Hey guiris! Continuing with our tradition of language school reviews, here’s a bit about Madrid’s newest solution to learning Spanish– Se Habla Español. While not a traditional Spanish school, Se Habla Español partners with Spanish academies like AIL Madrid for classes and provides additional activities, language exchanges, nights out, and an intense sense of community.
Who they are: Se Habla Español was started last year by two energetic entrepreneurs, Roxi and Servando. She’s from Valencia and studied journalism here in Spain before interning at a Spanish school and discovering her passion for sharing Madrid with newcomers. He’s from Venezuela, where he completed his degree in business admin before heading to the UK to study English, and finally to Madrid to study marketing. They are both passionate about providing the full Madrid experience to newcomers or a more intimate community to those who have been here a while but are still looking for their niche.
What they offer: Se Habla Español is really focused on practicing your language skills while exploring the Spanish capital. Their activities in Spanish include walks around Madrid and/or museums, bar nights every Thursday at El Estudio de los Arquitectos, and Friday night, open bar intercambios (that turn into raging parties) at Star Studio 54. They can also hook you up with Spanish classes at one of their partnering schools so that you can brush up your skills before heading out to practice them in real life situations. Finally, they’re in the process of starting up some conversation classes of their own where you can practice with a native over drinks in a cafe, so keep an eye on their website if that’s something you’re interested in.
Why we like them: to begin with, Roxi and Servando are super nice and welcoming. Secondly, they offer a great opportunity to join an international community here in Madrid, which we all know can feel a little lonely when you first arrive. In addition, it’s always more fun to explore the city with friends and maybe go places you wouldn’t think of on your own.
So if you or your visiting friends or family are looking for an authentic Madrid experience filled with tapas, café con leche, big smiles and more, Se Habla Español might just be what you’re looking for!