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Hola Sayulita! Spanish Academy

Learn the culture, speak the language
Beginner to advanced class options
Private and group classes available
Located at Costa Verde International School
Pre-enrollment required, 24 hour cancellation notice required
Fun, and easy to learn in an open air palapa environment

Hola Sayulita! Spanish Academy; Sayulita's #1 Spanish Language program. Check the reviews.  

Pre-Enrollment Required; 24 hours notice required to cancel

Cost: $600 pesos, 90 minutes OR $450 pesos 60 minutes

Where: CVIS (Costa Verde) International School, #3 Revolucion, near the entrance to town. 

Please reserve well in advance as our schedule books quickly.

Please use the contact form to reserve by email or telephone.

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Excellent school for for learning the language and culture of Mexico
This is our fourteenth visit to Mexico and our sixth to Sayulita, our favorite beach town. Although we are not taking classes at Hola Saylita this time around, we are remembering and using the lessons we learned with Rene in 2016. We have studied Spanish before in Guadalajara and Costa Rica, but René’s classes have been the best for learning the language and the culture of this beautiful country. The lessons are challenging, but fun, and René’s teaching style is very motivating. My husband and I are educators, so our standards are pretty high, and when we say that René is the best, we mean it.
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Experienced: May, 2018
Rene took a good product and made it better.
I returned to Sayulita for a month and took several lessons with Hola Sayulita continuing on with the Spanish journey that I had begun last year. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rene's classes in 2016 so it was not by accident that I returned. In the intervening months I had taken Spanish courses both at the college and university level and when I contacted Rene he encouraged me to attend the advanced class and I was glad I did. The group met twice a week for lesson and conversation and I found the level challenging and fun. Rene has a gift for making learning fun but has controlled the enthusiasm of students by rotating questions through all those present so all students had a chance to practice their new skill. The topics were varied and the formal part of the lesson focused on a new linguistic area each class. Thursday's conversation class provided students with a sheet of questions to stimulate discussion in a variety of pairings while Rene observed and was more or less the moderator. At the end of the class Rene would pass on his observations in a polite and respectful manner so we all learned from our mistakes. At no time did I feel intimidated or embarrassed when I practiced a new portion of the Spanish language.

As well as the group lesson I also took a one hour private lesson with Evelia who has been a member of Rene's teaching team for the past several years. Evelia is bright, articulate and extremely patient with her students while pushing the boundaries of my conversational skills. Most classes involved just discussion for an hour with Evelia guiding the conversation and helping me with new words and concepts. Spending an hour with Evelia talking for the most part only in Spanish was absolutely enjoyable and I hated to see the class end.

My vacation ended far too early and I left begrudgingly as learning Spanish had become very much a part of my daily routine.
As the title says, Rene and his team had a good product and they just made it better.

Well done!
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Experienced: February, 2017
Spanish lessons made fun!
I attended Rene's Spanish Academy as often as I could during my three weeks in Sayulita. From Day One I learned so many valuable insights into how to better enjoy my stay in Sayulita by being able to communicate with the wonderful people who live there in their own language. Rene artfully explains what to say and how to say it in the many situations you will encounter around town and especially in the restaurants! And best of all is Rene's easy going, relaxed manner that makes every hour you spend in his class downright fun!
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Experienced: January, 2017
We love Rene
My sister and I have been visiting Sayulita for the past five years but this was the first year we took Spanish lessons. We love Rene and his funny, laid back personality and his approach to class. The lessons were applicable for our vacation but also relevant for our professional lives back home.

Thanks Rene!

See you next year!

Noelle and Rachel
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Experienced: January, 2017
Speak Spanish with joy!
I loved studying Spanish at Rene's school. I had Rene four times for group Spanish, mostly studying verb tenses. The other students were committed and Rene was delightful. I appreciated that the arrangement was professional, i.e.,started on time and the price fair. I also had 2 privates, which also went well. In these I practiced conversation. I feel more confident in my Spanish and am happy for the opportunity to study. I love the beach, but classes gave a happy balance to my Sayulita experience. I will definitely sign up again.
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Experienced: December, 2016
Easy and usable techniques
Hola Rene, Just wanted to let you know that I have been taking a Spanish class at our community college and after attending for 8 - 2 hour classes, haven't learned a fraction of what I learned from you. The class can now say "hola", count, and ask how much something costs. Total waste of time. Your technique is so much better, easier and usable and for that I thank you.

We are going to Costa Rica and Panama next week and in January we travel to Cuba, so I should get some practice in. Then we return to Sayulita on Feb. 01 for 2 months (or dos semanas) and I will be back in your class.

Wanted you to know you are appreciated.
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Experienced: November, 2016
Go. Now. Crack the code and learn Spanish! Great program!
My husband and I have studied Spanish in a variety of settings, including immersion sessions in Mexico and Costa Rica, university classes, and Rosetta Stone, and this is the first class that made me believe I could actually learn to speak and understand Spanish. We took both group and individual classes for four weeks; both were extremely helpful. Rene is an excellent teacher; his classes are both informative and entertaining. He provides clear, concise instruction of pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, and exuberantly shares his understanding and love of Mexican culture. The classes are held in a convenient location and easy to find. When you go to Sayulita, be sure to contact Rene at Hola Sayulita!
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Experienced: October, 2016
Fun way to learn spanish.
My friend and I visited Sayulita in July. We took Spanish classes from Rene everyday. Some were in a group setting and some were private classes. Either way we learned a lot. There was no pressure and everyone was learning at their own pace. Our homework was to practice our Spanish around town. We loved meeting people in the community. We can't wait to return and Hola Sayulita spanish classes will be added to our vacation!
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Experienced: July, 2016
Great Learning Experience!
Thank you for a wonderful learning experience. My friend and I loved every minute of our experience with Rene. He is a very kind and patient teacher that made learning fun and taught us so much about speaking Spanish and the Mexican culture. I highly recommend taking classes from Rene.
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Experienced: July, 2016
Fun, challenging classes!
My husband and I took private lessons with Rene so that we would make a serious commitment to learning Spanish. My kids were learning at CVIS and we wanted to be able to 'keep up'. I really liked Rene's flow of classes - from the workbook to the flash card style sentences to the 'let's just do conversation today'. He was always open to teach what I thought I needed and what he could tell I needed more help with based on our conversations. I also liked that he would teach to what we might hear around town - some slang that wouldn't be obvious. Wonderful class, wonderful instructor!
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Experienced: June, 2016
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Owner/Manager Name
Hola Sayulita Inc
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Price Range:
Hours of Operations:
9:00 AM to 3:00 AM
class times vary
Ave. Revolucion #3 (Entrance to town on your left)
USA/Canada Telephone:
(329) 291-3355
(Please mention Sayulita Life)
USA/Canada Cell:
(329) 291-3222
(Please mention Sayulita Life)
Mexico Telephone:
011 52 329 291 3355
(Please mention Sayulita Life)
Group/Private Classes

Group/Private Classes