Saturday, April 5, 2014


Most of my time here in Antigua is spent in class, where I work on my Spanish grammar, get rid of my spoken errors and improve my overall fluidity. As I mentioned earlier, I'm attending the Christian Spanish Academy, Antigua's only school accredited by Instituto Cervantes. There are a ton of schools here, but the majority of them don't have the organization and learning structure that CSA does.

Each day, I walk from my house through the streets of central Antigua to CSA where I sit down with my teacher Fernando and we chat about our previous day or about the news for about an hour. Then we dig into my homework from the previous night and do a review of this or that grammar rule that most people I know wouldn't be able to do in English. How many Americans do you know are familiar with the imperfect subjunctive case, for example?

The school itself is beautiful, as its founder is actually an architect who designed the building himself. Spending each day chatting in a verdant garden isn't a terrible way to improve my Spanish, but then again, whoever said that learning a language had to be terrible?