There are a variety of reasons to spend time in Madrid, and if you are staying in your holiday apartment in the city, you may or may not have some command of the Spanish language upon arrival. Although Spanish is widely spread amongst and spoken by English speakers, it may be surprising to learn how little English is spoken by Madrid natives.
Even if you know some Spanish, taking a language course once you’re in Madrid is highly recommended – it’s the best place to learn the true colloquialisms, meet people, and feel integrated into the city. Of course, there are endless language schools in Madrid, but ShMadrid provides you with a list of those which are consistently well rated in terms of quality and price.
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Take a Spanish language course in Madrid
One of the consistently best-rated language courses available is the AIL Madrid (Academia Internacional de Lenguas). Founded by a British expat who taught himself perfect Spanish, his methods used are now passed on by an expert team of teachers.
Six different learning levels are offered, as well as specialist packages, such as Spanish for business, Spanish for high school students, and classes for 50+ learners. The school maintains a community feeling by ensuring no class size ever exceeds 8 pupils. (Núñez de Balboa 17, 2ºD, in the Salamanca district)
Complutense University of Madrid
The Complutense University of Madrid is recognised around the world as a prestigious and historical university, in operation since 1499! They offer short courses in Spanish for foreigners in the summer, as well as longer term-time studies for the serious-minded pupil.
A Spanish course from this prestigious university looks great on the CV, and even pupils in short courses have access to university facilities and clubs. (Av. Séneca, 2, in the Princesa neighbourhood)
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Comunidad de Madrid
Those on a budget might wish to look into the free adult Spanish courses offered by the Community of Madrid. These are designed more for long-term visitors, but check them out to see if they meet your needs.
Community centres in most areas of Madrid offer courses of varying levels. The application process can be somewhat confusing.
The best way to find a course near you is to visit the head office of the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid at Calle Alcalá, 32, (in the Cortes neighbourhood) and ask for more information at the help desk. The staff speak English and will help you find the course you’re seeking. (Offered in various locations throughout Madrid)
Don Quijote Madrid
A great place for those wishing to immerse themselves in Madrid’s culture is the school Don Quijote Madrid. Spanish language courses are offered for all levels of study, and pupils can take extra courses in subjects such as Spanish Art, History, and Literature, or even Flamenco!
A brilliant feature is that the school can help set up internships for those seeking business experience in Madrid. (Duque de Liria 6, in the Malasaña district)
Where did you practice your language skills? Any advice?