Learn Spanish in Madrid

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Why choose a language course in Madrid?

The capital of Spain is one of the most comfortable and cosmopolitan cities in the world, well known as the liveliest in Europe, often tagged "the city that never sleeps" for all its vibrant nightlife. It is located in the birthplace of the Spanish Language, Castilian, now spoken by 400 million people worldwide. Madrid is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and world-famous historical places. It hosts several of the most important art collections in the world. But first and foremost it is a unique meeting of both the modern and the old.

To live in Madrid is to be connected to the vibrant glamour of the largest metropolis in the South of Europe, rich with historical, cultural and artistic treasures, inhabited by warm, spontaneous and open people.

Top Attractions in Madrid

Learn Spanish in Madrid and you will be treated with some world-renowned attractions. Below is a description of some of the Madrid’s major attractions:

Parque del Buen Retiro
Parque del Buen Retiro is considered the lungs of the city, and few cities in Europe, or the world, can boast such a huge park (around 118 hectares) in a central location. It features a spacious boating lake and three art galleries (Palacio de Cristal, Palacio de Velázquez, and Casa de Vacas).

Museo Nacional del Prado
Museo Nacional del Prado is one of the most important museums in the world. It displays paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Zurbarán, Murillo, Ribera, El Greco, Titian, Tintoretto, Boticelli, El Bosco, Van Dyck, Rubens, Durer, and Poussin. King Carlos III commissioned the design and building of this beautiful architecture.

Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo is Madrid’s largest parkland area, attracting thousands of locals and visitors during hot weather. Many people flock to this place to have a picnic and spend quality time with their family or friends. As for entertainment, the park has its own amusement park, a zoo/aquarium, a cable car, and a boating lake.

Palacio Real
Palacio Real used to be a royal residence. It houses an impressive collection of paintings by Goya, Velázquez, and Caravaggio. It also showcases ornate furniture, sculpture, gold and silver objects, glassware, medals, tapestries, musical instruments, and porcelain. Must-visits include the rooms decorated by Gasparini, the Library, the Royal Pharmacy and the Royal Armoury.

Puerta del Sol
Just another city gate 500 years ago, Puerta del Sol is now the most commercial area in Madrid’s old town. The square has become famous for being the epicentre of Spain’s road network. The distances between the Spanish capital and every other part of the country are measured from here. Crowds gather in Puerto del Sol at New Year’s Eve, awaiting the chimes of the clock that announces the coming of the new year.

Plaza Mayor
This gorgeous central square is a perfect place to stroll around and appreciate architecture and murals. You can even buy watercolour paintings from pavement artists there.

Madrid Flea Market
Madrid Flea Market or El Rastro de Madrid is, hands down, the city’s most popular open air flea market. The market gets crowded every Sunday and holidays during the year. You will find El Rastro along Ribera de Curtidores and Plaza de Cascorro, between the Ronda de Toledo and Calle Embajadores.

Night life

Madrid becomes particularly exuberant when the sun sets and the locals and tourists party like there is no tomorrow. When you get to the Spanish capital, you will immediately realize that Madrileňos are full of life and energy. People flood the streets and flock to popular hangouts to be merry. This is one of the many reasons to learn Spanish in Madrid.

If you want to drink beer or wine, Spanish bars are your best bet. You should try the traditional way of pairing beer with tapas. Most bars are open till morning hours. If you are more inclined towards pubs, try the copas, a gin tonic concoction of whisky and coke (In some pubs, it could also be rum and lemon or vodka and orange).

If you want to go dancing, you should visit some of the disco-pubs in Madrid. There is no entrance fee; however, you will be charged an entrance fee when you go to “discotecas”. Among the popular discotecas are Palacio Gaviria, Joy Eslava and Empire in Paseo de Recoletos.

Of course, Madrid’s nightlife would not be complete without the theatre and the concerts. You can check the schedule in advance, so you can watch some of the shows while learning the language.

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School

Your Spanish language school in Madrid:

Our school in Madrid is part of the International House network. It has been providing language training in Madrid for over 25 years; having trained more than 320,000 students they currently have 6 centres employing more than 300 teachers.

The school only employs native speakers or those educated & trained in a Spanish speaking country; all teachers are fully qualified and experienced and include specialists in specific teaching fields and renowned authors.

Language School's Facilities

Library: reference books, dictionaries, grammar books, novels and text books

Video club: hundreds of films, all original versions with subtitles in English or Spanish

Study room: whenever you need a space to study in peace and quiet, the self study area is available. Equipped with the latest in both computer hardware & software, you will have free access to an on-line language course programme: IH Net Languages, an effective and entertaining complement to your studies. Additionally, you can consult a range of course and reference books and borrow graded reading texts – many with a CD to help you improve your pronunciation.

Group work area: often your course requires carrying out group tasks; this area offers you both the space and resources to complete all tasks required.

Cyber café: access web sites to help you in your studies and keep in touch if you’re studying away from home.

Cafeteria & social area: relax while practicing your language skills in the comfortable café bar. The school’s bar becomes the focal point for international cultural exchange as well as a good place for a coffee between classes or a lunchtime snack or meal.

Cultural activities come with your Spanish course

Trips, dinners, parties etc. Our Madrid IH school organises a varied programme of social activities. These are generally free and include welcome and farewell parties, visits and excursions in and out of the city, video films in Spanish, lectures, theatre, workshops, etc.

The fact that the school has over 1,000 native Spanish students studying other languages helps you to make friends and improve your fluency at parties and in the bar. A linguistic exchange programme is also available.

Educational excellence of our Spanish school in Madrid

Renowned as a centre of excellence in the vanguard of language teaching, the school strives to ensure continued delivery of the highest standard of classes in this sector. This implies an on-going effort on the part of our teaching team and a commitment to the continuing professional development of the school's staff.

With this in mind, the teachers are assisted by a group of pedagogical directors, each an expert in a specific learning field, who select or create materials, observe classes, offer continual support to teachers, hold professional development seminars, etc.

All learning tools that are deployed in the classroom have one element in common, their ability to foster COMMUNICATION to they guarantee an atmosphere of continuous, enjoyable learning in the classroom, a sure key to successful and consistent progress.

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Accommodation

Accommodation for your Spanish language course in Madrid

For us, comfort is among the top priorities during your stay. We are fully aware that your chosen Spanish language course in Madrid would not be so productive if you are staying in a place full of distractions and discomfort. Thus, we offer a range of accommodation choices that will suit your budget and meet your specific requirements.

All accommodation is situated in or close to the heart of the city and has been carefully selected and checked.

Most of the accommodation can is within about 10-15 minutes’ walk from your spanish language school and never further than 25 minutes by public transport.

Available accommodation options

  • Host family, single room
  • Host family, double room
  • Executive host family (private bathroom)

  • Student residence, single room
  • Student residence, double room

  • Youth hostel
  • Shared apartment

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Directions

Getting to Madrid

As a capital of Spain, Madrid is extremly well connected by air with most of European countries, so booking your flights will be esay and you should be able to choose between many options in terms of airlines and prices.

Getting to your Spanish language school and accommodation

Madrid airport is fairly close to the city centre and it's connected the local underground (metro) system. Taxi will cost you approximately 30 - 40 euros.

Airport meet&greet service, as well as transfers, can be arranged upon request.

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