Ratings and Comments for Habla Ya Spanish School, Bocas del Toro Campus
Student ratings for Habla Ya Spanish School, Bocas del Toro Campus
Evaluation from JessicaNoel:
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to spend 7 weeks with HablaYa taking classes, volunteering and living with a panamanian host family (3 weeks in Boquete and 4 weeks in Bocas del Toro). I am not kidding when I say it was the most amazing seven weeks of my life. I have been gone for almost three months now and i can not wait to go back this summer and visit all my friends there. HablaYa is am amazing program that has the most wonderful people working there. My three main professors were Christopher, Irasema, and Yaira. I have taken spanish 5 years in public schools and two different universities in the USA and my 3 panamanian were hands down the best spanish teachers I have ever had. For the first time in all my schooling I was excited to go to classes and everyday was fun and exciting. Not only are all the employees and administrators at Hablaya great at what they, but every single one that I met was an exceptional person. My 7 weeks with HablaYa made an enormous impact on my spanish and my life. I was 19 when I studied there but it is amazing place for students of all ages. I would 100% recommend them to anyone who asked me.
Evaluation from Arianne:
This school is so good that I've just booked to go back. What makes it special is the teachers, they make learning interesting and fun. On my last trip, I was taught by Christopher and Yaira who were both excellent. I've decided there is no point going to any other school, it just won't compare to Habla Ya.
Evaluation from hhhhssss:
“yaira y Christopher son impresionantes!” Disfruté muchísimo mi mes en habla Ya en Bocas del Toro, y se lo recomendaría a cualquiera que esté interesado en aprender español en un ambiente acogedor y divertido. No sólo la escuela ofrecen actividades extracurriculares cada día, sino que también tiene algunos de los mejores maestros españoles que he tenido. Mis dos profesores, Yaira Muñoz y Christopher Clark, era agradable, atento y paciente, y hecho del aprendizaje agradable. Ellos me enseñaron tanto sobre el idioma y la cultura, y estaban verdaderamente interesados en mi progreso. Si alguna vez tengo la oportunidad de volver a Bocas, sin duda volveré a habla Ya y solicitud Yaira y Christopher imuchas chicos gracias!
Evaluation from Blondchen2000:
I took spanish classes at Habla Ya in Bocas del Toro for one week (unfortunately only one week!!) in August 2012. I already booked my classes from Germany and everybody of the administration team was so friendly and helpful! I was picked up from the airport and welcomed in a very friendly way. My host-family was very nice, too and I really felt home. My teacher Christopher was great. He really tried to find out which was the best way for me to learn Spanish. So he adjusted his way of teaching exactely to my needs. I learnt a lot without even noticing! I could highly recommend HablaYa to everybody who wants to learn Spanish and spend a great time in Panama!
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Evaluation from LisaM:
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.
Evaluation from RodolfoJ:
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.
Evaluation from sophiarahmsauer:
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 :-):-)
Evaluation from rumana:
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.
Evaluation from TonyShaker:
Habla Ya does not care about the student learning how to speak Spanish! Their only concern is to take your money. Although I placed in their C1 (communications) course, they gave me conjugations in the present tense. After I complained for 3 consecutive days, they finally placed me into their C1 course. Unfortunately, the instructor had never taught a conversation course, and kept asking me what we should do! It was a total waste of time and money!
Evaluation from clovise12:
Excellent school with top quality teachers!