Five Kick-Ass Places to Learn Spanish Around the World

learn Spanish around the world

Probably not what learning Spanish is going to look like...made you think though right?

Hola mi gente (am I big enough of a travel blogger to say that yet?), I hope you’re all feeling sprightly and well as this short little month nears denouement. I’ve been working my little British nipples off what with studying, travel blogging and keeping everything else ticking over in my hectic yet happy life. Today I’m back with a bang though! I’m back to fire up my goal of encouraging you all get off your lazy asses and head out to learn Spanish around the world. Whether you want to or not…

Right. Now that all the niceties are out the way (don’t you just love me when I’m in this mood), let’s talk studying Spanish shall we? So, as readers of this blog might know, having seen me head out first to Caceres and then to Granada in pursuit of my goal, learning this language is something I’m very heavily emotionally involved in. Seriously: I think everyone should do it.

Yet while I’d love it if you came out and followed me, I also appreciate that there’s a crap tonne of other places out there just waiting for you to pull up a pew, glass of cerveza in hand, and start out on your own path to fluency. So whether its cities, beaches or historic towns that float your boat, be rest-assured that the world really is your oyster when it comes to learning Spanish.

And as the second most “first spoken language” in the world behind Chinese, you could do much worse things with your time after all no? Things like reading this blog!

So as for the most kick-ass places to learn Spanish around the world?

Read on for this little guiri’s recommendations.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

learn Spanish around the world: BA, Argentina

That little boy in yellow? That could be you in Buenos Aires...

Every backpackers dream, Argentina’s been the object of my travel porn desires for some time now.

The capital, Buenos Aires, offers up one of the most tantalizing destinations to learn Spanish around the world I’ve ever seen. With locals more passionate about football than I am about having you quit your day job, anyone who wants to learn the language who is also interested in the sport of the gods should definitely think about heading out to this place.

Some of Buenos Aires’ courses have even been known to screen football World Cup matches – yet the World Tango festival offers up something slightly more sexier than the fisog of Carlos Tevez!

The only drawback about BA? Courses err on the expensive side even though the cost of living is low.

Mexico, the City and Beaches

learn Spanish around the world: Mexico

What you can't spot is me studying furiously at the peak of that there Pyramid...

Some people regard Mexico as a great place to learn Spanish, others just regard it as a great place to get fucked on tequila. The fact that the local people speak Spanish and are pretty damn good at distilling a really potent alcohol around a worm makes it a pretty kick-ass place to be.

What’s more is that Mexico has amazing beaches and interesting spots to visit outside of simply studying and getting your end away. You might want to take up salsa on the side for instance and move closer to the culture.

The only downside about Mexico? Public transport is a bit shitty. Courses are pretty tasty though at around £140 for a week of intensive lessons. Who needs classes though when you can learn in the bedroom so they say?

Bogota, Colombia

learn Spanish around the world: Bogota

That lonely girl in the middle? Just waiting to be serenaded by your Spanish...

The capital of Colombia provides the best fusion of modern Latin music and culture than anywhere else in the world. It also has a rich collection of museums where you can swot up and learn about the history too.

In terms of learning Spanish, Bogota offers pretty decent value for money but since the schools are smaller, fewer activities are planned. Shouldn’t be hard to make your own fun in one of the most kick-ass cities on earth though eh? Why not get a Valderrama hair-do if you’re that hard-up for ideas?

Ah yeah and specifics. A general Spanish course in Bogota starts at around £180 a week. That’s almost the hourly rate for this humble rent-boy-cum-blog-author on the streets of London.

Trinidad, Cuba

learn Spanish around the world: Trinidad

Trinidad, Cuba: not a Dwight Yorke in sight

What the hell is Trinidad doing on a list of kick-ass places to learn Spanish around the world? Well, aside from being stunning, it’s the Cuban one, not the place where love-rat footballer Dwight Yorke hails from. This Castro-run paradise runs Spanish courses too. So bingo!

Alright so it might have one of the most expensive courses on the list but as UNESCO have rightly identified (by bestowing upon it the worthy title of World Heritage Status): it’s a bloody paradise! With intensive courses from £250 pounds a week, if you can afford the cost of living here I’d give it a fair whack.

Say hi to Fidel for me too rich boy.

Granada, Spain

learn Spanish around the world: Granada

The lovely Granada, Spain: good shit

Finally how could I not mention the place I currently call home and all the fine-ass opportunities it provides in getting good at the language?

Granada is a place not just with amazing history, art and architecture, it’s also one of the best to explore while learning Spanish too. Boasting some of Spain’s best flamenco dancers (still haven’t seen any yet) the city’s got plenty to distract you with away from your main studies. Oh yeah, and need I mention the great night life and the cost of living too?

Courses in Granada range in price depending on how intensive you want to make it. General courses here (10-15 hours a week) come in around £100 a week. You can stay in my house too if you like. Just send me a few racy photos of yourself before hand for approval.

And so while you don’t need me to tell you that having a knowledge of multiple languages is considered a strong plus point, when it comes to learning Spanish around the world you’re really spoiled for choice.

Rich, poor or prostitute, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t join the fun!

Have you lovely folk got any more recommendations on places to learn Spanish around the world? 

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13 Responses to Five Kick-Ass Places to Learn Spanish Around the World

  1. Tanisha February 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I am gunning for Granada or Buenos Aires.. But Spain first.. Loves….

  2. Will February 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Granada then! Come buy me some tapas!

  3. Ryan February 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Love this post, Will… I’d swap out Bogotá for Medellin, though. 😉 … Spain sounds baller.

  4. Will February 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks mate – yeah Dave said the same thing! Causing quite a few riffs with that one…

    • Will February 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      “rifts” even!

  5. Nomadic Samuel February 22, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Buenos Aires is definitely an awesome spot to learn the local lingo!

    • Will February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Me and you in Buenos Aires mate. The Argies aren’t going to know what’s hit ’em!

  6. Vieja Ceravieja February 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    How would you translate “kick-ass” into spanish; sorprendente, cojonudo, que es la polla…? ¿?

    • Will February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      I’m going with cojonudo! It’s every other word in my Spanish diction!

  7. Mo February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    How about “de puta madre” for kick-ass?

    • Will February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      You could say that to! As in: “Mo es de puta madre!”

  8. Arabella February 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m truly learnig A LOT here! Much better than any text book, indeed! However I don’t think I should use this sort of language when doing my Cambridge English exam, should I? hahahhaa I like it, anyway! 😉
    Another question if anyone could answer it, please. How would you translate “bloody”? = puto, jodido, maldito, condenado…? Would it be correct if I said “this BLOODY economical crisis…”? Thank you beforehand!! 🙂

  9. Jeff February 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I think any list of places to learn Spanish is incomplete if you don’t mention Guatemala. Great schools, good quality of Spanish and really, really cheap. Like US$5-6 per hour of private instruction. And, there are three main options for location: Antigua (stunningly beautiful colonial city but overrun with tourists), Xela (good sized city, authentic feel) and San Pedro (on the shores of Lago de Atitlan, one of the prettiest lakes in the world). For those interested, I also have written an article, “Tips for Choosing a Spanish School” (