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Gerald Erichsen

Spanish for a weekend

By March 15, 2005

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If you've considered going to a Spanish-language school to improve your Spanish, or to begin learning it, you've probably thought in terms of weeks or even months of study. But if you'd prefer just to get your feet wet with a weekend of study, a Barcelona school, don Quijote, has what you're looking for. The school has launched its Come Taste Barcelona program, aimed primarily at Europeans who are traveling to or through Spain. North Americans certainly are welcome, though.
The program will be offered monthly starting this weekend and includes an hour and 45 minutes of Spanish study on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning (5 hours and 15 minutes total instruction). The cost is 125€ (about $167 U.S. at today's exchange rate) for the classes only or 199€ (about $266 U.S.) for a package that includes a bed-and-breakfast home stay. Of course, that schedule leaves plenty of time to see the sights of this world-class city where, interestingly, you'll hear Catalan spoken as well as Spanish.
“Language travel is an increasingly popular way to vacation”, said René de Jong, founder and general director of the school. “We initially designed the weekend course as a way for clients to 'taste' the don Quijote experience — and home stay with locals — before diving into a longer course, but we’ve quickly seen its appeal grow among all kinds of travelers. Language travelers gain a intimate view of a destination, by interacting with locals and truly 'living' the language, culture and daily life.” Learn more...


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