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“Like a family in Sucre”

Open Spanish School
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Owner description: Open Spanish Lesson provides high quality instruction for students of all levels and ages. Our goal is to create an optimal learning environment allowing our students to learn and fully enjoy their experience. All of our instruction is private one-to-one lessons with tailor-made curriculum to meet the needs of each student. Teaching is balanced between the areas of writing, reading, and grammar
Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

I spent 10 days living and studying at Open Spanish and I'd have stayed longer if it wasn't for visa issues. From the first day I felt like a part of the family when Gonzalo invited me to join them for football and BBQ with his family. The teachers are all patient and fun to speak with. Lessons were structured and free-flowing at the same time, including watching videos and going out to the museums for excursions. I started knowing the basics and to bring it to the next level, the teachers really challenged me with the content. I learnt a LOT in that short time with them. Staying at the dorm also means meeting other students and we had a good time at a bar, watching movies and having a BBQ.

Thank you Gonzalo, Shirley, Hugo and Rolando!

Thank Owen T
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

Gonzalo the director/owner of Open Spanish, is super helpful and accommodating. Gonzalo and his staff speak great English and are willing to help you with anything. My wife and I took one week of Spanish classes at Open Spanish, our instructor Shirley was great. Shirley had a structured plan for teaching us as much Spanish as possible in the first three days, then asked us what else we wanted to know and those topics were covered in our last two days. This seemed to be the right approach because honestly Spanish can't be learned in one week. Classes can be set up in two hour increments, or as we did, a 4-hr class in the morning each day with a 10-15 minute break for coffee/tea or a field trip to try some tasty breakfast treats. At the end of class, Shirley would assign homework that we would then be graded on or tested on in the next class. Also Gonzalo helps us coordinate a homestay with a local Bolivian family. I would highly recommend the homestay because it is an amazing experience to live with a family and learn the day routines of locals in Sucre.

Thank CultureThruFood
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Reviewed June 30, 2017

I did one week advance course at the open spanish school and improved a lot. The teachers have detailled knowledge on how to explain spanish grammar and the atmosphere is familiar and very nice. Between lessons you can play FIFA, table tennis and once a week there is a football match with all teachers and students. Moreover Gonzalo (the owner) spent a lot of time helping me buying and registering a motorcycle in Sucre after the lessons without charging anything! Totally recommend this school!

Thank Haukehirsch
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Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

We did 6 days (2hrs per day) of lessons with Shirley and our Spanish improved immensely.

Shirley spoke in Spanish the whole time (except when we specifically asked questions in English) which made a big difference to our conversational Spanish. Because of Shirley's warm personality, after not long at all it didn't feel like a classroom any more but like we were chatting with a friend and finding out about local life in Sucre.

One thing we noticed is that the management is slightly disorganised (we were booking lessons day to day which probably didn't help) but as long as you are flexible with your time in Sucre then this is a great environment to learn Spanish and very good value.

Muchas gracias Shirley!!

Thank JackD1178
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Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

We arrived in Sucre planning to do 4 weeks of Spanish lessons. We walked around the town and asked all the questions you need to ask and Open Spanish School was the most friendly, flexible and informative to meet our needs. We had absolutely no Spanish and we needed to started with the basics.

We loved our teachers Shirley, Hugo, David. The owner Gonzalo is very kind, helpful and flexible with our hours.

Over the 4 weeks we went from speaking no espanol to being able to sit in our lessons having conversations about what we did last weekend, what and where we plan to travel to. We learnt all the verbs we needed to know. Adjectives, future and past tense.

We would 100% recommend Open Spanish school to everyone going through Sucre. You can do one day of lessons to months of it. When we didn't quite understand something we would work on it more until we understood. They were flexible with hours. We did a range of hours from 4 hours in the morning to 4 hours in the afternoon to 2 in both morning and afternoon.

To top it all off Gonzalo had FIFI! Which my boyfriend and him had lots of fun with.

Coffee/tea breaks as you needed and also meeting other awesome travellers wanting to learn Spanish was a bonus. They helped us with advice on where to go in Sucre and where to stay etc. They do offer some accomodation in Open Spanish school however we were already in an AirBnb.

Thank you for helping us to start to understand the language! When we are next though Sucre we will for sure be coming past.

Thank lemthomas91
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