Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

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Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA
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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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Joe W
Las Vegas, NV3 contributions
Travel is nice but to travel AND learn is so much more rewarding.
Dec 2020
As I am a little older, I was slightly apprehensive about trying to learn a new language; but I'm SO happy I did. The instructor Rodolfo was extremely patient and always in good humor. I explained my reason for wanting to speak Spanish and he tailored the instruction to my goals. We were given instruction books to study along with the verbal lessons.

The school is located in a very nice, safe suburb of San Jose and is close to lots of restaurants, transportation and they really adhere to safe and sanitary protocols with regard to Covid-19.

The facility itself is clean modern and has a very nice outdoor patio garden area as well. The staff was especially prompt and helpful in answering all my questions.

We were placed with a local family for accommodations - and it was inexpensive, clean and our hostess Yinette was friendly and a very good cook. This also gave us a chance to practice Spanish and do our homework in an immersive environment.

I was able to start basic conversations after the first few lessons for ordering food at restaurants and getting directions to get around.

Overall I highly recommend this experience not only to learn but also to travel around the country on the weekends. (Our classes were Monday to Thursday - so we had 3-day long weekends to travel and practice our Spanish).

So much more than just a vacation.
Written January 24, 2021
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BCEM_BAM
Fair Lawn, NJ16 contributions
Great Spanish school
Oct 2019
I took private lessons for just a few days. My teacher, Rodolfo, was extremely good. He clearly loves his job. In general the school is very good too: it is spacious, very well organized, and all staff members I met were very friendly. I am only sorry I couldn't spend more time there.
Written October 17, 2019
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Dear BCEM BAM So glad to know you had such a great time here at CRLA. We’ll make sure we share this review with don Rodolfo and the rest of our staff If we can be of assistance with anything else, please let us know and looking forward to having you back here in the near future. Have a great weekend!
Written October 18, 2019
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kimjautze
The Hague, The Netherlands32 contributions
Spanish language course
May 2018 • Solo
I’ve been to Costa Rica for the beautiful nature but also to improve my Spanish. The CRLA in San Jose is a very cosy yet profesional language school. They have devided the regular language learning levels in sub levels which makes it a perfect fit for every student. The teachers are professional and friendly and the classes are small, so you get a lot of attention and guidance.
Written April 2, 2019
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Hi Kimjautze Thank you very much for your review! We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your time here at CRLA. We look forward to having you back here in the near future and please let us know if we can be of assistance with anything. Have a great weekend!
Written April 3, 2019
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Byron A
Washington, DC83 contributions
Great experience!
Jan 2019 • Solo
I did several days of private lessons here and had a great experience! Evelyn and Rose were great teachers and I made a lot of progress. Hasta pronto!
Written February 22, 2019
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George H.
6 contributions
Wonderful experience at Costa Rican Language Academy
Oct 2018 • Solo
I highly recommend going to the Costa Rican Language Academy in San Jose.
Recently, I attended the Costa Rican Language Academy because it is great place to learn the Spanish language from fantastic teachers, to participate in CRLA activities (as Latin dance), to meet students from other countries, to stay with one of their caring local families, and to get assistance in volunteering.
Also, I attended CRLA because I wanted to have a home away from home. And the wonderful staff at CRLA took care of me in many, many ways.
I chose to go to Costa Rica because it is very safe country to visit and because Costa Rica is full of amazing people. The people go out of their way to be nice. (Once I dropped a dollar bill on the floor of a coffee shop. The waitress ran a half block to return the money to me.)
On the weekends, I suggest that you travel to see the natural wonders of Costa Rica, as beaches, tropical plants, volcanoes, wild life, etc. You will find that Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to visit.
If you want to become immersed into a Spanish program, I encourage you to enroll at CRLA. Believe me, you will love it and return again to CRLA as I did.

George Hartman
Beginning Spanish student
From Chapin, South Carolina, USA
Written December 24, 2018
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Dear George Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are very happy to hear that you had such a great experience at CRLA. We loved that you felt at home and that you were able to enjoy everything we have to offer at our school and in Costa Rica. Looking forward to having you back here in the near future. Thanks and Pura Vida!!!
Written January 2, 2019
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gospelgal1
Redding, CT7 contributions
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!
Oct 2018 • Friends
My friend Eileen and I spent last week in San Jose and had an in incredible experience learning Spanish at CRLA. We were both interested in learning for different reasons but only booked 1 week as we were questioning whether at our ages (both 71) we would be capable of learning a language and if we would be comfortable as students. Much to our delight we not only learned a lot but we LOVED being with the younger students and felt very much at home. Boris, our teacher, was outstanding! He was so encouraging to everyone and his command of English was amazing. He knew all the nuances and helped us to express them in Spanish. Also, he was “divertido” and made the learning very enjoyable. We hope to come back next year, perhaps for 2 weeks as our schedules permit. Kudos to CRLA. The facility is beautiful and everyone we met on the staff was most accommodating and made us feel most welcome! Muchos gracias amigos!!
Written October 8, 2018
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Hello Gospelgal1 Thank you very much for your wonderful review! So glad to know that Eileen and you had such a great experience here at CRLA. We'll shared it with Boris and the rest of our staff. They will be very happy and pleased We look forward to having you and Eileen back here next year! Have a great week!
Written October 9, 2018
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Ja2fttall
2 contributions
You REALLY do improve your spanish
Jul 2018 • Family
located very close to the mall so after classes we would go and apply the Spanish we learned as customers at the nearby mall.
Written August 7, 2018
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Hi Jatu! Thank you very much for your review! We are very glad to hear that you were able to improve and practice your Spanish here at CRLA! Looking forward to having you back here in the near future!
Written August 9, 2018
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Azana G
1 contribution
Incredible Experience!!
Jul 2018 • Family
My experience at CRLA far surpassed my expectations. Not only were they able to masterfully place each student in a class based on an accurate skill level assessment, but the classes were small and personalized, all led by instructors who were invested in your growth. In addition, the school is such a beautiful and quaint place to study, feel comfortable, and meet wonderful new friends from around the world (not to mention the food is delicious). I grew so much in my Spanish speaking ability and I’m grateful for such a wonderful experience!
Written July 25, 2018
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Hi Azana, Thank you very much for this wonderful review! We are very happy to hear that you had such a great experience at CRLA. We'll make sure we pass this review to everybody here at the school. We look forward to having you back here in the near future and if we can be of assistance with anything else, please let us know!
Written July 26, 2018
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Xin-Lee5
Boston, MA9 contributions
Great school, rough location
Nov 2017 • Solo
Overall CRLA is an exceptional program. It is well organized from the first inquiry to the day you leave. Their airport pick-up was easy and clear. They put me in the right language level class and I learned a lot! I enjoyed the dancing classes with Kevin and I attended one cooking class which was fun. I also went on a weekend trip to La Fortuna which was easy to do with the help of the front staff. The host family I was placed with were unbelievably wonderful. They were kind, I felt safe with them, and the food was amazing. They were located about 40min-1hr bus ride from the school which isn't uncommon for host families. My one complaint has nothing to do with the school but San Jose itself. Overall during the day it felt safe but as soon as the sun sets (around 5-6pm) it is a different place. I heard of 3 different students being mugged with weapons (no-one was hurt) at only 8-9pm and these happened while the students where transiting from one location to another on foot. If you use Uber, even if you have to go like 2 blocks, you should be okay, but just note, San Jose can be dangerous.
Written January 8, 2018
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Dear Xin-Lee5 Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad to hear that you had such a great experience at CRLA. We’ll make sure we share it with our staff. It is very important for us that our students learn and improve their Spanish to the max and that they enjoy and take advantage of our extracurricular activities (dance, yoga, cooking & conversation). We also believe that the host families play a very important role, not only in the learning experience, but also in the culture immersion. So happy to hear that you enjoyed your host family. Weekend trips are beautiful and definitely a very important part of the experience as a whole, because you get to see everything that Costa Rica has to offer. Unfortunately, like many other major cities, people have to be careful in San Jose at night and avoid dark and lonely areas. This situation is very serious and is definitely a big concern. Thanks again for taking the time to write this review and looking forward to have you back here at CRLA in the near future
Written January 15, 2018
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Maddi
10 contributions
Best Immersion Program I've Been Two
Dec 2016 • Solo
I spent three weeks at this academy learning Spanish, and I loved it! They set me up in a Spanish speaking household, and helped me with all of my weekend travels. I had an amazing teacher there named Laura, and classes typically stay small enough to learn a lot. I went as a solo traveller and hope I can go back someday!
Can't say enough good things about this place! Only recommendation may be to take either Fridays or Mondays off so you have more time to adventure around Costa Rica.

Disclaimer** I actually went in 2014, but it wouldn't let me select further back.
Written November 10, 2017
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Hi Madison! Thank you very much for your review! It means the world to us to know that after so long you still remember what a great experience you had a CRLA! We would love to have you back here in the near future and please let us know if we can be of assistance with anything else. Thanks again and have a great week!
Written November 13, 2017
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