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Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

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Address: | Barrio Dent, 300 north, 75 south of Hyundai in Los Yoses, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica
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+506 2280 1685
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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If you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, make sure that you will have an...

If you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, make sure that you will have an authentic cultural experience.If you wanted to study French in France, wouldn't you prefer that the school be owned by French people? Or if you studied German in Germany, wouldn't you choose a German-run school? The CRLA is one of the few schools completely owned and operated by Costa Ricans and all of our teachers and staff are native Spanish speakers. We will share our culture with you while you learn our language.Excellent resultsWe make sure that you are making the most of your stay and learning Spanish quickly and easily, no matter what your age, background or Spanish skills are. Our practical methodology , innovative books & intimate class size ensures excellent results. We will even offer you extra classes at no cost, if necessary, to ensure that you will achieve your language goals.

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Exceeded my expectations

With all the positive reviews, I had high expectations for CRLA and I'm happy to report that the school exceeded my expectations. It's hard to say what was the best part of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Oregon
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With all the positive reviews, I had high expectations for CRLA and I'm happy to report that the school exceeded my expectations. It's hard to say what was the best part of the program. The instructors were top notch, the staff kind and helpful and the facility was clean, safe and comfortable. The location was convenient, an easy walk to... More 

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StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Renanzel! Thank you very much for taking the time to write this beautiful and complete review. It means the world to us, not only that you had such a great experience, but that you decided to share it with the public. I am sure it will be very helpful to a lot of people. We are looking forward to... More 

Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent instructor and logical flow to the instruction. The emphasis is on conversation and discussions topics that are of interest to participants. The work book is also easy to use. Front desk staff are all helpful, facilities are clean, all in all a terrific experience.

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Thank Wendy S
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Wendy! Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad to hear that you had such a great experience. We look forward to have you back here in the near future. Best regards! More 

Carbondale, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

I actually went to the school in 2007 and had a great experience. The homestay was great family. The teachers were amazingly patient and helpful. Would highly recommend. Thinking about going back for another month soon.

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StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Iluv2traveltheworld It's very nice to hear from you after all these years and we are very glad to know that you still remember the great experience you had here at CRLA! We would love to have you back here in the near future! Best regards, More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I actually went to CRLA 8 years ago and it honestly changed my life. It's an amazing school the staff were so helpful and welcoming and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect home stay family. I still miss my mama tica!! :'( If you're considering going, just do it!

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Thank Kirsten D
StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Kirsten, We are beyond thrilled to know that after 8 years you feel that coming to CRLA was a life changing experience. It makes us feel very happy and proud. Thank you for sharing it. We will be honored to have you back here again in the near future. Looking forward to it! More 

Congleton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Studied Spanish here for a week before being placed on a volunteering project. CRLA arranged pick up from the airport and although the transfer arrived late the lady was friendly and the vehicle was clean and comfy. The host family selected by CRLA were friendly and welcoming and my room was comfy, clean, tidy and had all the necessary facilities... More 

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StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Emily We really appreciate your complete and informative review. It not only helps us improve, but it also provides valuable information for future students and volunteers Thank you for taking the time to summarize and compliment all the different services and extracurricular activities that we offer here at CRLA, it means a lot to us. We’ll share this review... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

For nearly 15 years, I and members of my family have attended CRLA. The teaching staff is very professional. The support staff is likewise professional, helpful and very friendly. The school's host families are well vetted. The food served by the host families is excellent, as well as the conversion at the dinner table. Most students attend four days per... More 

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StaffCRLA, Owner at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Carl C. Thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate all the positive feedback and we are very glad to know that you and your family are such happy and loyal students at our school. It means the world to us! We look forward to having you and your family back here at CRLA again, for... More 

Lake Charles, Louisiana
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I loved it. The host family not only created a comfortable and safe environment but were HILARIOUS and I truly enjoyed spending time with them. The meals were "rico," the clothes were washed timely and regularly, and the family was always there to speak with me and listen patiently. I took 5 hours a day 4 days a week for... More 

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StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Tharealjbougy Loved your review!! Thank you very much. Beautiful summary of all the different services that we offer here at CRLA; Spanish classes, host families, extracurricular activities, weekend trips etc. So glad to know that you were able to experience them all and enjoyed them so much. We really appreciate that you included your personal email address on this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I just got back from studying for two weeks at CRLA. I learned an amazing amount-- I arrived after taking a summer college course as a complete beginner and left capable of making small-talk with strangers and communicating with fellow travelers. The focus on communication and the small classes made a huge difference. I also loved the community that CRLA... More 

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StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Caroline K, We really appreciate you taking the time to write this informative review. We are really happy to know that you had such a wonderful experience here at CRLA. We believe the sizes of our classes help us teach on a more personal level and we can focus on our students’ strengths. Also, our extra curricular classes (dance,... More 

Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We wanted our daughter to get a head start on Spanish and decided to make the investment to attend this school. Everything was professionally done and handled. The teachers were extremely professional and friendly. If anyone wants a crash course in this language, would highly recommend this school. We plan on coming back for refresher lessons. Word of advice...if you... More 

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StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Steve L. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this positive review. We are really glad to know that your daughter enjoyed her time at CRLA and that you are all coming back. We look forward to having you here again very soon! More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

I had a truly wonderful experience at Costa Rican Language Academy. From my kind, extremely patient, and helpful instructor Rodolfo G to the informative and friendly front desk staff to the always smiling front door security guard, my time here was totally unique and absolutely WORTH IT! I recently moved to San Jose, and my 5-week course gave me the... More 

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StaffCRLA, Propietario at Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, responded to this review

Dear Amber We hope you are enjoying living in San Jose and we are really glad that we made the transition a little bit easier for you. We really appreciate your wonderful comments and feedback. I’ll make sure we pass them on to Rodolfo and to our front desk staff. We would love for you to stop by and visit... More 

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