If you are thinking of coming to Learn Spanish in Granada. Choosing the Southern Spain is a great idea. The people are really friendly and sociable here. You also get to stay in a magical city with the Alhambra palace and the Sierra Nevada mountains as your scenery.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I usually write about my own personal experiences in Spain. I haven´t spent any time learning Spanish in Granada myself. I don´t have first hand experience of a language school in the city. I learnt my Spanish in the UK and some later in Barcelona.
Here´s a video of me speaking Spanish for your enjoyment….
Anyway let´s not digress, living here I notice that a lot of people around me regularly attend language schools and some of my closest friends work in them.
I want this post to be a useful resource for people who are thinking about coming to Granada while in the US or UK or even for those who have just arrived in the city and are finding their feet.
So here are some Language Schools to where you can learn Spanish in a friendly enviroment.
I choose these as they have a modern innovative approach to language learning. Not just reading textbooks or listening to boring audio tapes.
At Idiomas Illora in Rural Granada you can learn Spanish while making soap from an local Olive oil recipe. They offer many other hands on activities. There are many different ways and perspectives to language learning in illora. They are based in a beautiful rural Andalusian setting just a short drive from Granada. They have an updated website and Facebook page too.
In Granada the DeLengua school is right near to the Arab Tea shops in the city centre of Granada on Calderería Vieja. They seem to have alot of fun with their activities too. They have their website and Facebook page to contact them.
The Flamenco School Carmen de las Cuevas also does Spanish courses Spanish & Culture or Spanish & Flamenco. It is a dance school rather than a language school, for more casual students wanting an introduction to Spanish this could be a good option.
Antoher useful list maybe this one by Granada tourist board have their own official list of Languange courses. The Instituto Cervantes also has a list of authorised centres in Andalusia here. (thanks
@TheOdiseus on twitter for the info)
If you already have a grasp on Spanish and just want to keep up your level another fun participating in Language exchanges may work well. In Granada these are often done informally over tapas and beers in the evening.
Here are some of them that are currently running in the city:
English & Spanish Language Exchanges / Intercambio de Inglés Español en Granada
Casa Lopez Correa on Mondays and Wednesdays
Calle Molinos 4, Granada
Get updated information on their Facebook page.
English Chat Café
Calle San Diego 28, 1b, Granada
Get updated information on their Facebook page.
Teteria Diwan and Mundo Manila sometimes run Language exchanges. Find information here
Any finally a few tips of mine.
These are things I did to learn Spanish when I first arrived in 1998 and didnt have money for a language school. Hope they will still help now.
Make Learning Spanish fun. Link the learning to a hobby or passion. Do you like cooking? Read culinary books or recipes in Spanish. If you love sailing find websites in Spain about that.
Listen to Spansih Radio, listen to real accents. My favourite was listening to adverts and working out what they were saying.
Read magazines or newspapers. Choose short pieces or articles with lots of photos to break it up. Maybe about a subject that you are particularly interested in: cooking, cars, science, movies. You can access some of them online ( a good site to find them is www.kiosco.net )
Read books in Spanish. If this idea seems daunting at first, choose short stories. Try to avoid looking every word up in the dictionary. Only look at words that are repeated frequently that you don´t understand and that are key to the story.
Watch films in Spanish without subtitles. You may think that you need to read the subtitles, but unless the film has a particularly complicated plot,you usually get the idea from the music, the tone voice and the imagery. Choose films where you have an idea of the storyline, simple stories or particular favorites that you want to see again.
- Try to lose your Fear and shyness. The most important part of learning a language is to be brave. I am fluent in Spanish and only became fluent after making MANY mistakes. I had to suffer several embarrassing moments while learning Spanish. The mistakes are part of learning and improving.
- You may think the process is slow but you will soon improve and gain confidence if you are constant and continue.
¡Muchisima Suerte a Todos!
I forgot to mention that these recommendations are my personal selection of academies and resources that I would recommend. There are no paid links on this post.