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Top 8 Must Have Apps for Panama City, Panama

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Panama City is a booming metropolis that is always filled with activity. Anyone who comes here immediately seeks the hidden secrets to make enjoying the city, making new friends, and staying in touching with others simple and easy.

Here are the 8 apps that will revolutionize your Panama City experience:

8. OLX/Encuentra24

As convenient as Panama City is, there are times when you need to find the most random thing. This is where OLX and Encuentra24 come in. OLX and Encuentra24 are both similar to the popular American classified advertisement website, Craigslist. The apps allow you to buy and sell almost anything. Do you need to buy a used, unlocked phone? Did you decide to simply stay in Panama and want to sell all your luggage? Are you looking for an apartment or a person to do a language exchange with? You can easily find any of these things and more right at you finger tips using the OLX app!

Encuentra24

7. Google Translate

The wonderful part of studying Spanish with Habla Ya is that being in Panama allows you to immerse yourself in Spanish every day. However, if you ever come across a situation where you simply can’t remember a word in Spanish or need a quick translation, Google Translate can be a blessing. The app allows you to instantaneously translate words or phrases that you photograph. You can also speak, type or draw words that you’d like to get translated, hear the pronunciation of the translation, and save translations for future reference. Its most useful “on-the-go” feature, however, is that it allows you to download language packages so that you have access to the the language you need offline as well.

6. SpanishDict

SpanishDict includes the learning features that Google Translates lacks. It not only provides you with translations, but it provides examples of sentences using the word in different contexts so that you can understand how the context can shift the meaning of the word. Also, it’s most useful feature is its conjugation tables that both highlights irregular verbs and includes the conjugation of very word in each tense.

SpanishDict

5. Badoo

Badoo is the most popular dating app in Panama, but many also use it simply to make new friends. Regardless of how you choose to use it, it’s a great way to actually practice Spanish and meet new people. It combines the simple “yes and no” – style of searching that’s been made popular by Tinder in a more chatting-friendly interface that allows you to search for people by location or distance, and contact them freely, even if you don’t match. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation either. In my experience, the people in Panama City are unwaveringly patient with Spanish-learners on and offline. And, if you make a love connection or lifelong friend, let us know!

Badoo

4. Degusta Panama

Degusta is Panama’s version of the popular restaurant rating site, Yelp. On Degusta, users rate local restaurants on food, service, and ambiance. So, if you’re craving Chinese food at 9pm on a Wednesday night and you’re unsure of where to go, simply check out Degusta to see where the nearest restaurant is, and find out how others have rated it.

Degusta

3. Instagram

Panama’s youth, cultural icons, and businesses alike live on the popular photo-sharing site, Instagram. Instagram is where you find out what’s going on in Panama this weekend, what the chef at your favorite restaurant has on the menu today, traffic updates, and at which site your favorite local celebrity takes the best selfies. In Panama City, if it isn’t posted on the ‘gram, it didn’t happen. The site has usurped Facebook and Twitter in cultural and social relevance in Panama.

2. Uber

Panama’s traditional yellow cabs aren’t metered, requiring you to negotiate and agree upon a price before going to your destination. And there also difficult to flag down during rush hours. And when they do stop, they're famous for their "no voy", which means they're not going that way (go figure). For those who do not enjoy haggling, the popular rideshare service, Uber allows for you to request a driver to come pick you up at your location and drop you off at the location of your choice. It is easy to use and charges each ride directly to your credit or debit card so that no cash needs to be exchanged between you and the driver.

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1. Whatsapp

Whatsapp has revolutionized communication around the world. The messaging app allows you to call, send recorded voice messages, or text anyone around the world that also has Whatsapp. People in Panama will rarely text you the traditional way, preferring the ease and security of either sending a message or a voice recording on Whatsapp. It is also a great way to stay in touch with your friends and family back home given that it is completely free to contact any other Whatsapp user. The front desk at Habla Ya Bocas uses Whatsapp to keep in touch with their students on site and thus more easily, organize excursions and get togethers in the evenings.

Are there any other apps that you can’t live without in Panama City? Feel free to comment below...

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