Planning a trip to the Yucatan peninsula? In winter 2018 I spent one month taking Spanish classes and exploring Valladolid, Merida, and Campeche. Check out my Yucatan itinerary and trip report.
Learning Spanish with Kate del Castillo Movies, TV Shows, and Podcasts
I’ve been a fan of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo ever since getting hooked on Televisa novela La Mentira in the ’90s. I learned so much Spanish watching that show! I love Kate’s badass characters and her outspoken personality, both on- and off-screen.
She has a pithy, colorful way of expressing herself that has me grabbing my notebook and jotting down fun new vocabulary whenever I listen to her.
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11 Great Spanish Schools in Mexico (2022)
Interested in learning Spanish in Mexico? Trying to choose a Spanish immersion program can be overwhelming. Here are 11 of the best Spanish schools in Mexico, broken down by region. These are all programs I’m personally familiar with, or that have outstanding reputations.
November 2022 update: Most schools are back to offering in-person as well as virtual classes. Masks are still commonly worn in Mexico, and many schools still have mask mandates. Check with the school about current availability of homestays.
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La Calle Spanish School in Merida, Mexico (2018)
In January and February 2018 I spent two enjoyable weeks studying Spanish at La Calle Spanish school in Merida, Mexico, the charming cultural capital of the Yucatan.
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4 Weeks in Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz (2017)
In October 2017 I flew into Mexico City and then spent two weeks in Puebla taking Spanish classes, followed by eight days exploring the state of Veracruz.
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Livit Immersion Center: Spanish School in Puebla, Mexico (2017)
Over the years, I’ve attended five Spanish schools in four countries, but my experience at Livit Immersion Center in Puebla in fall of 2017 has been the best so far.
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Visit Tlaxcala City from Puebla
Tiny Tlaxcala, the capital of Mexico’s smallest state, is often overlooked by travelers, but its relaxed colonial charms make it well worth a visit.
9 Great Mexican Comedians on Netflix (2021)
Netflix has started adding Mexican comedians to its lineup. Watching stand-up comedy is a great way to learn Mexican Spanish. It’s full of colloquial expressions and pop culture references.
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Best Books about Mexico by Expats
Mexico is one of my favorite destinations. Between visits, I pacify my wanderlust with books set in Mexico. I especially enjoy the unique perspective provided by Mexico’s longtime foreign residents. Here are some of the best books about Mexico by expatriate writers.
One Wonderful Month in Mexico City, Guanajuato, Zacatecas (2017)
In February and March of 2017 I visited Mexico City and then spent three weeks in Guanajuato taking Spanish classes, followed by three days in Zacatecas, a beautiful northern mining town.
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