Aug 5, 2006, 5:56 PM
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Re: [slimforlife] best spanish school in san miguel allende/housing
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I just returned from San Miguel and spent a month in the beginner course at the Habla Hispana school on Calzada de la Luz. I was pleased with the instruction. It is fairly rigorous and almost all in Spanish, so it would help if you at least learned a few basics before going. However, if you are really stumped, they can usually explain in English.
I lived with a family, about a 5 minute walk from the school, but I am not so sure I would recommend that. The family was very nice, and they cooked great healthy food, but having to try and communicate in Spanish at mealtimes was often very stressful for me.
The school can help you find one a place to stay, and there are lots of websites, such as www.vrbo.com. However, I wouldn't necessarily want something with a great view because that means a longer walk to the center of town, and a long hike back up the hillside, or either taking cabs, when part of the fun of being in SMA is getting to walk everywhere and not be so dependent on cars.
I would recommend finding a rental with a rooftop terrace, and that would be a lovely view, even if you don't have a view of the entire city. Some of the people in my class had a very nice apartment on Calle Loreto, which is a 5 minute walk from the school and a 10 minute walk from the Jardin (or center of town).
I agree with the other post about the dogs. They aren't quite as welcome everywhere as we in the US may expect. So anyone you contact needs to know that you have a dog immediately.
I really, really enjoyed San Miguel and the language school. Habla Hispana concentrates on conversation and learning the basics with no short cuts. If anyone promises to get you fluent, or near fluent in a month, go somewhere else, because it is not possible. Just think whether or not you could learn to speak English in a month.
By all means, go to San Miguel!