Comentarios de Estudiantes
Swarali & Isha
My friend Isha and I were in Valencia for a month and we were studying at Hispania Escuela de Español. We lived with a spanish host family (Manoli Martínez) and it was a marvellous experience. The family provided us with everything we needed. They made sure we are comfortable and always were excited to cook new things for us. They did not even once made us feel unimportant. I would definitely recommend this family because it really takes care of your needs. We also met people from different countries and it was fun to spend time with them. The school has its exciting way of teaching. The professors let you participate in the activities and make sure you understand the topics. They take an effort of explaining again if you fail to understand any topic. The atmosphere at the school around other foreign students is also very comforting. Everybody welcomes you and make you feel home. The school also has their excursion programmes and they take us to visit beautiful places.
As a city, Valencia is a very beautiful place to be. The pleasant climate, orange trees, culture and tradition, places to visit, everything is so wonderful that you’d not feel like returning home.
I would definitely like to visit Valencia again and I dream of working there someday!
When I wanted to say something in class, I had to say it in Spanish while the class patiently waited for me to construct the sentence. As a result of which, I found myself rather silent that initial week. But it was the right way to learn. Just hearing the language being spoken all around you gives you immense exposure, and helps you recognize words that are being spoken, and relate them with what you have learned. This mental co-relation is what took time at the start. But from then on, it was an upward learning curve. Soon I started understanding everything that was being said in class and started to actively participate in the discussions. Our professor was fantastic and had a really good sense of humor, which just made the class all that much more fun. We would often spend over an hour just discussing generic issues, which would help us practice speaking. Our professor would give us a lot of homework every weekday, but none whatsoever over the weekends which struck a neat balance.
Another great aspect of the program is that I got to meet so many people from so many different parts of the world. The diversity was incredible, and getting to interact with so many different people was an incredible experience.
Part of the program is for AIL Madrid to put you up with a host Spanish family. This really helped because it gave me insight into the Spanish culture first-hand. Also, the host lady only spoke Spanish so anytime I needed to communicate with her, it had to be in Spanish. At first, when I was lacking the vocabulary for a word I would whip out my phone and use the English -> Spanish dictionary while she waited. Soon, that became redundant and my progress was evident. The food was a slight problem. My breakfasts and dinners would be cooked by her, but since I am a vegetarian, it posed a problem because she had limited knowledge of vegetarian food. Though the food was not well-suited to the Indian pallet, it was good enough and I really enjoyed the dinners together. The family was very sweet and welcoming and I felt right at home.
Every evening, there was some or the other activity where one of the people from AIL Madrid would be the host. Some of the activities were: going to a museum, taking a walk in xyz neighborhood while the host would serve as a guide, learning recipes of typical Spanish dishes, riding a bicycle along the Madrid River etc. These activities were very enjoyable and gave you a sense of how Madrid is as a city.
All in all, it was one of the best and most enriching experiences of my life. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. I would love to go back.
Their faculty for conversational and written Spanish are very good but what I loved about this institute is that they formulate the curriculum in a manner which teaches you more about Spain and the lives led by people there.
The more you learn the more you want to be a part of that environment. Every evening they have activities planned for students which take you to local hangouts and cultural hotspots of the city. The insight these kinds of recreational activities give you is incredible.
I loved my experience with AIL and would recommend it anyone who likes Spanish.
I had completed B2 here in Mumbai. Hence, after few weeks I could very easily understand TV shows, movies and sing songs in Spanish.
To summarize, it was a great experience. It was not only about learning a language but it was a complete mixture of culture, friendship and so much more. I would definitely recommend anyone to have such kind of experience at least once in their life & I will surely like to go back.