I have studied Spanish in high school and on a computer program but really needed individually instruction to go to the next level. Due to my business I was not able to go to Antigua and spend an extended period of time studying.
So, I decided to try the online classes and absolultely love it. My teacher Ana has been very knowledgeable and friendly. I am able to take classes that fit around my schedule all from the convenience of my home or office. Since I have started taking class I have seen dramatic improvements in my Spanish, especially in grammar and improved conversational skills.
I still hope to visit Ixchel one day but this has been a great alternative.
I have been taking lessons for about 1.5 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Mariela Vivar is an excellent teacher, very pleasant, fun and patient. Always willing to accommodate schedule changes.
The school website / lessons are very good as well and easy to follow.
Overall, I would highly recommend Ixchel school and Mariela to anyone wanting to learn Spanish.
Bojan DrakulToronto, Canada
I was initially attracted to the Ixchel Spanish language school because of their online Skype lessons. I figured it would be a good way to get a sense of the quality of their program without having to make a big commitment. Thanks to the professionalism of their office staff, I had no trouble setting up a free online Skype lesson. That first lesson convinced me to purchase a package of five 50 minutes online lesson and I was impressed with the availability of class time and flexibility of the instructors.
After several months of the online lessons, I decided to go to Antigua in order to study at Ixchel. My transportation and living arrangements were handled with great attention and once again, I was very satisfied with the school's customer service and logistical management.
After several weeks of intensive classes at Ixchel, my level of Spanish increased dramatically. Because of the emphasis on both grammar and conversation, the classes truly benefit those students who are serious about improving their ability to speak.
Ixchel also offer a very personable learning environment. Everyone that I met was genuinely friendly and caring. And because of the quality of my classes, as well as the overall atmosphere of the school, my impression is that Ixchel is unique in the way that teaching Spanish seems to be more of a vocation rather than merely a business. I am very grateful to have found this program and without hesitation, I will recommend Ixchel to anyone looking for quality Spanish instructor.
David CooleyCalifornia, USA
I would like to highly recommend Ixchel Spanish School. Whilst travelling I took advanced 1:1 classes for 2 weeks, with Ana Pereira and Carmen Morales. The classes are very structured, so the first part of the class will be grammar and vocabulary etc. and then the second part will be applying all those learned things by having a conversation and using examples.
When I came back from my travels, I remembered the option of Skype lessons, so I signed up for 20 classes with Carmen. Again, you get to talk a lot and Carmen always corrects me. We talk about daily life and the weekend and hence this makes it a very nice Spanish conversation. The 2nd part of the Skype class consists of correcting homework and doing grammar.
Through these weekly lessons I have been able to continue and keep practicing my Spanish as otherwise I wouldn't have the chance to talk that often in Spanish. I can highly recommend Ixchel both for on-site lessons (it's in a great location in Antigua) as well as Skype. Also, Carmen Morales is a fabulous and very nice teacher – loads of fun to learn and chat with. Go there if you want to learn Spanish!
Mucha suerte y saludos de Munich!