Babylon Idiomas Barcelona
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Babylon Idiomas offers a range of Intensive Spanish courses in schools throughout Spain, including our wonderfully located school in Barcelona. Our company was established in 2002 and we've grown ever since to become one of the leading language learning institutes in the world. Babylon Idiomas was voted best Spanish language school in 2011 for the second time after winning as well in 2008.
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Neighborhood: Eixample
Passing through the glorious Plaça Catalunya, you enter the newer city district of Eixample, literally translated as “extension,” which immediately becomes recognizable by its more spacious streets and elegant atmosphere. The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores. Not to be outdone, the glitz and glamour of this zone is perhaps best exemplified by the comfortable and lavish five-star hotels that flank the divine and modernistic buildings from some of the world’s most recognized architects such as Gaudi and Montaner.
How to get there
  • Girona • 2 min walk
  • Passeig de Gràcia • 6 min walk
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Eva
Regensburg, Germany105 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
I wish I could write two separate reviews for Babylon idiomas: One for the teaching staff and one for the rest. The teachers were way above average (of what I have experienced in many other language schools). I stayed for four weeks, so I had a lot of different teacher. Of couse, some of them were not very motivated, but others were the best I have ever had. I am studying to become a teacher, so I know good teaching when I see it.
But the organisation of the school did not convince me at all. I complained in my first week that the level of my group was too low, but the headmistress refused to change my group (as I was in the highest level already). The only solution would have been private lessons (just one hour per day instead of four), which I was given one week when there was no C1 class. Then I had to attend the normal lessons again, which was quite frankly often a waste of time, as it was just a repetition of what I already knew. I was told that the administration does not allow group lessons to be changed for private lessons, so they just tell you that you are in the right group.
I would therefore not recommend the school for people who already have a good knowledge of Spanish.
And what bothered me even more is the fact that the school tries to rip you off with their additional offers, like accomodation. For my 4 weeks I would have had to paid 1000 Euros, which is simply ridiculous considering the fact that you can find a decent room for just 350 Euro (which I did). And the host families just receive about half of what you pay, the school gets the rest. The same applies to salsa classes,... So I would urge you just to book lessons and nothing else. You will save lots of money!
Written September 21, 2013
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DirtyPawsTraveller
London, UK2 contributions
Apr 2014
I read a review above that sums it all up really.

Where the teachers may be lovely and actually rather good at teaching, the inherent lack of customers means you are put in a group that is well below your level and spend a lot of time learning the basics. The office is a bit of a joke as well, the lack of organisation is very clear.

Although they have some great teachers and lovely people, I would advise going only if you are new to Spanish and don't have a decent understanding of the language.

Also watch out, they have some cranky people in the school too!

Written May 20, 2014
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Heidi_Franken
Bamberg26 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
The teachers are on strike on my very first day of class due to the fact that they have not been paid since December (almost three months). Therefore no class took place. I undestand the teachers but what I don't understand is that the owner does not pay them. This will be my last language class at Babylon.
Written February 23, 2015
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Elena M
London, UK1 contribution
Mar 2015 • Solo
The teachers at this school (at least in Valencia) are on indefinite strike after not having been paid for the last several months´ work. If you book this school you will not receive your classes and it is unclear whether we will receive our money back. Disaster. Choose a different school! In addition, they will not confirm any of this to you in writing, and certainly not before you actually arrive in Spain to find the school closed.
Written March 20, 2015
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mybluejeanbaby
california29 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
I did a one week intensive course here, including a private 1:1 class for medical Spanish. It was a wonderful learning experience; the intermediate intensive class I was in was quite enjoyable and fun. The instructors were great and very helpful as well as the staff. Even the lady downstairs in the building was very helpful: she gave me instructions, on my first day, how to navigate the city (it wasn't my first time :) but how could you not get lost, you're close to the shopping area (Passeig de Gracia and Plaza Catalunya). I'd go there again (Babylon) if I had the chance. NB: One of my classes fell on a holiday (Tuesday) so there were no classes but the school made it up by offering a free excursion in the city. So cool! (other language schools in the area didn't offer make up classes).
Written January 11, 2013
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smcasey101
Brooklyn, NY5 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
this school is now closed in barcelona. i booked with them in advance and have not gotten my money back, almost two thousand dollars. if anyone has any information about how to report this place to the authorities please post here.
Written May 4, 2015
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Eva
Regensburg, Germany105 contributions
After doing a course there two years ago, I stayed in contact with some of the teachers. During my stay in April 2015 I met one of them for coffee and she told me that the teachers had not received their wages for four months. Neither have the families that provide accomodation for the students.
That is why the teachers are on strike and the families kicked the students out. Despite that, Babylon idiomas Sees to accept payments for courses and accomodation they cannot provide. So stay away and warn others. The teachers cannot do anything about the situation, but they feel horrible and have asked me to publish this warning.
Written April 4, 2015
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Flovwer
1 contribution
Feb 2015 • Solo
I came to Babylon to learn Spanish, instead, teachers were on strike and didn't keep classes, because they weren't paid for a few months. I asked my money back, but they said they CANNOT give me back my money. So, I lost 400 euros. They won't tell you this situation, but if you get there. Robbers!
Written March 30, 2015
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Neda D
Barcelona, Spain1 contribution
Nov 2011 • Solo
I visited the school for 8 weeks for an intensive course and it was absolutely worth it. The teachers are dedicated to their jobs, the whole learning atmosphere was great and I learnt a lot during those weeks. My classmates were great and I found a lot of new friends there. I highly recommend this school to everybody who wants to learn a lot and have a great time in Barcelona.
Written March 9, 2012
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Ninaanin
Sheffield, UK91 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
Babylon Barcelona is in a good location, with helpful and enthusiastic staff and interesting classes.
I did the intensive course - 6 hours a day with culture classes and conversation classes and I had a brilliant time. We learned a lot of interesting things, and all classes were in spanish, which gives a great feeling of achievement- to know youve listened to and spoken only in Spanish for 6 hours minimum every day.
The classes are small 10 or less.
The emphasis is very much on the student to practice outside of school and during class and decide if they think they are working at the right level. I decided mine was too high and had no problems changing down a bit.
The after school activity programme looks great and happy miercoles bar visit is fun for meeting your friends and the teachers and other students.
It's not cheap and if you can get cheaper accomodation elsewhere i'd recommend it.
BUT its great fun, you meet lots of people and you learn a lot.
Written September 16, 2013
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