How to choose the perfect Spanish language school for you!

Best Spanish school in Madrid

Being a student who studies Spanish, I thought long and hard about selecting the best possible Spanish language school for me. Whilst staying in Spain for 4 months, I wanted to be able to speak at least some basic Spanish. So I began researching online. There were so many schools to choose from, which at first, was slightly overwhelming. Below, I have noted down what factors to consider when choosing your school and then explained how Inhispania ended up being my school of choice.

1.     What do you look for in a school?

Before you start looking for a school, you have to know exactly what you are looking for. There is more to learning a language than simply Spanish lessons, it is also an experience. Make a list and write down what you think is important for a school to have.

For example:

– Are the teachers native speakers?

– Are there extra activities available?

– Are classes available for a variety of levels?

– Are class hours flexible?

– What kind of materials are used in classes?

These may look like very small matters, but could actually be a big help once you start looking. In the end, it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. At Inhispania, Spanish is taught by Spaniards, and there are classes for all levels. The classes on offer can fit with any work/study schedule and activities are offered every week from Tuesday to Friday. On some Saturdays there are also trips to nearby cities such as Segovia and Toledo.

2.     Location

Location is hugely important; if you are looking outside of the center then easily accessible public transport is essential. For me, somewhere in the heart of Madrid was vital. When you can be a part of the city life and can enjoy its liveliness, the experience you have is all the more immersive and authentic. Whether that means enjoying the “Menu del día” after classes in a local restaurant, grabbing a coffee between lessons or even walking to Sol for some shopping after classes. Inhispania couldn’t be located in a better part of the city.

3.     Reviews

Nowadays, online reviews are a fantastic source of information about places, restaurants, activities and yes, that’s right – Spanish language schools! By reading reviews, you have access to honest opinions written by students (just like you and I).

4.     The student-teacher relationship is KEY!

Learning a language can be frustrating and takes a lot of patience. A teacher who can support students, correct mistakes, answer questions and offer encouragement makes the learning process a lot easier. For me it is very important to establish a good connection with a teacher. Asking questions seems less daunting and making mistakes isn’t as much of an issue. A classroom in which the students and the teacher are enjoying themselves and have a good relationship is a much more effective environment to learn in!

After going on the internet and looking up reviews about Inhispania (as previously suggested), a recurring comment was that the teachers at the school were really friendly and outgoing. After attending classes, I found out for myself that this was indeed true. The teachers were always so helpful and always tried to make you feel at ease. I felt confident and comfortable talking in classes and I was not worried about asking questions if I didn´t understand something nor embarrassed about making mistakes.

5.     Support offered

Does the school cater to your needs? Perhaps this is your first time away from home studying in another country without friends or family; will you get support? Does the school offer accommodation with other students?

Or maybe you are a mature student seeking a totally different cultural experience, what can the school offer you?

Inhispania, for me, lived up to all of my hopes and expectations. I received great exposure to Spanish culture through attending the activities, my confidence in speaking improved thanks to the hard work and dedication of my teacher and the wonderful classroom and learning environment. It was an experience that will stay with me whilst I continue on my journey learning Spanish. I can say with confidence that I will eagerly return to the school in the future!

Feria del Libro, Madrid (Book Fair)

Want to learn a language quickly? Get reading! Take advantage of Madrid´s 78th Feria del Libro (Book Fair) in El Retiro. With over 300 book stalls around the city, the guest country this year is the Dominican Republic, with the event´s slogan ´´A story at every step´´ (Una historia a cado paso). From the 31st May- 16th June, wander around the city´s many stalls and immerse yourself in the literary culture.

Here´s a summary of our top 4 best hidden gems around the city for literature and free activities:

  • La Casquería Antigua

Feria del libro Madrid

Love a good bargain? Here, you pay for the weight of your books, meaning that a whole kilo only comes to only 10 euros. (Nearest metro stop: Embajadores, 41)

2) Tuuulibreria

Books and culture Madrid

The only place where you can actually choose the price of your book. The idea is that everyone has access to literature. The company also sends books to developing countries. (Covarrubias 38, Bilbao)

  • La Casa Encendida or Casa del Libro

More well-known than the two previous places, you can take part in book signings, readings, and free exhibitions.

  • Ever heard of a Poetry Slam?

Poetry Slam Madrid

Try something a bit different and join this Facebook group´s poetry/ rap-style competition to challenge your poetry skills on the spot.

Keep a look out for: The lady with the typewriter outside Opera. Give her a subject and she can type up a poem for you on the spot!

Finally, don’t forget that Inhispania runs a book exchange on the second floor with plenty of novels, tourist magazines and autobiographies!

Learning Spanish: Tips From The Experts

So you want to learn Spanish?

Good work, you´re already:

✓ in Madrid – the home and heart of the Spanish language

✓ studying at the best Spanish language school there is

But what more can you be doing to get the most out of your Spanish? Below, staff at Inhispania give their best tips for language learning in the capital… Continue reading “Learning Spanish: Tips From The Experts”

Campanadas en Inhispania

¡En #Inhispania también nos comemos las doce uvas en Nochevieja!
Unos días antes de terminar el año hemos practicando con los estudiantes la tradición española de comer las 12 uvas la última noche del año. Según la tradición, se comen 12 uvas que simbolizan los 12 meses del año y que deben comerse con cada una de las campanadas del reloj a las 12 de la noche del 31 de diciembre al 1 de enero.

At #Inhispania we also eat the twelve grapes with New Years Eve!
A few days before the end of the year we already tried this Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes with the students. According the tradition, the 12 grapes symbolize the 12 months of the year and they have to be eaten, with each stroke of the clock at 12 am in the night of December 31 and January 1

Top 5 Madrid: Javier

1. La Plaza de OrienteJavier

Los jardines de la Plaza de Oriente son el lugar ideal para pasear y relajarse. Me gusta ir por la tarde justo en el momento en el que el sol empieza a esconderse en el horizonte, para ver las luces sobre el palacio real y cómo se ilumina. Una vez anochece, es el lugar perfecto para un buen picnic con los amigos o la pareja, mientras escuchas al arpista animar la noche.

Plaza de Oriente Gardens are the ideal place to walk around and relax. I like going there in the evening, just at the moment when the sun is going down and you can see the changing lights over the Royal Palace. Once is dark, it becomes the perfect place for a picnic with your couple or friends while you listen to the harpist playing in the night.

Les jardins de la Plaza de Oriente sont le lieu idéal pour se balader et se détendre. J’aime aller en début de soirée, juste au moment où le soleil commence à se cacher dans l’horizon, afin de voir la lumière sur le Palais Royal. À la tombée de la nuit, les jardins sont parfaits pour faire un picnic avec les amis ou en couple, pendant qu’on écoute le harpiste jouer

2. El restaurante Lateral

El Lateral es una conocida cadena de restaurantes que ofrece tapas de comida tradicional española e internacional. En especial Lateral Castellana 42, junto al metro Ruben Darío (Line 5), tiene una gran terraza para poder disfrutar de la comida y de los posteriores cócteles al aire libre. Una de las mejores opciones para comer en Madrid en verano o invierno, gracias a la terraza cubierta.

Lateral is a well-known restaurant chain, which offers a wide range of international and traditional Spanish food served as “tapas”. Particularly, Lateral Castellana 42, next to Ruben Darío station (Line 5), which has a big terrace to enjoy the meal and the cocktails under the open sky. It is one of the best options for eating out in Madrid in summer or in winter in the covered terrace.

Lateral est une chaine connue de restaurants qui offre des « tapas » de nourriture typique espagnole et internationale. Particulièrement, Lateral Castelllana 42, à côte du métro Ruben Darío (ligne 5) a une grande terrasse pour profiter du repas et des cocktails sous le ciel madrilène. C’est un des meilleurs choix pour manger à Madrid en été ou en hiver, grâce à la terrasse couverte.

3. El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales es uno de los monumentos más bonitos y más desconocidos de Madrid. Situado en la plaza del mismo nombre, además de la iglesia tiene una parte museo que se puede visitar. Para mí es una parada obligada en una tarde de paseo por el centro o durante la Navidad, de camino a “Cortylandia”.

Descalzas Reales’ monastery is one of the most beautiful and unknown monuments in Madrid. Located at square of the same name, you can visit the church and the museum area of the ancient monastery. For me, it is a compulsory stop when walking around the downtown or in Christmas, before seeing “Cortylandia”.

Le Monastère de las Descalzas Reales est un des monuments les plus beaux et les moins connus de Madrid. Situé dans la place du même nom, on peut visiter l’église ainsi qu’une partie du monastère qui est devenu un musée. Pour moi, c’est un arrêt obligé si je me promène dans le centre-ville ou pendant les fêtes de Noël avant de voir «Cortylandia ».

4. Madrid Río

Si quieres pasear, hacer deporte o relajarte durante el fin de semana, Madrid Río es el lugar perfecto. Los más deportistas aprovechan este espacio para ponerse en forma, las familias para jugar con sus niños y los jóvenes para reunirse en las fuentes y los bares del parque para descansar después de una larga semana. Personalmente, me gusta pasear al final del día cuando el parque está más tranquilo y puedo disfrutar del aire fresco y desconectar en este pequeño oasis en la ciudad.

If you want to go for a walk, do sport or relax during the weekend, Madrid Río is the perfect place. Runners use this space to get in fit, families to play with their kids and the younger ones to meet around the fountains and bars in order to relax after a long week. Personally, I like to walk around at the end of the day when the park is quieter because you can enjoy the fresh air and disconnect from the busy city life.

Si on veut se balader, faire du sport ou se détendre pendant le weekend, Madrid Río est l’endroit parfait. Les sportifs profitent de cet espace pour se mettre en forme, les familles pour jouer avec leurs enfants et les jeunes pour se rencontrer autour des fontaines et bars pour se reposer après une longue semaine. Personnellement, j’adore me promener à la fin de la journée quand le parc est plus tranquille et je peux profiter de l’air frais et déconnecter dans ce petit oasis au centre-ville.

5. El Mercado de San Ildefonso

Entre los barrios de Chueca, Tribunal y Malasaña, encontramos este espacio único que fusiona el concepto de mercado con el de restaurante callejero en lo que se conoce generalmente como “Street Market”. Antes de salir a disfrutar de la noche madrileña, me encanta hacer una parada en este lugar para tomar de una copa de vino y unas tostas, en las acogedoras terrazas interiores. Muy recomendable si buscáis un lugar animado para pasar el tiempo con los amigos.

In the cross between Chueca, Tribunal and Malasaña areas, we can find this unique place which merges market concept with street restaurant, creating the so-called “Street Market”. Before going out to enjoy Madrid’s nightlife, I like enter into the market, drink a glass of wine and eat some “tostas” in the cozy indoor terraces. It is highly recommendable if you are looking for a place to hang out with friends.

Au milieu des quartiers de Chueca, Tribunal et Malasaña, on se retrouve avec ce lieu unique qui mélange le concept traditionnel de marché avec celui du restaurant de rue, en créant ce qu’on connaît généralement comme « Street Market ». Avant de partir pour s’amuser dans la nuit madrilène, j’aime m’arrêter ici pour boire un verre de vin et déguster des « tostas » dans les terrasses intérieures cosy. Très recommandé si vous cherchez un lieu animé pour bavarder avec les amis.