As a student, I cannot even begin to count the number of hours that I have spent with my head in a grammar book, wishing that I was a native Spanish speaker (that´s right, you´re not the only one!). Lately, I´ve come to realize that this is definitely not the best way to go about my studies and actually, I need to get out into the world!
We can sit through hours and hours of grammar lectures but really, what we need to do is to experience the true vida española! Being able to study Spanish every morning, explore Andalucía every afternoon, go for tapas every night and travel to another town or city every weekend will improve your level of both the Spanish language and culture immensely! I have just spent two weeks studying as part of an intensive Spanish course at Escuela Delengua, a language school situated right at the heart of Granada in a maze of traditional, narrow streets full of tastes, sights and smells from all over Spain.
There is a strong Arabic influence wherever you go and it is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the many ways in which Spanish itself has emerged from the Arabic language!
Escuela Delengua offers courses for all levels of Spanish from A1 to C2 as well as specialist courses such as Flamenco guitar and dancing!
Your time in Granada does not stop when you reach the outskirts of the city! Granada is perfectly situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as well as being just an hour from the coast, with access to other cities such as Seville and Córdoba within just a few hours!
No matter what you´re interested in, whether it be music, flamenco dancing, theatre or hiking, Granada has plenty to offer you!
Being able to put what I have learned in my classes into practice on a daily basis has been excellent preparation for my year abroad, starting in September. I still have 10 weeks left here in Granada and I can already say that I am certain that my level of Spanish will be miles above where it was when I stepped on the plane in Bristol! If you would like to find out more about Spanish courses in Granada, I highly recommend Escuela Delengua; you will make friends from all over the world and I can guarantee that you will want to return to Granada!