Spanish Immersion?

Howard - 3-10-2022 at 08:50 PM

Has anyone had personal experience with doing a Spanish Immersion study at someone's home for say 1-3 weeks?

I really would like to improve my Spanish language skills but I am afraid my book learning and school learning days are far behind me for remembering and retaining information.

I have seen some homes with hands on classes listed in Mexico as well as Spain that are a little pricey but if it was truly successful in drastically improving my language skills it would be worth it.

Any experiences or personal recommendations?

BajaBlanca - 3-10-2022 at 10:47 PM

I, as a language teacher of English for foreign students, have seen first hand that students who are immersed, in fact, learn a lot! That being said, those that are fearless about mistakes and just blab away, learn the fastest. It does not matter that the grammar is not perfect from the onset. If you speak speak speak, you progress so much faster. The brain handles the grammar and it comes together in your brain, almost miraculously.

pacificobob - 3-11-2022 at 05:10 AM

I have done immersion study in Guatemala in the late 70s.
It was inexpensive and effective.
It has been said that the best way to learn a language is in bed, or in prison.

azucena - 3-11-2022 at 07:04 AM

I too, was an English teacher here, and can say my students were disadvantaged by a lack of immersion.
I have attended Spanish immersion schools in Costa Rica , Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala.
The best was in Antigua Guatemala in 2012 or so, and was affordable with excellent, experienced teachers.

pauldavidmena - 3-11-2022 at 08:01 AM

"Spanish and Go" is one of many YouTube channels featuring videos and podcasts targeting an English-speaking audience desiring to learn Spanish. It is a married couple - a gringo from Minnesota and a Mexicana - who run the site, which now features Immersion Retreats to places like Guanajuato and Oaxaca. I can't speak to how effective they are, but as they've increased the number they're offering , they are at least lucrative!

Howard - 3-11-2022 at 08:18 AM

Great feedback!

What I meant to say in regards to staying in a home, it was actually a learning environment with teachers .

Here is the place I ran across on Goggle.

pacificobob - 3-12-2022 at 10:41 AM

Early December of 1979 I was studying Spanish in huehuetenango Guatemala.
I lived with a family and did 7 hours a day at a school one on one with an instructor. There was a revolution in progress. One could hear the shooting at night, and in the morning I could see the bodies of the rebels being towed behind truck through the town to intimidate potential combatants.
Finally the school closed after the original 60 students dwindled to 6 of us.
We packed up and went to a beach on the Pacific side ....far more tranquil.

pacificobob - 3-12-2022 at 05:23 PM

Not at all. The only source of information was word of mouth, and what we witnessed. A portion of the shooting took place in smaller towns. Lots of people fleeing on foot. I remember indigenous women crying while selling their earrings to finance their exit.. i haven't thought about these events in years.

pacificobob - 3-12-2022 at 10:31 PM

I did about 6 weeks. I gained the required momentum to begin stringing grammatically correct sentences together. 7 hours a day 1 on 1 is a lot of work..
I think any language student can benefit from a curriculum like that.

pacificobob - 3-13-2022 at 11:27 AM

Yes. ..most instructors were university students. And yes 7 hours is a real grind.
Perhaps past the point of diminishing results. My head hurts just remembering.