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Escuela Delengua – Spanish Language School In Granada

Our Experience Of Studying Spanish in Delengua

It is with a bitter sweet feeling that I write this post. Tomorrow is our last day at Escuela Delengua, a Spanish language school in Granada that has been our home for the past 5 weeks, and we will miss it very much.

We took intensive language classes there to provide us with a solid base for Spanish and to help us learn more when we get back to Puerto Rico.

First, let me remind you why we decided to study Spanish in Spain. There were two main reasons: the cost and location. I already wrote about this in a previous post, see my post Why Study Spanish in Spain, Instead Of…, so in short, it is much, much cheaper to study in Spain than in Puerto Rico and even many other Latin American countries. But also, we wanted to see Spain. I mean if you’re going to study a language where better than to study it at its source? Yes, we knew there are some differences but there are differences in each Spanish-speaking country.

Delengua’s Location Is Excellent!

So, we decided on Spain, but then we had to decide on where in Spain to study. Originally, we thought we’d study in Barcelona but after some research, we discovered that Catalan is widely spoken there, and we didn’t want to be confused any more than we already were. So, we wanted to find somewhere where the Spanish is similar to Puerto Rico. Granada was a good choice because the dialect here is not unlike in Latin America and it’s a college town, so there are lots of schools to choose from.

Delengua Tim's first week
Tim’s 1st week.

 

Again, we did more research and read lots of reviews and we finally settled on Escuela Delengua for our studies. I cannot tell you how happy we are that we did! Delengua turned out to be an excellent choice for us.

It is inexpensive, comparing to other schools even in Granada, it is in an excellent location right in the heart of Granada and the Albaicín neighborhood, and it is a fantastic school!

We only had five weeks there but we learned so much!

Delengua Is Inexpensive!

We took both group and individual classes. Group classes in Delengua are relatively small; no more than 8 people and sometimes as few as 4 students. It just depends on the class and level. The lower levels tend to have more students.

We enjoyed the classes a lot. We met all sorts of students, from all sorts of backgrounds, ages, and countries. We even made some friends – what a great experience!

Each group class at Delengua consists of 1.5 hours of grammar in the morning and 1.5 hours of practice in the afternoon. Each session is taught by a different teacher and they rotate about once per month. Group classes were where we learned some of the tenses and basic grammar that we needed as a foundation to build on and we got a little braver in speaking.

We also each took individual lessons, which were 45-minute sessions one-on-one with a teacher from the school. They provided us the individual attention we needed, were tailored specifically to our needs, and we got lots of practice.

Exploring Cordoba
Exploring Córdoba with other students.

Delengua’s Teachers Are Excellent!

Our teachers were excellent! Very knowledgeable in language teaching techniques and very patient with newbies like us. Everyone in the school speaks very clearly and slowly to help foreigners understand Spanish and no one switches to English. I believe this is crucial in learning any language, it needs to be taught in that language, otherwise you’re just learning the concepts and not the getting any practice. Immersion is key!

We really liked that there was a good mix of ages in our classes. One thing that was a concern for us was that we’d be the oldest folks at the school with only 20-somethings studying there but we were pleasantly surprised that there were many others like us and even older, all trying to learn Spanish.

The school also organized daily evening activities, anything from going for tapas to visiting the Alhambra as a group, and even weekend excursions to other towns. We took advantage of it all and learned sooooo much about the country, the culture, and the people. Fantastic!

Juan
Juan explaining some local history.

Delengua’s Cultural Activities Are Fun!

The gentleman that provides weekend trips is Juan and he is a fantastic guide! Super knowledge, very funny, and amazingly patient. He also speaks very slowly and clearly for the benefit of the students – yes, it’s all in Spanish! Our favorite trip with him was to the Alpujarras but we also liked Córdoba a lot. I highly recommend him, if you get a chance to study in Granada.

Last but not least, I want to do a shout out to our favorite teachers: Alegna and María José! You guys are awesome and both Tim and I appreciate all your hard work and patience with us. We promise we will continue to study and practice what we learned and, who knows, we may even return next year 🙂

So, we got some of the basics. Clearly 5 weeks is not nearly enough to learn a language but we will keep at it and I’m confident that with what we learned in Escuela Delengua, we will improve our Spanish even further when we return to Puerto Rico.

Muchas Gracias Delengua!

Joanna

About Joanna Rolston

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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9 comments

  1. Excited for you guys. PaMai our 7yr old Thai/English daughter will be learning Spanish when we get to PR. Chistmas time.

    Hopefully the grade schools there assist a bit in English, or maybe it’s better if they teach and speak only spanish to her.
    Your thoughts?…
    Jer : )

    • Hi Jer,
      We actually don’t have any experience with the schools in PR because our kids are adults but my sense is that all public schools are instructed in Spanish only. I am not sure about the English. But I hear that there are good, affordable private schools that are fully bi-lingual – at least that’s what some of our friends that have kids here say. When you get to PR, you’ll have to do some research on this but I’m sure you can work something out for your daughter.
      Joanna-

      • Thxs for the imput. Not too worried as many say at her age they pick up mulitiple languages easy, so they say.

        If I have to learn spanish to help….
        Well just shoot me now!

        Of course we could always send her over to Auntie Joanna’s house for cookies.
        Lol
        Jer : )

        • Most schools teach both Spanish and English in PR, the Teachers 98% of them can speak English pretty well, but the books and studies in classes other than English class will be in Spanish per what my Shadow high school students said in the Hospital. If you spend time with Duolingo it will not make you fluent but it would help you understand a lot of the language. I intensely study so I can take care of patients in PR.

      • Hey Joanna…
        Had ? For ya about….
        Rincon vs Luquillo as far as…

        My ? is, which city has more Biz peeps to build business relationships with?

        Needing to help my wife create business ties.
        Thxs Jer : )

        • Also meant to compare Humaco also for strong business relationships?

        • Hi Jer,
          Not sure how to answer that because we don’t live in Rincon or Humacao. Luquillo is much closer to San Juan than the other two, which is the main business hub for the island as far as that goes, but Luquillo is a small town. So, I guess it would depend on what you are trying to do. Generally making business ties would probably be best in a large city, not in Rincon or Luquillo but than it depends on the business.
          Ricon will definitely have more Americans and I think there is a small group of Americans brewing in Humacao too from what I hear.
          Joanna

  2. Awesome.! O excelente!! Yo estudio Espanol para dos meses con Duolingo, memrise y iTranslate.
    Since I have till October to show I can speak spanish at a basic level it seems to be working. I also work at a Spanish Clinic in Memmphis with another Doctor from Puerto Rico.

    • Hi William,
      That’s great! Good for you for learning a new language. We are quite pleased with our experience here. We’ve passed that A2 level here (so, A1 and A2) and when we pick our formal studies back up (which we plan on) we will begin at B2. Still far from fluent but most definitely better than when we started.
      Joanna