My kids (2 teenagers) and I both took Spanish lessons - 3 hours a day Monday to Friday for 2 weeks. Loved it. Jean is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher, who teaches with a heavy concentration on oral work! This gets you started really quickly. I am proud to say that by the end of the 2 weeks, I was able to communicate using simple sentences and the locals actually understood me! How fantastic. I'm sure results vary depending on the thickness of one's skull, but even I managed to do well!
My kids had their own classes and I partnered with a lady from Seattle!
She also arranged a day of tortilla making and a lunch with a local Yelapa woman. What fun! We had a traditional chicken "sopa" accompanied by our homemade, although very deformed tortillas! Jean seems to know all the right folks in town.
The kids were put in touch with a local girl their age and spent an afternoon playing games in Spanish.
Really, really great course. A nice way to keep your brain functioning on an otherwise, unchallenging, but super enjoyable trip to Yelapa.
The town is very safe, lots of restaurants, fabulous beaches, and wonderful hikes into the jungle are easy to accomplish in a day. No cars, just people sharing the paths with donkeys. Our second visit to the town of Yelapa and just as enjoyable as the first.
Thinking of sending our oldest for a month in the summer to live with a local family and be immersed in the language. And - of course - more Spanish lessons from Jean.
Must get back to work and try and save for this adventure!
Jean would be a great person to approach about where to stay and to also arrange a home-stay, if that is your wish.
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