A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Have you thought of going to a Spanish language school? Let me explain a little about these places in case you are having dreary memories of high school.

Throughout Mexico — actually, just about everywhere in the vast Spanish-speaking world — language schools offer short courses of a week to several weeks or even months. They are intensive and usually have small numbers of students in the classes, and often offer options such as a homestay with a family near the school, weekend cultural excursions, and the like. This is often also called Spanish immersion study.

The schools vary in how many hours a week you are in class, or one school may offer different options. Typically you can start on any Monday other than major holidays. Often classes are in the morning and you study or relax in the afternoons. Costs vary too.

Not only do you learn a good bit of Spanish, but you also get to know some Mexicans. Their culture may come alive, as you experience being more inside of it than you may have been as a tourist.

Spanish language schools exist in most if not all Mexican cities. Cuernavaca and Guanajuato are two cities I’ve heard recommended for their language schools. They are both charming cities as well! You could also study near the beach in Cancun, in sophisticated Guadalajara, or anywhere else you desire. Search google, yahoo, or your favorite search engine for the name of the city and the phrase “Spanish language school.” You may prefer to choose a city that is less touristy so that there will be less English spoken around you and the Mexicans in the shops will be more likely to speak Spanish with you.

You aren’t limited to Mexico, of course. There’s Spain and all of Central and South America. Guatemala has long had some schools around Antigua. Keep in mind that you will be hearing different accents in different countries, just as if you learned English in Dallas, London, and Sydney!

Naturally some schools are better than others. You can tell something from their websites, if they have them, or by asking for references from students who have been there. Ask how many students are in a class, and what the age range typically is. If it matters to you, ask about the privacy and bathroom situations in the host families.

I looked around on the internet a while to see if I could find a forum where people compared notes on different Spanish language schools. I didn’t find one but Idid find a couple of good pages with more information: choosing a Spanish immersion school from about.com, and a page on Spanish language school FAQs from the ecotourism site planeta.com.

Kelly and I haven’t tried a Spanish language school ourselves, but we speak a lot of Spanish with Mexicans in our daily lives.

One Response to “Spanish Language Schools in Mexico”

  • I also noticed that there were very few sites that would have a comprehensive listing of Spanish schools. Most are companies that only include their particular schools. To help with that problem, I’ve started a blog that has a massive listing of Spanish schools worldwide, easily searchable by location (city or country), and it is totally free! I’ll link to it here for your readers.
    Spanish Schools Abroad – The most complete directory of Spanish language schools in many different Spanish-speaking countries.
    .-= Corey MattsonĀ“s last blog ..Welcome to Spanish Schools Abroad! =-.

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