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“Wonderful Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amigos del Sol

Amigos del Sol
Ranked #17 of 115 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: Amigos del Sol welcomes you to Oaxaca! we teach Spanish to travelers and people from all the world interested in learning more about the Spanish Language and Oaxaca. We will be very happy to have you with us!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

I had a wonderful experience attending the Instituto Amigos del school. I studied here for 2 weeks. They are very flexible on allowing you to choose how many days you want to study and there is no sign up fee. My teacher was wonderful (Hector) and the best part was that I was the only student in my class except for 1 day. They say that there will never be more than 3 in a class and for the time frame I attended that was true. In fact there was mostly 2 or 1 in the classes I observed. I learnt allot. We worked on pronunciation and conversation mainly present and past tenses.

I had 2 years of college Spanish before I arrived but had trouble putting sentences together. They helped with that. My teacher had incredible patience as I fumbled through. When choosing a school I was concerned about the bus ride to San Felipe del Agua but found that to be one of the best parts. Rogelio (school director) talked to us in Spanish and i got to know the students in other classes. I thought I would have to wait for the ride back to Oaxaca but Rogelio rings a bell at the end of class and we are in the van for the return trip to Oaxaca (10 minute drive) in just 5 minutes. Over all a great experience.

Visited January 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Two weeks in Spanish classes at Instituto Amigos del Sol”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my daily three hour classes for two weeks at Amigos del Sol. Rogelio, the Director, and all of the teachers were very friendly and fun, and part of my learning experience was everyone speaking Spanish as we travelled to and from our classes - as my confidence grew, I not only listened, but began to participate in the conversations. I can't believe how much I learned in two weeks! My teacher, Miriam, was excellent, and also a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this school to anyone wishing to improve their Spanish, from beginners to more advanced levels. The teachers are all very well prepared and no group can be more than four members per teacher- I was exceptionally lucky to have only one other student studying with me with Miriam as out teacher.

Visited January 2013
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Avon, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“up on the roof in oaxaca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Despite numerous trips to Oaxaca I’d put off learning Spanish for what I believed were more pleasurable pursuits such as touring and drinking mezcal. This trip I determined to bite the bullet and, finally, attempt to learn some Spanish; in doing so, I stumbled on Amigos del Sol and what became the best part of my recent two weeks in Oaxaca. First I contacted Rogelio, the school’s director via email. (Nobody returns emails faster than Rogelio.) We determined mutually acceptable times, and Rogelio introduced me to Celso, as fine an instructor as I could have hoped for. Our sessions were one on one and conducted 90% in Spanish, even though my Spanish language skills were very limited. I had a fairly decent beginner’s vocabulary but lacked the confidence and the ability to construct sentences of any variety or complexity. With Celso’s patient coaching and gentle corrections, I, quickly, found myself, carrying on a conversation in Spanish. The methodology was simple and organic: Celso and I just talked and entertained each other with stories about our lives while he would, strategically and painlessly, incorporate verb conjugation and grammar rules into the rhythm of our talks. I was having fun and learning at the same time. Celso even took notes for me when my hangover proved too much for the hot Mexican sun. I’m back home now but my thoughts return fondly to Rogelio, Celso and my rooftop Spanish lessons. What a great experience I was fortunate to find at Amigos del Sol; thank you, Celso and Rogelio.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Friendly, flexible school”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

I had a great time at Amigos del Sol. I worked with several teachers, all of whom were professional but relaxed and very helpful. I felt like I made considerable progress during 2.5 weeks of classes, but it didn’t feel like work at all. The school director, Rogelio, was very organized and dependable and made an incredible effort to help me (and all of the other students) with any and all special requests. His friendliness and flexibility made the trip wonderful for me. Rogelio arranged a home stay for me and I enjoyed getting to know a Oaxacan family and shared fabulous food with them.

Visited November 2012
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I had a great experience with Amigos del Sol. My teachers were wonderful and my class only had one other student. It was a very comfortable and casual learning environment, and I think the lessons were helpful in getting me to use Spanish with more confidence!

Visited December 2012
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