Lematitlan Spanish School in San Pedro la Laguna
Whether you're living in Guatemala or just traveling through, you will find it very important to learn at least some basic Spanish. Yes, in most of the touristy places you can get by with English. But the more Spanish you understand, the richer your experience in Latin America will be.
Local people really appreciate it if you make the effort, no matter how many mistakes you make in the process, and you'll be able to find out interesting little snippets that no tourist guide will tell you. To get you started, it's well worth enrolling for classes at Lematitlan Spanish School.
Lematitlan understands that many people come to the lake without being able to say much more than 'Good morning' or "Where is the bus stop?", and that learning Spanish is a challenge. This is why the school’s teachers are not only highly trained but also patient and friendly.
One-on-one Spanish Lessons
Because they are Maya, most of them had to learn Spanish too, albeit from a young age, and they know how hard it can be to remember things like how to conjugate verbs. They'll help you with little tricks that can make the learning process infinitely easier.
Classes are one-on-one, so your teacher can assess your progress more easily and adapt lessons to suit your needs and your schedule. Your lessons will include a variety of written and oral exercises and lots of conversation to familiarize you with the sounds of Spanish.
A Spanish School with Lots to Offer
The school offers different social and cultural activities and volunteer opportunities so you can meet other people and practice what you've learned. If you want total immersion into the Spanish-speaking world, you may want to consider a home-stay with an approved local family as well.
Part of what makes learning here so pleasant is that your classroom is outside, under a palapa in the lush garden. This also makes the perfect setting for a meal, and Lematitlan has a restaurant, La Cocina de Dona Elicia, that serves breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast includes all those favorites like huevos rancheros, omelets, crepes and pancakes, with dishes ranging in price from Q15 to Q25. On the dinner menu you'll find a couple of the usual pasta and curry dishes, but unlike most of San Pedro's restaurants, there's a great selection of Guatemalan dishes too, all costing about Q25 on average.
Lematitlan Spanish School is located along the main strip, on a street corner just up the road from Colégio Betel. Casa Atitlan is around the corner. The school is open from 7 AM-5 PM on weekdays, 9:30 AM-7 PM on Saturdays, and 10 AM-5 PM on Sundays. The restaurant opens early in the morning until noon and then again from 6 PM in the evening.