From university courses to private tutoring to chatting up the local next to you in the bar, there are many different great ways to learn Spanish while visiting or living in Bogotá, Colombia.

With the explosive growth in tourism in Colombia in the last decade, as well as the development of new teaching tools over the internet and mobile devices, here are four important trends we have seen here in Bogotá in the Spanish Language learning landscape:

1. Greater Cultural Enrichment.

Salsa lessons in Spanish. Windsurfing in Spanish. Cooking in Spanish. Guitar lessons in Spanish. These are just a few of many different options that are now available to enrich the learning experiences of Spanish language students in Bogotá. These new types of classes get students out of the classroom so that they can interact with locals to improve their speaking and listening skills. And of course, provides practice with vocabulary that is inherently more applicable to your interests.

2. Online Tutoring.

If you find a great tutor, why stop your classes with them when you move? With Skype and other online tools, it is now easier than ever to continue conversational lessons while you are on the move. And with tools like Duolingo and Babbel, there are now even more options than ever for guided self study.

3. Voluntourism Classes.

With it’s 50 year history of conflict in the country, Colombia offers numerous opportunities to get in touch with vulnerable communities at the time you´re practising your Spanish, helping and learning in real context.

4. Business Spanish Classes.

If your interests are on professional growth, language centres take this into account to offer, short, long, specialized, skill focus, individual or group classes, all these in response of students’ needs and intentions, with technical Spanish books and material.

Have you ever heard the word “fritanga”? It’s a dish that ever single visitor in Colombia must try!

“Fritanga” is a typical weekend lunch for Colombians. It is a varied dish served in a basket and enjoyed not with cutlery but your hands. When ordering fritanga you can mix and match, but it’s ingredients are commonly potato criolla (or “papita bogotana”), grilled banana, blood sausage (morcilla), long spicy pork sausage (longaniza), fried cassava (“yuquita frita”), stuffed potato, crackling (chicharrón), chorizo and chunchullo (fried pork small intestine). Nicknamed “the vitamin Ch” plate: chunchullo, chorizo, chicharrón are considered indispensable in it, and normally it is served with a beer, “una fría”.

One of the things that characterizes and differentiates Colombian regions are their different typical dishes. Fritanga is the most tipical dish in Andina region: Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Tolima, among others have Fritanga as the familiar weekend dish. It is very common to enjoy this delicious preparation in “plazas de mercado”, outdoor places where you can find and buy fruits and vegetables or, more typically in “Piqueteaderos” – restaurants specialized in Fritanga. If you’re in Bogota, one of the best well known places to try Fritanga is in “Piqueteadero Doña Segunda” in “Plaza 12 de Octubre”, in the northeast of the city.

But fritanga is so traditional and delicious that you can also find it in more formal restaurants. And while it’s most popular in Andina, people from all over Colombia eat Fritanga. The dish varies in each region, according to particular variations in the preparation of ingredients or even in quantity or variety of them.

No doubt, this is a dish in which takes you on a complete tour of Colombian food culture and traditions, by way of many colors, textures, and tastes. Go talk to your Colombian doctor and get a prescription for vitamin Ch to cure what ails you.