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Old 12-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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2-3 Months: Spanish Lessons in Gautemala

So per my other thread, where I got talked out of Costa Rica and into Guatemala, I'm going to be beginning my RTW trip this spring with a couple months of intense Spanish classes. I'm going to rent a little place, and just do it until I'm proficient. Anybody have any recommendations?

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Old 12-10-2012, 02:29 PM   #2
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So per my other thread, where I got talked out of Costa Rica and into Guatemala, I'm going to be beginning my RTW trip this spring with a couple months of intense Spanish classes. I'm going to rent a little place, and just do it until I'm proficient. Anybody have any recommendations?

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http://www.corazonmaya.com/

From $100/week and up with your own bungalow
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
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http://www.corazonmaya.com/

From $100/week and up with your own bungalow
Price and accommodation sure are right!

Great find!

Edit: Just realized that website is from 2003. Hmmmm.

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Old 12-10-2012, 02:43 PM   #4
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Price and accommodation sure are right!

Great find!
I had a fellow traveller friend stay there for a month. He highly recommended it. I plan on spending about 2 weeks there when I ride through.

Here's his blog post on the school and area:
http://homeonthehighway.com/san-pedr...panish-school/
http://homeonthehighway.com/category/guatemala/
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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This is a fantastic read. Going to be really tough to beat this place. Plus it's from 2012, so my previous concern is no big deal.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I did 2 weeks at CBA language school last spring and was pretty impressed.

http://www.xelapages.com/cba/index.html

I did a home stay and it was pretty good. Private room and bathroom (with hot water). Garage for my bike, 3 good meals a day (their main meal is in the afternoon) Meals were simple but very good, and not just rice and beans. Homestay works out to about $40US a week

I learned a lot in my 2 weeks. I went from "me tarzan, you Jane" to " good afternoon. How are you. My name is Tarzan. You must be Jane. Pleased to meet you" in those two weeks.

I chose to do 6 hrs a day, bit that was a bit much, what with homework and all. I would recommend doing 4 hrs a day.

There was a young lady there from Nova Scotia who had been studying for 3 months, and her Spanish was very good.

my instructor's Name was Gerson. He was a lot of fun to work with.



My homestay was with Don Fredrico and Blanca. They are a bit of a walk from the school, but are very nice

No internet or TV in the room. There is wifi at the school, and free wifi downtown at the main square.(you might be able to request a home with TV and Wifi)

I also got a room one night ($15 a night) just so I could watch even more CSI in spanish and surf the net.

Xela is a great city, not a lot of English spoken there, so you have to use your spanish if you want to do anything.

Hope this helps
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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I learned a lot in my 2 weeks. I went from "me tarzan, you Jane" to " good afternoon. How are you. My name is Tarzan. You must be Jane. Pleased to meet you" in those two weeks.


For some odd reason I like that
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:59 PM   #8
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+1 for CBA in Xela. 1 on 1, 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, plus after class activities. It was about 80 bucks a month IIRC. I did about 6 weeks there and went from "Me Tarzan, you Jane" to "Hello my beautiful princess, your eyes are more beautiful than the stars of the heavens, and you should probably come home with me tonight so I can sleep with a Spanish dictionary." Then the real learning starts.

I rented a little studio from Anabella at Casa San Bartolome, $250 for the month. About a 15 minute walk to the school, nice barrio. http://www.casasanbartolome.com/

San Pedro is a much nicer climate and setting than Xela, however, lots its a super small town with tons of tourists and many people speaking English. In Xela, not so much. In Xela, you will have to speak only Spanish so at the end of the day, your head will hurt, but you learn faster.
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I learned a lot in my 2 weeks. I went from "me tarzan, you Jane" to " good afternoon. How are you. My name is Tarzan. You must be Jane. Pleased to meet you" in those two weeks.
A good world citizen here. The personification of why distant peoples like Canadians.

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went from "Me Tarzan, you Jane" to "Hello my beautiful princess, your eyes are more beautiful than the stars of the heavens, and you should probably come home with me tonight so I can sleep with a Spanish dictionary." Then the real learning starts.
I rest my case...
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...I rented a little studio from Anabella at Casa San Bartolome, $250 for the month. About a 15 minute walk to the school, nice barrio. http://www.casasanbartolome.com/

..........you will have to speak only Spanish so at the end of the day, your head will hurt, but you learn faster.
Looks like a nice find.

Yeah, the more you are forced to use it, the faster it sticks to you. A real biggy.

Another prob with San Pedro, is that you might too easliy stay there for longer than you planned. It's a Velcro kinda place.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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Xela guat. or more interesting of a location san pedro guat.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #13
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Another velcro kind of place in Guatemala is San Juan de Atilan (did I get that right?). Totally tourist proof, and you can do a home stay with beautiful families and be immersed....be warned you may not want to leave..
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:28 PM   #14
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One week and you're ready to go.
Two weeks and you're ready to go.
Beyond two weeks, you've probaby caught a groove for where you are and like it....a lot.
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