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peregrina2000

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A Camino pal of mine is hoping to return to Spain for a 2-4 week language course. The choices are overwhelming, and he was hoping that someone on the forum would have specific recommendations. He would like to be in a coastal place, daily lessons, not sure what other features he should pay attention to.

I have tried searching on the forum, because I know there have been posts on this. I have been unable to focus in on the precise question he has asked, so I am hoping someone will have recommendations. Many thanks, buen camino, Laurie
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016; Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre/Muxia 2017; Aragones 2018; Suso/Yuso, Meseta 2019
Last year I took a two week course at Don Quijote in Salamanca. I choose to stay in a residencia. What I liked was being in one city for longer than just a day or two which allowed me to become more familiar with the sights and comfortable with how to function in that city. I was in class for 5 hours a day ( next time I will do just 4 hours a day) switched among three teachers. I liked being able to ask my specific questions in class. I believe that Don Quijote is "affiliated" (right now I do not know of a better word) with Exforex, but I do not know how they differ even though they have schools in the same cities.

So, while I am not answering your specific questions, I would be interested in the replies. I am considering two weeks in Granada come spring.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I know that Phil W has spent time in Spain learning/improving his Spanish, perhaps you might pm him in case he is not on the forum at the moment...
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
@peregrina2000 : Easy. www.enforex.com 4-5 hours/day, depending on your wish, Monday-Friday. Intensive and very educational. Professional and friendly. I can now survive in Spain and even have fun with the locals, in Spanish. :D

I took a 4-week course in Alicante; it gave me A1 skill. A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2 is the ladder of language skill. So as you can understand, my Spanish is just basic, but it is surprising how well i can manage getting around now. Directions, politeness, questions, dialogues, and so much more.

I stayed private, arranged by the school. Total cost for school+accomodation with half board: ca. 1.300 Euros for the whole deal. A bargain.

Edit: Alicante is a not too big city, but still a city, by the sea on the south-east coast of Spain. A very long, popular beach with all you need. Great climate and facilities. A very nice place, popular amongst Scandinavians, but of course, during a longer stay, you'll blend in with the locals in a positive way. The advantage of letting the school find you a place to stay (they have a selected group of places/families), is that you will be forced to speak Spanish also after school time. It really enhances your skills rapidly. And you get to eat exactly as the locals. A value in itself.

OTOH: They have schools in many places in Spain, Latin- and South America, so it's all up to your friend to pick.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I am considering two weeks in Granada come spring.
To my knowledge, www.enforex.com has a school in Granada too.

Edit: He, he, I know I sound like a sales person here. :D But the fact is, I was so surprised with their professionality and friendliness, as well as how they pressed my learning curve. It was also great being part of a Spanish household, living & eating like a Spaniard. I feel so much more confident in Spain now. All for a very affordable price. It was a very rewarding month, in all aspects.
 
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amocatnerak

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018, Frances October 2019
A few years ago I took a two-week French language course in Paris. I booked with CESA languages and I know they offer a lot of options for courses in different cities all over the world. I wouldn’t hesitate to book with them again. I loved staying in my French host’s home. It was a great experience.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
@peregrina2000 : Easy. www.enforex.com 4-5 hours/day, depending on your wish, Monday-Friday. Intensive and very educational. Professional and friendly. I can now survive in Spain and even have fun with the locals, in Spanish. :D

I took a 4-week course in Alicante; it gave me A1 skill. A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2 is the ladder of language skill. So as you can understand, my Spanish is just basic, but it is surprising how well i can manage getting around now. Directions, politeness, questions, dialogues, and so much more.

I stayed private, arranged by the school. Total cost for school+accomodation with half board: ca. 1.300 Euros for the whole deal. A bargain.

Edit: Alicante is a not too big city, but still a city, by the sea on the south-east coast of Spain. A very long, popular beach with all you need. Great climate and facilities. A very nice place, popular amongst Scandinavians, but of course, during a longer stay, you'll blend in with the locals in a positive way. The advantage of letting the school find you a place to stay (they have a selected group of places/families), is that you will be forced to speak Spanish also after school time. It really enhances your skills rapidly. And you get to eat exactly as the locals. A value in itself.

OTOH: They have schools in many places in Spain, Latin- and South America, so it's all up to your friend to pick.
Great suggestion, thanks. And the added bonus is that since I hope he will join me as I start from Alicante on the Lana next year, this would be a great destination!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Great suggestion, thanks. And the added bonus is that since I hope he will join me as I start from Alicante on the Lana next year, this would be a great destination!
!!! GREAT!

The way out of Alicante is nice and easy: I have walked the first 2-3 hours. Very well marked. The Camino friends office is on the route out, just after you pass the railway station.This Camino is definitely on my bucket list.

Alicante is a very nice place: Plan to stay there and enjoy/relax for 3-4 days before starting out. The castle on the hillltop over the city is well worth a visit. I advice to take the lift up and walk down.



Buen Camino!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Great suggestion, thanks. And the added bonus is that since I hope he will join me as I start from Alicante on the Lana next year, this would be a great destination!
Ask your friend to study this veery carefully: It is a very good bargain.
 
Camino(s) past & future
June 2018
Whatever language you study, staying with a family, eating demi-pension is a must, it doubles the value of your language learning. 4 or 5 hours a day in class 5 days a week and usually there are classes in something else, like cooking or dancing or archeology...worth the bit extra.
 

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