Thinking of learning Spanish for your next trip? Why not immerse yourself in a Spanish speaking country and learn Spanish abroad? As Spanish is the official language of 20 countries there are many fantastic places to learn Spanish.
Spanish has the second largest number of native speakers in the world. This means it’s a really useful language to learn if you are a keen traveller.
There are so many incredible places to learn Spanish around the world, each with their own culture, history and unique features.
Best places to learn Spanish
Some of the Best places to learn Spanish include countries like Peru, Cuba, Spain and Costa Rica. You can spend time in these Spanish speaking countries such as Peru and Cuba absorbing the language.
Or, you could learn Spanish online, or with Spanish language CD’s and programs and pick up key phrases for your next trip.
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I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to learn Spanish in Spanish speaking countries around the world. From the sunny beaches of Spain to the Latin American vibes of vibrant Mexico.
Spanish is said to be one of the easiest languages for English speakers to pick up. To improve your Spanish language skills you could book a language trainer when you are abroad.
Madrid is the best place to learn Spanish in Spain if you are looking for city life learning. Don’t forget, you will At the end of 2022, the European Union (EU) will introduce the ETIAS Visa Waiver.
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Whilst in Madrid, spend time learning Spanish surrounded by contemporary architecture, buzzing nightlife and foodie finds. Madrid boasts of being Europe’s culinary capital and ordering an array of Spanish dishes is a great way of practising your Spanish.
Learning Spanish in Madrid
Try ordering some of the local dishes in Madrid, it’s a great way to put your Spanish skills to use. Make sure to try Cocido Madrileño [Spanish Stew] and Huevos Rotos [fried potates].
Learn a few simple phrases to make ordering food in a Spanish speaking country a little easier. To get a table for two, you can say “Una mesa para dos, por favor”, and to ask for the menu is “el menú”.When ordering your dish you can add “para mí” and then whatever menu item you have chosen.
Madrid Spanish school
The AIL Madrid Spanish school offers small group Spanish Classes from Monday to Friday. Expect to pay around €170 per week for classes here.
They also offer private Spanish classes for €35 a class. If you want to practise your Spanish in an informal setting, you could also way join a Spanish Conversation Meetup group?
Lima is one of the best places to learn Spanish in Peru. This sprawling metropolis of a city also has a stunning coastline to explore and admire.
There are lots of things to do in Peru and the more immersed you get into city life, the more Spanish you will pick up. Some of the best Spanish schools in Peru are located here if you want to take Spanish classes.
Expect to pay roughly around £60 a week for 10 hours a week of private Spanish classes in Peru. Group language class costs will vary depending on the size of the group. Expect to pay around £100 for 20 hours of group classes a week.
Spanish language school Lima
If you are looking for an immersive Spanish course in Peru, the Peruwayna Spanish School in Lima is highly recommended.
This school is located in the middle of Miraflores, so is easily accessible. The classes are flexible and you can choose between small groups and private tuition.
They also hold several social events every week so that students can get to know each other and have new friends to explore Lima with. You’ll be nailing Peruvian Spanish in no time!
Why not practise your new Spanish skills with a Cooking Class with a Local Peruvian Family? You can learn more about Peruvian cuisine at the home of a Lima family and practise your Spanish at the same time.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers in the whole world. So it’s a great place to soak up some Spanish as well as Latin culture.
Mexico City is a densely populated gritty city that is bursting with culture and foodie finds. Make sure to spend some time eating incredible Mexican street food and visiting funky art galleries.
The best time to visit Mexico is when there is a huge event such as ‘Day of the Dead‘, a wildly popular Mexican holiday.
Learning Spanish in Mexico
When learning Spanish in Mexico, it’s important to combine language classes with real-life, immersive learning.
No matter how many Spanish textbooks you study, nothing will help you learn a language faster than conversing with locals.
Order Mexican street food, try and buy a bus ticket and ask for directions in Spanish. This way you’ll learn the most useful Spanish phrases rather than “o veo las noticias”, [I watch the news].
Best Spanish Schools in Mexico City
Mexican Spanish is known for being one of the most fastly spoken and colloquial of the Spanish speaking countries. So you will definitely need to learn from locals as well as from language classes. There are many Spanish language classes in Mexico City, all varying in cost and structure.
One of the best Spanish Schools in Mexico City is the Frida Spanish School. Their Spanish classes focus on conversations and immersing you in the local culture and community. Expect to pay around $160 for a standard, one week course that includes 20 lessons.
Havana is an incredible place to learn Spanish. There are colourful and atmospheric colonial streets, music and art culture. Cube has a rich history and is full of fascinating historical features, retro cars and quirky traditions.
Practise speaking Spanish in one of the many hip cafes that are springing up and immerse yourself in Cuban cafe culture. Try and order your coffee in Spanish if you can? Remember ‘Fuerte’ is ‘Strong’ and ‘Escaso’ is ‘Short’.
You could also learn more about the ‘real Havana’ by booking a Private Tour of Havana with a local. Discover the city through the eyes of a local and get off the tourist trail a little.
Spanish School Havana
One of the best Spanish schools in Havana is the Sprachcaffe School. This modern language school has fantastic facilities including air-conditioned classrooms, a student cafeteria, and a computer area with internet.
You can choose from a range of Spanish classes including private classes, intensive and part-time. The school also offers salsa classes and drum lessons if you want to sample some Cuban culture and learn new skills.
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Costa Rica surely is the best place to surf and learn Spanish in Central America? If surfing isn’t your jam, then why not head to the cloud forests of Monteverde? Here you can learn Spanish surrounded by beautiful nature.
If you love the outdoors, there are lots of adventurous things to do in Monteverde. You can walk through the cloud forest on suspension bridges. There is also horseback riding and wildlife spotting in the evenings.
Learning Spanish in Costa Rica
You can learn Spanish in Monteverde at the prestigious Centro Panamericano de Idiomas [CPI]. This highly regarded Spanish school offers students a full linguistic and cultural immersion into Costa Rica.
They also have Spanish school campuses based across three sites within Costa Rica. You can also choose whether to stay with a local host family or in an apartment.
Expect to pay around $460 a week for 20 hours of intensive group classes with a maximum of 4 students per class at CPI.
This lively Latin Capital is an exciting place to learn Spanish. Seek out Argentian steakhouses [Parrillas] and Tango lessons to fully immerse yourself in city life.
Buenos Aires is renowned for its crazy nightlife. Here, restaurants serve dinner late, nightclubs get going around 1 am and there are parties and dancing across the city.
Going out dancing or clubbing in Buenos Aires is a great way to mix with locals and practise your Spanish!
Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires
Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires is relatively straightforward thanks to the number of Spanish Classes available.
One of the best Spanish schools in Buenos Aires is ‘Living your Spanish’, located in the nearby town of San Antonio de Areco.
Here, you can combine conversational Spanish classes activities. You can mix with locals outside of the classroom and really put your Spanish into practice.
Expect to pay $300 for a weekend Spanish course, at ‘Living your Spanish’. There are also one to one Spanish classes, costing $35 per class. It’s one of the best Spanish immersion programs for adults in Buenos Aires.
If you want to learn Spanish on a budget you could always teach yourself Spanish? You could buy some Spanish Textbooks or Spanish Phrasebooks and start learning the basics.
There are also several learn Spanish podcasts and apps to get you going. It’s a less formal way to learn and it’s also cheaper than paying for Spanish classes.
You could also start prepping to learn Spanish abroad by teaching yourself some of the basics at home, that way, you will have a headstart before you even arrive.
Why not try a few different online resources and find out which one works best for you?
Best places to learn Spanish online:
Best country to learn Spanish
So where is the best place to learn Spanish? It depends on what you are looking for in an immersive Spanish experience.
Do you want to be in a vibrant city? By the seaside? Surrounded by nature? There are so many places to choose from to start your Spanish speaking adventure.
Make sure to spend some time researching the best option for you and pay careful attention to your budget and travel itinerary. Make sure to check out my list of travel resources, to start planning your dream trip today!
Are you planning to learn Spanish abroad? Where are you going? Let me know in the comments below!
Recommended travel resources
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