RE: [spanish-891] Who has done a Language Study Program in Guatemala (or other Hispanic countries)

From: Elie Leon C.
Sent on: Friday, December 2, 2011 3:12 PM

Hello everybody:
 
I have not been able to meet you yet. I am mexican living in Westerville. Since my point of view Costa Rica is a very good choice to lear the language. (they speak clear and not too fast or close) Also if you like extreme sports. Its a very safe country for residents and tourists.  Beautiful country. I do not recomend San Jose, because even it is the city capital is cute boring.
I can give you informal spanish lesson in Westerville if someone is interested before your trip. I am not Spanish Teacher but I am native speaker and need to improve my english too.
 
Good luck guys

 

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To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [spanish-891] Who has done a Language Study Program in Guatemala (or other Hispanic countries)
Date: Wed, 30 Nov[masked]:14:39 -0500

Hello, 
I did a two month language program in Quetzeltenango (or Xela), Guatemala in 2009. It was at Miguel Angel Asturias Spanish School, and was $150/week including one-on-one tutoring 5hours/day, 5 days a week, housing in a local family's house (who spoke Spanish only, great immersion), and meals at the house (3/day). It was great for my Spanish learning. They also had daily optional activities in the afternoon (going to different locations in town, cooking classes, etc), weekly graduation potluck dinners and weekend day trips for additional small fees. It was a wonderful experience, I wish I had the chance to do it again. Lengths of studies were flexible, from 2 weeks to 3 months or more. There are a number of language schools in Xela and it is a very comfortable place for me to learn - there are enough foreigners passing through, learning Spanish, and some expats that I did not feel extraordinarily out of the norm (and had several treats for expats, such as the Amish bakery with wonderful baked goods), but did need to use Spanish on a regular basis in daily activities and there were not too many distractions from my main goal of language improvement! :) The town was also safe, although I did get my debit card identity copied (and money stolen) when using local ATM (as did some other students). I also did the "medical experience" at the MAA school as I was required by medical school, but this was not well-developed when I did it. Pop Wuj (another school in Xela) seems to have a more developed medical program and is quite good from what I hear (although more expensive for the medical program). The family I stayed with has started a school, www.spanishschoolcasasosa.com, I can't speak to the school but they were great people to stay with. I know Antigua and Panajachel in Guatemala also have a number of schools; they are greater tourist destinations - an advantage or disadvantage depending on your perspective. When I looked, Guatemala was the country with the cheapest language schools, my main motivator, but also supposedly the Guatemalan accent is easy to understand/neutral - ? (At least not as identifiable as when I attempted to learn Spanish in Argentina!) Another friend did a language school on the beach in Costa Rica which seems quite attractive as well! 
Please feel free to email me if any other questions - [address removed]
I will come to a meetup event one of these days!
Emily




From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [spanish-891] Who has done a Language Study Program in Guatemala (or other Hispanic countries)
Date: Tue, 29 Nov[masked]:48:59 -0500

Jenny,
 
The couple you are referring to came to our group once but I can't remember their names.  They were retired and the husband had been a doctor.  They paid, I believe, around $179/month for room, board, and private tutoring 5 hours a day.  It was in a provincial town, not the capital.  It sounded great, but I was not in the market for it, so I didn't make mental notes of the details.
 
Steve

From: [address removed] [[address removed]] on behalf of Jenny [[address removed]]
Sent: Sunday, November 27,[masked]:28 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [spanish-891] Who has done a Language Study Program in Guatemala (or other Hispanic countries)

Hi all:
I seem to remember someone telling me about a language program that they did in Guatemala:  where private lessons were provided daily, as well as room & board/meals included in the price.  I can't remember who was telling me about the program they did, but I think it was over a year ago.  (My recollection of the conversation is that it took place in the Panera in Westerville) but that is all I remember.  
At any rate, if you have done this type of program (in Guatemala or elsewhere) and want to share your experience with me, that would be great.  I'm looking into information to pass along to others.
 
Thanks 
 
Jenny




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