Take Spanish classes in Antigua

April 22, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More

There are several schools in Antigua where you can learn Spanish. The prices are affordable for one on one instruction compared to other Spanish speaking countries.

Since I was in town a week before my volunteer mission, I thought I would brush up on my Spanish so that I can communicate better at the work site… or at least attempt to. My Spanish is so so, but conversational enough to order food, negotiate taxi rides, ask for directions, and haggle at the market.

One afternoon on the way back to the guest house I was staying at, I randomly came across Academia de Español Continental. I walked in to inquire about lessons and found the staff very friendly and welcoming.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua Review

I took a quick tour of the place, then registered for my first class that same afternoon. This was the first time I had taken private Spanish lessons so I didn’t know what to expect. I signed up for four days two hours each day. I would have taken more classes, but I wasn’t in town for that long.

In my first lesson my teacher, Siria, started out with basic conversation to assess my skill level. We went over most commonly used verbs, conjugations, and sentence structure. Each day she planned a theme for our sessions. The time was divided well to cover grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and conversation practice. Siria outlined a progression plan on what we would cover in the short time we were working together. At the end of each lesson, she gave me a homework assignment.

Siria was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and curious to ask questions about my culture as well as share hers. She was keen to learn about the purpose of my visit to Guatemala. Siria tailored the lessons to the vocabulary that I would most likely use on a construction site as well as for tourism. I was happy about this. My grammar and pronunciation needs some work, but she made me feel comfortable in the learning process while correcting me.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua Review

Academia de Español Continental is in a colonial style house with a beautiful open courtyard. The school has experienced teachers that tailor lessons to the your needs and offers flexible hours depending on your schedule.

When you take classes, you have access to computers and the facility. The wifi connection is very good.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua Review Computer

The school has a kitchen if you want to make some coffee or drink purified water. Its a cosy place to hang out before your lesson starts.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua review

They have a few private rooms for rent if you chose to stay and study at the school.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua Review

On a sunny day, you can see all three volcanos from the second floor terrace.

Academia de Español Continental Antigua Review

Taking private lessons was an effective way to learn because of the personalized attention. I was able to improve my vocabulary and learn about the Guatemalan culture by interacting with an instructor one on one.

Academia de Español Continental
4a. Avenida Norte #32
03001 Antigua, Guatemala, Sacatepequez
Tel: 7832 5539
www.continentalacademy.com.gt

Disclosure: Half of my classes were sponsored by Academia de Español Continental for sharing my experience, but these opinions are my own.

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  1. Andrew says:

    This school sounds nice, I have been teaching Spanish in a London secondary school for about 4 years, but since I’ve only been teaching up to 13 year olds I haven’t gotten into it myself so much. I really want to take some classes like this when we go to South America to get myself to a much better standard and Amy wants to have a go too. We’ll look this one up when we eventually get to that part of the world! Thanks for the write-up!
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    • Mig says:

      Cool! Antigua has been the go to place in Central America to learn Spanish. It’s quite a charming town.

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