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Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, but 31 ethno linguistic Mayan groups have kept their ancestral languages alive. Garífuna and Xinca are also spoken. These languages also have their own phonetic, grammatical and structural base. English is spoken in all main tourist centers.
Spanish is, together with English, one of the most important languages in the World, currently spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide. This fact makes it worthwhile learning, and Guatemala offers the best prices and opportunities to do so.
Placement with a Guatemalan family is the most popular arrangement for students because it is the best way to learn the language. The family will help you to practice your Spanish and at the same time you will learn more about the country, its culture and its customs. Should you rather not live with a Guatemalan family, most of the schools will help you find an apartment, a house or a hotel. Generally, classes are given on a weekly basis at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes usually begin on Mondays and students may enrol at any time during the year. However, it is advisable to make your reservation in advance and ask about starting dates.
Generally, classes are given on a weekly basis at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes usually begin on Mondays and students may enrol at any time during the year. However, it is advisable to make your reservation in advance and ask about starting dates. Most language schools in Guatemala have one teacher for each student, in order to assure you the best individual training, and enable you to learn at your own pace and without pressures of any kind. This is a fast and well-proven way to learn a language.
There is a great diversity in prices, but generally, these fluctuate from US$60 for 4 hours daily, up to US$100 for seven hours daily. If you choose to live with a Guatemalan family you can expect to pay about US$50 more per week for a private room and three meals daily (except Sunday) .
The language schools are located in different villages, each with different cultural backgrouds. This facilitates learning the language and discovering the charm at the same time. The following towns have the best Spanish language Schools: La Antigua Guatemala La Antigua Guatemala, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Panajachel, Solola, San Andrés, El Peten.Language Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca).
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