the country’s murder rates were seemingly cut in half. Now, that’s second-hand knowledge on my part. Don’t judge me.
But if the stats are true, then they seem to speak for themselves. Honduras is becoming safer and safer with each passing year.
If the trend improves, I’ll be headed to Honduras sometime soon to check out some Mayan Ruins and do a little pioneering.
Caribbean Getting Worse
It’s always surprising to see Caribbean cities make the list. Cut off from drug running routes, you wouldn’t expect these small island nations to have huge violent crime problems.
But things seem to be getting worse. Kingston, Jamaica is rapidly rising on the world most dangerous cities list.
Coming in at number 16 this year, Kingston seems to one of the more dangerous cities on the list for tourists. From my perspective, this isn’t a Los Cabos situation – where the tourists are shielded from the actual violence. Kingston can get dangerous quick.
San Juan, Puerto Rico also made an appearance on the list for the first time in recent memory. The hurricane issues may have something to do with it, or the country’s economic struggles have started to take a toll on safety.
Fake News! Why the World’s Most Dangerous Cities List is Pure Propaganda
Alright, so pure propaganda might be a little strong. But there’s no denying a few things about this list just aren’t right.
Sure, Latin America is decidedly more dangerous than many places in the U.S. and Europe, but Cabo San Lucas is not the most dangerous city in the world.
Point. Blank. Period.
It’s just not. I strongly believe tourists can still visit Los Cabos without any issues in 2018.
Furthermore, I’d be willing to bet my life that you’re far safer in many Latin American countries and cities on this list than you’d be in a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Before we dive into my BaseLang review, I’ve got to be honest. I traveled at least two full years in Latin America without making any effort to learn some Spanish.
I was that gringo. The dude rolling up to chicks at the bar mumbling, “Hablas ingles?” to any girl that batted her big brown eyes at me.
I was the guy pointing at the menu when the waiter returned and stumbling to say, “Quiero eso.”
You know the dude I’m talking about if you’ve been in Latin America for more than a month or two. Every sentence starts with “Quiero” or “Estoy” because that’s about the extent of verbs found in his Spanish vocabulary.
Looking back on those times, it’s embarrassing. I was living in Spanish-speaking countries for years on end and hadn’t taken a minute to study Spanish since high school.
I’d gotten tired of having the same elementary school conversations about the exact same topics – time and time, again. I knew if I was going to spend a little more time in Latin America, I’d need to learn a little Spanish.
Then I heard about BaseLang from a buddy living in Colombia. His Spanish speaking ability had gone from complete garbage to conversational in a little under three months.
We were sitting at the bar catching up and he began rattling off a little Espanol with the waitress. She was damn cute, laughing, and giving him the naughtiest smile. A little jealousy began to stir inside me.
When she left, I looked at him perplexed, “When did you learn Spanish?”
He chuckled and instantly began hyping BaseLang up to epic proportions. He claimed the service was the absolute best way to learn Spanish.
Point. Blank. Period.
It didn’t take long before I was sold. I typed “BaseLang” into the notepad on my phone and made a mental note to sign up as soon as possible.
What is BaseLang?
Alright, let’s talk a little bit about what BaseLang is and how the service works.
BaseLang is a service that offers unlimited one-on-one online Spanish tutoring lessons with professional teachers – for one low monthly price.
You pay $129 USD for a month of BaseLang and you can take as many 30-minute lessons as you want from Spanish teachers, who are usually from Venezuela.
There are hundreds of BaseLang teachers working with the service right now, so you can find lessons at any time of the day. BaseLang classes are available from 6 am to midnight U.S. Eastern time.
The service offers a custom-made curriculum that’s been created to “hack” learning the romance language. BaseLang takes out all the fluff and starts teaching you how to have real Spanish conversations from the first day.
Due to the unique structure of BaseLang, the service is ideal for beginners and advanced Spanish speakers. The curriculum features 10 levels and hundreds of lessons.
To begin, the teachers test your Spanish speaking ability and then place you in the proper level. Then you’re off to the races.
You schedule classes each day and it’s as simple as turning on your Zoom application at the right time. Your BaseLang teacher will be waiting for you to begin.
Spanish speakers in Iquitos, Peru.
My Review of BaseLang
I wouldn’t be writing this BaseLang review if I didn’t have such a great experience with this company. Honestly, I’m not sure I would have ever learned much Spanish without the service.
See, some people do great with self-study programs like Rocket Spanish or Pimsleur. Programs and audio courses can work well, especially for certain types of people, especially when just starting to learn.
Sadly, that’s not me. Hell, I even tried Rosetta Stone for a bit, but just got so bored with the program. Too much vocabulary and not enough actual conversations.
Once my buddy told me about BaseLang, I was excited. Unlimited individual lessons for one low monthly price with professional teachers from Venezuela sounded like a great deal.
I went back to the United States after my trip to Colombia and instantly signed up. My Spanish was complete trash, but I had some Spanish speaking ability and was hoping I could pick things up quickly.
I wanted to study for a few months before making my triumphant return to Latin America, as a stunningly handsome gringo with great Spanish speaking abilities.
Thanks to BaseLang, at least half of my goal came true.
I started taking lessons for one hour a day my first month with BaseLang. A few teachers tested my Spanish level and I was placed in the second level on the BaseLang curriculum.
After a few weeks of studying, I found one teacher I really enjoyed taking lessons with and began booking all my lessons with him.
Wilver was a Spanish professor from a smaller city in Venezuela. I loved how he was strict with pronunciation. Anytime my accent was off or my annunciation was incorrect, he immediately corrected me.
He was fluent in English, too – which allowed him to explain difficult concepts, like por vs. para, with ease.
Plus, he was just a cool dude to chat with in English or Spanish. We chopped it up about Venezuela, Colombia, girls, beaches, traveling, and even talked a little about hunting, too.
In a month of studying with Wilver, I learned to speak more Spanish than nearly two years traveling around and having Google Translate conversations on What’s App.
After my second month of studying with BaseLang, I headed back to Colombia. I met up with some old Colombian friends in Bogota and they were baffled.
The last time they saw me I could barely mumble “Hola, como estas?” without sounding super gringo.
Now, I was having conversations in Spanish with ease.
Upon my return to Colombia, I instantly noticed how comfortable I felt talking and listening in Spanish. Conversations that used to leave me saying, “Que?” weren’t a problem any longer.
I was understanding things I never had before and holding real conversations. I was actually speaking and understanding Latin American Spanish. Soon, I started enjoying communicating in the native tongue and speaking Spanish became a lot of fun.
BaseLang Review: The Positives
Enough with my experiences, let’s get into the rice and beans of this BaseLang review. Here are just a few of the things I loved about BaseLang:
You Will Learn Spanish
The most important thing about BaseLang is…
If you study Spanish with BaseLang teachers for 20-30 hours a month for 3-4 months, you’ll be baffled by how well you speak Spanish after.
If you truly want to learn Spanish and you have time and energy to dedicate to studying, BaseLang is the first place I’d start.
I’m not trying to hype the service up or anything. I just know from personal experience that you will greatly improve your Spanish speaking abilities if you use BaseLang consistently.
My Spanish got 10X better while studying with BaseLang, and I have two other buddies who have used the service with great success, too.
One of the reasons BaseLang works so well is the teachers. Like Wilver, there are many amazing teachers on BaseLang.
While Venezuela’s economic situation is in shambles right now, some of the great people in the country have been forced to look online for work.
This has led to many university-educated, bilingual Venezuelans working for BaseLang. I’ve had teachers who have degrees from the United States and university professors teaching me Spanish with this service.
Heck, some of these individuals used to teach Spanish lessons in Venezuela, when the country had a thriving tourism industry.
Now, you do have to search around and test out what Spanish teachers work well for you. Some are certainly better than others.
But overall, I’ve been thrilled with the level of instruction most BaseLang teachers provide.
Now, I’m no Spanish language curriculum expert here, but I was pleasantly surprised with all the materials provided by BaseLang.
Inside the program, you’ll find 10 different levels. Each level has around 20-30 different lessons inside.
Inside each lesson, you’ll find slides that detail the full lesson. Most lessons are anywhere from 5-50 slides long. It all depends on the lesson and what’s presented in the material.
In certain lessons, especially vocabulary heavy ones, you’ll find a link to online flashcards, too. The online flashcards are ideal for studying a little more once the lesson is over.
A simple interface that’s ideal for studying alone, too.
What makes BaseLang’s curriculum even better? You don’t actually have to follow it – if you don’t want to.
See, you’re in control of what you study with BaseLang. If you have some specific situations you want to cover, just let your teacher know and off you go.
You can ask your teacher to study anything you like with this service. You aren’t forced to learn certain things, like in a high school classroom or audio course.
Plus, you can also request moving forward to a certain lesson and redoing an old one from the past. The flexibility makes the curriculum ideal for Spanish learners of all levels and backgrounds.
Easy to Use Interface
BaseLang is super easy to use. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll just click the calendar tab in their online portal.
You’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
Then you just click the “New” button on the left side of the screen and a new page will pop up.
On this page, you’ll be able to see what times and/or teachers are available for your next classes. Once you find the time or teacher you want, booking a class just takes a couple of clicks.
I try to book classes a few days out because many get filled up the day of and the day before:
It’s super easy to schedule classes with BaseLang.
This isn’t a huge deal. You just have to remember to book new classes before or after your lessons every couple of days.
Once you’re ready for the class, just log into your Zoom application and your teacher will be waiting for you to begin the lesson. It’s super easy to use and makes taking classes online easier than ever before.
No Pressure Bookings
One thing I love about BaseLang is the relaxed atmosphere and no pressure bookings. Life happens and sometimes you can’t make it to a lesson.
With BaseLang, that’s not a big deal. You’re paying for unlimited lessons, so if you have to cancel one the day of, it’s not a problem. This is especially helpful if you wake up one day feeling sick or hungover.
While I doubt BaseLang will be happy about me saying that, I love the flexibility of being able to move my schedule around when life happens.
Sometimes I have to cancel a lesson 5-6 hours before it happens. Sometimes I book a lesson an hour before it begins.
With the unlimited lessons BaseLang offers, you have this type of flexibility to learn when you have time available.
Last, but not least…
BaseLang is truly unlimited personal Spanish tutoring.
You could book 5-6 hours of lessons a day with this online Spanish tutoring service. Hell, I’ve known one guy who tried to.
His goal was to study Spanish 129 hours in one month, so he was only paying $1 USD per hour-long lesson.
I don’t think he achieved his goal, but there’s no doubt he got his money’s worth with BaseLang.
While audio courses and online programs have great value for novice learners just looking to pick up a little Spanish, BaseLang is the best for serious learners.
If you’re willing to put in 20-40 hours of Spanish study per month, you’ll find BaseLang is an incredible value.
There’s nowhere else you’ll find one-hour long Spanish lessons with a detailed curriculum for $3-6 USD an hour.
Trust me, I’ve tried! Even learning Spanish in cheap countries, like Guatemala and Nicaragua, is much more expensive than BaseLang – if you’re seriously studying.
BaseLang Review: The Downsides
Now, no Spanish language learning course or program is perfect. Hell, no product is perfect. BaseLang certainly is no different in this regard.
While I’m writing this BaseLang review because I’m a huge fan, it should be noted that there are a few downsides to the program.
A few things I don’t like about BaseLang are:
30-Minute Bookings: I wish you could book hour-long classes with teachers instead of just 30-minute lessons. The first five minutes of each lesson is pleasantries, which adds up when you switch teachers every 30 minutes. I’ve found I get way more out of a one-hour lesson with the same teacher – than with two 30-minute lessons with different teachers.
P.S: It should be noted that you can book lessons for as long as you like with BaseLang, but teachers may switch every 30-minutes. It just depends on availability. Sometimes I book two-hours straight of lessons and it’s with one teacher the whole time. Other days, I book two-hours of lessons and it’s with 2-3 different professors.
Not a One Time Fee: You pay for BaseLang every month. If you’re not studying seriously each month, you’ll end up wasting your money. That’s the benefit of courses like Rocket Spanish and Pimsleur. You pay one time for all the material.
Some Professors Better/More Popular Than Others: The best professors on BaseLang often get booked up pretty quickly. It’s frustrating to find a professor you really learn a lot from – only to find out he/she is booked up for the next week straight. Luckily, you’ll find 2-3 teachers you vibe with after a few weeks and this becomes less of a problem.
A Gringo’s BaseLang Review: Best Way to Learn Spanish or Scam Service?
Dios Mio!! That was quite the BaseLang review.
But I wanted to give you guys a full overview of what you’ll get if you decide to invest in BaseLang and learning Spanish.
While you can travel Latin America without learning Spanish, the experience changes completely once you’re able to communicate with locals in their native tongue. Travel becomes more fulfilling and life down south just becomes less stressful.
Plus, it’s always fun to be able to flirt with that sultry Latina in a manner she can actually understand 😉
Overall, I can’t recommend BaseLang enough for anyone who is serious about learning Spanish.
Whether you’re about to take a trip or already in a Lat American country, BaseLang is a surefire way to improve your Spanish over the course of a few months – not a few years!