heya we are in Rio at the moment and are on our way to Paraguay (via the Iguazu falls) and need desperatlty to get some spanish under our belt.
Does anyone know of any good & preferably cheap spanish schools in Paraguay? alternativly we are willing to travel a little further into northern Argentina and as a last choice Bolivia.
As i said we leave Rio on Monday (weep weep) so need to book soon, any help would be appreciated!
Laura and Dom XxX
Wow, Rio....always wanted to go there.
Rather than try to book a school, you might consider what a friend of ours did in Panama. He hung out in the local bars and asked people in his poor Spanish if there was anyone who did teaching on the side. As it turns out, he wound up staying with a family and helping them with English in exchange for Spanish lessons.
Perhaps you could pick up a phrase book, then find someone to help you out down the road once you got the basic phrases down. Often times the locals will know someone "up the road" (even if that's in another country).
Might be worth a try.
Good luck and good travels(Buena suerte y bien viaje, en Espanol)
Hi Laura, Well done!!! No one seems to go to Paraguay and I loved it there.
I attended a language school in Asuncion for two weeks. It was very cheap. I found learning Spanish here much easier than in Argentina.
They also have classes in Guarani (their first language). I did not feel it was worth while for a fortnight to do Guarani as everyone spoke Spanish. I've seen one poster (on another travel site) say lots of people spoke English in Asuncion. Perhaps it was where I hung out but I found very, very few spoke english except for "more coffee?" variety of hotel words.
Can really reccommend idipar. Bernardo is the boss, (fluent english) and the teachers varied from some English to practically none. I spoke to Bernardo this week as I am going again this December.I stayed in hotel for 3 months in Asuncion. Ididpar do offer homestays around $ 125 , I think. Say "hello" from me.