like to thank
We hope you will enjoy
this testimonial video featuring some of our recent students. The
photos and music give a flavour of life in Panajachel too.
spent a whole month (4 or 5 hours a day) learning intensive
Spanish at Jabel. My four-year old daughter also spent an hour
a day learning Spanish there. And the whole experience was
incredible. The teachers are great - they are engaged,
adaptable, and patient. They go at your pace and really help
you understand the language and its nuances. With my daughter,
the teacher made sure to try different things to keep her
engaged. I am definitely going to continue my classes over
Skype and would love to go back and take more intensive
Spanish. And it is not just the teachers who are wonderful -
the entire place is - they are very kind and hospitable. For
example, I had to do some work related to my job there and
Gregorio (the director of Jabel) let me use their space and
internet. I am back now and I miss my experience a lot.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the school - you can't go
Alicia, USA "When I arrived at Jabel Tinamit, I had already booked classes at another school for the following week. However, once I got here, it was just too wonderful to leave. First of all, the grounds are marvelous. The garden in which I've taken all of my classes is enchanting and the view of the surrounding volcanoes from the roof is just breathtaking. The owners, Candelaria y Gregorio, go out of their way to make the students comfortable. During the three weeks that I studied, there were activities for the students nearly every day. I simply asked Gregorio how I would go about visiting a local Mayan site and before I knew it, he had planned it as a school-wide activity! Of course, the reason that I came to Guatemala was to learn Spanish. Before arriving in Panajachel, I had studied for a week in Xela and had been very unsatisfied with the instruction at the school there. (Perhaps my standards are too high, as I teach English as a Second Language in the US.) I was afraid that I would find a similar standard of instruction here. Thankfully, I was very wrong! I studied with Florinda my entire time here and she was absolutely wonderful. She did NOT just follow along with a book. I could tell that she was teaching me according to her assessment of how I was progressing. For example, on at least one occasion she noticed that, as we were talking, I was still having difficulties with a certain grammatical structure and she recommended that we go back to review it a bit more extensively. I will definitely be coming back to study here in the future. I could not recommend Jabel Tinamit more!!"
Patty Dodson, Online Student - "I have been taking private lessons online for over 3 months. My teacher is very qualified and patient. We have worked together through some complicated grammar rules and practiced conversation. She always makes me feel good about what I am learning. I recommend this school to anyone interested in learning"
Ellen & Pat, USA - "My husband had been nervous about doing this but he enjoyed it. I was in heaven speaking Spanish for 4 hours every day! We also worked on some grammar points, mainly the subjunctive (of course!). The setting is beautiful and relaxed, as you can see from the photos. It is professionally run and everyone there, both students and teachers, all seem friendly and happy to be there. I highly recommend it!" For more details and photographs of the School and Panajachel please
Dave, Canada - "This is Candelaria, our Spanish teacher (see photo to the left). She speaks Spanish, English, and Kaqchikel, runs the school and tutors, and administrates a scholarship program in rural villages in her spare time. We met her two months ago, online, because she teaches lessons on the internet, using Skype video chat. It's great and affordable, and we recommend it for anyone who is preparing to come here on a trip. It has been invaluable for us, and she is an excellent teacher. Their site is www.jabeltinamit.com"
Paul, London, UK - "During October 1998 I visited Guatemala because I had decided, finally, to improve my Spanish beyond "Donde esta el bano?" I tried three different schools in three towns and found Spanish School Jabel Tinamit to be by far the best. The relaxed and conversational style of teaching fully met my need to build vocabulary and develop an understanding of grammar. The Homestay option gave me total immersion in Spanish to help with practice and confidence in speaking the language. And the climate and beauty of Panajachel made it the perfect "classroom" in which to learn. I can thoroughly recommend Jabel Tinamit; classes there were a real pleasure! I made good friends at the School and help out as webmaster. In October 1999 I returned to Jabel Tinamit for another week of classes as a prelude to a trip across Central America. Again, the teaching was great and Panajachel as beautiful and relaxing as ever. I returned again in October 2001 and September 2008. On each visit it has been wonderful to meet my friends at the school again and to chat with students from places like Korea, Denmark, Australia and the USA. I'll be back soon I'm sure!"
Ken, Canada - "Learning (Spanish) online has been a very positive experience for me. It has allowed me to learn language like youngsters learn language. They listen, repeat words, make phrases, and finally speak with sentences. Children learn tenses, vocabulary, and concepts very naturally. My online classes with Candelaria have allowed me to pursue this style of learning. Thank you Candelaria."
Barry, U.S.A - "I have had several on-line classes per week over the past few months It has been an excellent experience. I have learned more REAL Spanish in a few months than I had in several years of traditional methods with tapes, CD's and books. I highly recomend it to anyone wanting to learn REAL Spanish quickly."
Ingrid and Philippe, Belgium - "First we planned to study Spanish only during one week, but when we discovered the professionalism of our nice teachers and how they dedicate all their energy to their students, we decided to stay 4 weeks more. Candelaria and Gregorio were wonderful teachers who also made us discover a lot about Guatemala. We warmly recommend you to this school. It is really a nice experience to study here"
David Cohen, U.S.A - "I looked at schools in Antigua and none of them had the atmosphere of Spanish School Jabel Tinamit. I have never studied Spanish in a foreign country and I cannot wait to return in the future. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn Spanish and to have the time of their lives at the same time. I plan on telling all my friends about this school"
Alex Ismail, Nottingham, UK - "Thank you for a thoroughly productive three weeks. It is incredible to think how much I have achieved in so short a space of time. When I arrived here I knew only a handful of Spanish words but can now converse in Spanish on politics and read Spanish newspapers. This experience has meant that I can travel in Central America with greater confidence. Good luck with your fund raising and all the best for the future"
Michael Hoskin, Australia - "After trying other schools and not progressing as quickly as I liked, I decided to try this school mainly because of it's flexible hours. You can make your own program and change hours according your needs. It's a refreshing change to other schools. The relaxed atmosphere also helped me to chill out, and the teachers were of high quality with great patience. I would recommend any person to this school as I can now converse in the language"
Tio Roy, USA - "My family and I attended the school in the fall of 1999 for 2 weeks. What a wonderful experience! We stayed with a wonderful Mayan family. We were very safe and could even walk after dark without fear. While there I checked out other schools in Pana, Xela, and Antiqua. By far we picked the best school! I was concerned that studying with a Mayan owned school we might be picking up an accent or the grammar would be inferior. Boy was I ignorant! The teachers are highly educated and can quickly adapt to your level of Spanish and bring you up to greater conversational and reading skills.
My daughter, a musician, was intensely interested in the intimate details of grammar. She had taken intermediate Spanish as a home schooled high school student at the local community college in the Kansas City area 97-98. Summer 2000 she quizzed out of some Spanish and earned a minor in Spanish after her first semester at Ball State University in Indiana. My wife, a beginner, was able to grow in her understanding and confidence.
As an intermediate student, I was primarily interested in increasing my conversational skills. My instructor was easily able to create a program for my needs. One of the things that bothered me about other schools was that US contacts would promote these schools and rake funds off the top. This was not the case with Jabel Tinamit. All the money I paid went to the school. The prices were reasonable and fair. The field trips were excellent, and the school has bicycles for rent at better prices than in town."
Tina, Munich, Germany - "The great thing about Jabel Tinamit was that they are very flexible, so I was able to start my lessons in the middle of the week. You can also choose between 4,5 or 6 hours a day. I decided to take only 4 hours from 8am to noon, since then I still had the whole afternoon to do different things...Gregorio introduced me to Brenda, my teacher for the week. So we sat down in the beautiful garden of the school and started the [first] lesson. I had learned a bit of Spanish before - 7 yrs back in Germany in evening school - so I knew the basics. My goal was just that I refreshed my vocabulary and get more comfortable again talking Spanish...there were 3 more "estudiantes" and their teachers - so it's a nice small school."
King M - "Most people in Guatemala study in Antigua, which is a beautiful little city, but it also is filled with tourists. I went instead to Panajachel, which is on the shore of a lake in the highlands. The scenery is spectacular and you can take boats to the other villages rimming the lake, each with their own history, Mayan language, and culture. The school itself was Jabel Tinamit and was in a beautiful, garden-like setting. The teacher was excellent. My Spanish was probably a high intermediate at the time"