I took private Spanish classes for several months with Francisca Zúñiga and I would highly recommend her to other students. She is very professional, extremely organized and always well-prepared and energetic for every class. During my sessions, we used a variety of teaching tools, including workbooks, discussion, audio, and role-playing. The topics were well chosen, and I immediately was able to incorporate the material into my daily interactions in Santiago. Every class was unique, fun, interesting and challenging. What makes Francisca stand out from other instructors is her experience, education and that she truly understands what language learning entails. For instance, she knows the most common problems and areas of difficulties when a native speaker of English attempts to learn Spanish. The latter is, I believe, a real talent which makes her one of the top language instructors in Santiago.
I am happy that I had the opportunity to take Spanish classes with Marianela Ernst. Her energetic, communicative and understanding personality helped me to learn the language. When dealing with interpersonal skills as a foreign student, Marianela showed me great empathy and patience, as well as with my linguistic progress and my acquisition of cultural knowledge. Furthermore, I genuinely recommend her style of teaching which considers a diverse and large range of grammar lessons (theoretical) mixed with some practical lessons. While focusing on a final exam (DELE) her well-structured and organized classes helped me to reach my goal of passing level B1 in the Spanish language. Thus, I sincerely express my gratitude towards Marianela Ernst, her work and her commitment.
I can say without a doubt that the highlight of my week was my time learning Spanish with Maria Santano. She has such an amazing attitude and passion for her work. I felt that she truly taught me in a personal way by challenging me where I needed it most. Through her guidance and tutelage, I grew more confident speaking Spanish and felt that my comfort with the grammar really improved. This is what quality teaching looks like and it inspired me to continue learning the endlessly fascinating Spanish language. Thanks, Maria Santano!
When I took my first class with my teacher, and now friend, Ángela Galdames, online due to Covid-19, I only knew two Spanish words: “hola” and “chao.” Thanks to her excellent teaching, I now have much more confidence living in Chile. During our classes, we use the textbook to learn as well as through stories and jokes, which is why I have been able to learn so quickly. Since Ángela is a native speaker from Chile, she has taught me a lot about Chilean culture which has been amazing. Not only has she taught me so much in class, but she has helped me with questions that have come up in my daily life. I am grateful to have such a great teacher and friend, and thankful to Institute Español en Chile for introducing us.
Since March 2018, I have been taking Spanish lessons with my teacher Amilcar Noguera twice a week. I am quite happy because since we have managed to significantly improve my level of Spanish to communicate orally as well as my knowledge of the grammar. It has not been an easy process, especially since bad linguistic habits are difficult to get rid of when you have been living in Chile for more than 20 years. I recommend Amilcar as a teacher without any doubt, I highlight his patience, constructive criticism, and determination.
Francisca Zúñiga is a very good teacher of Spanish and a very kind and professional person. During the 2 years studying with her, I can see that I have learned very fast and now I have the chance to enjoy my life in Chile in a much better way as well as handling things at work with much more ease. As the name suggests, “Español en Chile” teaches you the language and the traditional culture and customs of the country, that is why I recommend to all the foreigners living in Chile, who enjoy the Chilean language and culture, to join and get to know "Español en Chile" to learn from their excellent teachers.
I have been taking individual classes with María Santano for just over a year now and I can confidently say that my personal and professional development in Chile during this time is entirely thanks to her. When I first started my lessons, I had an extremely limited Spanish vocabulary. However, thanks to María’s guidance and expertise, I have made steady progress and my Spanish communication skills have improved tremendously, to the extent that I am now able to have conversations with friends and colleagues entirely in Spanish. María has that unique ability to make learning fun. Her positive personality coupled with her flexible approach to classes where she combines strong foundational theory with fun and entertaining games always keeps the classes fresh, interesting, and entertaining. It genuinely feels like I am taking lessons from a friend.
I would recommend Amilcar Noguera to anyone wishing to learn the Spanish language. He is quite dedicated and puts in good preparation for his classes. He is also flexible with the class contents whilst at the same time maintaining a structured approach. He encourages the student to speak and listen well. He makes appropriate corrections as necessary, and all with a pleasant manner.
The reasons I have greatly appreciated the Spanish classes taught by Francisca Zuñiga could be summarized in two words: professionalism and flexibility. First, flexibility: the first day, Francisca came to my house with her idea about the journey I would have to take to learn Spanish. After a few days, she realized that I progressed faster than she thought because of my previous knowledge of Portuguese. Therefore, she found herself with an important decision to make: either to continue under her current plan for my education or to tailor the curriculum to the person who was in front of her. She chose the latter and this proved to be an enormous benefit to me. I learned a lot in a short time and I also saved money. None of this would have been possible if Francisca had not been prepared to go above and beyond in doing her job. The fact that she changed her plans to suit my needs demonstrates her desire to be helpful to others, her love for her job, and loyalty to the demands of her profession: knowledge, timeliness, accuracy, and systematic and detailed preparation.
María Santano is a very good teacher. I already had a more advanced Spanish level when I started taking classes with her but María adapted to my needs. She is always ready and explains clearly, which is perfect since I work 100% in Spanish and her private classes helped me a lot to improve it. Also, since she is from Spain, often describes the difference between the language in Spain and Chile, which is very useful to me since I learned Spanish from her country during school. Therefore, it was easier for me to understand and memorize all the words and expressions used in Chile.
I have tried learning Spanish on my own, using programs and apps to each myself; and while they are great, I was too lazy to go back to it each day on my own. Thankfully now that I am taking classes with Amilcar Noguera, not only am I learning about the basics and rules I didn't know of before, but I'm also having someone to expect me to study everyday, keeping me focused on learning a new language, and enjoy my time while doing it!
I have been studying Spanish for a year now, with different teachers and in different classes. The truth is that I never really enjoyed it until now. Marianela Ernst is the first one who makes me enjoy Spanish class. She is a great person and we talk about interesting topics while feeling free to practice my talking and making a ton of mistakes. Marianela is keen on my progress and patiently corrects me the whole time. Classes are a great mix of learning grammar and enjoyable conversations. I will stick with her until I am fluent in Spanish. That might take a while but at least it will be fun!