Friday, August 8, 2008

Studying Spanish and Other Languages in Peru

Updated 14 April 2014

Try looking at this article about studying Spanish. If you’re looking to study formally there are plenty of options from studying online to at a school or with a private teacher. If you want to study long-term in Peru, try looking at this info on how to get a student visa.

Arequipa: Institutes

Cusco: Institutes

Intercambios / Language Exchanges
You could also try to arrange an “intercambio” where you speak Spanish for half the time and they speak English. That way both of you will get better and won’t have to pay a teacher. Try finding one at Conversation Exchange or My Language Exchange.

Lima: Institutes

Lima: Private Tutors
Expect to pay about $8 to $20 an hour. If you want to take Spanish classes for an extended period of time or for many hours a week, ask for a discount. Discounts are normal for these cases and if you don't ask for a discount, you're paying much more than you should. Don't always go for the cheapest option. Remember you get what you pay for. If possible arrange to meet with the teacher ahead of time, see their materials and see if you think you'd feel comfortable taking lessons with them. Language schools also offer private classes. You can find more teachers advertised at LIP's Classified.

Listings of Language Schools
Look for places with small classes and try to talk to current students to get an idea of what their methodology is like. Here are some more lists of language schools.
On Your Own
Online Resources
The Spanish Resources Section has dictionaries, cognates, Peruvian slang and a vocabulary section. Here is a list of Peruvian Slang. Spanish Word of the Day sends you daily emails with Basic to Advanced Vocabulary. If you download Vuze, you can then get programmes like Michael Thomas Spanish and Learn Spanish Like Crazy.

Other Languages
If you're in Lima, you should have no problem finding a teacher to teach you other languages. You can try looking on the Expat Listserv through Expat Peru. Or try contacting one of the places below.



  1. Just wondering if you could also add to
    the list, which is a fairly new site to learn Spanish.


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