I've posted this before and am trying again. Is there anyone on this site from Ecuador? I recently visited your friendly country. Although I think my Spanish is fairly good, I had some difficulty understanding/using the Spanish there. Yes, there were many similarities, but at the same time many differences. I almost felt like I was hearing Italian (my ears aren't trained for the Spanish used there.). Living and growing up in California, I am used to the Mexican Spanish because of the closeness of Mexico. Would enjoy any comments from an Ecuadorian or other South American. Mil Gracias.