My name is Chris and I'm from Canada and I'm traveling with my friend Gary from Australia. We're on a trip through central America from tuscon to Panama and back again. We'll be setting up a proper ride blog soon about our travels but have been doing a bit of research through this page and everyone suggests spending a week taking Spanish lessons. Both of our Spanish is very poor and have been getting by with Google translate but definitely feel we are missing out on a lot by not being able to communicate with the locals when they ask us what we are doing. It's great fun telling the people we can talk to about our adventure and watching there reactions as they translate to there friends. We're in Mazatlan now and just spotted a school and are considering staying and taking some classes. The only thing is we only have just under 2 months left for our trip and have a bunch of must see places to see and a few different friends we're meeting in different countries. Wondering from people that have done these courses before how much can you actually learn in just a week? Would be a considerable chunk out of our trip if we walked away not knowing much more than we already know. But if you can learn a fair bit, enough to communicate broken Spanish, it would add a a lot to our ride and definitly help with our border crossings. Any suggestions, info on past experiences or references to great schools would be awesome! Cheers from a newbie inmate!