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Commento di Tamara K. ()
publicato a Marzo 2016
My experience at Habla Ya
I spent 6 weeks in Bocas at Habla Ya and it was a great experience. I went to School every day for 4 hours. I felt totaly welcome from the first Moment. It's just a very relaxed and family-like atmosphere.
I loved the classes with my teacher Kimberly. Classes with her were very varied and funny. I've learned a lot with her explications and the hours of conversation. Kimberly was always available for questions after class and was open to just hanging out and speaking Spanish.
I also really enjoyed the activities the school offers. Everyday there are activities, the school organizes.
I really loved my time in Bocas and I would defenitly recommend it to everyone
Commento di Forrest H. (Alpharetta - USA)
publicato a Novembre 2015 - USA
Best Spanish Instruction I have Ever Received!
I spent two weeks at Habla Ya (Bocas del Toro) in May and learned so much during my time there. I paid the extra money for private lessons and it was totally worth it. My two instructors, Malkidia and Ezequiel, were the most gracious, professional teachers I have ever had. They really cared that I learned the material, and I never felt that that they were just doing a "job". It always felt like they wanted to be there and wanted to help me learn.
The instructors at Habla Ya are not just native speakers, they are native speakers who have been trained in Spanish education. I believe every instructor had a degree that related to Spanish instruction. This was very valuable to me as I was already conversant and my questions were beyond the beginner level. On my first day at the school, Malkidia answered a question for me about the proper use of direct objects that no native speaker in the US had been able to help me with. The staff is so friendly and engaging. They were always available for questions after class and were open to just hanging out and speaking Spanish. By the time I left, I felt like I was friends with everyone there and was truly sad to leave.
Commento di Eileen E. (Baltimore - )
publicato a Novembre 2014
Gran Experiencia en Bocas y Habla Ya
¡Hola! Tuve una gran experiencia en la escuela de Habla Ya en Bocas del Toro. Quedé en Bocas por 3 semanas, Ezequiel y Christopher fueron mis maestros. ¡Ellos eran estupendos! Cada día los maestros nos enseñaron por lecturas, lecciones de gramática, escrituras, videos interesantes, pero la mejor parte fue las conversaciones. Las clases eran pequeños con 2 a 5 estudiantes y pudimos hablar de muchas temas diferentes. Ezequiel y Christopher hablaron con nosotras sobre temas interesantes y ellos nos dieron bastante vocabulario para expresar nuestras opiniones de muchas cosas. Me encantaban las clases de Habla Ya y mis maestros. ¡Si esta buscando una escuela para aprender lo mejor español Habla Ya es lo mejor lugar para usted!
Commento di Cheryl N. (San Francisco - )
publicato a Novembre 2014
Excellent School and Excellent Teachers
I studied for four weeks in Boquete and two weeks in Bocas, and I couldn’t be happier with my experience at Habla Ya. Facilites, classes, activities, home stays- all were excellent. I have been to other language schools, and Habla Ya is top notch.
Commento di Moritz E. (Vienna - Austria)
publicato a Settembre 2014 - Austria
Great experience... do it!!!
I spent 6 weeks in Habla Ya on Bocas del Toro and I have to say that it was on of the best experiences I've ever made. Bocas is an amazing place and totaly worth visiting it.
I attended the Habla Ya language school during my whole stay and it was defenitly the right decision. I felt totaly welcome from the first moment on when they picked me up at the airport. It's just a very relaxed and family-like atmosphere. But though I have to say that I improved my spanish a lot more in these six weeks then I expected. When I arrived in Bocas I felt very unsecure speaking spanish and my grammar and vocablary knowledge was almost not existing but I felt the improve every single day. Now I feel secure speaking it and love to conversate in spanish with other people.
I had three different teachers during my stay, Itzy, Ezequiel and Christopher. All of them were very good teachers and I really enjoyed my classes with them. When I arrived I started in B2 but I felt that the nivel was a bit to high for me. So I talked to the office and without any problems it was possible for me to change my class to A2. After my six weeks I left the school again at B2 and now I really feel like I deserve to be there.
I also really enjoyed the activities the school offers. Everyday there are activities, the school organizes, you can attend to spend your free time with other students exploring the island. All in all it was one of the best holidays of my life and I would defenitly recommend it to everyone.
Commento di Denis A. (Los Angeles - )
publicato a Settembre 2014
HablaYa - a dream in Bocas
The school is fantastic. I've spent an awesome month in Bocas learning spanish. In this place you do both: resting and chilling on beautiful beaches and improve your language skills very fast because you study at least 4 hours a day, but these 4 hours feels like 30 minutes. All teachers are amazing. I want to mention one of them - Ezequiel. He was my teacher. He is just perfect. Not only because he is good in teaching spanish but also because he becomes a good friend who shows you where to go and what to do in Bocas. We spent much time out of classes together talking and having fun which helped me a lot with spanish. After 1 month I've improved my level from elementary to almost upper-intermediate. Other words, i am completely satisfied of the school and classes.
Commento di Wouter H. (Utrecht - )
publicato a Febbraio 2014
An amazing language experience in Bocas del Toro
I have studied Spanish at Habla Ya in Bocas del Toro for five weeks. It was an amazing experience which has given me the opportunity to learn Spanish and Panamanian culture well. I would like to give a special thanks to my teacher Eziquiel. If you consider going to study at Habla Ya I would definitely recommend him. He makes you feel comfortable learning a new language and explains things well untill you really understand it. Moreover, he makes learning Spanish fun which makes it easy to learn. Lastly, studying at Habla Ya was a great experience due to the great, professional organization of classes and activities. I had a great time. Thank you Habla Ya!!
Commento di Rumana H. (San Francisco - USA)
publicato a Gennaio 2014 - USA
exceptional environment & teachers
I couldn't speak more highly of my experience with Habla Ya. I took only 1.5 weeks of classes (Intermediate 1) and I definitely wanted MORE!
Before choosing Habla Ya (or Panama, really), I explored severalSpanish language schools online, and initiated conversations with several. In prior years, I had taken semi-private lessons in short stints in Mexico City and in La Paz, Bolivia, and based on those experiences, I knew I wanted something on the more structured side of things.
Habla Ya impressed me right from the start - from the online placementtest, to the phone call I received the day after I submitted my interest. I found the initiation to be extremely supportive, helpful, professional and prompt.
And my Habla Ya classroom experience exceeded my expectations. First, I made it to Bocas barely one hour before my first class was meant to begin - the office staff were accommodating and helpful (getting me water, ensuring a safe/trustworthy environment for me to just leave all my belongings while I went to class).
My teacher, Diogenes, was exceptional. He began by understanding my learning goals and my learning style (e.g. do I like to be corrected along the way as I'm speaking or at the end?). Then he shared some things about his style and asked my permission to make some changes to our schedule (I was there over the two weeks of Christmas & New Year).
Diogenes created a super-relaxed, yet well-paced environment encouraging of risk-taking and free of pressure. He is incredibly patient, quite funny, and enthusiastic about his own learning (which created fun opportunities for me to try to explain English phrases in Spanish), all of which resulted in an incredible setting for me.
We would start each class just by chatting, storytelling. This allowed us to make a great connection with each other, and for me to practice conversations as I might actually have with my friends (versus awkward formal rote conversations I had in prior classes with teachers I knew nothing about and with whom I didn't feel comfortable being open about myself). He also used various games/activities and we even went for a walk during one of our classes... all methods to keep things interesting and nurture various styles of learning/reinforcement.
I can't say enough about my experience with Habla Ya & Diogenes - HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Commento di Riet G. (Jette - Belgium)
publicato a Dicembre 2013 - Belgium
3 awesome weeks in Bocas
I studied for 3 weeks at Habla Ya and I had the most amazing experience studying and having a relaxing vacation at the same time!!! I really would like to thank to Gilberto, who was my teacher during the first two weeks. It was a pleasure to be tought by somebody that motivated, patient and funny. His classes were awesome. We really learned a lot and had so much fun at the same time. Best teacher ever!! I also would really like to thank the lovely Adriana, my teacher in my last week, another great teacher as well. It really got me to the conlusion that I want to go back to study more Spanish with these great people. I can also highly recommend a home stay in Bocas, my family there really made me feel like I was a part of it. Thank you Habla Ya, hasto luego! :)
Commento di Latwaña P. (New York - )
publicato a Novembre 2013
Mi segundo hogar
En Julio de 2013 asiste a Habla Ya durante un mes entero. Yo tenia un profesor increible. El profesor Eziquiel es muy listo, gracioso, paciente y compasivo. todos los ingredientes necesarios para ser un gran maestro. He venido a Hable Ya a ganar confianza en hablar espanol y que es exactamente lo que he obtenido en el Profesor ezequiel clase. Me asegura y me explica que es normal para hacer errores, que es la unica forma de aprender. Yo confiaba en el y mis habilidades. Mi objetivo era ser capaz de hablar con mi familia y amigos en espanol con confianza y me siento feliz de decir que he logrado mi objetivo con la ayuda de una gran motivador.
Commento di Carl B. (Milwaukee - )
publicato a Novembre 2013
7 Weeks in Bocas
After spending seven weeks in Bocas while attending Habla Ya Spanish School I have been able to sort out both some pros and of cons the school and the island itself. I also have thrown in quite a few of my personal opinions.
The best part about Habla Ya in Bocas is the teachers. They are some of the most sociable people I have ever met yet all have very different personalities. There are some who speak English fluently and others who have never taken an English class in their life (Or so it seems). Some teachers are done teaching when the clock hits noon while others will randomly show up at your house on Saturday and ask if you want to go to the beach with them. The Bocas School is definitely very tight knit with many friendly, yet professional, relationships being formed. I really appreciated that the teachers who are often the same age as the students, kept a professional demeanor with the students even at the bars on the weekends. At the same time, they never once ignored or excluded an Habla Ya student when out on the weekends. I'm about as Gringo as they come and I always felt like I had a solid foundation of people I could trust in Bocas because of the Habla Ya staff. I also thought that it was cool that some teachers actually LIVE at the school. Not only is it nice that the school (and wifi) is open 24/7 but it also give a chance to interact with the teachers on a personal level (In Spanish of course).
I highly suggest taking advantage of the free activities at Habla Ya such as movie night, salsa lessons, and conversational Spanish. When I came to Bocas, I could not understand individual words if a native Panamanian spoke to me. By watching movies, and listening to songs, I was able to differentiate individual words within three weeks. I might not have known all the words in a quick sentence but at least I had gained an "Ear" for the Spanish Language.
Just as I highly encourage the free weekend activities, I highly discourage going to the bars on the weekdays in Bocas. (This applies to long term students mostly) My view/opinion is that if you have come to Bocas to learn Spanish then make it a priority because you can go to the bars all you want when you go back home. There is nothing worse, for both the student and the teacher, than to come to class hung-over. It is very hard to concentrate and also frustrates the teachers who what you to succeed.
Bocas is very nice if you can find the right places to go. A lot of the best beaches (In my opinion) are not near the city. That said, I went swimming many times to the dirty "Beach" next to the ferry dock with the kids from my homestay. The local kids didn't mind the trash (Which is a real problem in Bocas) so neither did I. This brings me to my last point of review.
I HIGHLY recommend a homestay while studying Spanish here. I have hardly met nicer people and they were always so happy and willing to talk to me. They patiently listened to me blubbler along in Spanish while offering gentle corrections. I felt almost a part of the Marcado family by the time I left and would not have traded that experience for anything.
Commento di Sophie R. (zürich - Switzerland)
publicato a Ottobre 2013 - Switzerland
gracias habla ya !!!
hola chicos. quiero decirle gracias a todas las personas de habla ya. tuve un tiempo muy bueno ahi. mi profesor fue christopher y es muy amable y me enseno mucho espanol. el hizo las clases muy divertidas. ademas me gusta la organizacion de la escuela y el pueblo bocas dell toro con todas las playas lindas. yo recomiendo hablya ya a todos :-):-)
Commento di Rodolfo J. (Canada)
publicato a Ottobre 2013 - Canada
Habla Ya el mejor!
I went to that beautiful place called Bocas del Toro in 2011 and took spanish lessons in Habla Ya for nearly a month. I have to admit that this little school was an excellent way to learn spanish whilst enjoying tropical temperatures, palms and amazing beaches. At this point i would like to mention my teacher Christopher who is a great young and very motivated part of the great habla ya stuff. I really did enjoy his classes thanks to a different teaching methods every day and some very nice classmates from all over the world. Not only did I enjoy Chistopher’s Spanish classes but also the salsa and dancing classes he gave in Habla Ya. It was a great experience and all in all Bocas del Toro is the perfect place to learn Spanish and have some relaxing vacation at the same time.
Commento di Lisa M. ()
publicato a Ottobre 2013
Hey guys i visited habla ya in bocas del toro for a few weeks and had the pleasure of being teached by christopher clark - one of the best teachers i've ever met! a friendly, young but very experienced guy who knows how to teach. thanks to him i improved my spanish a lot and can finally understand all the grammar no other teacher ever was able to make me understand. the classes were strict but funny at the same time and i always felt very comfortable even if i didn't know the exact anywer. we did a lot of diferent things in class like little games, audios, reading and speaking to be able to use our spanish in every part of life. apart from that christopher's manner of teaching he was always foculized on make us understand everything before going on with the next topic.furthermore the amount of homework was reasonable and so that i still could enjoy my trip AND study at the same time. what i also liked a lot is that we were never more than 5 people in class so one couldnt get bored because we all had the same level of spanish and could share our knowledge. i really recommend habla ya in bocas del toro to everyone who loves the beaches just like i do and i really recommend you christopher as a teacher if you are interested in making the best out of your spanisch level.
Commento di Lisa K. (San Diego - USA)
publicato a Agosto 2013 - USA
Amazing school, great experience.
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived on my own to Bocas in June 2013. But I was very pleasantly surprised and quite sad to leave when I left 3 weeks later. It was an amazing experience, both with learning at the school and also living and enjoying life in Bocas. I was fortunate to meet many amazing people from all over the world and enjoyed getting to know local Panamian culture as well. I did a homestay with a wonderful local woman and was treated like one of her own. I enjoyed many hours of conversation, eating and playing cards with her.
As far as the school, I did the Core 4 +1 program, meaning I had 4 hours a day of group lesson with 1 additional hour of private lession. Prior to coming to Bocas I had never taken a formal spanish class and only knew basic spanish phrases and words. After 3 weeks there, my grasp of the language was expotentially better (therein also realizing how much more I needed to learn!). I was carrying on full conversations with my teachers and understanding 90% of what they said to me. My teachers, Diogenes and Abelardo, were both amazing. Both employed multiple methods and skills in their teaching styles that made the classes interesting and productive. Their patience and gentle correction was much appreciated as well. Several times during the visit I felt myself becoming overwhelmed during class but they consistantly reassured me and encouraged me. My biggest regret was that I didn't stay longer. I can't wait to continue my spanish learning journey!
Commento di Hampus D. (Katrineholm - Sweden)
publicato a Maggio 2013 - Sweden
GRACIAS HABLA YA!
I studied 2 months at Habla Ya! I want to say thanks to all the teacher that helped me develop my spanish. Specially I want to thank Ezequiel!
My host family was awesome and the food was really great!
/ Hampus Davidsson Sweden
Commento di Cara T. (USA)
publicato a Maggio 2013 - USA
Wonderful Place to Learn Spanish!
I had the opportunity to study at Habla Ya in Bocas del Toro for the month of April. It was a wonderful experience all around! I took group lessons in the morning and private medical Spanish lessons in the afternoon. During the morning sessions, I focused on grammar, writing and verbal communication skills. In the afternoon, I was able to focus on anything that I felt I needed to practice and was also able to simulate medical scenarios as well. All of the teachers that I had were wonderful!! For my group lessons, my teacher was Ezequiel! I was lucky enough to have him the entire month because he is an amazing teacher! Very patient and really challenged me to do my best! My medical Spanish teacher, Diogenes, was a true pleasure to work with!! He is also a lot of fun and kept the lessons interesting! I highly recommend Diogenes and the Habla Ya Spanish School for anyone serious about learning Spanish!
There are also a lot of social activities that are arranged through the school for students, including field trips to various beaches, zip-lining, salsa lessons, and authentic dinners.
Commento di Robert M. (Cranbury - USA)
publicato a Aprile 2013 - USA
Habla Ya, Bocas del Toro
My wife and I attended a two week Spanish language course at Habla Ya school in Bocas del Toro, Panama in January of 2013. We chose individual courses with areas of concentration we felt we needed. The experience was rewarding and well worth the modest tuition charged.
The Habla Ya staff was extremely helpful in our initial research of the Panama area. This helpfulness continued through the process of planning, registration, travel, and courses. Since we were not familiar with Panama, nor with the particular area around Bocas, we relied on the always helpful staff to explain and reserve an overnight stay in Panama City, transfers, the regional air transportation, and hotel in Bocas. Habla Ya provides a US phone number for direct contact to the school in Panama, which we used extensively.
The courses themselves were conducted very professionally. The instructors accommodated our specialized requests completely and made sure that they covered necessary areas that we might have overlooked. There were ample and appropriate course notes and learning materials provided. In addition, we enjoyed the classes.
While we are concentrating on the value of the Habla Ya academic experience, we will note that Bocas del Toro is on an archipelago of beautiful tropical islands bordering the Caribbean Sea. The town itself is small, but with a good variety of restaurants, shops, and tour possibilities. It has a lively, youthful feel. During our stay in Bocas, the staff was extremely helpful in recommending and arranging several fascinating excursions that we took during our free time.
Bob and Mary Kay Miller
Commento di Billy C. (Tampa - )
publicato a Settembre 2012
Excellent Experience at Habla Ya School!
I had the fortunate opportunity to attend Habla Ya Spanish School for two weeks in August of 2012. I've always had a desire to learn the Spanish language, and from motivation in my job to learn it quickly, I decided to pursue this venture. I did not know anyone who had been to Bocas del Toro or anyone who had taken classes there, so i was a little aprehensive. But, the staff made my travel arrangments go perfectly. Someone picked me up from the airport and took me to the School, showed me around town and introduced me to my host Family. My host Family was absolutely incredible, they provided additional teaching in their home to furthur my experience. My Instructors were Abelardo Camano and Malkidia Garcia. I cannot say enough good things about both of them. They challenged me and helped build the foundation for what I need to develop my understanding and ability to learn Spanish. It was a wonderful experience and I have already looked into booking another trip back to Bocas!!!
Commento di Nicole R. (Tunapuna - Trinidad and Tobago)
publicato a Settembre 2012 - Trinidad and Tobago
Habla Ya, Bocas del Toro
I recently studied at the Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, and also in Boquete. I have to commend Habla Ya! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in both places. Habla Ya was extremely well organised and made it very easy and comfortable for me to travel around Panama. The course was well organised and very well taught by my teachers in Bocas del Toro, Aicel and Abelardo, and Widad and Ivonne in Boquete. My teachers made the classes fun while ensuring that I understood the content. Thank you very much to all my teachers and to Habla Ya for a wonderful experience!