You’re interested in becoming more familiar with the Spanish language and use it while you are in Mérida. One of the biggest concerns I hear from locals, especially Uber drivers, is that Americans expect everyone to speak English. Of course, I know that’s not you because I hear many Americans giving their best effort in Spanish. And maybe now, you are at the point where you’re looking for Spanish lessons and instruction. For this reason, I compiled a list of the Best Spanish language schools in Mérida Mexico.
I hope these options help you find the perfect school to pursue your Spanish skills.
The 5 Best Spanish Language Schools in Mérida Mexico
I have conducted a tremendous amount of research now that I am living here in Mérida on this topic and want to share what I have learned with you. While a large part of the population does speak English, it is not reasonable to expect that everyone will talk to you in English.
Spanish is a beautiful language and when in a foreign country, it is only courteous to learn a few phrases in the native tongue.
One more thing . . in addition to the information which was taken directly from each of the schools listed, I’ve added a Tripadvisor link for reviews and feedback from people who have participated in these programs. I’ve also included an app for you to get started before you arrive in Mérida.
The schools listed are in alphabetical order and do not constitute preference in any way.
“Habla connects people across communities building a world of understanding in which culture is not a barrier, but rather a possibility. It is a school and cultural center committed to connecting people across languages, cultures, and countries. At the core of Habla is a group of dedicated educators and students who, every day, bring the best of who they are to shared space.
A year-round cross-cultural program for adults, teens, and kids.
Spanish comes alive through shared stories and hands-on learning experiences.
Immerse yourself in the rich variety of Mexican cuisine.
Participate in interactive workshops that deepen your understanding of Mexican culture.
Homestays with local families allow you to practice Spanish in a real context.
Visit during Day of the Dead to experience one of Mexico’s most celebrated holidays.
The arts and language come alive during Habla’s summer camp for kids and teens.
Habla’s new online platform helps you learn Spanish the Habla way anywhere in the world.
Now you can connect with your favorite Habla teachers from the comfort of your home.
Your Travesía can be arranged individually or in groups depending on your learning needs.”
Read Tripadvisor reviews here.
“Our Spanish school in Mérida, Mexico offers group and private Spanish classes for travelers and ex-pats. We can customize a Spanish immersion program to fit your schedule and needs.
We are an educational community that specializes in learning and experiencing the Spanish language.
Our experienced, creative teachers are native speakers that are committed to your learning process.
We employ a communicative approach to teaching the Spanish language that will supply all of the tools you need to achieve a full experience of learning and immersion in the language as well as the local and national culture.
Tours and Excursions
Taking a tour of the most beautiful places in the State of Yucatan is a great experience, but doing that tour with local people and visiting unknown corners is even more fascinating.
Let us take you to wonderful places and integrate into the local life of the place you visit, while practicing the language. Our tours are designed for groups of maximum 4 people in a car at any time and place you prefer. Live the experience of a tour in Hello!
Cook and Kitchen
Kitchen: All levels
The aim of the courses is for the student to know more about Yucatecan food and the classes are in Spanish and the instructor will provide the recipes and their procedures.
The courses include 3 activities:
- Buy the ingredients: Students will go out to buy the ingredients in the company of the instructor at the local market or where indicated.
- Preparation: The instructor will give the students the recipes chosen above, and will give the preparation instructions. In this activity, the student takes care of most of the food preparation.
- Tasting: Students at the end of the preparation, may have time to live together to try their dishes and talk.”
Read Tripadvisor reviews here.
3. Institute of Modern Spanish
“Founded in 1995, the Institute of Modern Spanish was the first private language institute (Spanish school) in the city of Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, to develop educational programs devoted to the instruction of the Spanish language and Mexican & Latin American culture through full Spanish language immersion.
Our Spanish school is based on a new concept of language learning called Integrated Spanish Language Learning.
Our programs integrate Spanish immersion language classes with a unique Mexico cultural experience with family homestay (Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico).
By replacing the memorization of Spanish language grammar rules with total cultural experience, we enable our students to leave our programs with a knowledge of Spanish that is practical, culturally applicable, and long-lasting.
Our programs explore the language as it is used in today’s Spanish speaking communities around Latin America and throughout the world.
Our Spanish language school faculty are experienced in teaching all levels of students–from beginners to the most advanced. The language immersion courses integrate all aspects of Spanish language learning–speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
We feel that this is the best method of teaching the Spanish language as it is used in today’s world.
Furthermore, we use a variety of language teaching methods to ensure that all learning styles enrolled in our Spanish language school are met. Read Tripadvisor reviews here.
4. La Calle Spanish School Merida Mexico
“Are you searching for the most renowned and reliable Spanish school Mexico?
La Calle is the best choice available to study Spanish in the most effective and enjoyable way.
No matter whether you are a beginner or one who looks for an advanced course, we have got your needs covered.
Our Spanish school in Mexico is open 365 days a year to meet the varying learning needs of different people.
We offer a wide range of courses including group classes, private classes, special classes for DELE Exam and more.
When you rely on us to learn Spanish in Mexico, you can also expect some extra activities like city tours, cooking lessons, cinema at school and more.
Being the best language school in Mexico, we retain a team of highly dedicated instructors to make the learning process systematic and result oriented.
All our teachers are vastly experienced, knowledgeable and committed professionals with an impeccable track record.
The Spanish school is close to shops, restaurants, tourist places, and transport to go to the principal tourist attractions of Yucatan. We offer Spanish courses in groups or private. Read Tripadvisor reviews here.
5. Duolingo Learning App
“Personalized education: Everyone learns in different ways. For the first time in history, we can analyze how millions of people learn at once to create the most effective educational system possible and tailor it to each student.
Our ultimate goal is to give everyone access to a private tutor experience through technology.
Our teaching approach: We believe that anyone can learn a language with Duolingo. Our free, bite-sized lessons feel more like a game than a textbook, and that’s by design: Learning is easier when you’re having fun. But Duolingo isn’t just a game. It’s based on a methodology proven to foster long-term retention, and a curriculum aligned to an international standard. Let’s explore how language learning happens with Duolingo!
Standout content: Along with commonly used phrases like “¿Dónde está el baño?” (Where is the bathroom?), Duolingo learners also encounter sentences like “Tu oso bebe cerveza” (Your bear drinks beer).
Why the quirky sentences? They’re memorable and more fun to learn. Our unexpected content also pushes learners to think carefully about the language they’re learning.
A balanced approach: Duolingo allows learners to discover patterns on their own without needing to focus on language rules — the same way you learned your first language as a child. This approach, called “implicit learning,” is ideal for developing a strong foundational knowledge of a language and its rules.
But explicit instruction is useful for some concepts. So Duolingo offers both! In addition to lessons, learners can access Tips for explanations of grammar, pronunciation, and helpful phrases.
Universally accessible: Over 1.2 billion people are learning a language and the majority are doing so to gain access to better opportunities. Unfortunately, learning a language is expensive and inaccessible to most.
We created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.
Duolingo is used by the richest man in the world and many Hollywood stars, and at the same time by public school students in developing countries. We believe true equality is when spending more can’t buy you a better education.”
What about One-on-One Private Lessons?
There are also many wonderful people in Mérida who are available for one-on-one private lessons. Pricing can vary from a little less to a little more however with a private teacher your experience is completely customized based on your needs and wants.
These private instructors can be found and vetted in many of the Facebook groups created for expats visiting or living in Mérida.
Just a few of these groups include:
New Expats Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
- First Mérida Amigos
Final thoughts on the best Spanish Language Schools in Mérida Mexico
The MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is learn important and necessary phrases along with simple, conversational Spanish.
When you are able to lock a country’s language, even at a basic level, it will improve your experience here in Mérida tremendously. Imagine using your new Spanish language skills the next time you are out picking up a few groceries in Mérida – it’s a great place to practice your Spanish.