Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain
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Learn Spanish in Madrid (Retiro Park)

If you want to learn Spanish, Madrid is an excellent choice. People here speak Spanish with no regional accent or dialect, so it is easier to learn. As well as being a fascinating city itself, Madrid is also an excellent base from which to explore the rest of Spain. We have two schools in Madrid, each school offering high-quality Spanish courses, both located in Madrid city centre. Our Madrid (Retiro Park) school is located just a short walk from the famous ‘Retiro Park’, within the Salamanca district of Madrid. Our other school is situated close to the ‘Plaza de Espana’.

 

Our school in Madrid (Retiro Park)

Our Madrid (Retiro Park) school is ideally located, just a short walk from the Retiro Park. The school is in an attractive building, with 11 well-equipped air-conditioned classrooms, an Internet café, library and large reception area.

 

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Courses in Madrid (Retiro Park)

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (30)
  • Super Intensive (30)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • Club 50 (20)
  • DELE Exam Prep (20)
  • Teachers Course (20)
  • Work Experience (20)

Students can learn Spanish on a wide range of Spanish courses, as well as on a Spanish Course/Work Experience scheme. The maximum class size is 5 or 9 students per class – smaller than at most schools - depending on the course. You can learn Spanish on an ‘Intensive’ Spanish course of 20 lessons/week, or on a ‘Super-Intensive’ Spanish course of 30 lessons/week. Our school also offers ‘Mini Group’ Spanish courses, with a maximum of just 5 students per class.

 

Special courses in Madrid (Retiro Park)

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Shared Apartment

You can choose to stay in carefully selected Spanish host families, shared student apartments, or else in private studio apartments. The studio apartments are located just a short walk from the school, in the very centre of Madrid. If you want to learn as much Spanish as possible during your stay in Madrid, you should consider staying with a Spanish host family, as you will then practice with the family the Spanish that you learn on the course.

 

Activities

Our school in Madrid organizes full-day weekend excursions to Salamanca, Segovia and Avila. Four free ‘culture lessons’ per week are also provided by the school, as well as an extensive program of visits and activities – all designed to help students enjoy their stay in Madrid and practice the Spanish that they learn on their course. These visits include guided walks to places of interest within Madrid, museum and theatre visits, tapas tours with teachers and parties at the school.

 

How to get there

Fly directly to Madrid Barajas Airport. Transfers from the airport directly to your accommodation can be arranged for an additional fee on request.

 


Location of our school in Madrid (Retiro Park)

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Average score for our school in Madrid (Retiro Park) based on 45 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

Interesting and well organised. Level appropriate. Interesting excursions. Excellent accommodation, a very friendly and helpful lady, pleasant flat.

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I really enjoyed my course! It was so fun to learn Spanish in a different environment than the one I was used to, and the constant exposure to the language every day and having to figure things out for myself alone in the city using my language skills made a world of difference. It really goes to show that total immersion is the best way to learn a language!

My host family was so lovely and nice. They always made sure I had everything I needed and were always asking me if there was anything they could do to make me more comfortable. They were also very engaging and friendly and eager to share aspects of their life and the culture of the country with me.

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The class for over 50's was small with just 3 students in the first week rising to 6 in the second. The teacher was also excellent and the course content challenging but appropriate to my needs I really felt my understanding and command of the Spanish language moved up a notch. The social programme was also enjoyable. Highly recommend both the school and the course.

A very pleasant apartment with my own well appointed room next to a bathroom. All very clean and comfortable. My landlady was delightful and extremely helpful. She provided me with breakfast and a delicious evening meal. She Was very flexible with timing. She also chatted to me in Spanish a lot and corrected my mistakes.

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Everything was great, much much better than what I expected, further more it was a great oppertunity to learn and speak Spanish and I learned a lot, actualy I had a great difficulty to speak english when I went back to London.

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The course was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I'm really glad I took it.

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The school was extremely well organised and efficient. The tutors professional and enthusiastic and other staff were always available to provide help and advice. The location of my accommodation was superb and the food and room were fine - my bedroom was at the back and very quiet.

I was impressed with the ease of booking the course and efficiency all round. I plan to continue with learning spanish and hope to return next year.

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As usual very good. Structured course based around young teachers from various locations in Spain. Typical family accommodation, not without its quirks, but good value for money. The interaction with the "house mother" is also very worthwhile in terms of learning.

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It was great. I did the super-intensive course for the first 4 weeks and in my first week i had the extra class with one other person and the other 3 i had one to one lessons, which was great for going over points i didnt fully understand and i was able to greatly improve my conversational skills too. The school was also really helpful when i decided to stay for an extra 3 weeks helping organise the classes and my accomodation.

I would really recommend, its a fantastic school and the staff are so approachable and helpful, especially the headmistress. I think next time i would live with a family instead of a shared flat just to maximise on the amount of spanish conversation i would have in comparison to a shared flat where if your flatmates do not speak the language, english seems to be the common language spoken.

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Very professionally run school. I have to commend the teachers I had, they were extremely professional and took a great interest in helping me to understand and learn.

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My daughter Maria had 3 weeks spanish courses in Madrid and we are completely satisfactory with everything. High level of teaching and education, friendly and safe accomodation. Maria came back home and she was happy very much..

I want to thank to Corona Garcia Nieto, the owner of accomodation, the kindest woman..she was so nice to Maria and she cared about her so much..good food, clean room-everything was perfect..thank u very much.

it was our first experience of courses abroad and we are completely satisfactory, and i am sure we will continue our experiense with your conpany.

This was my second time at this school and my classes were at a higher level (B1) than before (A2) which was great. They provided additional presentations on spanish culture and they organise a trip on Saturday. I was only there one week and I realize that it is best to do 2 weeks. I may go there again next year. I chose the Hostel Benamar which I stayed at before. The room was only 35 euros a night and was clean and I was at the back so it was quiet. There is a good cafe nearby for breakfast (Santander) which cost me about 7 euros. It is about 20 minutes walk or 2 metro stops away from the school.

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Excellent school with very good teachers and very helpful staff, attractive location and good cultural activities. Accommodation was comfortable and in a good location, but the host smoked heavily and tended to keep to herself, rather than engage with me.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the course, the teaching was fantastic and I have become firm friends with some of my peers at the school. The lady I was staying with, Marina, was absolutely lovely. She became my Spanish mother! The food was fantastic and she was very caring of me. She frequently engaged in speaking with me, enabling me to continue practicing my spanish, and was just generally amazing :)

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The classes were about the right level for me. However they were only half a day and I really should have arranged more. Also they were in the afternoon 3.30 until 7 pm whereas I would have prefered them in the morning. On the good side there were additional talks on spanish culture and history and an excursion to an art gallery which I found interesting. Also the school arranged an excursion to Toledo on the Saturday. This was very good and amazingly cheap, only 35 euros a night. The room was comfortable and clean and at the back of the hostel and so very quiet as well. Overall I enjoyed my stay in Madrid and managed to fit in some sight seeing as well. The school is well situated very close to Retiro Park. I would like to do another course next year either in Madrid or at their Salamanca school.

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Although I was only at the school for 4 days, I had a wonderful experience, learned a lot and enjoyed the excursions. My host provided me with excellent accommocation and food. I would definitely go there again.

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S. Kleanthous

The teachers were excellent and also the small class sizes were excellent. The opportuinity for outings and activities was also very good.

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J. Adelhardt

Wonderful. I had two great instructors, and although I went as a novice, they had me speaking Spanish by the end of the week. They were able to assess my ability, teach me at my level and encourage me to speak. And we had fun!

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D. Sital-Singh

I really enjoyed my time at the school, the teachers are extremely friendly and keen to help students learn and understand Spanish. I loved my accommodation, it was perfect for my needs, close enough to a metro line but far out enough to be able to study and not be distracted. I had the perfect host, I will definitely stay with her again.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The school has very friendly staff. I feel a lot more confident about speaking Spanish now.There was an interesting mix of students on the course. My accommodation was clean, convenient, with nice food and the friendly host was happy to chat to me.

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I found the course to be very useful because the teachers insisted that I and the other students spoke only in Spanish, which is what I wanted. Explanation of the spanish verbs was excellent. The course material was good as well. I did like the idea that an exam was given at the end of the course to see how far I had improved with my spainish. I hope to do this course again at the next level in the near future. The accommodation was good. The room was clean. I also found the manager to be useful whenever I requested any help. I did achieve what I set out do with this course, which was to speak the language more fuently. I found both the course and the accommodation to be excellent.

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M. Oliynyk

The course was very good and I'm very happy I chose your school! After 3 weeks my Spanish is much better and it will help me in my university. I hope I'll have a chance to come to your school in Madrid next summer! My accommodation was the best! The woman was so nice and kind and helped me to speak a lot! The room was always very clean! I'm satisfied with it!

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A. Bernard

Course was very well organized. The school had lots of activities available to keep busy as well. Accommodation was perfect. The family was very friendly and the food was delicious.

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A great way to enjoy a break oversas and learn as well - I would recommend at least 2 weeks to get the full impact.

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I really enjoyed the Spanish language course. It was very intensive - 5 hours per day plus homework - leaving me pretty exhausted but very worthwhile. The school was a good choice for me. Plenty of grammar and technical stuff plus everything in Spanish. Madrid is a great place to learn Spanish as there are so many other activities and interests to get your teeth into. The locals are very friendly and very receptive to foreigners speaking their language, even if it is not always perfect.

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The teachers were brilliant, so skilled at teaching and so patient with our efforts to speak Spanish. I found the course very helpful in targeting just what I needed to be able to speak Spanish more confidently. I found this course a great help and a great confidence boost for speaking Spanish, even though it was only a week. There was also the chance to look round a great city, see films in Spanish and try a range of Spanish food in the cafes.

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A very professional school and very friendly. Very comfortable accommodation and 20 minute walk from school. For us, the highlight of the trip. A wonderful lady who took us in like family.

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J. Baker

The teachers are, for me, what make these courses and in this area the school excelled. All 3 of my Profesoras were great. The course was very intense, not speaking English during lessons took time to get used to. However at the end of my 2 weeks things were starting to click and I only wished I had more time to continue.

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S. Court

The course was excellent and I learnt a lot in 10 weeks. The teachers came prepared to each lesson and they really knew how to make us understand. Not one of them spoke any english during class which was so much better for the students. My roommates were fantastic, taking the time out to show me around Madrid and helping with my poor Spanish when I first arrived. I got on well with the landlay too. I am very pleased with my experience in Madrid and would not hesitate to book through Language Courses Abroad again. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful, which is very much appreciated.

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My course was brilliant! The school was friendly and all the lessons were fun, they also had a great list of other activities going on. My accomodation was fine, it was really well situated, close to the school and the centre of the city.

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I attended the course without speaking any Spanish at all. The standard of service at the school was excellent and very helpful. I would without a doubt return on a similar study programme in the near future. The tutors made the course most enjoyable.

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