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¡Hola Charley (Aventuras Languages! Thank you for contacting us. We have already been here in Guanajuato for more than 1 month and have enjoyed every minute. Our studies at Escuela Mexicana have been excellent. Gary and I both decided to take private classes from the start and are very content with our professor, Luis. Now, as you know, we are enjoying the Cervantes Festival. It is really great. Well, thank you again. ¡Que pases bien!" Mari & Gary Knight, Tallahassee, Florida, October 09
"The school exceeded all of my expectations, on every level:
inter-personal environment, with other students and with the teachers; housing;
outings sponsored by the school; and teaching skills of the teachers. While
the group classes did not get great reviews from intermediate students, the
private classes are fabulous. The teachers are completely open and flexible
to focusing on different areas. For example, I had such an intense schedule
of six classes per day (five of which were private) that I asked for a couple
of classes to be outside. My teacher and I took an hour and a quarter hike,
up to the edge of town, which allows great views. We talked in Spanish the
whole time, of course. I was able to simulate client interviews, and my teacher
gave me far more than Spanish instruction in these. We spent several classes
(before the simulation, which included volunteer students acting the parts
of my clients) refining culturally-appropriate manners, for meeting with
clients and dealing with interpreters, in the context of criminal defense
work. It was really phenomenal.On my way back home (west Texas), I went to
a mall in Austin, Texas. I stopped at a Rosetta Stone Kiosk, and tried out
the most advanced levels they had -- and they were too elementary for me,
after my time with the teachers, students, and family associated with Escuela
Mexicana. I did not know I could speak any Spanish the day I arrived in GTO.
I was chatting with la Senora de la casa, Guadalupe Ortiz, of the home where
I stayed, the first evening. And the next morning. Spanish I had learned
long ago came flooding back, with the gentle and knowledgeable nudging of
Guadalupe Ortiz. She is excellent with nervous newcomers. The grammar training
was vigorous, and I made many backslides, but came away with a most enriching,
satisfying, and enjoyable experience, plus many new friends, both in the
States and in GTO." Mimi Smith, Alpine Texas, October
Escuela Mexicana is the creation of Hayde Lopez, director and Spanish instructor. In the early 1990s, Hayde began organizing intensive, personalized classes at her guesthouse, Casa Mexicana, at tenants' request. Demand grew over the years, and in 2000 she founded Escuela Mexicana, a total-immersion language school.
Hayde's mission is to immerse
students in an intensive, effective Spanish-language learning experience
in a comfortable, friendly environment and introduce them to the rich culture
and history of Guanajuato and
In June 2004, Escuela Mexicana moved to a new location. The Casa Mexicana, which held the hostel and the school in the same building, became to small for the increasing number of students. Our aim is to provide a perfect study environment for our students and therefore, Escuela Mexicana offers its classes now in a beautiful, colonial building, only a couple yards away from the Jardin de la Union. The Casa Mexicana still serves as our hostel and students can rent rooms with private or shared bathroom only about two walking minutes away from the school.
If you would like talk to Escuela Mexicana alumni about their experiences, we will be glad to provide you with e-mail addresses.
Escuela Mexicana is located just 20 minutes by taxi from an international airport in Leon, one of Mexico`s largest cities. Classes are offered year-round except on major Mexican holidays.
We hope to see you soon at Escuela Mexicana!
Read what other former students have to say about Guanajuato and the school:
"After spending hours on the internet researching the different cities that offer Spanish schools we picked Guanajuato. It had several things going for it. First, according to our Lonely Planet Mexico and Footprint Central America and Mexico 2003 guide books Guanajuato is the least expensive city in Mexico that offers Spanish Immersion classes. Guanajuato is also high in the mountains and therefore has comfortable summer temperatures. If you go do not forget a jacket because at this altitude it gets pleasantly chilly during summer nights. Guanajuato is also the most northern colonial city that offers Spanish classes. This is important for two reasons. First this colonial city was built by the Spanish and it is very old, historic, and uniquely beautiful. I can only imagine that such cities are common in Europe but nothing like it exists in North America. Second, Guanajuato being the most northern city with Spanish Immersion makes it the closest to the USA. This is an important fact if you are driving or taking the bus from the USA. Since we were traveling by bicycle Guanajuato's northern location was important because we wanted to learn our Spanish as soon as possible.
After choosing Guanajuato I wrote a form letter of sorts and sent it to all of the schools in town. Several wrote back and we proceeded with a volley of correspondence until we narrowed it down to just a few. Escuela Mexicana had several things going for it.
- Escuela Mexicana had the lowest prices. This was a big factor to us given our tight budget. A lot of schools charge the same for classes but the registration fee is much higher. Escuela Mexicana also has no hidden cost. The prices, that you will find on the internet, are the prices that you will be charged. They keep their web site very current.
- Escuela Mexicana had the best location compared to the other schools. Escuela Mexican in located near Guanajuato's lively and historic downtown area. The Union Jardin, museums, and other important cultural attractions are just a short walk from the school and hotel/hostel. We had spoke to several Spanish immersion school students who had been attending various other schools and they were upset with the locations of their schools. They complained that they missed many of the fun and educational events in the downtown area because it was to far to walk. If you have a car with you do not even think that you will find parking in the center of town.
- After asking other Spanish students on the street who had been in town several weeks we learned about various other schools. They had some complaints such as cost and location.
Escuela Mexicana was very flexible in meeting our needs. You can just show up and start on any day of the week but they prefer Monday. If you prefer to arrange things ahead of time they have a very convenient web site with all the forms online. They will give you a short placement test in order to determine your individual level. Next they place you in the appropriate small (five or less) class. You can rearrange your schedule every week if you like. The courses were fun and individually paced to meet our needs. The teachers were mostly graduate students at the University of Guanajuato.
Our budget was $30 (not each but total) a day for all of Mexico. We were usually camping for free some nights and traveling through cheaper parts of this country. We could live like kings on this budget. Although Guanajuato is less expensive than any other city that offers Spanish school, it is not as cheap as the rural parts. There has to be an abundance of foreigners to have Spanish schools. So, our budget was very tight in Guanajuato and we had to find cheap lodging or we would not be able to stay longer than a week. We first found a very run down hotel that we nicknamed "the Dungeon" because it was so dark inside. It had no outside windows or ventilation. You have to remember that most buildings in this colonial city are between 500 and 600 years old. It had lots of bugs and the light switch would shock you if you touched it wrong. I got shocked several times and Cindie just does not like bugs. We wanted something different but within our budget.
Casa Mexicana (in the same building as the school) also has lodging that they refer to as a dorm. I do not think of Casa Mexicana as a dorm. It is much nicer than the dorm room that many North Americans experience in college. It is more of a combination hotel and hostel. (travelers hotel) The rooms are clean and have windows and doors that open to a pleasant outdoor courtyard. Although it is not particularly hot in Guanajuato, even in the summer, adequate ventilation is always important for sleeping. The rooms vary in size from apartments with kitchens, private bathrooms, and satellite television to more basic rooms that all have desks and closets with clean shared bathrooms and a fully functional shared kitchen.
The school will happily arrange lodging with Mexican families called Home stays. We did not do this but the people that we talked to were very happy with the arrangements. After hearing people describe their Home stays. it seemed to be very pleasant and an especially good deal if you are traveling with small children. We heard that the Mexican families will watch your children while you have time alone to explore the city or just relax. Another bonus to a home stay is that you can request to be placed with a Mexican families who has children the same age as yours. The children can play together and learn language and culture together. -Tim Travis, Author of The Road That Has No End: How We Traded Our Ordinary Lives For A Global Bicycling Adventure
At Escuela Mexicana, we will always be concerned about your individual progress. Therefore, we offer a variety of different programs. Please choose one of our programs that fits your needs best!
Potrero 12, Zona Centro 36000
Guanajuato, Gto. MEXICO
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