2-3 Months: Spanish Lessons in Gautemala

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  1. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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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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  2. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    http://www.corazonmaya.com/

    From $100/week and up with your own bungalow
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  3. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    Price and accommodation sure are right!

    Great find!

    Edit: Just realized that website is from 2003. Hmmmm.
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    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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  6. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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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.:D

    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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    For some odd reason I like that :lol3
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  8. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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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." :lol3 Then the real learning starts. :rofl

    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. :lol3
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  10. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I rest my case...:lol3
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  11. Lone Rider

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    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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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Xela guat. or more interesting of a location san pedro guat.
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  13. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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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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  14. Lone Rider

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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. :D
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