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Tico Lingo

Heredia, Costa Rica
About Tico Lingo
Tico Lingo is a language and cultural center devoted to teaching its students the Spanish language through cultural immersion and cross-cultural education. Our aim is to teach, immerse, and initiate a global understanding of Costa Rican culture. Complete with a library, a yoga studio, an organic fruit garden, and five class rooms, we offer students intensive Spanish lessons on site at our school in Costa Rica. We also offer a Homestay program where students live in the homes with local families and share two meals a day with them. Additional programs include Latin dance classes, yoga, adventure tours, cultural tours, and free conversational programs with local English students.
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Benefits to Intensive Group Classes:
• Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group.
• Groups can take the pressure off – everyone is in the struggle together!
• Others may ask questions that you’ve not thought of which can add clarity to each lesson.
• There is a lot of social interaction – make friends and find study partners!
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Linda M wrote a review Apr 2020
Woodside, California37 contributions6 helpful votes
My three-week Spanish immersion experience was fabulous! My professor Freddy was super talented and my home stay family was welcoming, warm and interested in improving my Spanish. And the meals? Better than in the restaurants! The registration process was easy, as was taking additional individual sessions (for me, Spanish literature). Tico Lingo becomes your Costa Rican family—and a family you actually want to spend time with!
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JohnCorso wrote a review Mar 2020
Bend, Oregon66 contributions43 helpful votes
I have been at the Tico Lingo Spanish school in Heredia, Costa Rica for the past five weeks and have one more week of study remaining. I am 64 years of age and retired. I came here as a beginner who knew a tiny bit of Spanish and understood very little when listening to others speak the language. Considering that I grossly underestimated the scope of learning a new language and have been humbled by how big a project it is, I can still emphatically state that my experience here has greatly exceeded my expectations in every way. This school is fortunate enough to employ some extraordinary individuals. Head of Spanish, Freddie Fariña, is simply a brilliant linguist and teacher. His ability to understand the English language in more detail than most native English speakers has made the inevitable confusion that arises from fundamental differences between these two languages remarkably easier to understand and navigate. He is simply the best Spanish teacher I’ve ever encountered. The other professors at the school are all highly qualified and effective as well and through some optional private lessons I have had the delightful experience of studying under most of them. The support staff, especially Yenifer in the front office who is the heart and soul of the day to day operations, all combine their personalities with those of the faculty to create an environment that is welcoming, supportive, and always fun. The range of students here is delightful, from many young adults, middle aged folks on up through old guys like me, with everyone interacting together in friendly and respectful ways. It’s a great atmosphere. I have made several friends who will remain my friends for the rest of my life. My homestay experience has also been more than I could’ve hoped for. I can only speak for my particular hostess, Sandra, but the food has been delicious and my freedom to come and go as I please has never been a problem. Her home is lovely with an indoor garden, it’s open and airy and I feel completely at home here. The school was founded about five years ago by a young American named Christopher who, along with his friend Freddie Fariña has done a remarkable job in assembling his staff and creating a lovely environment. I chose the school for number of reasons before knowing any of the people there. Primarily, I wanted to be in a safe environment where the temperature was not excessively hot and where there were fewer tourists who might contaminate my environment with English. The town of Heredia in Costa Rica sits at about 3600 feet in altitude on the Leeward side of the mountains thus enjoying temperate weather and a dryer climate. It is remarkably comfortable here. The small city of Heredia has it’s downtown at a 10 minute walk from the school and is a half hour by car from the international airport. It is remarkably safe and friendly, with clean streets and lovely people with lovely parks and a very cool market place. I miss my wife and look forward to returning home but I have every intention of returning here for another six weeks of instruction. I have at least quadrupled my Spanish abilities during this time and although I still have far to go before I can understand native speakers easily, I now know that that goal is within my reach. I highly recommend the school to anybody looking for a positive experience and learning Spanish. I will be back.
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Charlie D wrote a review Mar 2020
Atenas, Costa Rica461 contributions73 helpful votes
My only regret is that it was just one week - more would have been better, like several weeks! It is a small and relaxed school where you feel like family.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Russell wrote a review Feb 2020
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I spent a week and a half at Tico Lingo, both in group study and individual instruction. The instructors and staff are great. I especially like the fact that the classes are almost completely in Spanish. Even in the short time I was there, I felt that I made a lot of progress toward becoming conversational. I only wish I could have stayed longer. The staff is really accommodating and flexible. I missed a connecting flight and arrived a day later than expected, but the guys at Tico Lingo rearranged my class structure so that I did not miss any instructional time. Will definitely go back.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Shivani N wrote a review Feb 2020
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Tico lingo was an amazing experience. I posted pictures from my trip. I went to the three week teen program and stayed with a host family and another student. I became very close to the student and especially close to the host family. I bonded with the host family and we cooked together, went to the mountains, shopping, etc., and became one family. I made new best friends and we also went on excursions on the weekends. We went white water rafting, to the beach and a volcano. We also had class in the morning and were immersed in the culture of heredia costa rica after school whether it was by food or activities or just hanging out with our families. One of my highlights was the central market. I highly recommended this camp and my favorite part was getting super close to my home family and just being a family with them. I also learned a lot of spanish which was an amazing skill I hope to continue to grow. Thank you so much tico lingo for the best summer of my life!
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Date of experience: June 2019