Habla Ya Spanish School - Boquete Campus

Habla Ya Spanish School - Boquete Campus


My family of five settled in Boquete for 6 weeks to study Spanish at Habla Ya. We were split into classes by age and Spanish level. My husband had never studied Spanish before and so was put into a beginner adult group class. Similarly, my two younger children joined a beginner group class while my older daughter (13) was put into an intermediate group adult class with me because she already had a foundation in Spanish. At times, the school had very few students and my family ended up being the only ones in each of our “group” lessons. My oldest had a harder time because she didn’t fit into the schema that they’ve developed. She wanted to be with other kids her age but the classes were too basic for her. However, the school tried to accommodate our needs as best they could and the teachers really demonstrate that they care about student progress. I studied with Leidys Pitti for 5 weeks. She did a great job incorporating conversation into our daily classes and making note when we had an opportunity to practice new skills.��I am so glad we chose to study Spanish in Boquete because it was the perfect place to settle in for 6 weeks. The center of town is always bustling with friendly activity, people saying hello, shops, restaurants, and, lots of beautiful fresh produce at the outdoor market stalls. In addition, the weather in Boquete is refreshing and always the perfect temperature. On extra warm days, showers would come in and cool the air down to a comfortable range. We also met a lot of friendly people from the area and everyone was willing and generous about letting us practice our Spanish, even though they speak very good English themselves.��The kids loved the variety of extra activities that they could participate in around Boquete, such as white river rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, hikes, horseback riding, and swimming in the mini canyons. If you’re on a tighter budget, the hikes in the area are spectacular and only cost a small fee for the taxi ride to the trailhead. The food was also a highlight for us. We had some really spectacular meals both local food and other cuisines. The family favorite was Colibrí, a restaurant on the gardens of the hotel where we stayed (more about Isla Verde below). Colibrí agreed to teach our family a private cooking class after my husband talked to the chef about his and the kids’ interest. They thought the class was phenomenal and learned new techniques, and how to make some of the best food we’ve ever had. ��The traditional Panamanian food of the area includes a soup called Sancocho, rice, beans, a meat, plantains, and a side salad. There were a number of local restaurants that served this food beautifully. Our favorite was Las Orchillas. The other cafe that we really enjoyed was called Sugar and Spice which had great breakfasts and salads for lunch.��Finally, the place where we stayed was absolutely perfect for us. We rented a large roundhouse at Isla Verde. The house was a single room with a loft. It was small but didn’t feel too tight or crowded for our family of five. The house was surrounded by beautiful gardens and fruit trees. The staff was extremely helpful all the time and we met some wonderful other guests from all over the world.
Habla ya in Boquete was an amazing experience. The teachers were phenomenal. I had the opportunity to have 3 teachers while I was in Boquete. I had Pedro and Ladies for my private classes, and I had Alex for both weeks for the group classes. They taught me so much about the culture of Boquete and the Spanish language. Alex’s classes are educational and there is never a dull moment. Every Friday we went outside the school for experiential learning. My conversations with Ladies and Pedro were never dull. They always were able to answer my questions on the homework and advanced my knowledge of the Spanish language. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t change a thing.
Habla Ya Spanish - March, 2019 I wanted to take a few minutes to compose a review of my experience in Boquete Panama and in particular, speak about Habla Ya, a world class Spanish immersion school that I keep returning to there. Firstly, I’m a 63 year old Canadian and have lived in the U.S. for the last 28 years. During my formative years in Canada I had little interest in learning a second language and regrettably, while French was an option in the Canadian curriculum, taking it was not mandatory. After my relocation to the U.S. in 1991, I soon learned what a benefit it would be to learn another language. As almost half of the population of Phoenix and San Diego where I divide my time, are Spanish speaking, Spanish had to be my defacto choice. Unfortunately, as an entrepreneur, my 30’s, 40’s and 50’s were dedicated to building my businesses and this left little time for anything, much less learning a second language. Secretly, during these 3 decades, I had a burning desire to learn the language and during the many trips my wife and I had taken to Mexico, I watched, listened and envied every non-native communicating in Spanish. Now, fortunately I have an abundance of time and have diligently spent the last 3 years learning the language poco a poco! We’ve all heard metaphor, “slow and steady wins the race” and this is no more applicable than undertaking the exercise of learning another language. I’m completely dedicated and though I may be a little slower than the 20 somethings, I will achieve a level of mastery over this language. I can tell anyone who may be contemplating learning another language, the decision is not to be taken lightly. It’s grueling, frustrating and time consuming! So, why do it? Learning the language is no different than building blocks; you simply keep building on that which you’ve already learned. I’m by no means proficient but there’s very little that I can’t communicate to someone in a Spanish only speaking country. And this folks, is what keeps me going! Now, to the school. I just completed my third trip to Habla Ya in Panama and each time keeps getting better. The first 3-week segment was in Bocas Del Toro, a quaint little beach town frequented by young and old from all over the world. The last 2 visits were to Boquete, a location I prefer due to its’ cooler climate, beautiful scenery and incredibly reasonable prices. Leidys was my profesora for levels A2 & B1 in Boquete. Leidys has been with the school for 10-years and I’ve found her to be excellent in her ability to teach new concepts and patient enough when certain concepts need to be re-explained. I’d recommend her highly! The school is completely professional in every respect and there’s little wonder in my mind as to why they’ve earned their very favorable ratings year after year. From trying to accommodate the smallest request to meticulously organizing fun outings for the students, these people do it all! YOU - QUIT PROCRASTINATING AND START LEARNING! Sent from my iPad Saturday, 23 March 2019
After two weeks in Bocas del Toro we continued the language school for one week in Boquete. I had a good time with Leidys who made a good job. Boquete town is a rather dusty town but has some good restaurants.
After studying Spanish on and off for three years, I craved an opportunity to study more intensely for three weeks. Habla Ya in Boquete provided an excellent opportunity via a combination of private lessons and small group classes. The one-on-one private sessions allowed me to fill in some of the gaps and confusion in my previous learning and to speak extensively. The four-hour small-group lessons introduced me to multiple new tenses while providing significant time for practicing and conversation. We used no English in class, which kept me from taking the easy way out when things got challenging. One frustration: The course text is confusing at times without clear explanation of concepts and uses. The staff was informative, prompt and responsive to my inquiries before I came to Panama and extremely helpful when I arrived. The staff and faculty of Habla Ya’s school in Boquete was extremely skilled, helpful and challenging. Kimberly Rodriguez and Reynin Quintero were excellent teachers, and my tutor Erian brought a sense of fun to the hard work of remembering tenses and vocabulary. When one instructor was ill for two days, other skilled instructors stepped in. When another student had problems with a homestay, the school quickly and seamlessly made other arrangements. Boquete is an easy, agreeable place to get around, surrounded by beautiful hills, with coffee and sugar fincas nearby, and the beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean close enough for weekend trips. I lived with a wonderful family, who were generous with their hospitality and home. Wish I could have stayed much longer.

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