Read what our former students have to say about
their Spanish Classes
"I loved your school. Starting with the man who greeted me at the airport - he was friendly and very interesting.
Then the host family was marvelous. I felt so comfortable there and they really were more than accommodating and friendly and also interesting people. Marisa was especially warm and fun to talk with.
When I walked into the school, Suzanne knew who I was and was so cheerful and just a super person.
The school is in a nice location and is very nice looking and comfortable.
Teacher Adrianne was very professional and I so wish I could have stayed longer in her class. I'm sure I would have learned a lot. It is my regret that I was not able to stay longer as I had hoped. I plan to return to your school, maybe in Guadalajara, and study soon.
Thank you for all your good service. I surely hope to be back soon.
"I came to the Spanish Experience Centre in April 2012 at the start of my travels in Latin America. It gave me the perfect start to learning Spanish. The friendliness of the staff and the warm atmosphere made studying there a joy. As a total beginner, the language was made to feel as less daunting as possible and I thorou...ghly enjoyed my time there. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.
Llegué al Centro de Experiencia española en abril de 2012 en el inicio de mis viajes por América Latina. Lo fue comienzo perfecto para aprender español. La amabilidad del personal y el ambiente acogedor hacen estudiando allí una alegría. Como un principiante que se hizo la lengua a sentir menos difícil de lo posible y yo disfruté de mi tiempo allí. No dudaría en recomendar este lugar a cualquiera
Jon Townsend, England.
"Conversation and Grammar made fun, a great environment, friendly fun teachers!
I did not have much time in Puerto Vallarta but while there I wanted to brush up on my Spanish conversation skills and on some grammar issues that were still hanging me up despite having lived in Central Mexico for a couple years and having been told my Spanish was pretty good. I'd already had some Spanish courses a few years prior, but I didn't feel my speaking was fluid or fluent. After only one week of doing full day one-on-one conversation classes at the Spanish Experience Center I had not only become much more comfortable with speaking Spanish, but we had identified my grammar hang-ups and I had also made great new forever friends. I returned to my little central Mexico town and was told by friends (Mexican and foreigners alike) that I suddenly sounded much more confident and that I'd gone from "comfortable" to "fluent". Amazing. This was truly a wonderful experience and I would recommend this language school to anyone at any level.
Nicaragua es perfecto. ¡Gracias!
I took classes at Sec for five weeks and loved every minute. The school is full of great staff, great teachers and now my friends. They helped me reach my goal of being comfortable and confident with my Spanish ability before I moved to Nicaragua."
Bennet B., Canada (currently lving in Nicaragua)
Testimonio de Martina M.,Suiza: (written in Spanish by herself!! :) ).
Mi experiencia con SEC:
Me lo pasé super bien en esta escuela. Todo el equipo era muy amable y el ambiente estaba muy agradable. La escuela esta muy moderna, con aire acondicionado.. ;-) Muy tranquila, aunque esta en el centro. Hay todo al rededor (2mins) de la escuela: tiendas, restaurantes, paradas de buses, la playa etc.
Las clases son pequeños (1-4 estudiantes...) de todas edades y nacionalidades.
Aprendí muy rapido español, no sólo en las clases.. tambien organizaron fiestas, excursiones y juntas, que siempre fueron un exito! :-)
Yo recomiendo esta escuela a todos los que quieran aprender español profundamente, conocer la cultura de México, divertirse en una ciudad donde el clima nunca está frío y disfrutar la playa!!! ;-)
Saludos y nos vemos pronto.
"This is just to tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed our last few weeks at the Spanish Experience Center.
We were placed in different classes, and were both very pleased with the teachers, the classes and the overall experience. The teachers are all well educated, and are experts at their craft.... and have an amazing amount of patience.
The atmosphere in the school is convivial and supportive, while the physical space provides a tranquil unhurried atmosphere for learning.
The small class size facilitates teacher student interaction.
While I am looking forward to further study, finally I feel that when asked 'Do you speak Spanish?' I can say 'Si, yo hablo'".
"I had a very positive experience at the Spanish Experience Center in Puerto Vallarta. The teacher was well- trained, well prepared, and aimed her lessons at the needs of her students. Each day, there was a cultural component to the lesson that was both very interesting and informative about Mexico. An added bonus with this school is that there are free signup tutoring sessions for any student that is having difficulties with any of the grammar presented in the class.
I really liked the building in which the school is situated – it is very Spanish in that one enters the premises from the street through heavy wooden doors to find oneself in a courtyard with a fountain – very, very pleasant. An important consideration for language learners is that although the school is centrally located, the classrooms are quiet so it is easy to hear the teacher.
"Ich habe im "Spanish Experience Center“ für vier Wochen Einzelunterricht in Spanisch gehabt und kann diese Sprachschule nur wärmstens empfehlen. Das Lehrpersonal ist sehr freundlich, engagiert und didaktisch sehr gut ausgebildet. Darüber hinaus schaffen die über den reinen Lehrbetrieb angebotenen Freizeitveranstaltungen, wie gemeinsames Kochen oder Essen gehen, eine fast schon freundschaftliche Atmosphäre, die den Sprachurlaub zu einem besonderen Erlebnis gemacht hat. Von mir gibt´s dafür eine "Eins“!
Michael Muzik, Berlin
Product Consultant Lido
Lufthansa Systems AG
Product Management, BER AF/PA
Sitz der Gesellschaft / Corporate Headquarters: Lufthansa Systems Aktiengesellschaft, Kelsterbach, Registereintragung / Registration: Amtsgericht Darmstadt 84307
Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats / Chairperson of the Supervisory Board: Simone Menne
Vorstand / Executive Board: Stefan Hansen (Vorsitzender / Chairman), Dr. Gunter Kuechler
Great Teachers wonderful enviornment to learn!
It was all good! I can't put in words how warm and how great they made my 3 weeks of classes!"
"I was two weeks in Puerto Vallarta the summer of 2012. I travelled there alone and the school organized a host family for me really close to the school and the beach. Perfect!
I really liked the way they teached us spanish there. I did everything from learning from a book, playing games, singing songs and making excursion to learn new words. This was great!
Also the teachers were really nice and hanged out with us after classes. So if you travel alone they will take care of you and bring you with them. It is also a really good way to learn even more spanish.
Vallarta also has amazing beaches and a really beautiful Malecon.
You could also eat really good and homemade mexican lunches at the school. And they had a coocking course for us".
"Wonderful way to learn Spanish. Four years of high school Spanish did nothing for me. I could barely form a sentence. After my first month at SEC my Spanish improved dramatically. I was amazed! The teachers are wonderful, patient, and fun. They provide total immersion where you are able to form wonderful friendships and memories. I highly recommend SEC for people wanting to learn Spanish the right way".
"The style of the Spanish Experience Center is excellent. I adore the personal nature and "homey" feel of the hacienda style campus. Everyone in the school felt like someone you could trust!
The best thing about the school is the people, Susie at reception, Mayoli in the kitchen and of course my teachers Sergio and Enrique, they were all wonderful.
My program was three hours of group and two hours of individual classes which was a great deal of information being presented! I have a lot still to learn, but during my time at SEC I truly learned the basic language skills of Spanish.
I would recommend the Spanish Experience Center to students of all levels.
A. Grubard New York, NY
"I learned as much as possible in the short time I was there. Attending the Spanish Experience Center was generally a great experience that went beyond the grammar and vocabulary by also providing a taste of the Mexican Culture.
All of the staff were friendly and warm hearted and the classes were customized to my particular needs.
I highly recommend this school to anyone looking to improve their Spanish language skills, while also enjoying the people and culture of Mexico".
D. Johnson Alberta, Canada
Alberto's great personality made him an excellent teacher. He is very deliberate and patient with the students.
He always found a way to make the students understand the lesson.
J. Bachelet Charleston, SC
I very much enjoyed my time at this school. I have made some very good friends and at the same time learned to speak Spanish. I would love to come back and continue my education one day if time allows, hopefully in a less humid time of the year.
Coming to this school has encouraged me to look into trying out a different language in another country.
I will miss you all and look forward to seeing you again one day.
G. Penfold Christchurch, New Zealand
Bonjour à tous,
Je suis revenu à la réalité au Québec, soit avec la neige et le froid.
Le voyage de retour c’est bien passé.
Mon séjour a été très agréable chez vous et j’ai très apprécié ma formation, elle m’a été bénéfique lors de ma deuxième semaine.
Au plaisir de vous revoir j’espère
Benoit C. QUEBEC, CANADA
Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
The city’s long-distance bus station, called the “Nueva Central” of Guadalajara was my destination. I had left the IMAC Language school, where my parents were studying Spanish for the month. Since arriving in Mexico, I had been hoping to get to the Pacific coast eventually to get away from the overcrowded city of Guadalajara. I was excited about surfing and the possibility of catching some decent swells. The staff at the IMAC had given me a piece of paper with an address of the home I was to stay at in PV (Puerto Vallarta). They had also made arrangements for me to attend classes at the “Spanish Experience Center.” The decision to leave Guadalajara and set off for the west coast of Mexico would turn out to be one of the most rewarding adventures of my life.
The bus trip to PV was pleasant and comfortable. Fields of Agave flew by as I gazed out the window at the beautiful central highland landscape. The musty smell of the bus kept me from wanting sleep, but I felt good. After a few hours, rain began to pour down and pelt the bus windows. A magnificent lightening storm brightened the dark sky. Where was that peculiar cloud of anxiety that had bestowed itself upon me the first night in Guadalajara? I had temporarily shaken it off in the restaurant, but it had come back like a vague shadow, persistently lurking at my back. A realization came to me; I had successfully fled from that awkward anxiety that had clung to me in Guadalajara. I had found that rare form of peace that often eluded me. Thrice was blaring on my iPod. As I was jamming out in my own little world, a man sitting across the isle from me said something and we struck up a conversation. He was very interested in what I was all about, as there were only four or five of us on the whole coach bus. Visiting his home country on vacation, he spoke of his family and life back in California. I couldn’t help but admire this hard working Mexican American. He was the real deal- somehow resembling the character known as “the most interesting man in the world,” or as I like to think of him, the “Dos Equis Spokesman.” It was a peculiarity that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. We talked for some time. He seemed to admire me in some way. Maybe it was the fact that I was on an adventure of sorts, heading out into the unknown, expecting the unexpected.
Three hours later I awoke as my head bumped against the window to my left. My eyes opened to see the bright lights of on-coming traffic passing by. It was late in the evening and we were maneuvering through the tight turns of the mountains to the east of PV. We arrived at the bus station about half an hour later. It was late at night, maybe 11:30. A taxi driver approached me inside the station, offering in Spanish to take me to my destination. I agreed, and attempted to converse with him the best I could. On our way, he questioned me about my trip and where I was staying. He pointed out his church as we passed it. I remember thinking about how rough the road was because of all the vibration. The taxi driver had a very happy and lighthearted demeanor. I figured all the locals would probably be just as friendly and easy-going. I love beach towns, especially the history and culture of PV, which is contrasted in modern day by its huge tourism industry. As we pulled onto the street Candelaria, I looked for number 813, but it was too dark to see. Recognizing the yellowish face of the narrow three story building from a picture I had been given, I told the driver, “Estamos aqui.” He asked if I was sure as I opened the door and stepped out into the cobblestone street. It was a chilly clear night. I could see the matriarch of the family step out into the street. They had been waiting for me.
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Samuel S., USA
"Learning Spanish at Spanish Experience Center
I had the chance to study at the Spanish Experience Centre during 4 weeks. I started in the beginner level and finished in the intermediate level !! The classes were really interesting and the teachers very dedicated to their job, always available for the students and I am very grateful. Thanks to the school, I’ve learned a new language and learned a lot about this fascinating country called MEXICO.
Puerto Vallarta is ideal for a language studies, in spite of its size, there are a lot of things to do, many restaurants and bars to go out at night.
People are very friendly, it’s very easy to meet local people.It’s very easy and cheap to move around Puerto Vallarta by bus, on foot or by taxi.
I will never forget this fabulous experience in Mexico which enriched me a lot and I really want to come back one day !"
Jessica R., SWITZERLAND
“This feels like a good place when you enter and gets better as you stay…” - Teresa A., USA
“The school is a wonderful facility to learn Spanish in Mexico and the staff is very welcoming & enthusiastic. They have created a full immersion environment for learning and friendship. I look forward to returning to improve on my skills…” - Liz M., CANADA
“I was taught some things I never heard before that will make learning much easier...” - Thomas B., USA
"Cette école d'espagnol m'a accueillie chaleureusement et m'a offert un enseignement personnalisé. Les professeurs sont très compétents et attentifs à nos besoins. En plus d'apprendre une nouvelle langue, je me suis fait des amis et j'ai mieux connu la culture et les coutumes mexicaines. Je prévois y retourner..." - Louisette C., Québec, CANADA
"Great learning atmosphere, teachers very knowledgeable, over all a great full immersion experience!...” - Byrnell F., CANADA
“An excellent beginner Spanish program, very happy I took it and would definitely recommend it to anybody considering learning Spanish. The people, facilities and school are all very nice. The teachers have a very professional approach and are very friendly…” - Stephen H., IRELAND
“My Spanish experience was a wonderful one! - Gracias!! The relaxed environment made it easy and comfortable for me…” - Anne J., USA
“Todos los maestros son muy profesionales y divertidos. Tambien me gusta la escuela como fue hecha y los servicios - Stefan P., AUSTRIA...”
“I am extremely impressed with the quality of the school and the excellence of the staff….I feel I have gained more than language skills; I have gained new friends…” - John C., USA
“In general I would like to say that I am very happy with my full immersion experience and feel privileged to have spent time here early in the life of this excellent facility. The physical form at the school is fantastic, very welcoming and soothing. Thank you all for your hospitality and friendship. I can’t say enough to convey my positive feelings for this place...” - Christopher S., NEW ZEALAND.
"Alberto was a great teacher. I felt very comfortable learning Spanish with him as my teacher. He was patient and made the class match my level of Spanish.
I would recommend him to anyone trying to learn Spanish".
T. Newton Charleston, SC