Are you new to San Juan del Sur and want to learn some Spanish basics? Or do you just need to brush up on your grammar? Don’t worry, whatever your level of Spanish, San Juan del Sur has you covered.
Do a lap around town and you will see many signs advertising Spanish schools. Admittedly I do not have first hand experiences to share from every school in town, but I have tried every method of Spanish language education available.
My advice is this; throw out your Beginner Spanish DVDs and don’t waste your time buying iPad apps to learn Nicaragua’s native language. The best way to learn a language quickly and gain an understanding of the culture is by living with a local family and taking classes in the country that you plan to spend time in.
In San Juan del Sur Spanish Ya offers exactly that; comfortable and safe accommodations within the home of a wonderful local family with daily breakfast and flexible group or private Spanish lessons. The school’s immersion style of learning is the best way to “speak Spanish” in a relatively short period of time, and enjoy the rich cultural experience of living here.
The school is located directly on the river and only a few blocks from the main beach in town so all amenities are within walking distance. The host family will prove to be not just excellent resources but trusted friends as well. The school employs many different types of local teachers – each with a slightly different style, but all very professional.
If you have a month to spend in San Juan del Sur, I recommend booking a room and daily language lessons. If you are living in San Juan del Sur full time, then I suggest speaking with Yajaira (the director) about designing a lesson plan around your schedule. All levels of Spanish lessons are available every day of the week. At Spanish Ya you will learn more than just a language, you will learn about the local culture by living within in it… and becoming a part of it.
Here are a few phrases to get you started
- ¿Puedo hacerle una preguna? – Can I ask you a question?
- ¿Me puede ayudar por favor? – Could you please help me?
- ¿Hay alguien que hable inglés? – Does anyone here speak English?
- ¿Podría hablar más despacio? – Could/can you speak slowly?
- Estoy aquí de vacaciones. – I am here on vacation.
- Mi equipaje no ha llegado. – My baggage has not arrived.
- He perdido mi equipaje. – I have lost my baggage.
- ¿Tiene habitaciones disponibles? – Do you have any rooms available?
- ¿Cuánto cuesta una habitación para una persona? – How much is a room for one person?
- ¿Dónde está el banco, mercado, hotel, …? – Where is the bank, market, hotel….?
- Muchas gracias por su amabilidad. – Thank you very much for your kindness.
- Me gustaría comer , beber… – I would like to eat, drink….
Head to their website for more information: Spanish Ya