What's New

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.   ~Nelson Mandela

Our 2019 Fall Group Class Session began September 16-19. You may still be able to sign up.

fall colorsIt's September, and fall is a great time to learn Spanish, whether you're thinking about an awesome winter break in Latin America, building your skills for work or personal reasons or perhaps just to learn something new. We still have space in our Intermediate and Advanced classes. If one of those is your level, you should be able to join one of our classes in progress. Please contact us and we'll discuss your options. See our adult group class schedule.

Learning Spanish is about much more than classes, it's buying fresh fish in a market in Mexico, chatting with a guide in one of Costa Rica's national parks, or ordering food at a local street fair in Spain. Smiling and connecting with someone from another culture changes everything.

Sounds good -- take me to the class page

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Get ready for your trip to Spain or Latin America

Costa Rica beachIt's not too early to be making your plans. Southern Spain is a great destination in the spring before it gets too hot, and northern Spain is super nice in the summer. Latin America is so diverse that you can find the trip to fit your interests, schedule, budget. You can visit Machu Picchu in Peru from May to October. And, the exchange rate for the U.S. dollar is very good right now. Or if you are planning a tropical escape for this winter (not such a bad idea), start your planning early.

Book your flight early, then learn some Spanish before you go. Learning even a little Spanish will make your trip way more enjoyable. Check out our 4-hour Spanish for Travelers lesson packages, specifically for those who plan to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and want to learn Spanish language basics for their trip. Many of our students are studying Spanish because of their travels, which have included Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Spain. We don't know anybody that didn't have a fantastic trip. Does this sound good but you don't know where to start? Ask us in class and we can point you in the right direction for what you want. Listen to the stories from our students and ourselves and chances are you'll find the trip that sounds just right for you.

Dear SWC,
mango girl I am planning a vacation to Mexico this winter. I know zilch for Spanish and I really want to be able to talk with the people there. I know it would make my trip a totally different experience. But, my schedule is crazy. What can I do to learn some Spanish in a hurry?
Sincerely, Hope

Dear Hope,
You’d be surprised how far even a little bit of Spanish can take you. And, you'll score a lot of points just for effort. There are a lot of words that are almost the same in Spanish as in English, so relax…you can learn a lot and have fun doing it. We have three options that could work with your schedule. Our Spanish for Travelers "Travel-Ready" lesson package provides four hours of instruction specifically designed to get beginners like you ready for their trip. Another option is private instruction for as many hours as you prefer. Lessons are scheduled to your convenience and tailored to your pace and needs.Our group classes are also a possibility. Give us a try and turn your trip into “unforgettable!”
Have fun, SWC

Let us help you begin your journey of exploring a new culture, its people and their language. To our students currently traveling in Spanish-speaking countries, we wish you the best and trust that your lessons with us are paying off. You may want to check out our library of articles about travel and culture -- no charge.

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English as a Second Language Online Instruction

Melissa joined the SWC team to provide high quality English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction online. She is an experienced and fun teacher who can also communicate in Spanish. Read more about Melissa or visit our ESL home page. If you know someone who may be interested in this service, please spread the word.

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Our Student Travelers

Beth took our Beginning 1 class and kindly sent us this note:

I just wanted to thank Natalia for the Spanish lessons over the summer. We just returned from 10 days in Mexico and we were able to get around with my basic Spanish. Just being able to say hola, gracias, de nada, buenos días, etc was helpful. And I could put together a basic question such as "donde está la playa?" and make myself understood.  We bought a fish to cook from a fisherman's cooperative and they spoke no English.  "Quiero comprar un pescado" got us through as did "no cabeza" so they would cut off the head. We really loved Mexico.

We recently said ¡buen viaje! to Kim, who took classes with us to get ready for her travels across South America. We wish we were going too!

Many of our students have come to us after their first trip to a Spanish-speaking country. They had such a good time that they're going back and want to be able to speak with the people in their native language. It completely changes your travel experience.

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Are You Receiving our Emails and Articles?

We started our email list to let you know about upcoming sessions, but we also include short articles on various Spanish language and culture topics. You can now find much of this informative content on our website under On Learning Spanish on the menu. This library includes the Furthering Fluency series, which covers various aspects of language learning, and language-technology info you won't find anywhere else. And the mailing list is free; sign up now!

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Spanish in Waterbury Center in its 13th Year

It seems like a long time ago when we began our classes in 2007. We would like to thank all our customers for their level of interest and making it possible for us to offer Spanish instruction here in the Green Mountains. When we see students who began learning Spanish with us who are now speaking wonderfully, it all seems worthwhile! We continue to make improvements each year, and the quality is still the best. ¡Muchas gracias!

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Technology in the Classroom

We have free wi-fi for our students. There are some great apps including Spanish-English dictionaries and verb conjugation tools that can be handily accessed on a smartphone or tablet, as an aid during routerclass. We've also added a flat-panel TV that allows us to use our network and online resources to make classes better than ever. We increased our wi-fi speed again in 2016. More in the works!

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La Ñapa: Yabebiri

Check out these extras, located in "On Learning Spanish" on the menu. We are proud to include cuentos and poesia written by our students. And, listen to the audio story in Spanish, produced by the Advanced class.  La Ñapa

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Advanced Placement (AP):

Spanish in Waterbury Center has a College Board approved course of study for students preparing to take the advanced placement exam in the Spanish Language. Students planning to take the exam in 2019 should already be working on their AP preparation. Don't feel ready? We can help.

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Practice Spanish on the Go:

Practice is important, but how to fit it into your schedule? Audio practice! We provide our beginning students with a free audio MP3 recordings that cover the same material as our beginning textbook. Listen in your car, on the bus, during lunch, while working around the house or yard -- whatever works for you. This will help you get the pronunciation right while saving time. Also, check out our learning tips for other ways to amp up your learning -- free, quick and fun.

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Recursos para Alumnos:

Spanish for "Resources for Students," Recursos is a page specifically for our enrolled students. Here, students will be able to access a variety of resources that will assist them in learning Spanish. Included are web sites, apps, verb conjugation tables, learning tips, how to set up your computer for Spanish, our own MP3 recordings and more. Registered students can access this page from For Our Students.

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Homeschooling & Lessons for Children:

It’s amazing how quickly young children pick up a second language. Natalia is terrific with kids! We schedule daytime instruction at mutually agreeable times. See Lessons for Children for more information.

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We help students catch up after a problem semester or year at school, or get ready to jump a level. For students that need some extra help or want to go beyond what is covered in class, including Advanced Placement (AP). Every summer we have students that want to get ready for a college Spanish course in the fall, or jump a level in high school. See Tutoring for Students.

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For Your Profession:

We provide private classes for professionals who need to learn Spanish and the specific vocabulary of their profession (such as medical, construction, farming, tourism, travel). We'll design the course to fit your profession, level, and schedule. Please contact us for more information.

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Need Something Else?   ¿Otra Cosa?

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, by all means let us know. We are always trying to adjust our offerings to respond to our customers' needs. We also do private and customized small group instruction.

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