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Habla Ya Spanish Schools

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Boquete, Bocas del Toro & Panama City , Panamá (view map)
94% (32 reviews)
      

About Habla Ya Spanish Schools

Habla Ya is Panama's premier network of Spanish schools with campuses in Boquete (Pacific mountains), Bocas del Toro (Caribbean beaches) and in Panama City.

With Habla Ya you'll not only learn Spanish and meet people from all over the world: you'll LIVE a once in a lifetime experience taking back home unforgettable memories of one of the most incredible language travel vacations that you could have ever imagined!

And you can also volunteer to help others while learning Spanish too...

Featured in the BBC Travel Show, The New York Times, The Study Travel Magazine, all major guide books from The Lonely Planet and Frommer's to Moon Travel, as well as numerous travel blogs, Habla Ya has been rated in the past decade by thousands of students, with a perfect 5 star score more times than any other network of Spanish schools in Latin America.

Habla Ya Spanish Schools in Boquete, a town famous amongst outdoor enthusiasts in Panama's western mountains, and Bocas del Toro, Panama's top beach town in the Caribbean, are part of the select group of accredited Spanish schools in Latin America by the Instituto Cervantes, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Habla Ya Panama City is also in the heart of its location, and is an Official DELE Examination Center as are Habla Ya Boquete and Habla Ya Bocas del Toro.

TRAVELING CLASSROOM: Boquete and Bocas del Toro are so close to each other (less than a 4 hour commute), allowing you to perfectly study Spanish at both locations before or after your Spanish program in Panama City. You'll usually enter or leave the country through Panama City so that is where your program should end or start. How much time at each location? It's really up to you, depending on what you love more: the beach, the mountains or the city. But if you can, you really should give each a go as each destination will give you a very different flavor of Panama.

Learn Spanish in 3 dream setting locations, full of friendly faces and exciting adventures. AND if you're also into making the world a better place, we can learn from each other, and do some community work together.

Accommodation

  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse

Additional Services

  • Student counselling
  • Facilities for students with disabilities
  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Water sports

Sports

  • Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Diving

Activities

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Sauna / Wellness
  • Dancing
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Cooking
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • Historical sightseeing
  • Volunteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

Work and Further Studies

  • Further academic studies available on campus

Courses

General Spanish

94% 27 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Spanish Exam Preparation

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 14-70

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

DELE Exam Preparation Course for all levels offered through private lessons or as add on to group lessons.

Our 3 schools in Panama are Official DELE Examination Centers.

The amount of hours you'll end up purchasing is the exact amount of hours that you'll need to prepare for your DELE Test and get your DELE Diploma.

The cost is the same as for private lessons, from $14.50 to $25 USD per hour.

Business Spanish

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 18-80

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Spanish online

92% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 10-70

Levels: Basic, Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Professional Spanish

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 22-70

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

Location Type: Mountains, Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Tailor made Spanish courses

94% 3 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 10-70

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Levels: Advanced, Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Basic

Location Type: Mountains, Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

Medical Spanish, Legal Spanish, Spanish for Business, Spanish for Teachers, etc.

Spanish Summer Courses

84% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 10-70

Levels: Intermediate, Basic, Advanced, Upper Intermediate

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students, One-to-One

Spanish Teacher Training

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 22-70

Location Type: Rural/Countryside, Mountains, Town/City , Seaside

Class Sizes: One-to-One

Levels: Upper Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk

Junior Spanish Programs

0% 0 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 5-16

Location Type: Town/City , Seaside, Rural/Countryside, Mountains

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Class Sizes: One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Brochures

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  • Boquete_1.pdf
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  • Panama_1.pdf
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Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied Spanish online

Great Online Spanish Classes

I was looking into visiting Panama to take classes with Habla Ya, but then covid-19 made that impossible. But, Habla Ya quickly offered online classes via Zoom, and I am so glad I signed up. I initially signed up for one week of group classes (4 hours/day), but decided to sign up for four more weeks of private lessons (2 hours/day) because I enjoyed studying with my instructor, Kimberley, so much. Taking private classes with Kimberley was great because she tailored everything for my level and preferences. It was fun to work on conversational skills by talking about everything going on in Panama and the U.S. and the world. Talking to Kimberley and hearing about Panama made me sad to miss the opportunity to visit, but it was still a fun way to learn about the country while working on my Spanish.

Habla Ya quickly adapted to online classes and was great with support and communication.

I highly recommend signing up for classes while quarantined, it was always the highlight of my day.

posted 2 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Private Classes with Alex

I had private classes with Alex for 2 weeks, Alex did a wonderful job of finding information about my specific interests to make the time in class extremely productive for me. Alex also did a great job of bringing my grammatical errors to my attention so I could be more deliberate about speaking correctly. I would recommend Alex as a professor to anyone .

posted 4 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied Tailor made Spanish courses

Habla Ya Boquete is a great community for both learning Spanish and participating in local activities

I enjoyed spending a week taking a daily private Spanish class with Leidys at Habla Ya in Boquete. She was a fun and effective professora. I learned a lot and looked forward to my class everyday. This is a very professional organization, and they were quick to respond to all my questions prior to our arrival. My daughter was a student as well, and also enjoyed the experience. We participated in several of the activities that the school organized and offered for us, including a traditional Panamanian dinner at the school, which was also a really cool experience. If I were to return, I'd take a longer course, maybe 3 or 4 weeks. Highly recommend!

posted 4 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Excellent classes in a beautiful setting

Habla Ya is an excellent Spanish language school. My instructor, Leidys Pitti, has the experience and skill at knowing what conversational and grammar points students are interested in and need to work on. She presents the information and questions in engaging and useful, practical ways, so that students feel confident in using the language. Leidys is a very positive, friendly and patient person, so that students look forward to attending class every day. Many of them, like me, return every year to improve their skills.

posted 5 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Great language school experience

Our family spent 2 weeks studying Spanish at HablaYa in Boquete Panama. Our daughters had a private group class as well as my husband and I. The type of instruction, pace and personalization was superb. We had 2 different teachers and both were exceptional. Our teacher the second week was Alex and he was fun to work with and we learned so much! He planned excursions for some of our time together and that helped tremendously with learning how to be more conversational in Spanish. Highly recommend.

posted 5 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Perfect for Solo Travel and learning Spanish

I spent three weeks in Boquete with Habla Ya. I came to Panama with no Spanish language experience and left with the confidence to try and a greater ability to comprehend the spoken language.
My teacher Erian was great at explaining concepts and the classes are kept small and the conversations interesting and useful.
I’m excited to continue practicing and learning throughout the year and look forward to visiting HablaYa again in the future.

posted 5 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

A Week to Remember

We just returned from a week in Boquete Panama where we took Spanish classes at Habla Ya. My instructor, Leidys was a perfect match for me. I was the only student in the class but received private instruction at the group rate. Leidys asked about my goals and then designed the class around them. She was incredibly patient with me, and spoke clearly and fairly slowly. My listening comprehension definitely improved. I was hesitant to speak at first, but Leidys chose topics that I could relate to and I got up the courage speak. Leidys never made me feel badly when I made mistakes. She was consistently kind and encouraging. The course was taught completely in Spanish which was initially intimidating, but I am convinced it is the best way to learn. Leidys’ explanations of grammar were very clear. She provided excellent examples.

We stayed with a host family and enjoyed our time there. Speaking Spanish in the home was a continuation of the classes and pushed us along in our learning.

Boquete is a charming town surrounded by incredible natural beauty. We rented a scooter on our last day and rode into the mountains. The scenery was breathtaking. We wished we could stay longer and hike the many trails that are available.

My husband also liked his teacher. We agreed you can’t go wrong with Habla Ya. If you are able to get into Leidys’ class, consider yourself very lucky! Muchas gracias, Leidys!

posted 7 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Great Experience

I spent 6 weeks studying at Habla Ya in Bocas and Boquete and had an awesome experience at both locations. My teachers were Lineth and Leidys, and both were excellent. They did a great job of making the classes challenging and fun at the same time, and I learned a TON of Spanish. When I arrived in Panama I knew only the most basic Spanish, and after 6 weeks I was having conversations with locals. The student body at Habla Ya comes from all over the world and I really enjoyed making new friends from around the globe.

If you take the classes seriously and try to speak with locals outside of class hours you will be amazed at how quickly you learn!

posted 8 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Great Experience!

I had a great experience with Habla Ya in Bocas del Toro. My teacher, Iraida Howard, was incredibly patient and taught me so much during my 4 weeks in her class. I started at the introductory level and Iraida answered all of my questions and challenged me in a supportive and encouraging way. I would love to return to Habla Ya someday to continue working on my Spanish! My husband and I appreciated the variety of activities provided by Habla Ya, including the Cacao Farm tour, exploring the beautiful beaches around Bocas, and enjoying many meals with teachers and other students. Overall, Habla Ya provided an enriching and memorable experience!

posted 8 months ago

Habla Ya Spanish Schools

United States   

studied General Spanish

Habla Ya Boquete was a great place to learn Spanish

Habla Ya was a great experience for both learning Spanish and experiencing the culture of Panama. I speak some Spanish and wanted to improve my language skills for an upcoming trip to Ecuador. I spent two weeks at the school in Boquete and definitely accomplished my objective.
My teacher was Leidys Pitti and she was excellent. The classes lasted 4 hours each weekday and were conducted entirely in Spanish. This contributed to the total immersion concept and really worked quite well. Leidys also spoke very clearly and slowly which was a great help for improving my comprehension. She followed a structured lesson plan complete with workbook and examples on the whiteboard, but there was also plenty of free-flowing conversation about subjects in which I was most interested. Leidys was a joy to work with and you would be lucky to have her as your teacher.
Boquete is the perfect location to study Spanish. It's a pleasant little town in the mountains of Panama with plenty of restaurants, etc. Importantly, few of the locals speak English so I had to use Spanish. Luckily, everyone was patient and appreciated that I was there to learn their language. I stayed with a host family a short distance from town. The Del Cids were a wonderful, traditional, couple who also did not speak English. This provided a great opportunity to practice my Spanish and learn about the local Panamanian culture.
One final note about the Habla Ya school staff and policies. Every staff member I had contact with, whether the initial phone conversations with Tori, helping organize a tour with Ivan, and arranging my ride back to the David airport with Giselle, was great. They all made sure my experience went well.
I was scheduled and paid for group lessons. When I arrived, they felt I was not at the same level as the rest of the group, so I ended up with private lessons for no additional charge. This worked out great and demonstrates the school's focus on the needs of the students.

posted 9 months ago

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