When in La Paz…Learn Spanish as a Family

Since arriving in Mexico almost a month ago, we’ve been trying our best to practice and use our Spanish. We have instituted a daily “Clase de Español” as part of our homeschooling, but Five String and Five Spice soon discovered how difficult it is to teach something that you don’t fully understand yourself. Also, the five of us are all at different levels, so it is hard to find materials and activities that equally challenge us all.

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Once we arrived in La Paz, we decided to look into taking Spanish classes as a family. Finding a place that would offer classes to young children (7, 5, and 3) and be family-friendly enough for the adults to relax and take classes on their own was no small order. In fact, only one language school in town could meet our needs: El Nopal Academia de Español.

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El Nopal is run by Juan and Marta, who are both incredibly knowledgeable, gracious people who have a great language program in a relaxing and family-friendly space (which is no surprise since they have three young children of their own). They were able to work out the perfect schedule for us. We come to El Nopal twice a week, and over the course of two hours Five Spice, Five String, and the Younger Fives all have an hour-long class. The kids can arrive and have some downtime (and snacks) with Five String in the spacious, shaded courtyard while Five Spice is in class. Then, they have a class of their own while Five String goes to one of his own.

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We are all super excited to improve our knowledge of Spanish and of La Paz in the coming weeks during our time taking classes at El Nopal. As much as we enjoy homeschooling on our own, sometimes you just have to know when to bring in the experts. Over the next few weeks we are all excited to share more about our individual experiences in our language instruction at El Nopal. While we are all taking advantage of this great language school together, it is very exciting for us that we each have a different class experience to discover and share.

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6 thoughts on “When in La Paz…Learn Spanish as a Family

  1. That’s a great idea. I’d definitely like to improve my Spanish when we finally take our trip south, hopefully straight down to Argentina. 🙂

    • We definitely find the classes are well worth it. As much as we tried to practice before we crossed the border, it really took us being here in Mexico to make it a priority. Down to Argentina would be quite a trip south indeed!

  2. You never cease to amaze me! Only there a couple of days and already signed up for Spanish classes! You are an inspiration to many, I am sure!
    Hugs to all of you!

    • Thanks 🙂 We had been thinking about Spanish class for a little while, so we were ready to jump right in once we got settled. Speaking of getting settled (or unsettled in your case, I guess), we hope the packing is going well, and we wish you a safe trip back!

  3. What a lovely thing to do, travel and see the world together while the kids are still kids, they see the world with such different eyes! I wish you all the best and will be following your journey.. I must admit i was thinking “La Paz?, how did they travel that far so quicky?” but i realize there is a La Paz in Mexico to! I have written some blog posts in both English and Spanish, maybe that can be something to practice on, they are not the best literature around but i think they sort of give you an idea of bits of realities in South America.. Wish you all the best, xx

    • Thanks so much for the kind words 🙂 We just might end up in your La Paz sometime in the next few years. Writing some posts in both English and Spanish is a great idea, and we may have to take the plunge and give it a try. We’re also looking forward to reading about your thoughts and reflections!

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