Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, or Xela (SHAY-la) for short, has a reputation among serious Spanish learners as an ideal location for language study. Despite being Guatemala’s second-largest city, Xela is off the tourist trail and few locals speak English, offering a great opportunity for total Spanish immersion.
YouTube’s become an indispensable free Spanish learning resource. Short YouTube videos are better for a learner’s concentration span than Spanish-language movies or TV shows.
Watching Spanish shows on Amazon Prime is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. All the Amazon Spanish series on this list are available to stream free for Prime members.
Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I’ve done the hard work for you. 😉
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.
Watching Spanish movies on Amazon Prime Video is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills.
All the Spanish-language films on this list are available to stream free for Prime members. Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I have done the hard work for you. 🙂
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.
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.
Over the years, I’ve attended six Spanish schools in four countries and spoken with dozens of other students about their experiences. Here are my tips for choosing the best Spanish-language school.
Watching Spanish-language movies on Netflix is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. Spanish films also allow you to learn about other cultures and gain exposure to different accents and slang.
If you’re interested in learning Spanish in Spain, read on for this review of K2 Internacional Spanish School in Cadiz by my friend and blog reader Chris Grears.