Coming to Panama with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language, I had no idea what to expect. I decided to just go for it and see how it would play out, and fortunately I did not have any issues. Many people here in Panama City speak some English, others speak extremely well English, and very few have no knowledge of the English language. Keep in mind that almost everyone here at QLU speaks English very well so you wouldn’t have any issues within the university. But just living an everyday life in the city is an amazing experience. People here are extremely friendly and are willing to meet you half way to try to understand you. They are used to English-speaking tourists visiting so their body language helps with the communication. When it comes to the culture, it is very laid back compared to the U.S. but it is very similar. If you love good/fresh/cheap food this is the place for you, and what’s even better about the city here is that most places are within walking distance. If a Panamanian says “that place is far” more likely than not, it is a 10-minute walk at most.