Studying Spanish with the family is a great opportunity for both you and your children to learn Spanish. Entrelenguas offers a never-ending list of culturally and linguistically immersive activities during your family holidays to Spain, where language-learning is combined with local ‘rondeño’ life. You can stay with a local host family or obviously sort out accommodation for yourself, like our student, Angela, did. Here’s an interview where she explains all the details about her experience learning Spanish as a family.
-Why did you choose Ronda?
I began the research looking at cities that we were interested in visiting, but soon realized that the type of school was more important to our mission than location. After extensive research, focusing on immersion schools in Latin America, Mexico and Spain, I decided on Entrelenguas. Little did I know how wonderful Ronda would be for our family immersion experience. Entrelenguas was definitely our main hub for community, friendships, and activities. We also connected with other community members through horse-riding lessons and pottery classes.
-What was the process like for sorting out your arrival and finding accommodation?
Our immersion experience was part of an 8-week Europe trip. Fo this family holidays to Spain, we spent 6 weeks in Ronda with Entrelenguas as our main focus, full language and cultural immersion. We used airbnb.com for our accommodation. We considered staying with a host family, but in the end I felt like we would need our own space. Looking back, I would consider staying with a host family for 1-2 weeks. I organised accommodation on my own and chose a townhouse one block from Entrelenguas. It was perfect for the three of us. Staying close to the school allowed my daughters, 10 and 12 years a bit more independence, as they could walk to and from classes and activities by themselves. We were located in the neighborhood where many local families live, which was wonderful!
-Did Entrelenguas include activities suited to you and your family?
Entrelenguas provided the opportunity for many different activities. We went kayaking in Ardales Reservoir, canyoning in Juzcar, hiking (and very cold swimming) to Cueva del Gato, and many other more central activities. We took a flamenco class, three cooking classes, and I took an adult leather working class where I made a leather purse. We also worked with Alex in the Entrelenguas garden a few times, getting seeds planted.
-Is there anything you would change about your experience?
I wouldn’t change a thing about our immersion experience with Entrelenguas. In fact, my family wants to go back next summer for a few weeks. The only thing our family has agreed that we would do differently with our trip is to find lodgings with a pool and larger outdoor space. We were there during the summer and it is hot and dry. We went to the Ronda public pool twice and Entrelenguas staff was gracious with allowing us dips in the school pool often.
-Would you recommend your family holidays to Spain to other families?
I would highly recommend the family program at Entrelenguas to families looking for an adventurous Spanish immersion experience! 10 out of 10 stars!
-Do you think your Spanish has improved?
My Spanish was limited prior to starting at Entrelenguas. I focused on learning new vocabulary and verb tenses, and my conversation skills improved dramatically. My daughters had zero Spanish language prior to our experience. They comprehend and write Spanish better than I do now!
– How did you find the staff at Entrelenguas? Were they helpful?
The Entrelenguas staff were fun, flexible, knowledgeable, and caring. We love them all!