In this section of the blog, our students reflect on their experiences of La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo 

If you have studied at our school you are invited to share your experiences with us! Just leave a reply.

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Glenn de Canada

“Une super bonne école d´espagnol avec résidence pour étudiants”
J’ai resté cinq semaines dans une chambre chez La Herradura école d’espagnol et résidence et j’ai étudié la langue dans des cours où l’accent a été mis plutôt sur l’expression et la compréhension orale et la grammaire. En général, les profs ont été très bons, se sont engagés pleinement, se sont intéressés beaucoup à leurs étudiants et ont été d’une grande aide. Ceci est vrai aussi de la direction de l’établissement. Je faisais par ailleurs un projet en même temps en lien avec mes études universitaires chez moi et j’ai profité énormément des conseils et de l’encouragement de mes profs. L’école étant relativement intime, les niveaux ont été parfois un peu mélangés dans les cours, mais le ratio étudiants/prof a été de 4:1, souvent même mieux que ça! J’ai aussi bénéficié des cours privés lorsqu’il n’y avait pas d’autres étudiants à mon niveau (1 heure de cours privé remplaçant 2 heures de cours réguliers). La résidence comporte plusieurs chambres qui sont soit grandes, soit avec accès privilégié à la belle terrasse. La cuisine est bien équipée et bien entretenue, même si de temps en temps on remarque la présence de fourmis par exemple! Il y avait un bel esprit qui régnait dans la résidence lors de mon passage. Le quartier où l’école se trouve est un autre plus: animé, près du centre, quelques très belles rues, avec un beau parc et même une plage à 1-1,5 km de marche. Bref, si vous cherchez à étudier l’espagnol dans cette région, je recommande fortement La Herradura.

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David de Chile

Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Clases de español con La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo

Margo,

Muchas gracias por tu ayuda con este proceso de apredizaje para ellas. Más allá de que tengan que terminar su tiempo, están ambas muy contentas con la experiencia y eso nos da la confianza de seguir usando sus servicios en el futuro.
Un abrazo grande,

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Tanja de Germany

Hello!
I visited your school in December 2016 (December 4 – 10.). Is it possible to send me an invoice for that time for my tax declaration.
I visited another language school in Peru, and after that I praise your school even more – I really enjoyed my time with you!
Best regards from Berlin

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Nancy de U.S.A

> Hi Margo,
> I want to thank you for your help and support during our Intensive Spanish
>  classes. I enjoyed both teachers and learned a lot. . . But, of course,
> I  need more. So I am interested in the Expat classes.
>
> Thank you again.
> Nancy

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Bob de Canada

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Milena de Estados Unidos

student review 16.08.16

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Meg + Jake de Gran Bretaña

student review 16.08.16

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Luiz de Brasil

Mi experiência en la escuela de espanol

fue  fantástica . Es chica, pero sus profesores son muy buenos, en particular señora Maribel. Son culturales y simpáticos. Sus libros son los mejores. Yo recomiendo.

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Patricia de Estados Unidos

Hola Margo,

Estoy en mi casa y oigo la música español.  Fui muy feliz con los
profesoras a tu escuela y tus hijas también.   Voy a completar el
cuestionario esta tarde.
Muchas gracias por un tiempo maravilloso.
Patricia

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Mark de Estados Unidos

Margo

Feliz ano nuevo!
I’m enjoying my time in BA.
The school here is very good but much different (more corporate / less family) than herradura.
You, Gabriela, Roberto and Rebeca are what sets la herradura apart from other Spanish schools. You are a wonderful family!
I have recommended herradura to at least 3 people here who were interested in studying Spanish in Uruguay.

Mark

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Matthew, Jodi + Jed de Estados Unidos

Muchas gracias, Margo.  Disfrutamos las classes y Montevideo.
Espero que tu estàs sentiendo mejor pronto.

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Theresia de Suiza

Querida familia

mi marido Beat y yo estamos en Jaureguiberry en el camping Paraíso Suizo. Es un lugar guiada de una pareja suiza.  Allí estamos preparando nuestro auto campista y nosotros para viajar. Mañana vamos a Colonia de Sacramento y Buenos Aires.      

Allí hay mucha gente, que está preparando o terminando viajar. Algunas tienen interés para aprender español. Di la correo electrónico de vuestro escuela a la pareja del camping y también a la gente, que me ha preguntado.

Sí ustedes algunas veces quieren comprar un auto campista, el camping es un buen lugar para encontrar gente, que vende un.

Muchas gracias por el tiempo inolvidable en la escuela y con su familia.

Saludos y un fuerte abraso

Theresia Wüthrich

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Wolfgang de Germany

Querida Margo, Rebecca y Gabi,

feliz navidad y un año nuevo con mucho suerte y exito!

Aqui vienen algunos fotos.

He prometido enviar un resumen de la escuela via email:
Las clases in la escuela eran muy interesante y divertido tambien.
La razon es que la calidad de los profesores era muy alta. Los sabian 
mocho por eso pude aprender no solo Español pero tambien mochas cossas 
de Uruguay y Sudamérica.
La oragnización de la escuela functionaba muy bien , no solo por las 
clases pero tambien por activdades en el tiempo libre. Estoy muy 
contento habia eligidfo esta escuela.

Abrazos
Wolfgang

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Karen de U.S.A

Margo,
Thanks so much for your hospitality and kindness during my recent stay at your school. I enjoyed it very much, and my classes were excellent. I’ve told all of my friends about it, and I plan to mention it to an acquaintance in Columbus, Ohio, who runs a local Spanish instruction course there called “Speak Our Language.” She has taken students to schools in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Antigua, Guatemala, so I will mention you as another option.
Again, thanks much. I could not have asked for a better experience.
Saludos y Feliz Navidad,
Karen Allen

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Diana y Karin de U.S.A

Hola Margo,

We are home from Uruguay and Argentina, and back in the land of cold and rain. Just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your daughters for a wonderful stay at La Herradura. We enjoyed the instruction, living space, and range of activities from tango to horseback riding. Our Spanish definitely improved and we were able to communicate as necessary throughout the rest of our trip (ok, Karin more than me… but still!).
Warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thank you,
Diana and Karin

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Brett y Josias de U.S.A

Hola Margo, Rebecca, y Gabrielle! Todo bien?

Josias y yo queremos decir muchas gracias para todos que hacen en La Herradurra. Que ha creado un ambiente que es muy facil para sentirse comodo y relajado mientras aprendiendo sobre Espanol. No es una mentira. Es obvio que ustedes y los profesores ponen una gran cantidad de tiempo y esfuerzo en todo lo que pasa en La Herradurra y estamos muy agradecidos. No vamos a olvidar sobre La Herradurra y todos que hacen para nuestros!
Gracias de nuevo y hasta el proximo vez.
Nos vemos,
Brett y Josias

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 Valeria   Brasil

Hola Margo!
llegué a Rio de janeiro y hacia mucho frío, con la temperatura de 17 grados! El vino tambíen llego bien y no se quebró.
Saludos a Juan, Clara, Maribel y todos.  
De hecho, no me despedí  personalmente, pues cuando me fue , no había alumnos, nadie.
Envie mis saludos a Rebeca.
Me encantaria pasar dos semanas en Punta del Leste, como habia planeado antes. Pero no seria ahora… Quizá, com muy buena suerte , en Febrero.
La situación politíca en Brasil está muy inestable.. Me deprime leer el periódico, pues todo que hay es solo corrupción y mucha inseguridad.  Gracias por todo,Emoji
Valeria.  

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Tiago     Brasil

Hola Margo,mui bien, voy a tentar! :)estoy gustando muchísimo del curso y me enamorando del Español. Presupuesto  continuaré a estudiarlo.mas pensé durante el día e, una vez que el dólar está muy caro por nosotros brasileños,  no podré hacer las aulas extras.

discúlpeme el trabajo e gracias por su atención.

saludos
Tiago (hopping that it was understandable)

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Anja     Germany

The Weekend was beautiful but i had to Organise a lot for my next
travels. But i enjoyed the market in El Gordon today. I felt like Summer and not Winter.
Thank you for the great time at your School and maybe we will See US again… You Will Never know… Life has so many surprises.
Muchas gracias
Anja

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Ray     USA

Hola Margo,

I thoroughly enjoyed my week at your school.
Your teachers are as excellent  (as your classrooms are cold)
Seriously, I could not rank any one profesor higher than the other. They all really helped me.
I look forward to learning from them again, but, regrettably, it will not be in consecutive weeks.
I will contact you next week if I am available the week of the  27th
and then you can tell me if your schedule allows you to accommodate me.
Thank you again for a superb initial experience.
Saludos,
Ray

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Rachel     USA

Hola Margo!

Awh! Muchas Gracias! Sí! Yo llegué bien a mi casa! Todos de mi amigos preguntan, “Como fue Uruguay? Puedes hablar en español ahora?” Haha Voy a extrañar escuelita español! Pero yo sé que tres meses va a ir muy rápido. Beso!
Rachael

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Holly     USA

Hola Margo,

No te vi durante mi último tiempo en clase el miércoles! Quiero agradecerte por todo. Aprendí mucho en la Herradura y me encantó estar en las clases.
Gracias por el trabajo que haces y por la cuida que siempre das a los estudiantes.
Si tengo una oportunidad, pasaré por el instituto para despedirte antes de que me vaya para los Estados Unidos el 30 de junio.
Que Dios siga bendiciendote!
Sinceramente,
Holly

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Oliver     USA

So I arrived in Uruguay to learn Spanish. I hadn’t planned much more than to spend time leaning as much as I could at Herradura. I had no prior experience in Spanish and so started from scratch. After my seven weeks I was so pleased with my progress, which was almost all down to the teachers that work there. Like learning anything new, it is only over time that one becomes natural at doing the task at hand. After seven weeks I was fully satisfied with what I had achieved and simply wanted to take a break and try my hand at a new experience. One that really caught my attention was to work in the countryside. A place where I’d be fully immersed in Spanish, I’d learn more about the farming culture in Uruguay and of course I’d get to drink mate while riding a horse.

Herradura organized everything for me from Montevideo to pick up point in Colonia Valdense, and as I expected everything went swimmingly. On arrival I messaged Hugo and Maria to let them know I had arrived safe and sound and they were on their way.

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Elise     USA

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!  Gracias por todos!!  Tuve un buen experiencia a La Herradura y aprendí mucho!!
Gracias también,
Elesa

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Arend   The Netherlands

Hallo Margo

Ik zal je vertellen van mijn reis door uruguay, in trinidad was het erg leuk, er was een feest van alle bevolkingsgroepen met eten en dans uit die landen, zoals Rusland Israël Spanje Baskenland Bulgarije en Italië. Ook heb ik op een schoolplein gezien hoe kinderen van 8 tot 12 tango les kregen van een meester dan ziet het er makkelijk uit.
Daarna een paar dagen in dayman in lekker warm water.
Paysandu is een leuk stadje met een prachtig openlucht theater.
In san gregoria de polanco staat het water in de rivier erg hoog, dus weinig strand,en nog steeds veel regen. Wel een leuk vakantie plaatsje.
In rivera heb ik een mooie bodega bezocht waar met veel aandacht wijn wordt gemaakt.
In minas de corrales een paar goud mijnen gezien, gelukkig gaat dat tegenwoordig wat makkelijker de mensen hoeven niet meer onder de grond.
Nu ben ik in posadas in Argentinië rustig op weg naar iguazu.
Als je Maria spreekt bedank haar nogmaals voor de prettige tijd daar.
Hartelijke groeten. Arend

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Patrick  USA

Hola Margot,Estoy en los estados unidos. Muchas gracias por todos. Todo fue muy bueno en mi viaje.

Hasta luego,

Patrick

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John + Rita   USA

Margo,
Thanks for following up with us and many thanks for being so flexible in scheduling our classes.  We really think the time at the school was very helpful.  Maribel is an exceptionally good teacher.  We didn’t get a certificate but that’s OK.  What we learned was much more important.
Thanks again,
Rita

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Robert   USA

My guste mi tiempo en Uruguay. Lamentablamente una semana no esta tiempo
sufficiente para obtener fluencia.

Muy amable. Roberto

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Baris   Turkey

Hola Senaro Margo,
I write to you to thank for everything .I really had a great time in course
with my teachers and my friends . I learned tens of thing and I’ve started
to use Spanish from now on, it will be better day by day,I believe.

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Daniel  Germany

Hola Margo!

Si gracias para todo!

La escuela era buenismo. me gustaron la clases y la gente.

Mi viaje es excelente tambien. hoy estoy en Valizas, cerca de Cabo Polonia. Manana voy a ir a Punta Del Diablo.

abrazos!

Daniel

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Steven U.S.A

From: Deacon Steven Galuschik
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:43 PM
To: La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo
Subject: Re: ¿Como estás Steven?

Hola Margo,
Estoy muy bien y feliz estar en mi país. El viaje estuve tranquilo y fácil. Ahora, estoy preparada por mi ordinacion en tres semanas. Después ordinacion, no se que voy a iglesia en esta país. Quiero, gracias a ti por toto cosas cuando fui en Montevideo. Cuando lo se sobre donde voy a iglesia, voy a escribir a ti sobre donde. No voy a olvidar mi experiencia en Montevideo y la escuela. Adios por ahora!

Diacono Steven

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Cheryl Mick

From: Cheryl Mick
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:30 AM
To: La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo
Subject: Re hola

Margo,
I just wanted to let you know that everything went well at Karumbe. It was a great experience.

I also had a very good experience at your school. I learned a lot. I thought the program was very good as well as the teachers.

Thank you for a great experience in Uruguay.

Cheryl Mick

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Nancy Newcombe  U.S.S

From: Nancy Newcombe
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:31 PM
To: La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo
Subject: Re: Spanish coure with La Herradura Spanish school in Montevideo

Hi Margo, hope all is well. I want to tell you how much I enjoyed my week at your establishment. Maribelle and Viginia were just great. I practice a little everyday so I hope to have more knowledge to build on next trip. I do plan to come again when I have more time. Thank you for the encouragement on moving to Montevideo and teaching English, I think that will need to be my next challenge in a year or so when I finish up here in Austin. I wanted to let you know Sergio was much nicer when he checked me out and you are so correct he is from Argentina. He gave my my whole deposit back in USD just like he said he would. I met some full time residents of the apartment building where I stayed so am networking a bit, but would like to stay in another section of the city upon my return.

Buena suerte and if you ever come this way, give me a shout. If Maribelle comes to see her parents in Mexico anytime soon and wants to visit the States while she is here let me know, maybe I can assist. Nancy Newcombe/Austin

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Paul Woo U.S.A

Hola Margo & Rebeca,
Antes de nada, yo quiero decirles gracias por todo. He aprendido mucho español en mis clases. Las conversáciones en las clases fueron muy emociónante y interesante. Ustedes me respondieron con mucho gusto de mis muchas preguntas. Siempre recuerdo eso y sus amables de ustedes.
La escuela y el alojamiento fueron excelentes. Disfruté mucho mi viaje en uruguay. Espero regresar otra vez en el futuro.
Adjunto algunas fotos. Espero que les gusten.
Hago dar saludos a los estudiantes de mis clases: Chad, Peter, Jill, Yvette, Juce. Ellos son muy inteligentes. Y doy saludos a mis profesores también, a Virginia, y a Ignacio.
Chao,
Paul Woo

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James U.S.A 

Hola Margo,

Thank you for a great week of lessons at La Herradura. You have some
wonderful teachers, and I hope you will give my gratitude to Juan and
Mirabelle for their hard work and patience. I wish I could continue taking
lessons, but my time in Montevideo is very limited and so I will need to
stop for now. But these lessons have given me the confidence and drive to
keep learning Spanish, and I’m so thankful for that!

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Diane, U.S.A

Thanks for all your help over the last four weeks. I have very much enjoyed getting to know you and your family (and even managed to learn a tiny bit of Spanish – I am not a good student).  I look forward to spending more time with you at the rodeo, and afterwards between my adventures before I leave for the US April 7.

Besos y  abrazos,

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Kathy and Phil Roush, U.S.A

Margo We are sitting at our duplex and talking about how much this week at your school has changed us. Yes, we now different than when we arrived in Uruguay: for the better. Our Spanish is better and our understanding of Uruguay and Uruguayan people is better.

JUAN:  Phil and I agree that your communication skills are beautifully accented by your ability and eagerness to pass along the nuances of living in Uruguay. Our trip here has already been enhanced because  of your valuable insights, and your special way of relating to foreigners. We of course are so very pleased with all you taught us.

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Henk, The Netherlands

Ik denk met plezier terug aan Uruguay en vooral aan La Herradura. Het smaakt naar meer, maar eerst maar eens zien hoe een en ander er voor staat tegen de tijd dat ik een beslissing moet nemen

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Rachel  Malaysia

In the beginning it was a little bit difficult to adapt to the change of schedules. My choice   to begin a Spanish course during winter  had caused me to face a quieter ambient that imagined. I started off with a couple of weeks with one- to- one lessons with Juan, Virginia and occasionally Fanni. These three amazing teachers had shown nothing but kindness and patience. Dealing with an English speaking Malaysian was   indeed a foreign scenario. But everything worked out smoothly and 5 weeks later. I find myself feeling accomplished to have created a bridge into   the word of Spanish. Through reading, listening and writing, I have reached the level of a basic Spanish speaker. Later on I got   acquainted with 2 nice ladies from Europe- England and Germany. Classes began to grow even more dynamic with more exchange of communication. From then, the common fear of opening my mouth, and hope   that the words being transmitted from my brain into my voice box would   be in Spanish, changed and   got better. I participated in a couple   of activities and got acquainted with the rest of the students from the advanced class. We had a good time in short period of time. Last   but not least I must say that my experience in the school would not have been as wonderful without   the constant assistance of Vera. She is such a sweetheart, and truly knows how to accommodate with her friendly ways.

¡Gracias “La Herradura” por una experiencia  muy especial!

 

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Mara U.S.A

First, I wanted to thank everyone sincerely for helping me with my Spanish efforts in Montevideo, and I will be back over the winter regularly.

Everyone who works at Herradura is supportive and helpful and  enthusiastic.  Everyone does their job well.  The best thing about all language school experiences I have had are the cultural depth (both about the language and Uruguayan culture more broadly) that you get through the teachers and classes and this was true with Herradura.  It is also always fun to meet the other students and travelers.  I really appreciated the lack of tramites about helping to connect me with volunteer work.  Vera was especially knowledgeable and attentive.  She is a great asset to the school.

The options for cultural outings and activities were impressive, and the wine tasting, with Vera at the helm, was seriously designed to attempt to deepen our language/cultural knowledge while having fun.

Both Virginia and Juan are good teachers.  Both have the good habit of  listening to conversation and coming back with corrections afterwards.

This kind of correction is especially helpful for me (rather than being interrupted–although I know some people like to be interrupted), but if I am listened to and then after told what I said and what I should have said I have the opportunity to note it and think about it more, rather than mid-sentence when I am having enough trouble producing a thought.  It is a way that more depth, i.e., explaining the grammar (whether the class is conversation or grammar) can be given to corrections.

The homework is not really serious, and my experience at Herradura was not much different than at other places in this regard.  A suggestion for conversation homework would be giving a page or two reading on a different topic (fiction or non-fiction) and having the students prepare a summary or a 5-10 minute presentation on the article with the serious expectation (and opportunity frankly) that they will be ready to do this.  This kind of language production helps students get to another level of complexity, outside of the more conversational mode of talking about more familiar things.   (The nature of this reading might be co-ordinated with whatever grammar is being learned.)

Although I do think having everyone — upon arriving at conversation class — tell what they did yesterday is great imperfect/preterite(and subjunctive, etc.) practice and can, because it is expected that  one will do this, provide the opportunity to learn new, living vocabulary about life in Uruguay, etc.  They could even be told to use five new words or some such or the grammar topics of the day before.

 

 

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David (USA)

My first impression of Uruguay was that it was wonderful and now my impression is that Uruguay is EVEN MORE WONDERFUL. Montevideo is great, a city of my dreams! Everything at your school was just right, terrific, for me.

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Jane (USA)

Thank you for letting me join the trip. I was on the big horse…and thoroughly enjoyed the time at the ranch and on the horsey.

I wanted to tell you what great young women your daughters are…so self assured and so kind. Lovely gals… 

The trail ride was the best one I have ever been on-so thanks a million.

 

Also, thanks for arranging the classes for me.  You and Ellie have done everything to make my time in class productive and fun.  Next time I come, I will be in the group class.  On my trip, I enjoyed talking with the others and feel that is a better way to really learn the ropes.

 

Thanks again for everything.  Thanks to Ellie too.

 

All the best, heading back to DC Monday night. I hear a snow storm is predicted Tuesday… perhaps I will have to stay.

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Katharina (Alemania)

Last August I came to Uruguay knowing no Spanish whatsoever- except for “Hola, como estas?”. But then I took an intensive five-week Spanish course at La Herradura in conversation and especially in grammar, and I quickly learned to express myself in correct Spanish.

With the helpful staff and great teachers at La Herradura, learning Spanish does not feel like studying- it is fun!
La Herradura does not only provide great classes with the accurate level of Spanish you need, it also gives you the perfect “Uruguay experience” with trips to the countryside and events for every day of the week.

I recommend La Herradura to anyone who would like to study Spanish in Uruguay – you will have an amazing time!

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Alex (Estados Unidos)

I highly recommend La Herradura.

Beyond the nice staff, personable teachers and central location in Montevideo, the school offers a great community for those visiting short- or long-term through local activities, cultural and entertaining.

Since August, I’ve taken both an intensive four-week Spanish immersion course as well as on-and-off group lessons at La Herradura. I have only positive things to share about my experience with the school and highly urge those considering language study in Uruguay to look into the programs offered by La Herradura.

Read about Alex’s experiences and  check out the photos on his blog.

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Bernardo (Alemania)

Den Zweck, Spanisch zu lernen, habe ich dank meines Lehrers Juan in der mir zur Verfuegung stehende Zeit erfuellt. Seine aufmunternde Unterrichtsmethode hat uns alle ermutigt, mit grossem Interesse bei den Konversationsstunden aktiv mitzumachen.

Zudem ist Juan bestens bewandert in der Geschichte Uruguays und Suedamerikas, eben- so wie in den Gepflogenheitender frueheren Bewohner, insbesondere der Gauchos, sodass z.B. der Besuch des Gaucho-Museums zu einem Erlebnis wurde. Und genauso war es bei den anderen Besichtigungen unter seiner kundigen Fuehrung.

Der Motor, der ruhende Pol, die Seele der Schule ist Margo, die Direktorin. Sie organisiert nicht nur den reibungslosen Ablauf des Schulbetriebs, sondern auch die vielseitigen ausserschulischen Aktivitaeten, Besuchs- und Besichtigungsprogramme. Sie hat immer ein offenes Ohr fuer Fragen, Wuensche und Anregungen der Studenten und versteht es ausgezeichnet, allen Studenten ein Gefuehl der Zusammengehoerigkeit zu geben. Mit einem Wort   Jeder Student fuehlt sich als Teil einer familiaeren Schulgemeinschaft, in der er stressfrei Spanisch lernen kann.

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Renata (Brasil)

Yo no conocía nada sobre Montevideo y creo que fue muy bueno para mi poder descubrir la naturaleza, las playas, los chivitos, y a que más me gusta acá: las personas uruguayas.

Las dos semanas que estuve acá yo pude descansar bastante y curtir una vida tranquila. Sin dudas fueron días maravillosos para mis vacaciones. La enseñanza de español acá  me gusta demasiado. Yo no sabía mucho del español y ahoracreo que pude aprender mucho.

Gracias!

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Christian y Janine (Suiza)

  • Well organised
  • Ellie is friendly and competent (muy bien)
  • Good teachers, Virginia y Juan
  • Sometimes it was a bit cold
  • It was good that we had a small class
  • It’s nice to have beaches and a sea next to the school.

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Reece (Nueva Zelanda)

I have had an amazing experience here in Montevideo. I found the classes very well organised and after getting over my initial shock of trying to understand Spanish, I becamme more relaxed and comfortable. I came here to learn how to become more competent in travel to South America, in being able to speak. I now leave with a stronger desire to return, especially to Montevideo.

I thank all those involved in helping my stay such a pleasant experience, especially Margo, Ellie, Roberto, Juan, Virginia and Fanny.

Once again thank you to you all.

Best wishes for the future,

Reece

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Eva (Alemania)

Cuando llegué a la escuela de La Herradura me sentí inmediatamente bienvenida. Me gustó mucho que tuve la posibilidad de elegir cuantas clases quiero hacer y que la escuela te da siempre un curso de tu nivel. Cuando los profesores vieron que tengo otro nivel en gramática que los estudiantes de mi clase, empecé una clase privada. Con esa clase me sentí mejor y aprendí más. Iba siempre con mucho gusto a las clases. Encontré mucha gente amable y estoy un poco triste de irme ya. Pienso también que mejoré mucho mi español y que las cosas que aprendí acá can a ayudarmemucho en la Universidad en Alemania. Fui a Uruguay porque quería practicar mi español. Los examenes de español en Alemania son muy difíciles y no hay muchos cursos de conversación. Para mi examen final tengo que saber más palabras y saber hablar con fluidez y no solo saber la gramática.

Después de esas tres semanas pienso que hablo mejor y no tengo que pensar por mucho tiempo para algunas frases. Me gustó mucho el tiempo acá en la escuela y en Uruguay.

Por supuesto voy a recomendar la escuela a amigos y tal vez nos vemos en el futuro 🙂

Muchos besos,

Eva

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Filipe (Brasil)

Fue una experiencia única e importante en mi vida. Creo que estos días que pasé acá van a agregar mucho en mi vida, dándome experiencia y aún ayudándome, por otro lado, a valorizar las cosas que tengo. Por fin, fue muy bueno pasar estos días acá, fueron muy ricos y ojalá que yo pueda extraer lo mejor de eso.

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Yaman (USA)

I had taken two years of Spanish in high school and many of the basics stayed with me when I started working for the airlines. I worked throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and South America for nearly 10 years straight and developed, unbeknownst to me, a lot of bad habits with regards to grammar and vocabulary. In the latter part of 2008 I started working with an airline in Montevideo and was introduced to La Herradura a few months later by a colleague. I enrolled later and spent 6 very enjoyable weeks learning from the excellent instructors who did a great job curing me of my butchery of the language to that point. The experience at La Herradura was not just a few hours of class each day. The entire staff took great effort in immersing each student, not just in the language, but in the culture and history of Uruguay. Events and outing were scheduled throughout the week for  students to take part in at their leisure.

The classes were intensive yet relaxed and the instructors put forth great effort to relieve whatever apprehensions each individual student may have had. The instructors shared their knowledge of the language and its history as well as the differences in dialects throughout the Spanish speaking world. The atmosphere at the school and the living area in the school was spirited and enjoyable. The students that chose to stay with local families all spoke highly of their families and mentioned the positive effect their families had on their personal progress speaking and understanding the language.
I look forward returning to Montevideo. I look forward to continuing my studies at La Herradura.

Yaman Deniz
Captain
Euro-Asia Air

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Joyce (USA)

I enjoyed my time in Uruguay and took advantage of the many options that are offered. Activities planned by the school gave me a chance to ride horseback, explore rural areas, and visit many places of interest in Montevideo with tours led by Juan, one of the profesores. The classes were small and involved a great deal of participation on the part of the students. The grammar classes were clear and helped me understand points that had not been completely explained in my previous schools. The conversation classes allowed me to ask a lot of questions about life in Uruguay which were answered well with lots of detail, and all in Spanish which expanded my vocabulary and improved my grammar.

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Jefferson (USA)

All three of my visits here at the school have been very good. At times the classes seemed to be a bit overwhelming because they are taught in Spanish. However, I believe that this is the best way to learn a new language. From time to time, I found myself responding to something said in class, responding in Spanish, without giving any or much thought. Also, the instructors are very patient and they make the learning enjoyable.

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Angela (USA)

I loved going to class every day – the teachers are very nice, smart and they don’t make you feel stupid if you don’t know somehting or can’t understand something. One of my favourite memories is a going-away party for a fellow student. We all got together, teachers and administration, and we ate a nd talked – it was a lot of fun. One night we had a small language exchange with Ellie’s English students. It was a lot of fun and relaxing. I also really enjoyed just stopping by the school to meet up with friends. It’s a great place to sit around, hang out and talk with all of the other students, especially after school hours because then there’s no pressure, it’s purely people hanging out and practicing Spanish together because they want to. Plus you can build a fire and sit in the living room, it’s excellent! Thank you all soooo much!! 🙂

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Marieke (Netherlands):

Toen ik besloten had om Spaans te gaan studeren in de maanden die ik “over” had, ben ik vanuit de wens om taal en cultuur in deze periode nauw te combineren, op zoek gegaan naar een kleine school in een klein dorp in Spanje, liefst aan zee, en liefst met flamenco danslessen. 

La Herradura dus, de hoefijzer baai aan de zonnigste Spaanse kust. Er waren op dat moment geloof ik 10 studenten in totaal, die een verschillend niveau Spaans beheersten. In de eerste weken worstelde ik samen met mijn (enige) collega-studente met de taal, want er werd alleen Spaans gesproken in de lessen. Maar al gauw merkte ik – ondanks de mentale stoeipartijen –,  dat ik vlot mijn eerste woorden eruit stotterde en korte gesprekjes voerde in het dorp. Het waren de enthousiaste reacties en het geduld van de Spanjaarden (die enkel Spaans spraken) die mijn motivatie opvoerden tot een hoogtepunt. En omdat er niet veel studenten waren, was het makkelijker elkaar te blijven motiveren om onderling Spaans te spreken. Ook –  of misschien juist – tijdens “la ruta de tapas”, want je verliest een stukje gêne na een biertje of twee of drie J.  Gelukkig – als je er tenminste geen hobby van maakt – wordt het je vergeven als je ietwat slaperig weer op school zit de volgende dag.

 

Je kan op veel meer manieren in de cultuur verdwalen, waarbij je – soms onbewust omdat je wel moet – de taal steeds beter onder de knie krijgt. Tijdens de danslessen bijvoorbeeld, die overigens privé waren bij gebrek aan beginners. Of tijdens de reisjes in de weekenden. Soms ging ik alleen op pad, soms met een hele groep studenten naar Granada, het prachtige Alpujarras gebergte, Antequera, Malaga, Cadiz of Ronda. Vanuit de school werd ook vanalles georganiseerd, zoals een weekend naar Marokko, hiking, watersportactiviteiten in het dorp en Spaanse avonden met lokale gerechten. Die moesten we overigens met veel plezier zelf klaarmaken. Of de smaak overeenkwam met de originele smaak weet ik niet, maar de lol van het vertalen van de recepten en die vervolgens gaan zoeken op de markt, maakte alles goed. De nationale en regionale feestdagen vierden we mee in het dorp, dit ging gepaard met kerkelijke rituelen, maar bijvoorbeeld ook een enorme pan paella met een diameter van zeker 2 meter. Allemaal te vinden in dit kleine dorpje. Pas later besefte ik hoeveel waar ik voor mijn geld had gekregen, want daar sta je niet meer bij stil als je geniet van alles om je heen, als de tijd vliegt. Pas als je volzinnen spreekt en met correcte spelling schrijft bij terugkomst in Nederland, kennis deelt met andere taalreizigers en nog weken blijft dagdromen met een schrijnend verlangen weer terug te gaan – ook al ben je oprecht blij om je vrienden en familie weer te zien – dan besef je dat ineens.

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Samantha (USA):

My experience at La Herradura was very nice. The team of teachers and coordinators do an excellent job to incorporate fun and culture into the learning experience. Because of my time at La Herradura, and the thorough lessons from Juan and Virginia, my Spanish improved greatly in the 4 weeks that I was there. The staff (especially Margo and Ellie) took a personal interest in all of us to see that we were learning and having a good time as well. I’m glad that I stayed at the school residence as well; there was always someone new and interesting arriving and it is a great way to make new friends internationally. The living arrangement is quite nice; the bedrooms are large, there is a nice kitchen and a balcony as well, which is great for enjoying a meal outside with friends. Also, the school is conveniently located a short walk from the Rambla and several nice restaraunts. I liked that La Herradura offered daily (optional) activites so that there was always something to do. My favorite activity was horseback riding in the countryside. Montevideo is an interesting city, there are many nice places to see and walk without spending money. The food was great, be sure to eat parilla (don’t forget the morcilla too!) and empanadas. On the weekends, it was nice to be able to travel a bit. Colonia del Sacramento was beautiful and worth seeing. Punta del Este was also nice. If you’re looking to improve your Spanish skills and have a new adventure, La Herradura in Montevideo is the way to go.

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Wolfgang (Deutschland)

¿Cuál fue tu primera impresión de Uruguay y cuál es ahora?

Ich war nun das vierte mal in Uruguay. Mein aller erster Eindruck war: Ein Land mit vielen Potentialen und Optimierungsmöglichkeiten. Dieser Eindruck hat sich noch verstärkt. Es war interessant die Mentalität der hier lebenden Menschen besser kennen zu lernen da man dadurch erst vieles verstehen lernt.

¿Te gusta la ciudad de Montevideo? ¿Te parece un buen lugar?

Me gusta Montevideo! Es gibt sicherlich “schönere” Städte aber zum Arbeiten und Spanisch-Lernen war das schon perfekt.

¿Qué es lo que más te gustó de la escuela? 

Die Flexibilität  der Schule und der Lehrer (bspw. Das nicht strikt nach Lehrplan gearbeitet wird sondern das das behandelt wird was gerade aktuell / wichtig ist!)

Und natürlich die nette Chefin und Sekretärin ;-)”

 

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Denise (USA)

“A few weeks ago we landed in Montevideo in search of a Spanish school for our family. Fate guided us to La Herradura. Margo the owner was very welcoming and made arrangements for my husband and two children ages 5 and 11 to begin classes the following Monday.

Martin our instructor was incredible. He was patient, kind and knowledgeable. He also managed to keep all four of us engaged each day.

We finished our week feeling much more confident in our Spanish language skills. We also received terrific guidance on our journey through Uruguay from Margo and Laura. On our last afternoon we were invited to Margo’s beautiful campo to go riding… it was a truly memorable experience.”   

Ciao,
Denise

 

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Colin (USA)

Hi Margo.

Just thought I would share with you my views about the school. All is OK with the format of lessons and the teachers. I really have no suggestions that are earthshaking. But, there is one small problem that surfaced while I was there and it was also echoed by two other English speakers to me in private.

As is inevitable, there is a large proportion of Brizilian students at La Herradura and that´s good for business. Sure. However, some of those students inject such a heavy Portuguese accent into their Spanish and some even proceed to clip off the endings of their words, that it becomes even more difficult for the English speakers to understand them than it is for us to understand the teachers in a conversation class. In fact, the teachers all knew to slow down for some of us when necessary and it was always easy when I or others like me were speaking directly to the teacher.

But, in a couple of conversation classes, the teachers got so involved in conversation with the Brizilians, and the rate of speech became so rapid, that some of us (Anglo speakers) had a great deal of difficulty to follow the conversation. Uruguayan teachers naturally understand the Brizilians with no difficulty and viceversa but during such an exchange the rate of speaking slowly accelerates until it is beyond comprehension for intermediate level English speaking students who are learning Spanish.

The bottom line is that I had a great time learning Spanish at La H. I unhesitatingly recommend the school to my friends.

Cordially,
Colin.

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Françoise

Mi viaje en Uruguay fue maravilloso, todo me encanto.

Muchas gracias por tu ayuda muy eficaz. Pasé en tu escuela buenos momentos. Eres una persona preciosa. Tuve mucha suerte encontrandote.

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2 Responses to “Student Reviews”

  • Tom:

    I attended La Herradura in Montevideo for a month in December 2010 and was very, very pleased with my experience. The teachers were professional yet friendly and obviously enjoyed their work. Although the classes had structured schedules for what curriculum would be covered on any given day, I was always able to have any of my own, tangential questions addressed. The weekly activities offered were cheap and provided a different style of learning while also exposing the students to uniquely Uruguayan experiences. The ambiance was light and fun, encouraging students to get to know each other. I found the administrators to be flexible and helpful – a family type operation, not coldly business-like. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for more and would recommend this school to anyone looking to learn Spanish in MVD.

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