Learning a new language is not easy. Back in high school (18 years ago) I took 4 years of Spanish and never really put it to use, so as usual I forgot most of it. I have been living in Barcelona for over a year now and I find myself at home the majority of my time. I didn’t really make any new friends either. Why? Mostly because it’s really hard to make friends with locals if you don’t speak the language!
Every one has heard of Rosetta Stone but I found it a bit boring. Instead of repeating things while staring at a computer screen I needed to take a Spanish class and interact with other people.
As my search for a well reputable language school was in progress someone recommended SpeakEasyBCN. I checked out their website and prices were very reasonable. I signed up for an intensive Spanish class, 2 hours/day Monday through Friday, which for me was a big commitment. SpeakEasyBCN provides an online placement test so you don’t have to worry about choosing what level you think you need to be in.
I remember not being able to sleep the night before because I was so excited and nervous at the same time. It felt like the first day of school all over again. Will I be the oldest student in class? Will they make fun of me because I can’t roll my r’s or will I sound ridiculous trying to speak the language with my valley girl American accent?
SpeakEasyBCN is located near Placa Catalunya so it’s easy and convenient to get to. I arrived early and was greeted with “holas” upon entering the classroom. There were only 5 other classmates which was perfect because that would mean I would get more one-on-one time.
Let’s talk about my teacher Carlos. I believe he is amazing in every single way. He’s kind, sincere, funny and the best thing about him is that he’s very patient! I stated before that learning a different language is difficult. The same goes for teaching the language as well. Carlos really wants his students to succeed and I am grateful to have him as my teacher.
Besides teaching Spanish, did you know that SpeakEasyBCN also organizes a variety of events? From art walks to food festivals and boat tours, this was the best way for me to make new friends from all over the world! Each week an email is sent out to all the students about all the fun activities for that week. There’s also a WhatsApp group chat to talk about anything and everything!
A student ID card is also part of a package and it’s great because you can get discounts at museums, certain restaurants, hostels, movie theaters, etc.
It’s been 6 weeks already in my intensive Spanish course and I can really see myself improving. The turning point for me was when I went to the South of Spain with my friend Ava. Usually my bf is with me doing all the talking but I’m glad to say that in this trip to the South of Spain we made it on our own using the Spanish that we had learned in school. It’s nowhere near perfect yet but to me it was a sign of empowerment.
Speakeasy Language School
Ronda Universitat 7, Principal
08007 Barcelona, Spain
09.00 – 20.00 Monday to Friday
Tel: (+34) 93 342 71 97
Fax: (+34) 93 342 71 21