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Simon Bolivar Spanish School

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Simon Bolivar Spanish School

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Maximize your stay in Quito during this private excursion to some of the city’s top sights, including the Mitad del Mundo, the historic city center, and Teleférico (cable car) for a comprehensive introduction to the city. Forget time-consuming public transit, instead traveling from point to point with ease in a private vehicle and experience more than you could alone in just one day.
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Edward C wrote a review Oct 2020
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owner is not honest. i bought in the school in cuenca and can't retrieve my money.. For awhile, all was good then he evidently became disinterested. Now I can’t get an answer from him
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Date of experience: November 2019
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L C wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois, United States4 contributions2 helpful votes
I took a 2 week course comprising 1:1 classes for 4 hours in the mornings and 2 hours of group cultural excursions in the afternoon with 2 of my friends and one teacher. We all had a great time and learned huge amount of Spanish. This school has a long tradition of teaching Spanish to students from US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. My teachers had 15-20 years of teaching experience. The entire day was spent speaking Spanish, which I was very surprised to be able to do. Our culture excursions included local markets, fruit tasting, the Old City, parks, museums and various neighborhoods around Quito. The school also offered free activities in the evenings like Salsa lessons! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn Spanish in Quito.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Skúli M wrote a review Feb 2020
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I signed up for a program of two weeks at the outset but decided (having the opportunity) almost right away to add two more weeks. I did supplement that with learing a trip to the Amazon which was a true adventure. The SB offers afordable face-to-face private lessons which are focused and adapted to each and every student. This means coasting is impossible and your brain will be put on overdrive - something that you will not get in a class of 5-25. I (at the age of 50) found four hours pr day of lessons ample and would recommend supplementing it with the generious cultural program on offer. The people at the school are both professional, sympathetic and helpful. Muchas gracias a Monica, Marta, Julio, Sandra, Alexandra, Daniela, Cecilia y Daniela. I hope to be back one day!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Andrew215 wrote a review Dec 2019
Louisville, Kentucky155 contributions75 helpful votes
I took classes so that I might be able to brush up my Spanish which had become very rusty. The teacher I had was extraordinary. We spent some time at the very beginning with her seeing what my strengths and weaknesses were, so that we could work on them during the classes. I think that's a very good approach rather than a one size fits all this is what we do. I talked to several other people and noticed that their programs also had been designed to meet their needs as well as levels of Spanish comprehension and knowledge. They also offer after class activities like salsa dancing class and a cooking class with something almost every day on a rotating schedule so as to provide more activities over like a 2 week period. Weekend tours and activities were also available but at I thought very reasonable costs.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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RichardGibson1 wrote a review Sep 2019
Rochdale, United Kingdom43 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I took 50 hours of classes over 2 weeks. We had 4 hours each day with Julio, who was an exceptional teacher. Our previous teacher (in Cusco) had decided there was nothing more left to teach us after we had a very basic understanding of how each tense worked and the conjugations as they only had the ability to teach from a book..... Julio managed to help us to better understand the differences between the past tenses and the uses of conditional and the subjunctives. He also taught us plenty of new sentence structures, vocabulary and corrected our mistakes. The classes were also a good mix of grammar and conversation, transitioning freely between both rather than allocating 2 hours to each (as in some other schools). We would have stayed and taken a few more weeks of classes if time permitted. We both found Julio to be a very good teacher for intermediate students. In the afternoons of the first week, we took 2-hour cultural classes with German. They involved going to different locations around Quito and having a little tour and chat about what we saw. He did a good job of engaging us and gauged our level fairly quickly. The locations were well chosen and we both practiced talking and learnt plenty of new vocab. Other students in the school seemed happy with their teachers too. On the downside, although I'd rate the classes as 5/5, the Wednesday night classes were a different story. In the first week, the cocktail class was cancelled without any notice being given. We'd travelled for 25 minutes from our apartment for this and were pretty angry about it. The class in the second week was a cooking class, which was attended by 18 people. This was about 12 people too many for the space and facilities. The teacher leading the class dealt with this very badly. She was also pretty rude in assuming that none of the students could speak any Spanish other than her own students. However, the Monday evening lectures were fairly interesting and free. The first lecture was by Monica and was on Ecuador's festivals. The second was by Luis and was on Ecuador's national parks. I enjoyed the lectures and came out of both having learnt a few new words. The dance class was also a load of rubbish (way worse than the other 3 places we've taken them). The teacher couldn't keep a rhythm without speeding up and slowing down every 30 seconds and was extremely rude to one of the girls in the class who was having a hard time with nerves (making her even more nervous). Overall, the school was good and I'll give it 5/5 due to Julio.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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