Learn Spanish in Santa Marta

Learn one of the world’s most widely spoken languages


Spanish Spanish is the second largest mother tongue in the world after Chinese. It is spoken by 387 million people and more than 600 million totally.
The majority of Spanish speakers live in Latin America, Spain and the United States.Spanish is quite similar to Portuguese which is spoken by another 200 million worldwide.

Neotropical offers intensive courses in Spanish that allows you to quickly defend yourself in Spanish. The secret to success is hard intense training under skilled supervision. For best results, try our individual programs with your own private tutor.Lessons are scheduled individually for maximum benefit, and can be combined with excursions around the Colombian Caribbean coast’s many attractions.


The basic idea about our classes is that you learn more, better and faster if you are taught Spanish in Spanish. The traditional method is to use the students language (English, German, French etc.) to talk about Spanish which very often give you a false feeling of progress until you realize that you have just wasted your time, that you know everything about Spanish grammar but you are able to speak very little.

Our “one to one classes” means that all the classes are tailor-made to each students needs.

In countries with higher levels of salaries it is almost impossible to pay a private teacher, if you are not very rich or a CEO in a big company.

At our school you can hire your own teacher for the price of less than the minimum salary per hour in the US or EU. And for that money you get textbooks, other texts and coffee. Normally if the student makes his/her part (homework for example) we are able to teach a beginner enough Spanish to have a good conversation in about 2 weeks. If you already know some Spanish you will quickly reach higher levels. We take each student from where they are now to a much higher level.

Some students with previous experience with traditional Spanish teaching might think it is impossible, since there they have struggled for years without learning more than some basic sentences. Do you think it is impossible? Let us quote some former students:

Bart: “I didn’t speak one word of Spanish when I arrived in Santa Marta and traveling for 4 months in South America speaking Spanish is quite a must.” “And I did get a bookwork of papers, we made long hours, and we spoke directly in to Spanish. But was that bad? No, just the contrary! This is the way of learning, especially when she makes every lesson fresh coffee, sipping it on her terrace while learning and practicing Spanish.”

Kellie: “From the moment we started we would only communicate in Spanish, and though we would review grammar and new vocabulary, the main objective was conversation. If there was something I didn’t know or had a question about, I just had to ask and she would explain in Spanish, using the dictionary only as a last resort.”

Mike:”They are attentive and systematic. All instruction is in Spanish, and when you are not clear about something, they explain it using other Spanish words, or by using pictures or gestures. They only translate as a last resort. They prepare materials for you, give you homework if you so desire, and follow through on previous instruction”.

We are calling this the direct method, sometimes called the natural method;

Characteristic features of the direct method are:

  • Avoid using learners’ native language and use only the target language
  • Teaching vocabulary through pantomiming,real-life objects and other visual materials
  • Teaching grammar by using an inductive approach i.e. having learners find out rules through the presentation of adequate linguistic forms in the target language ( in the end if that does not work, we also use the textbook in grammar)
  • Centrality of spoken language (including a native-like pronunciation)
  • Focus on question-answer patterns.


  • Classroom instructions are conducted exclusively in the target language.
  • Only everyday vocabulary and sentences are taught during the initial phase
  • Grammar, reading and writing are introduced in intermediate phase
  • Oral communication skills are built up in a carefully graded progression
  • Classes are organized around question-and-answer exchanges between teachers and students in small groups or one-to-one.
  • Grammar is taught inductively
  • New material are introduced orally
  • Concrete vocabulary is taught through demonstration, objects, and pictures
  • Abstract vocabulary is taught by association of ideas
  • Both speech and listening comprehensions are taught.
  • Student should be speaking at least 80% of the time during the lesson.


People learn languages because their need to
communicate, not because
their love for grammar


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