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Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

| Barrio Dent, 300 north, 75 south of Hyundai in Los Yoses, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica
+506 2280 1685
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A great place to learn & enjoy

I have been to this school several times. I have also tried other language schools and can say... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Patricio S
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Tucson, Arizona
Exceeded my expectations

With all the positive reviews, I had high expectations for CRLA and I'm happy to report that the... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Renanzel
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Oregon
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If you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, make sure that you will have an authentic cultural experience.If you wanted to study French in France, wouldn't you prefer that the school be owned by French people? Or if you studied German in Germany, wouldn't you choose a German-run school? The CRLA is one of the few schools completely owned and operated by Costa Ricans and all of our teachers and staff are native Spanish speakers. We will share our culture with you while you learn our language.Excellent resultsWe make sure that you are making the most of your stay and learning Spanish quickly and easily, no matter what your age, background or Spanish skills are. Our practical methodology , innovative books & intimate class size ensures excellent results. We will even offer you extra classes at no cost, if necessary, to ensure that you will achieve your language goals.
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| Barrio Dent, 300 north, 75 south of Hyundai in Los Yoses, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

I have been to this school several times. I have also tried other language schools and can say that by far this has been the best. Great teachers and staff. Well located and an easy walk to downtown San Jose. Staff does a great job...More

Thank Patricio S
Reviewed 2 March 2017

With all the positive reviews, I had high expectations for CRLA and I'm happy to report that the school exceeded my expectations. It's hard to say what was the best part of the program. The instructors were top notch, the staff kind and helpful and...More

Thank Renanzel
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

Dear Renanzel! Thank you very much for taking the time to write this beautiful and complete review. It means the world to us, not only that you had such a great experience, but that you decided to share it with the public. I am sure...More

Reviewed 23 February 2017

Excellent instructor and logical flow to the instruction. The emphasis is on conversation and discussions topics that are of interest to participants. The work book is also easy to use. Front desk staff are all helpful, facilities are clean, all in all a terrific experience.

Thank Wendy S
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Dear Wendy! Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad to hear that you had such a great experience. We look forward to have you back here in the near future. Best regards!

Reviewed 19 December 2016

I actually went to the school in 2007 and had a great experience. The homestay was great family. The teachers were amazingly patient and helpful. Would highly recommend. Thinking about going back for another month soon.More

Thank iluv2traveltheworld
StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Dear Iluv2traveltheworld It's very nice to hear from you after all these years and we are very glad to know that you still remember the great experience you had here at CRLA! We would love to have you back here in the near future! Best...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016

I actually went to CRLA 8 years ago and it honestly changed my life. It's an amazing school the staff were so helpful and welcoming and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect home stay family. I still miss my mama tica!! :'( If...More

Thank Kirsten D
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2016

Dear Kirsten, We are beyond thrilled to know that after 8 years you feel that coming to CRLA was a life changing experience. It makes us feel very happy and proud. Thank you for sharing it. We will be honored to have you back here...More

Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Studied Spanish here for a week before being placed on a volunteering project. CRLA arranged pick up from the airport and although the transfer arrived late the lady was friendly and the vehicle was clean and comfy. The host family selected by CRLA were friendly...More

1  Thank Emily B
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

Dear Emily We really appreciate your complete and informative review. It not only helps us improve, but it also provides valuable information for future students and volunteers Thank you for taking the time to summarize and compliment all the different services and extracurricular activities that...More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

For nearly 15 years, I and members of my family have attended CRLA. The teaching staff is very professional. The support staff is likewise professional, helpful and very friendly. The school's host families are well vetted. The food served by the host families is excellent,...More

Thank Carl C
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Dear Mr. Carl C. Thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate all the positive feedback and we are very glad to know that you and your family are such happy and loyal students at our school. It means the world to us!...More

Reviewed 26 August 2016

I loved it. The host family not only created a comfortable and safe environment but were HILARIOUS and I truly enjoyed spending time with them. The meals were "rico," the clothes were washed timely and regularly, and the family was always there to speak with...More

1  Thank tharealjboogy
StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2016

Dear Tharealjbougy Loved your review!! Thank you very much. Beautiful summary of all the different services that we offer here at CRLA; Spanish classes, host families, extracurricular activities, weekend trips etc. So glad to know that you were able to experience them all and enjoyed...More

Reviewed 24 August 2016

I just got back from studying for two weeks at CRLA. I learned an amazing amount-- I arrived after taking a summer college course as a complete beginner and left capable of making small-talk with strangers and communicating with fellow travelers. The focus on communication...More

Thank Caroline K
StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Dear Caroline K, We really appreciate you taking the time to write this informative review. We are really happy to know that you had such a wonderful experience here at CRLA. We believe the sizes of our classes help us teach on a more personal...More

Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We wanted our daughter to get a head start on Spanish and decided to make the investment to attend this school. Everything was professionally done and handled. The teachers were extremely professional and friendly. If anyone wants a crash course in this language, would highly...More

Thank Steve L
StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Dear Steve L. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this positive review. We are really glad to know that your daughter enjoyed her time at CRLA and that you are all coming back. We look forward to having you here again...More

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AHTrip2014
Can I send a 16 year old by himself? It sounds like most students are college or adult? I wouldn't want him traveling alone on the weekend so.
28 March 2017|
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Response from StaffCRLA | Property representative |
Hi AHTrip201 Thank you very much for your email. We will be very happy to have your 16 year old at our school to take Spanish lessons. For him/her to come on their own, you only need to fill out a parents' consent in advance... More
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