After spending the past two weeks in Cuernavaca it’s easy to see why so many people choose to study Spanish here.  In fact, Cuernavaca is one of the most popular places in all of Mexico for foreigners to take Spanish lessons.  I’ve spent the past two weeks studying at Centro de Idiomas y Culturas.

In addition to lessons in the classroom, my teacher Fabiola took me out into the city to see some of the popular attractions including a photography museum housed in a miniature castle, the Catedral and the Jardin Borda.  We visited the local market just days before Dia de los Muertos to see the traditional breads, flowers, candles and chocolates and explored the underground waterways of the Pasillo de la Barranca.      

Overall, I’ve found Cuernavaca to be welcoming and very accomodating to visitors, especially those who do not speak Spanish very well.  In addition to beautiful weather year round and numerous attractions, there are also countless opportunities to practice speaking with local people who are accustomed to interacting with language students and patiently take the time to correct vocabulary and make friendly conversation. 

I experienced this first hand during my interactions with the juice vendor on the avenue.  Each morning I would point to the cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice I hoped to purchase and offer a polite “por favor.”  He would smile and clearly pronounce “toronja” before handing over the cup.  He seemed pleased a few days later when I finally got it right, pronunciation and all.  It’s unlikely I will forget the word for grapefruit anytime soon, and learning this way sure beats trying to memorize words out of a dictionary!


2 Responses to “Cuernavaca”

  1. 1 Wolkenfee February 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I´m interested in a spanish course in Cuernavaca as well, that´s why I´m searching for people who already have made some experiences there. Unfortunately the link in your post doesn´t work so I would be very pleased if you could give me some informations like what was your language school´s name? How many hours per day did you have classes? How where the teachers? just things like that. Thanks a lot!

  2. 2 travelsinspanish February 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Steffy, Sorry about the link, I made a couple of changes and forgot to update it. Here’s the info:

    Centro de Idiomas y Culturas ($90 registration fee, $125 per 15hrs/ week) This language school in central Cuernavaca offers classes in both Spanish and English and provides the opportunity for students of each to meet with one another outside of normal class times to participate in intercambios, or language exchanges, where both languages are practiced. Classes are taught individually or in small groups depending upon the number of students enrolled at any given time and ability levels. You can also take more than 3 hours/ day if you’d like. This was one of the least expensive schools I found in Cuernavaca.

    Depending on your plans you might also consider taking classes in Oaxaca, San Cristóbal or even Guatemala where lessons are of equal quality and significantly less expensive. Best of Luck!

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