For the online courses we use Skype video chat, so you and your teacher can see each other. Skype is very easy to use. If you don't have it on your computer yet, you can download it for free from the Skype website.
Note that you do not need to buy a Skype subscription. Subscriptions are only necessary if you want to use Skype to make calls to a regular phone. Connections from computer to computer, which is what we use, are free.
Other than that, all you need is
- a stable internet connection, 512 KBit/s or better recommended (if you are not sure what your connection speed is, you can check it on speedtest.net or speed.io)
- web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari will all work, and if you use another browser, chances are it will be fine too)
- speakers or headset (the lessons last 50 minutes, so you'll want to choose a model you are comfortable using for extended periods of time)
That's all you need! No special software is required and Skype works well on older computers too. We've tested it here on a 4 year old laptop computer and it worked fine.
Ixchel's teachers are all native Spanish speakers and have received extensive training. Most of the teachers have more than five years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign students.
Read more about our Spanish teachers.
What Our Students Say ...
Ana Lucia is the best teacher I have ever had. I took 3 Spanish classes at my University and have had another online teacher from another company but nobody is as good as Ana Lucia. She is very patient and very good at explaining things I never understood from other teachers. In fact, because of how much I like the online classes, I am going to spend a week at the school when I go to Guatemala a month from now.
Anyone that is serious about learning Spanish should try their online classes, they are affordable and it is as if the teacher were sitting beside you.
Ron Gunter, North Carolina, USA
I love Ixchel and my tutors Ana and Mariela. The online courses fit my schedule and I find the staff very accommodating. Plus, my Spanish is improving!
I can’t wait to bring my family to Guatemala this summer to study in person.
Jay Puppo, Oregon, USA