Thinking of living in Costa Rica? You’ll definitely want to learn Spanish. It’s easy to learn Spanish in Atenas, Costa Rica at Su Espacio Language & Cultural Center.
Thinking about moving to Atenas, Costa Rica? Or maybe you’re planning to visit the popular expat destination for a few weeks or an extended “snow bird” stay during the cold northern winter months? Enrich your experience while here by learning Spanish in Atenas.
Learning basic phrases like: Hello, Please, Thank you, How are you, How much is …, I would like …, Where is …, and the numbers, will go a long way to making your time in Costa Rica more enjoyable. Being able to converse with the local population opens up worlds of opportunities and experiences you might not otherwise have had.
While many people living in Costa Rica speak at least a little bit of English, or are completely fluent (especially in the capital region and tourist hotspots), any efforts on the part of foreigners to speak Costa Rican Spanish are warmly welcomed.
Besides, studies show that speaking more than one language diminishes the likelihood of developing dementia, enhances creativity, and improves tolerance.
The charming coffee town of Atenas, Costa Rica.[/caption] In Atenas, you can learn Spanish and a few other languages at the Su Espacio Language and Cultural Center. Su Espacio means “Your Space” and the language and cultural center is a place where people come to connect.
Su Espacio is located in a friendly and inviting historic house in downtown Atenas with an open-air courtyard and garden, centrally-located right next to the Catholic Church and central park.
Su Espacio Language School in Atenas, Costa Rica
In addition to language lessons for adults in Spanish, Italian, and English, they provide after-school language and arts & crafts classes for children, special seminars such as craft brewing and jewelry making, coordinate volunteer opportunities within the community, and give out general tourist information to visitors.
Language lessons are available Monday to Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Learning is dynamic, fun, and non-traditional using games and activities, with the greatest emphasis placed on conversation. Students will learn the four basics of speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.
There are four ways to learn Spanish at Su Espacio in Atenas:
- Group Spanish language classes: usually from four to six persons, open to anyone who wants to join. Classes are held twice a week for 90 minutes each. Cost is $100 per month (2016 prices).
- Private lessons: one-on-one with an instructor. Cost is $20 per hour. Private lessons are usually one hour up to two hours long. Instructors will tailor the classes to what you want.
- Semi-private lessons: for two persons who know one another – husband and wife, family members or friends. Cost is $30 per hour for both.
- Special interest groups: for friends or groups who want to learn a specific vocabulary in Spanish; for example to do dental or health care outreach in a rural area, work with children in rural communities, legal terminology, etc. The cost is variable based on group size and class time.
Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for international living in the world, according to Inter-Nations and International Living. And the small coffee-producing town of Atenas, on the western end of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, is known as one of the best places to retire.
Article by Shannon Farley
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