When it comes to studying a language, there is no doubt that the best place to learn it is the country where it’s spoken. Not only do you get the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into understanding the culture and the language, but above all, you get the chance to be able to speak it every day!
As a student studying Spanish at university, during the summer I wanted to spend the time to further improve my Spanish skills. After various recommendations, I travelled alone to Escuela Delengua to take an intensive 4 week course. I knew next to nothing about the city or the course content. Now, after completing my experience, I want to share with you why I think I studied at one of the best language schools in Spain:
From my experience, Granada has it all. It is an extremely historical city with world famous sites and monuments (namely the Alhambra). However it is also an extremely vibrant city, with an animated and exciting Spanish lifestyle. I loved the fact that I could experience both aspects of the city during my stay. The best thing was that Delengua was situated right at the heart of all the action! It resides in the Albayzín district, between the Cathedral with the city centre, and the Alhambra, so everything was accessible.
Furthermore, Granada as a city is not very expensive which meant my costs of living were kept relatively low during my stay (and admittedly, the free tapas helped with this a lot!).
Finding accommodation was a daunting prospect for me. However the school helped me out in this process by offering accommodation options: shared apartments or a stay with a Spanish family. All of the apartments were no more than 10 minutes walk from the school and were offered at competitive prices (which were ideal for a university student like myself!)
Our classes at Delengua would take place in the morning which meant in the afternoon fellow students and I could devote our time to a variety of activities. This meant we could really experience everything that Granada has to offer! This included trips to the tourist sites such as the Alhambra and weekend excursions to other cities in Andalusia such as Córdoba and Seville. However, I really enjoyed the culture activities such as tapas evenings, flamenco shows. It was a brilliant opportunity to completely immerse myself into the Spanish culture and I could practise my Spanish outside of class.
Delengua is a small language school so I found it much easier to interact with other students and meet new people during my stay in Granada. I was placed in a class which suited my ability level which only contained around 5 students. This meant I could spend much more time speaking Spanish and it was a brilliant challenge which raised my level quickly and effectively. Furthermore, I loved the fact that we were students from a multitude of cultural backgrounds (Italian, American, German to name a few) but that we all had the common goal to learn Spanish!
When I finished my course, I had a greater understanding, and more importantly, a greater confidence to speak Spanish. I had met so many friends from all over the world and I felt that I had really made the most of what Granada had to offer. I wish I could have extended my stay further!
Isabel, 20, UK