The Best Language Schools in San Miguel de Allende

The best language schools in San Miguel de Allende

Life in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico offers expats a range of beneficial advantages and thrilling experiences.

With delicious cuisine, a beautiful desert landscape, exciting cultural celebrations, and various galleries chock full of impressive art around town, there’s plenty of exciting aspects to living in this central Mexican town.

However, if you aren’t able to speak a drop of Spanish, you’ll miss out on opportunities for engagement with the local people and culture of San Miguel.

Although many Mexicans in San Miguel do speak English, no one wants to be the North American expat bumbling around and miming gestures in order to communicate.

Fortunately, San Miguel has various high-quality language schools that make studying and speaking Spanish not only easy–but fun and entertaining as well.

Here are our picks for the four best language schools in town…

#1: Liceo de la Lengua

Located right in Centro, Liceo de la Lengua offers small class sizes (no more than five students per class) for adults, teens, and children.

If you’re looking to test the Liceo de la Lengua out first, you’re in luck–your first class is free!

According to former student Jessica Antonelli, the school’s strong suit was its “very friendly and capable instructors who were really good at spotting what you needed to work on and shaping classes to the needs of the small group.”

Antonelli also notes that the classes were a great size and included “interesting historical asides about the city.”

Another former student, Erin McDonald, explains that “I chose [Liceo de la Lengua] because you could go by class rather than having to commit to a whole program of all day or all morning.”

The school offers a range of single class or package options. However, to give you an idea of price, 20 hours per month of classes will cost you $200 USD at Liceo de la Lengua. 

#2: Warren Hardy

Warren Hardy is one of the most popular choices in town, perhaps due to their unique teaching methods and curriculum.

The founder, Warren Hardy, created a unique language learning system, that works especially well for older adult students, who tend to learn new languages differently from younger students. 

Unlike many of the other schools, this program takes less of an immersive approach, and explanations are in English so that students can easily grasp the concepts behind grammar, vocabulary, and more. 

With Warren Hardy, in addition to on-campus programs, you also have the option to purchase their self-paced home study program, which combines workbooks, flashcards, and audio lessons.

Former student Daniel Nally believes that the Warren Hardy in-person program is a terrific option because “they focus a lot on learning verbs, and it’s a lot of rhythm-based learning that helps you memorize different tenses.”

They offer a variety of courses for different levels of Spanish language learners (most of which run for two to three hours per day, three days per week, for three weeks in total).

And the price? Each three-week course costs $285 USD.

#3: Habla Hispana

With classes running from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday, Habla Hispana provides consistent classes throughout the week that won’t eat up your afternoons.

Their teachers have an average of twenty years experience in teaching Spanish as a second language, and classes have 10 students maximum.

According to the website, “All activities are in Spanish with an emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills. With the interaction of language, culture, and society, learning is not confined to the classroom.”

One twenty-hour week of standard group classes will cost you $170 USD, while one on one classes will cost you $16 per hour.

#4: Academia Hispano Americana

Founded in 1959, the Academia Hispano Americana was actually the first Spanish Language School in San Miguel de Allende to specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.

The Academia’s methodology combines four areas of learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Their program is fully immersive, meaning that everything from vocabulary to grammar is taught exclusively in Spanish.

The offer both intensive (6 hours per day) and semi-intensive programs (3 or 4 hours per day).

Each program includes language learning classes, as well as seminars and workshops covering Mexican literature, history, sociology, oral communication, pronunciation & diction, grammatical problems and folk singing & dancing.

One week of their intensive program will cost you $250 USD, and one week of their semi-intensive programs will cost either $155 or $185 USD.

As an expat, whether you select Warren Hardy or Academia Hispano Americana, Liceo de la Lengua or Habla Hispana isn’t so important.

They are all excellent options that include professional and passionate teachers, and more than likely you’ll be more than satisfied with your experience.

What matters is the fact that you’re taking steps to learn the local language–and that makes all the difference!

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Comments (20)

  • jJosefina Hernandez

    Good morning, Happy Holidays. We would like to ask you how we can be included in your list of Spanish Schools. We have been one of the most important Spanish schools in San Miguel for the last 40 years along with the Instituto Allende. Please let us know if could have an appointment with your Director and find the way to be included in your list.

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    • Justin Barsketis

      Hello, Thank you for your interest. I will send you a personal email to further this conversation.

      Reply
  • Laura Burton

    I like The Spanish School on Pueblita in San Miguel

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    • Raf Bracho

      Thanks for commenting and thank you for the recommendation!

      Reply
  • Tchaka

    A friend and I took classes at Academia Hispano Americana in Summer 1992. It was tops back then, glad to see it still ranked.

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  • Robert

    We are inquiring about opportunities for our 15 year old son to study Spanish either in San Miguel or other places in Mexico?

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  • Shameem Nazeer

    Great article! I’m considering sending my 18 year old.. was wondering about safety. Any information on that?

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    • Justin Barsketis

      Hello, SMA is pretty safe but he will still need to be careful living in Mexico as crime rates are higher here. Simple things like not flaunting your wealth, don’t get too drunk at the bars or walk home alone, don’t answer your door for strangers, be careful who you associate with etc. will help minimize his risk. We are releasing an article on this subject in the next week or so if you would like to check back

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  • Claire Keyes

    I’m interested in Spanish classes for my two grandsons who will then be 8 and 10. Were thinking of half day intensive so that they can still take cooking, swimming, and art classes as they did last year. They’ll be here for two weeks in August , 2020.
    I welcome all suggestions and comments

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    • Raf Bracho

      Hello Claire, I reviewed the material and contacted our contributor who wrote this article.

      It seems that Liceo de la Lengua has a class for kids! 🙂

      Also, she says that she has heard good things about Warren Hardy (if they have a kids class).

      In addition, you could look into private tutors for children (if this is just about teaching them Spanish). You could ask about private tutors in an expat group like this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/326056064158547/about/

      I would recommend contacting them. Here is their contact information:

      Liceo de la Lengua — Address: Callejón del Pueblito #5 between and Relox and Hidalgo streets
      Phone: (+052) 415 121 25 35

      Warren Hardy — Adress: San Rafael 6 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico 37700

      Phone: 9 am – Noon US Central Time
      011-52 (415) 154-4017

      Afternoons US Central Time
      011-52 (415) 152-4728

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  • Andrea Mauro

    Laura Burton: Several people mentioned this school but I can’t find it on the web. Can you give me the exact name and website info so I can contact them for lessons?

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  • Deirdre McGibbons

    Which programs would you recommend for a 70year old with some Spanish language backgrounds although a bit rusty.

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    • Raf Bracho

      Deirdre, to be honest, I think for a 70-year-old that is a bit rusty, I think you would have the best luck with a private tutor. I’m sure you can find one in the San Miguel Forum.

      Do you have a Facebook? If so, it’s easy:

      1. Click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sanmiguelgroup/

      2. Ask to join the group.

      3. Mention that you are looking for a Spanish tutor. I’m sure many people will jump at the chance to help you.

      They will move at your pace, be it fast or slow.

      All my warmth Deirdre! We hope this message finds you well. 🙂

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      • Deirdre McGibbons

        Please advise me of possible living arrangements . What is the best time of the year to attend classes?

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        • Raf Bracho

          I assume you can find private tutors any time of the year. 🙂

          If you wanted to take formal classes I would just call the schools mentioned in the article and find out when they start their season.

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  • Dee Pedi

    Hi this is really good context for Mexico. Any insight on schools in Costa Rica?

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  • andrea ambandos

    I don’t know if you can help me – I am intermediate in Spanish (Beginner 111)
    But my dream is to take lessons in the morning and then do charity work in the afternoon where I can help and practice my Spanish. do you have any ideas?

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    • Raf Bracho

      Andrea, I’m not sure which charities are in San Miguel, but I sincerely hope that your dream comes a reality! I would consider taking private lessons–and then perhaps trying to volunteer at a local animal shelter?

      We hope this message finds you well.

      Reply

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