When I landed I felt like a new born in the world. People around me were making strange noises and I had no idea what was going on because my basic Spanish is not enough. Just like with a new born people smiled every time I tried to string together a sentence….”aww how cute” they must be thinking. Well let me tell you, it is rather frustrating when you have these things you wish to communicate across but you are unable to do so….mental constipation!! 😀
This Monday I enrolled into Spanish classes at Ecela. Ecela came recommended by Sid my local hombrito who is an Ecela alum and by now a native spanish speaker….but still a gringo in the eyes of the locals :). The classes are great with very friendly and young teachers. The group sizes are around 6 per class which is fantastic. Moreover, there is a good mix of ages. The facilities are also of satisfactory standard and they offer various ‘after-school’ activities such as salsa, cooking, wine tasting, horseback riding and other excursions.
Total cost for 5 weeks (20 hours/week) is $950 this includes a 10% discount for enrolling into 4+ weeks and another 5% for knowing an alum (see costs). Thus, the hourly rate is $9.5. Compared to London this is a reasonable price where group classes (size 10+ students) cost usually £14+. The LSE has a good deal for alumni students. I paid £215 for 40 classes (45 minutes each). For those interested you can view it here. For those interested in learning Spanish but need to remain flexible in terms of location (due to work for instance) I can recommend learning Spanish over skype. Claudio, from Uruguay gives great 1-1 lessons for $10/hour. He is really a great guy. You can contact him here.
Hasta luego mis amigos!
- ECELA Opens New Spanish Language School in Coastal Chile (prweb.com)
- ECELA Spanish Schools Introduces 7 Study Abroad Programs for Under $2,000 (prweb.com)
- Networking in my new city (miklosgrofblog.wordpress.com)
- Flying to Santiago – the beginning of a new chapter (miklosgrofblog.wordpress.com)
- ECELA Relocates Spanish School in Argentina from Bariloche to Mendoza (prweb.com)