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1. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

I'm thinking about learning Spainish while in South America and was just wondering what country would have the cheapest Spanish schools to attend and what prices am i looking at?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

3 years ago when I did it, Ecuador was considered to have the best price/quality ratio. Language schools abound in Quito, and courses are tailored to the wishes of the individual student. I took a set of classes in conversation, and paid the equivalent of 5 USD per class, lasting 90 minutes.

The ecuadorian Spanish is generally portrayed as having fewest grammatical peculiarities, and clearest pronunciation, which makes it suitable for beginners. Citywise, though, Quito is a bit of a disappointment. Nice for a week, boring for longer periods. BsAs may be a good alternative in that perspective; UBA offers good classes of foreigner Spanish, by far the most professional from a linguistic/didactic point of view. Their regime is pretty strict, though; attendance is obligatory, and courses last about 6 weeks (which is no punishment at all, 6 weeks in BsAs).

3. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

3 years ago when I did it, Ecuador was considered to have the best price/quality ratio. Language schools abound in Quito, and courses are tailored to the wishes of the individual student. I took a set of classes in conversation, and paid the equivalent of 5 USD per class, lasting 90 minutes.

The ecuadorian Spanish is generally portrayed as having fewest grammatical peculiarities, and clearest pronunciation, which makes it suitable for beginners. Citywise, though, Quito is a bit of a disappointment. Nice for a week, boring for longer periods. BsAs may be a good alternative in that perspective; UBA offers good classes of foreigner Spanish, by far the most professional from a linguistic/didactic point of view. Their regime is pretty strict, though; attendance is obligatory, and courses last about 6 weeks (which is no punishment at all, 6 weeks in BsAs).

i may only do lessons for 2-3 weeks, hopefully this will be enough to get me by around South America.. So maybe Quito for this period is barable. I also heard Cusco is also a good city to learn the language.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I've heard that about Cusco, too, but I didn't like the place. WAY too touristy.

5. Posted by CaitlinK (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi,

I am in Ecuador right now, and it is certainly a great place to learn Spanish. They speak very clearly and their accent is very easy to understand.

As far as Spanish schools go, I would reccommend the Equinoccial Spanish School, located in the Mariscal in Quito. It is the oldest Spanish school in South America, so they have a lot of experience. You can do all sorts of different programs where you can travel with your teacher to places like the jungle, the beach, and a bunch of other places. Normal classes in Quito cost $6.80 per hour, and you get to pick your own schedule and how many hours a day that you want, or how many days a week that you want. They are really flexible and the school is like a little family, I really like the atmosphere. They can also set you up with hostels or in host families.

They also work with a volunteer organization and they have tons of projects, many of which are right there in Quito, and you can do volunteer work while you are taking classes, even if it is just for a few weeks.

Hope this info helps, and I hope you will check them out! Their website is www.ecuadorspanish.com

6. Posted by mdswing (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Quoting CaitlinK

Hi,

I am in Ecuador right now, and it is certainly a great place to learn Spanish. They speak very clearly and their accent is very easy to understand.

As far as Spanish schools go, I would reccommend the Equinoccial Spanish School, located in the Mariscal in Quito. It is the oldest Spanish school in South America, so they have a lot of experience. You can do all sorts of different programs where you can travel with your teacher to places like the jungle, the beach, and a bunch of other places. Normal classes in Quito cost $6.80 per hour, and you get to pick your own schedule and how many hours a day that you want, or how many days a week that you want. They are really flexible and the school is like a little family, I really like the atmosphere. They can also set you up with hostels or in host families.

They also work with a volunteer organization and they have tons of projects, many of which are right there in Quito, and you can do volunteer work while you are taking classes, even if it is just for a few weeks.

Hope this info helps, and I hope you will check them out! Their website is www.ecuadorspanish.com

thanks caitlin.. very helpful.. i'll check it out

7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

To keep it simple: one of the best and very user friendly websites for finding both Spanish Schools and Travel info for all of Latin America is:

www.123teachme.com makes it so easy for both Spanish beginners and first time Latin travellers.

For a complete and extended list of Latin Travel, Study and Volunteer plus Research info. send me a private message.

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9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y

There are many excellent websites regarding Travel, Travel Planning, Spanish Schools, Volunteering, etc. based in US, UK, Europe and Australia as well as others based in Latin America, some of which are in Spanish only, some of these "travel" sites are a come on for the airline and hotel 'booking engines', they contain a small of amount of travel info. and advices on say, Central or South America, then lead you to the travel agents and the airline/hotel/tour booking sites. Besides Google and Yahoo there is an excellent new search engine Ask. com, many sites on Latin Travel are also have not been updated for more than a year, a friend of mine put a 5+ year old link on his website regarding communications throughout Central America and other issues, now travelers arrive in Guatemala, buy a couple prepaid phone cards, and those cards work as well in El Salvador and Nicaragua, you may now call on certain pay phones in all 3 countries, 1 card, the US or Canada for 10 cents USD a minute 24/7, Skype is now downloaded in practically every Cyber Cafe in the region, as well as the IM's. What I really do recommend for first time travellers is to buy your Country, City or Regional specific Guide Book(s) well in advance and read up on where you plan to go as well as detailed maps, usually avilable in travel sections of large bookstores. Nobody else can really do your research nor plan your trip for you, be flexible after you arrive, if you have doubts about a School or Volunteer Project someone else recommended to you, move your feet and find another more suitable, "John and Debbie" are back in Canada, you're the one in Guatemala. If you message me have a simple and easy to follow list of website url's that will make your reserch easier. Anyhow, gotta do your homework, just know before you go.

10. Posted by saskiabo (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi,

i had the same questions when i was planning my trip to Ecuador, finally i decided for a small village in the coast of Ecuador: Manta. There i foung a very good spanish language school, surpacifico. I highly recommend this school.