Nuestro querido estudiante Eli es el nuevo campeón de ping pong de la academia. El mismo día de su cumpleaños ganó el torneo y recibió una piñata por parte de sus compañeros, que después reventó con mucho esfuerzo. Esta misma semana visitamos el centro de San José y el Mercado Central. Comimos en una auténtica “soda” tipica y descubrimos que a todos nos gusta el cas. La última actividad a la que asistimos la semana pasada fue la visita a un beneficio y plantación de café. Aprendimos sobre el proceso del café y luego visitamos el parque…Continue Reading “Piñata, café y ping pong”

“El Sabor, el Sabor!” – This friendly shout fills Academia Tica’s patio every school day at noon, when hungry students flock towards the sound of Caribbean music and the wide smile of Don George. He emerges from a van and opens the side door to reveal baskets and coolers brimming with treats, which hungry students have been yearning for throughout the morning’s intensive Spanish classes. And it´s not just any food, either. Don George specializes in typical fare from the Caribbean part of Costa Rica in addition to snacks like hamburgers, sandwiches, brownies and…Continue Reading “El Sabor: Taste a la Tica”

The hand-painted sign showing two bridled horses does not point towards a fancy place. Turning down this stone driveway off the main road through Las Nubes will not deliver you to a state-of-the-art equine training facility. Nor are these lush pastures described in any Lonely Planet guidebooks. Yet, the animals grazing these hills speak volumes about the culture of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where horses are not just historical throwbacks but remain essential for work, getting around and showing off in distinctly Tico style. About 5 km from the school “Coronado a…Continue Reading “Horsing around”

A few of Academia Tica’s most experienced instructors offered advice on how to begin the rewarding process of learning Spanish. With 65 years of teaching experience between them, we thought it worthwhile to share these kernels of wisdom with the world. Enjoy! “The number one must for new students is simply wanting to study. Step two is actually studying, then studying, studying and studying some more. Finally, don’t just practice in the classroom, practice anytime you can with whomever you can, at the supermarket, with friends,…Continue Reading “Where to begin? Advice for starting your studies…”