Maximo Nivel > Spanish Immersion Programs > Guatemala
Learn Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala
Did you know Guatemala is the least expensive country in the world to learn Spanish? Maximo Nivel combines the great affordability of Guatemala with a high quality, professional language institute.
Our Native Spanish Program brings you the organization and curriculum of an accredited, top educational provider while staying true to the small, local appeal of studying in a city like Antigua. The city of Antigua is a special place where you find colonial Spanish ruins mixed with traditional Mayan customs. Right out of class, you immediately use what you learn as you interact with locals roaming the markets, Central Park, and shopping for beautifully hand-woven goods.
Spanish in Guatemala
Unique to Guatemalan Spanish is the use of all three pronouns “tu”, “vos”, and “usted”, depending on the region of Guatemala you are visiting. “Usted” is almost exclusively used for formal conversations; “tu” and “vos” are interchangeable depending on who you are speaking with and almost always used in casual conversations amongst peers.
The Guatemalan accent is similar to that of a Mexican accent, but most Spanish speakers agree it’s spoken more slowly in Guatemala, and therefore easier to understand and learn. In addition, there are some Spanish vocabulary words exclusive to Guatemala, including “chavo (a)” which means “guy or girl” and “que chilero!” which means “cool”.
Another reason Guatemala is such a great place to learn Spanish is the large presence of indigenous cultures–40% of the population! Guatemalans are wonderful people who are hard-working, strong-willed, and family-oriented. Find yourself in a time warp between modern Spanish and ancient Mayan cultures as you study abroad in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala.
Our Spanish School in Antigua, Guatemala
The Maximo Nivel institute in Guatemala is a peaceful home base in the world famous city of Antigua. Our learning center is located in a beautifully restored colonial building, surrounded by cobblestone streets. The town is most famous for its well-preserved architecture and colonial ruins–so much so that the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you get to learn Spanish right in the heart of it!
The Maximo institute offers 22 classrooms, a lovely central garden, and a fountain so you never feel confined to a boring, traditional classroom. The rooftop terrace–everyone’s favorite classroom and study center–has magnificent views of Volcan de Agua and provides the perfect break from your intensive Spanish course. The institute is open 7days/week including holidays, and offers a snack bar and 2 computer labs.
Our professional native Spanish speaking teachers create an excellent learning environment and ensure that your immersion program is an authentic experience. Our Native Spanish Program utilizes the communicative methodology where grammar and vocabulary are built through eliciting, practice, and activation allowing you to naturally develop your language skills through Spanish conversation.
Beyond the Classroom
Our institute offers a variety of extracurricular activities that expand your Spanish language skills. Weekly salsa classes create a fun environment to learn Latin dancing, and our tandem conversation program pairs you with a local English student, so you can practice your Spanish as they practice their English. In addition, weekly cooking classes are conducted in Spanish by a local chef who shows you how to prepare traditional Guatemalan dishes. At the Maximo institute, it’s always easy to make friends from all over the world. Together, you can tour the Museo de Arte Colonial, ChocoMuseo, hike volcanoes, and explore coffee plantations. No matter what you do, you’re sure to expand your Spanish language skills living and studying abroad in Antigua, Guatemala. And don’t forget to re-up on the unlimited coffee and tea to get through it all!
Spanish Classes in Guatemala
From small group classes ranging from 2-8 people to private classes tailored to your specific needs, Maximo Nivel provides quality immersion programs lead by certified, native Spanish instructors. If you’re looking for a super intensive program, a combination class can also be granted to students of all levels; Basic to Advanced. Paired with a traditional family stay, you can be sure to quickly move up the learning ladder.
Benefits of Small Group Classes:
– Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group
– Groups help provide a “safety net” and take the pressure off—everyone’s in it together
– Other learners may ask questions that you’ve not thought of—bringing more clarity to each lesson
– There’s a great social aspect in group classes—it’s easy to make friends and find study partners
Benefits of Private Classes:
– Move through material at your own pace
– Focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU
– 100% personalized feedback and uninterrupted attention from your teacher
– Personal learning style forms the basis for every lesson
– Private classes are very flexible in terms of organizing your time in-country
Benefits of Combo Small Group & Private Classes:
– Receive a super intensive program
– Get the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you
– Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes
– Advance your Spanish level more quickly
Spanish for Special Purposes
Spanish for Special Purposes (SSP) includes courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business. Our SSP teachers are some of our most experienced instructors and have additional expertise in Business and Healthcare. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are best taught in a 2-hour per day format.