Ratings and Comments for Spanish Panama
Student ratings for Spanish Panama
Evaluation from lory:
My expectations about learning spanish weret´n a reality. This school is hot, noisy and dirty. They don´t have a spanish program and the teachers don´t follow any plan.
Evaluation from Frank Selfast:
I have been a student at The Spanish Learning Center, now called Spanish Panama and I can assure you that this is a top notch school, run by a very dedicated and knowledegeable director/owner. This person is completely dedicated to constantly expanding and improving the quality as well as the services the school offers. If anyone would like to contact me directly they can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to provide the correct info.
Evaluation from bob:
We had a great one month stay at school's homestay. The family went out of its way in kindness and took us everywhere. We were impressed by teachers' abilities and consideration by everyone, especially profesoras Liliana and Loly. (good luck with the new hostel and spanish program combo!).
Evaluation from mike:
We had a great time and couldnt believe how bien educated were the teachers. They had incredible backgrounds. We did the new hostel, spanish and tours and dance class special for only 675.00. presenting the student withthe varied methodology options is-good idea. The hostel just above the school was convenient.
Evaluation from esteban:
I had the best time at the school, the teachers were very good (and patient...), I stayed in the affiliated hostel upstairs, so I was never late for class! We had dance lessons, and went on two great outings, one around Panama City (Canal, Casco Antiguo, Panama Viejo, etc.) and one to the Gamboa rainforest. With all that we did, I feel this was the best value for the money I could have hoped for! Will recommend highly.
Evaluation from magnolia:
I expected so much more from this experience. My homestay was not comfortable, and most classrooms did not have air conditioning. I also worked with so many different Spanish teachers that it was hard to create a sense of consistency when it came to my curriculum. The teachers there are very nice and knowlegeable. It is too bad that on some days there are not enough textbooks to go around for the teachers to work with so they have to make do with whatever they have. For the price I am paying to study Spanish, a lack of learning materials is unacceptable. If you want to learn Spanish in a comfortable, air conditioned environment with good educational resources, then do not attend this program
Evaluation from klaras:
great times were had by my husband and i. we loved the excursions and our teachers. it couldnt have been better.
Evaluation from karenabroadinSA:
I just finished a Spanish language program in Panama City, Panama (May-June, 2013). I was delighted with my Immersion course at SpanishPanama.com school. This included excursions, salsa dance classes, and accommodations at Anita's Inn which is used for travellers as well as Spanish students at the school. There are always interesting people coming and going and as there is a school environment the guests seem more respectful of that and of the culture. I study languages and Spanish Panama was the most enjoyable experience I have had.
Evaluation from charlie:
Note: I am a user with an axe to grind since I was kicked out of the school after a heated confrontation with the owner over accommodations. Nveretheless I do have experience with one other Spanish school in Merida, Mexico which I found far superior for a serious student (it was more expensive) in the following ways: SpanishPanama offers homestays but they don't include dinner. In Merida this was the best time for interacting with my host family and was a very memorable experience. I chose insted to stay in their hostel which proved to be my downfall SpanishPanama does not seem to have any textbooks - I never received any. In Merida they had a graded series of textbooks. Since I was evaluated as an intermediate learner I started with level 3 in a 5 level series. This is not to say that the one-on-one class was rigid. At my discretion the teacher and I talked as much as I wanted about topics I was interested in. At SpanishPanama I indicated at the first day of class that I wanted to work on the subjunctive. The teacher said we don't use the subjuctive here much since we are a country of commerce. No further discussions of subjunctive. In Merida lunch was provided and the school administrators ate together with the students and all discussion was in Spanish. Also in Merida every afternoon I went out with a very knowledge college student and spent 2 hours touring the city which has a rich cultural heritage. Again a terrific experience. SpanishPanama had one field trip a week. They do have a salsa dancing class.
Evaluation from grantryan:
This is my third time in Panama and third time studying Spanish at SpanishPanama, located right on Via Argentina in El Cangrejo right above Greenhouse Restaurant . Each time I am impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of my Spanish teachers and the flexibility of the staff to change programs and take into account my own input and learning weaknesses, as I admit to not being the smartest when it comes to learning foreign languages. I have just finished my entire Spanish immersion course in their new location just two blocks up from the old school on Via Argentina. The place is a superb work (and improvement) incorporating the green environment of El Cangrejo into the school's design. I enjoyed my classes on site in the many coffee shops and stores that you can see from many of the classroom windows as well as in the school itself. This Spanish school has Super Large windows all around, sleek design, friendly, open learning environment, air conditioned, quieter classrooms, most of which have a great view of the major intersection near Cabeza Einstein on Via Argentina. Great day time place as well as nightlife spot, and near Panama's best hotels and just down the road from my room at Hotel Las Vegas. The school has a large social area with balcony where you can see the active street life of Panama City and a view of about a dozen excellent eating establishments and coffee shops. Congratulations to teachers and staff (especially Joseph) of Spanish Panama for making this THE ideal place for corporations, retirees, or young people to learn Spanish in Central America
Evaluation from jtoro5:
Excelent and modern facilities. Wonderful teachers!
Evaluation from smithsonianinstitute:
To learn Spanish at Spanish Panama school was the best choice I made to start to my Panama experience as a visiting scientist for the Smithsonian Institute. The staff at Spanish Panama school made everything real easy. They picked me up at the airport and took me to their partner hotel. The next day at 8:30 sharp I was bought on a tour of the Panaman Canal and the must see tour sites in Panama. I started my classes on Monday morning and from 0 beginners Spanish I went to a good intermediate level in the six weeks that I was student there. I took what I learned in my Spanish classes out on the street in this friendly neighbourhood. I had no trouble practicing Spanish with the "vecinos" around the language school. Even though I was in a modern area everyone was small town friendly. I could have eaten at a different international or local restaurant every evening but after a while found my favorites; Trapiches (Panamanian fare), New York Bagels, Manolos, Beijut (Arabic), Mestizos and The Argentinian Steakhouse, Macchu Pichu and La Mar (Peruvian), and Paella (Spanish), as well as Pomodoros and the Swiss Chalet. The chefs here are brilliant! In six weeks at Spanish Panama I got to know most of the teachers and all were courteous,and impressively professional. I learned to dance salsa classes offered by the school and made lots of friends with students and teachers. I always had the feeling that the teachers know exactly where I was at in my Spanish program and staff had no problem adjusting to my specific needs. Right I can't say enough good about the school and how it has helped me adjust to Panama by doing nothing complicated- just good service. My favorite part of all was just drinking coffee on the huge balcony overlooking the action on Via Argentina and chatting about Panama with other students as they would come in and out on their coffee breaks. I would gladly recommend this language school for anyone coming to Panama City to study Spanish or just to get to know people.
Evaluation from bethsaidag9:
After having a visit from a relative who we hadn't seen in years, we were so impressed by his story of what happened in Panama a few years ago and the generosity that he received there I decided to write in and thank Panama. This to us was only thought of as a strange country, a Canal and jungle-that's all, and we couldn't really get why our uncle would want to go there and with his health deteriorated as it was. To make matters worse as he was in Panama he fell down on a busy street and became severely ill and he knew nobody in the country. Fortunately for him and for us, he was learning Spanish at a school (called Spanish Panama) on a street called Via Argentina (El Cangrejo) He was also staying at a partner hotel, an accommodation service offered by the same Spanish school . An elderly gentleman alone in a strange country and injured with no one to help him could be the beginning of a very tragic story. However, the directors of the school and the staff of Spanish Panma were amazingly considerate to his predicament and went beyond any normal protocol for what a business would do here or anywhere that we know. The teachers showed genuine and loving concern and the woman and man in charge of the Spanish school actually visited him frequently in the hotel and became his only caregivers for several days as he could not get out of bed and had no one to help him. They got him in contact with doctors at a John Hopkins afiliated hospital, bought him required medicines, gave personal care such as getting him water and food and even made sure he ate, helped him keep comfortable in the hotel, contacted relatatives abroad, and even negotiated an ambulalnce. Finally, after contacting relatives, they kept caring for him until he was well enough to be able to fly back to the US for further care. The directors of this Spanish school found him a wheelchair and went to the airport with him and stayed until he boarded his airplane. On top of this the director refunded to the dollar the portion of the Spanish classes that was missed. For this extraordinary service, we do owe gratitude to the people and republic of Panama, and apologize for the lack of knowledge we had of this beautiful country. To the directors of SpanishPanama school, Canadian Joseph Ennis, and his wife, Carmen Castillo who is Panamanian, we owe you an eternal gratitude for your kindness- thank you.
Evaluation from janandadventure:
The Spanish Panama spanish school was the best place we could have to pickup and improve our Spanish language skills enogh so that we could travel in South America. Their recommended neighborhood guesthouse was the best deal we could find and the professionalism of staff was the best we found on our travels. The neighborhood of El Cangrejo is very convenient and coffee shops and restaurants galore. We should have made more time here. Tip- ask about spanish panama partner guesthouses or efficiency suites in their neighborhood.
Evaluation from cheryl2727:
To learn Spanish in Panama at Spanish Panama (Spanish Learning Center), now located on Via Argentina just across from Subway Restaurant, was a fabulous experience. Teachers are fun when you want them fun and serious and professional when you want them serious and professional. Ask the managers about accommodations in the neighborhood as they seem to have the scoop on all that. They have partner guesthouses which are nice and clean, even quiet. Huge social lounge in the school with a nice neighbourhood view. This is the best choice if you only have one or two weeks to spend in Panama or are just getting to know the Spanish language and Latin Panamanian culture. Needless to say its worth 5 stars!
Evaluation from damiendr:
Well, I contacted a professional relocation service in Panama City Panama and they referred me to a major hotel. Then I did happen to do some more research on the web and found that I could learn Spanish at a school close to my hotel. The Spanish school also offered me airport pickup (like the hotel), city tour, dance classes and weekend hikes, good free coffee anytime in the school’s social area with seriously minded and friendly Spanish students and staff, PLUS full immersion Spanish classes for 4 weeks, PLUS very comfortable accommodations, all for about the same price as the relocations service offered me for JUST THE HOTEL! Do your research before coming to Panama! There are even better deals than you think. The school’s name was SpanishPanama, Via Argentina.
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Evaluation from barbarayjerome:
This was the best city in central america and the best place my husband and I found to learn Spanish in south america or central america was Spanish Panama. This was originally called Spanish learning center. all good-all stars
Evaluation from jonaberr:
I was blown away with Spanish Panama. I've studied the spanish language at various schools across latin america, and can say without a doubt that Spanish Panama is the best. Bar none, and it's not even close. Every single person affiliated with this school is exceptional. Even instructors that didn't work with me were very friendly, helpful, warm, and hospitable. They ALL went out of their way to converse with me and make me feel welcome and included in the break area. And it's not forced. They sincerely care for their students progress and overall well being. Each of these instructors absolutely love their jobs, which makes it a joy to learn with them. Classes are tailored specific to your needs. The instructors evaluate your level, but always ask for your input on what you would like to work on. Jaime, David, and Urbana were more than just instructors and advisors. I consider them all friends for life, and will never forget the conversations and knowledge we exchanged over countless topics. If you are planning to study spanish in Latin America, then end the search now. You will not regret it. I recommend staying at Casa Congrejo. It's a 5 minute walk to the school, and Dina is great. Joseph at Spanish Panama will arrange everything for you. The entire process was painless. I actually only signed up for 2 weeks of class upon arriving, but loved it so much, I signed up for 4 more weeks for a total of 6.
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Evaluation from beckyL:
Great school, in a great location. Classes are flexible, fun and I learnt a great deal. Teachers are professional and friendly. Good value for money.
Evaluation from elliottc12:
Excellent school with excellent teachers. I especially appreciated their flexibility. They were willing to structure classes around my needs including having the instructor take me to key historical sites in the city as part of class instruction. I highly recommend this school to anyone interested in learning grammar concepts as well as learning to speak the language and appreciating its culture.
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Evaluation from lbccall:
I spent a week at Spanish Panama and felt like I had learned a year's worth of Spanish. The instructors were highly qualified, flexible and truly interested in their students' progress. I took the one-on-one classes which was well worth the fee. I stayed at La Grande International Hotel, right across from the school and it was fine. I've studied in other Latin American countries, but this was the most enjoyable. And you can drink the water! Lauren, Gainesville, FL