Yelapa English Spanish Institute

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Yelapa English Spanish Institute

Yelapa English Spanish Institute
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Dylan
2 contributions
Studying with Juanita was wonderful. She was a dynamic, adaptive teacher, and over the course of the month we became close friends. Her place on the mountain is stunning, the stories and lesson plans she utilizes are sound, and you won't meet a better travel advisor when looking for adventure in and around Yelapa. On top of spending five+ hours teaching me every week, Jaunita took me to the botanical gardens in Vallarta, to live jazz outside on a Sunday morning in La Cruz, and treated me like a close friend, like family. I'm very, very grateful to have met her, a real gem of a friend. I highly recommend her.
Written June 3, 2021
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Sally M
5 contributions
Family
My daughter and I took lessons together. Jean worked with each of us at our level and provided us with an amazing number of resources to help us practice. Jean takes her job seriously and invested much of her energy and effort into helping us make progress. She was sensitive to our individual strengths and needs. Along with lessons, Jean also helped us get around the town and introduced us to local people and places of interest. It was a very worthwhile and enjoyable week.
Written August 1, 2017
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Robynb8
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Hola! I had the amazing opportunity to study Spanish with Juanita, I have to say one week was not enough, I did come out knowing much more than before however and was sent away with an entire Spanish study book that she hand makes! Juanita's enthusiasm and passion for the Mexican culture mixed with her knowledge of the language, with a jungle based classroom makes this a Spanish class like no other! Having your mornings for study and the rest of the day to explore is wonderful. Not to mention deliscious smoothie breaks hosted by Juanita. All I say is if your thinking about it, go see for yourself, you'll be sure to at least go home knowing more Spanish and having new friends!
Written May 31, 2014
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pulporquestra
4 contributions
Juanita is a good Spanish teacher but I would have preferred to learn from a local after traveling all the way to Mexico. Her classes are expensive in comparison to alternatives I found in sayulita and the very flexible schedule can get difficult to keep track of. I was traveling solo and found she lacked motivation to teach one on one. Yelapa is cute but very small and two weeks is too long there.
Written July 11, 2013
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In regard to not being a Mexican by birth, I advertise this on my webpage. I do have lots of experience in Mexico. I also have local teacher(s) available. I do not hesitate to teach one on one, and when a request is made can set up classes. at a private rate which is the same I paid to study language in Mexico over 25 yrs ago, and the same rate used in Sayulita. it's not clear who the reviewer is, or why this did not happen. I have set prices to compare with the schools in Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita group classes are offered for two hours, so appear less expensive. but their private hourly rate is the same. It is in another state and the regional economy is less expensive generally. Group classes are three hours daily, with Beginners in the morning. Rarely is this changed and only with consent of the group (eg. to allow an outing to the islands). Yelapa is a very small village of friendly people, with great natural beauty and social diversión, but is not for everyone. Those that enjoy Yelapa come for a day, often come back many times, and many come to live.To enjoy what Yelapa has, and to study in Yelapa, two weeks is a good start!
Written December 13, 2013
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Randy S
Victoria, Canada33 contributions
I have now studied with Juanita several times over the years at YESI and despite the year-long gaps, she has continued to improve my fluency and confidence in my ability to converse. She is not only a skilled language teacher but also very knowledgeable about Mexican history, culture and the local flora and fauna.

I'll be back for more!
Written August 25, 2019
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RebeccaLDay
4 contributions
Cannot recommend highly enough - I had Spanish lesson at the Yelapa English Spanish Institute while staying in Yelapa and they were really great! Juanita was so lovely and made the lessons interesting and enjoyable. I knew enough Spanish to get by before I arrived but there were a lot of holes in my grammar and past/future tenses and she was able to adjust every lesson to exactly what I needed and totally tailor it to where I was at. She was very accommodating and would always find a time and place to fit my schedule. If you are in Yelapa and interested in advancing your Spanish (which makes the whole experience of being in Mexico SOOOO much better) or you are just starting out with the language, I would highly recommend having some lessons with Yelapa English Spanish Institute!
Written August 8, 2019
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Janice P
Vancouver, Canada90 contributions
Friends
My husband and I have been wintering in Sayulita for the past four winters. We decided that this year, we needed to get a better handle on Soanish and aske Jean to work with us an another couple. My husband was very skeptical and had his mind set that he would drop out after the first day. Well, he managed to last the entire five days and was disappointed that classes were over so soon! Juanita is very engaging and teaches in a very informal but professional way. We definitely learned sentence structure, verb conjugation and enough to make us eager to speak with locals and not feel so intimidated. We HIGHLY recommend Juanita! We know you will not be disappointed!
Written January 5, 2015
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Suzanne M
Hue, Vietnam6 contributions
Friends
Prior to meeting Juanita I had struggled to commit to learning Spanish. Attending her classes outside of her sweet palapa high on the hill (with gorgeous views of the bay) her love of Mexico, Spanish grammer and correct pronunciation was a multi-dimensional immersion in language and culture. Yes, she isn't Mexican, but my friend and I were lucky enough to spend time with her outside of the classroom where we experienced how connected she is to the community in a meaningful and heartfelt way. It is apparent she is an important part of the Yelapa and it's surrounding towns. She is bright, quick and intelligent. She is generous and our morning breakfast smoothies were such a memorable start to our day. There is so much good about Juanita to say, but I say, go for yourself and learn the old-fashioned way...by experience.
Written May 28, 2014
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nishamah
Courtenay, Canada94 contributions
Solo
Thanks to the positive reviews on Trip Advisor, I chose to take a two week vacation to Yelapa and to study with Jean/Juanita. As others have said, she is an excellent insructor, has lots of good information to offer, and keeps her students on their toes. Don't expect to a quickie course in Spanish for travelers - she is sincere about your learning pronunciation and grammar, and I give her kudos for that. Do expect to be flexible, as the teaching schedule varies from morning, to mid--day to late afternoon, depending on the number of classes required to meet demand of different levels. Although I was solo, I can also confirm that Juanita is a great teacher for children as well!
Written January 28, 2013
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Mathiesb17
Ucluelet, Canada4 contributions
My kids (2 teenagers) and I both took Spanish lessons - 3 hours a day Monday to Friday for 2 weeks. Loved it. Jean is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher, who teaches with a heavy concentration on oral work! This gets you started really quickly. I am proud to say that by the end of the 2 weeks, I was able to communicate using simple sentences and the locals actually understood me! How fantastic. I'm sure results vary depending on the thickness of one's skull, but even I managed to do well!

My kids had their own classes and I partnered with a lady from Seattle!

She also arranged a day of tortilla making and a lunch with a local Yelapa woman. What fun! We had a traditional chicken "sopa" accompanied by our homemade, although very deformed tortillas! Jean seems to know all the right folks in town.

The kids were put in touch with a local girl their age and spent an afternoon playing games in Spanish.

Really, really great course. A nice way to keep your brain functioning on an otherwise, unchallenging, but super enjoyable trip to Yelapa.

The town is very safe, lots of restaurants, fabulous beaches, and wonderful hikes into the jungle are easy to accomplish in a day. No cars, just people sharing the paths with donkeys. Our second visit to the town of Yelapa and just as enjoyable as the first.

Thinking of sending our oldest for a month in the summer to live with a local family and be immersed in the language. And - of course - more Spanish lessons from Jean.

Must get back to work and try and save for this adventure!

Jean would be a great person to approach about where to stay and to also arrange a home-stay, if that is your wish.
Written January 11, 2012
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