Guatemala, the most populated country in Central America, is situated just south of Mexico and offers an intriguing mix of cool highlands, tropical Caribbean coasts, and dense jungles. The cities are vibrant, beautiful, and brimming with rich Mayan culture, while the people are friendly and hospitable. This stimulating country is an ideal place to be immersed in the Spanish...

The head of Spain’s Real Academia de la Lengua (Royal Spanish Academy, or RAE) said last month that Latin American variations of Spanish in “do not endanger” the language, which is spoken equally well on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to giving a speech in the former capital of the Spanish Empire, Toledo. entitled “The Royal Academy and its...

Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoît Nadeau explain why the U.S. has its own, recognized variety of Spanish

San Sebastian Lacunza, based in San Sebastian, is part of the International House World Organization, a network of language schools around the world known for their quality language courses and dedication towards education and teacher training. As such, Lacunza offers courses that cater to all levels and requirements. The most popular courses are the Intensive courses which, depending on what outcome...

Kate Sommers-Dawes marvels at Costa Rica as a Spanish immersion destination Visit Costa Rica’s official tourism site and read its official slogan; “No Artificial Ingredients,” — a mantra of which you will not need reminding from the first moment you step foot in one of the country’s myriad waterfalls or stumble upon one of its one hundred plus species of brightly...

Education Northwest along with the Institute of Education Sciences and Regional Educational Laboratory at Education Northwest analyzed the patterns of advanced coursework among Spanish-speaking students, other language minority students whose primary/home language is a language other than Spanish, and English-only speakers. The study found distinct differences between the groups. Spanish-speaking students were found to enroll and perform less in advanced...

Following January 2014's feature on Argentina as a Spanish-immersion destination, it is worth highlighting BridgeArgentina — one of the country’s most popular Spanish schools. Bridge’s methodology is designed to make students comfortable using Spanish in practical, everyday situations, such as traveling, meeting people, using the telephone, conducting business, and participating in conversations. Students combine Spanish courses and authentic cultural experiences,...

Spanish government funds free or low-cost Spanish classes in Romania for children whose parents are working in Spain. The Cervantes Institute in the Romanian capital of Bucharest has designed a free Spanish-teaching program for the children of Romanians living in Spain to facilitate the integration of the kids when they reunite with their families and to improve their future prospects. The...

Madrid With its impressive architecture, dynamic nightlife, and lavish museums teeming with the works of Goya, Dalí, and Picasso, Madrid offers ample cultural opportunity for the Spanish language student. As Europe’s highest capital at over 2000 feet above sea level, Madrid’s hot summer days give way to cool, clear winters in which snow is a rarity. The city’s distinguished Museo...

Spain's education, culture and sports minister called for the creation of a common cultural market of the Spanish language at the close of the annual meeting of directors of the Instituto Cervantes. “The consumption of British and American products by Britons and Americans is practically indistinct. We’re still not close to that, (even though) the language — Spanish — has...