Word for the Travel Wise (01/14/06)

MexicoFor some reason or another climbing and mountaineering seem to have been a hot topic here on Gadling today. Erik pointed out Rheinhold Messner and a nifty climbing glossary, while I directed people to the BMC Climb 2006 at the Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show. If you scroll down I promise you’ll find these little blurbs flooding with valuable information, events you didn’t know exist, and even our own personal opinions. In efforts to stick to this hidden theme I’ve found a word to plug into your vocabulary because learning is a lot like climbing a mountain.

Today’s word is a Spanish word from Mexico:

escalar – to climb

Easy stuff and think, this word could possibly put some of you closer to fluency in the Spanish language. Sort of like being one step closer to the peak of El Potrero Chico in Mexico. As you begin to plan your first or next trip to Mexico think more about making the lingo part of one of your pastimes or mix in some climbing with a tiny bit of class. Amerispan, Cactus Language and IMAC are all good starting points to learning abroad. A free membership at Spanish Unlimited gives you the opportunity to learn a new word everyday by email, gain pen pals and hear audio of the words. Their website is actually a good resource tool for many different Spanish related topics. I won’t even begin to list some of the texts out there that could further your studies because I have yet to stick with one long enough to tighten up my own skills. If you know of some language books that would be useful please feel free to list them.