One of the best ways to learn a language is to be surrounded by it, so if you’re looking to study Spanish, why not study in Mexico? You will encounter endless opportunities to learn the language, from traditional classroom settings and beyond. What are you waiting for? Adventure around Mexico and learn Spanish while you do it!
If your foremost goal in living in Mexico is to learn Spanish and you do well in classroom settings, then you might be interested in going to an immersion school. Immersion schools focus on combining your Spanish-speaking surroundings with intensive Spanish language classes, giving you an optimal learning environment.
Spanish Institute of Puebla is located in the historic center of Mexico City. They offer individual and group programs, excursions to get a better feel for the city, and optional homestays (beneficial in truly immersing yourself in the language), over lengths of 3-24 weeks.
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca is a diverse institute in the state Oaxaco, which offers your typical immersion classes, accommodation help (offering homestays as well as aid in apartment and hotel searches), excursions, and a variety of cultural classes ranging from cooking to film.
If you prefer one-on-one learning, especially if you’re on a budget, check out language exchange sites like LRNGO, which helps connect you with a learning exchange partner. The idea is that you have valuable skills that can be taught to others in exchange for lessons in a subject you want to learn.
If you’re planning on staying in Mexico for an extended period of time and are interested in a more free-flowing method of learning, this may be the option for you. Another benefit to keep in mind is that it’s free and on your time, without the constrictions of an institute.
Another way to meet a language exchange partner and practice your language skills is to check out the Meetup language exchange groups in your area. These groups generally meet on set days during the week to practice all kinds of languages. Pop in and be surrounded by people trying to learn, just like you!
These groups are also great if you’re new to the area and are looking to meet like-minded people. Take a look at the Meetup groups that coincide with your other interests—from cooking to biking, and meet new friends perfect for practicing your Spanish on.
For a unique immersion experience, check out programs like Helpx or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), which offer you opportunities to work for room and board in areas all over the world, including Mexico!
Both of these programs give you the opportunity to be immersed in a language while working with people eager to interact with different cultures. Helpx is supported by a wide variety of people interested in cultural exchange who are in need of help with a wide variety of jobs—from chefs in a restaurant to hostel sitters, while WWOOF participants help with organic farm work while simultaneously being surrounded by the culture!
No matter how you plan on learning Spanish, being in Mexico will provide you with countless opportunities to study, learn, and practice your newfound ability!
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