The official and most widely spoken language of Panama is Spanish. However, about 14% of the population regularly speak in English. The language is used in many educational institutions.
Communities of English-speakers from Barbados and Jamaica can also be found on the Caribbean coast side. There are also indigenous ethnicities - the most prominent being the Ngäbe who speak Ngäbere. They make up just over 250,000 of Panama's total population.
Nevertheless, expats are still advised to learn Spanish to integrate into society.
When it comes to choosing a language school, you might want to ask yourself a few questions:
Different students will seek out different features of a language school. The great thing about Panama is that there are so many language schools. It will be an embarrassment of riches when comparing which is best for you.
Here are some reputable language schools in Panama:
If language schools are not for you, you can always take private lessons, whether online or in person. All the schools mentioned above also provide private lessons.
You might also seek out a private teacher online or on community job boards.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practicing a new language with a native speaker. As a bonus, language exchange partners can help you understand the culture of the area and inform you of local happenings. Questions about gift giving, festivals, nightlife, and greetings can be addressed in an informal environment.