Taronja Spanish School
Taronja Spanish School
5
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
In 2004 Eva, Fernando and Maxi (childhood friends) decided to start a business that would be a reflection of themselves: A very professional school that would be, at the same time, very fun, happy and a little crazy. After several years, TARONJA has become their passion, their life and their own daughter. That’s the way you’ll feel here, as if you were at home, (or even better)!
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Miamikelovey
New York City, NY20 contributions
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Dec 2016 • Solo
When I was researching language schools in Valencia, I looked at Taronja's website and was impressed by the variety of activities offered (hiking, cooking classes, city tours, paella parties, etc.). Nowhere, on their website or any of their YouTube videos did they show excursions to bullfights or Bous a la Mar (where a bull is trapped in a small area and forced to jump in the ocean even though it can't swim). I'm not an EU citizen (I'm American) so in order for me to get my one-year student visa for Spain I had to register and pay up front for 37 weeks of classes at Taronja. Prior to my registration it was made clear that once my visa was approved Taronja would not refund any of my money. After starting my classes you can imagine how disappointed I was to learn that I had just given over 7000 euros to an organization that promotes these controversial activities and I could not get my money back.
When I found out about the excursion to the bullfight I brought my concerns to the management and was told that Maxi (the owner) said it was "the intern's fault" for making the bullfight sound fun in the weekly calendar of events. That’s not true because interns do what they’re told to do – nothing more and nothing less. A few months later when the excursion for Bous a la Mar was posted on the weekly calendar, it stated that "no hay maltrato animal", which was not true at all. When I emailed Maxi to ask about that, he never responded to my email.
Given the fact that there are several Spanish schools in Valencia and almost all of them have highly-qualified teachers and many of them are located in the city center and have cultural activities such as city tours, going to flamenco shows, etc., I regret giving my money Taronja because regardless of their deceptive marketing strategies. Despite what Taronja's marketing states, Taronja is not the "best" program in Valencia with the "best" location. There are lots of schools with central locations and Taronja doesn't teach Spanish better than the other programs. Learning another language comes down to repetition, persistence, and motivation. I have friends who attended other Spanish schools in Valencia and the teaching strategies are all pretty much the same. I wish I had given my money to a Spanish school that doesn't use misleading marketing strategies.
Written 24 November 2017
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Hi Adrienne: This is Fernando (Chef Nando), as you probably know, apart from being in charge of the cooking lessons I’m one of the owners and I also supervise the activity program of the school. First of all, I want to tell you how sad, and how surprised, I am to find out that you had such a terrible time in Taronja… seriously, I could have never imagined it. I saw you almost every week for so many months and I thought you were really enjoying your time with us. In fact, I thought we all tried really hard to make your stay better. In my case I tried to do my best with the cooking lessons. You know Spanish traditional food always uses meat or fish but I tried to include a vegetarian recipe once a month. In your case, being a 100% vegan it was difficult, but I managed to find 4-5 Spanish vegan recipes while you were here. Regarding activities that have to do with bulls I totally understand your point of view, but I would like to make some clarifications. Out of 500 activities offered per year (we offer 8-10 social activities per week) we just offer 3-5 activities a year in which bulls are present. It’s true that this summer we offered, one day, an activity which was going to la “Corrida de Toros”. We rarely offer this activity, in which bulls are killed, because we don`t like it, but this year one of our teachers (I won’t name her) insisted on taking a group of her students, who where interested in watching it, and we agreed. Probably it was a wrong thing to do, I admit it. She should have taken her students on her behalf and we should have never promoted it as an school activity, you are right. In fact, as the main responsible of the activities for Taronja school, I have decided that “Corrida de Toros (bullfight)” will no longer be proposed as an school activity from now on. Regarding other activities in which bulls run in the streets, or jump in the water (like Bous a la Mar), I also want to make some clarifications. Actually, these school activities are not focused on the bulls. For example, Bous a la Mar activity consist on spending the morning on a beautiful beach, then a trekking in the afternoon to a sea cave and then, in the evening, we visit a lighthouse and finally we go to Jávea town where people is celebrating in the streets eating seafood. Once there, only students who want to watch the show of the bulls jumping in the water can go inside the arena. You were not present in the activity, but if you had come you would have seen that it was not focused on the bulls at all. In this kind of shows bulls are never killed. These shows are very similar, for example, to the american Rodeo. However, I totally understand that you are also against these kind of shows and that’s why we warn all the students who join the activity and we do not force anyone to watch it. However, this activity is one of the most populars among students every year. We have been offering it for 14 years and this is the first complaint we have ever received. I can assure you that all Spanish schools in Valencia also attend festivities where bulls run in the streets, because almost 100% of the summer festivities in Spain include bulls in one way or the other. In fact, in Bous a la Mar activity we were 3 schools taking part, not just Taronja. I also want to make clear that activities in Taronja are optional and take place outside the lesson times. They are not compulsory and you have to sign up to attend to them. In fact, I remember you rarely came to any activities because you had your own group of Valencian friends and were always doing things with them. So Adrienne, I really want to apologize for not realizing how bad you felt about this. However, I would also like that you understood that in Taronja we are not all so bad. We are just a small school with workers that try to do their job the best they can. In fact, many of us think just like you regarding this matter. But these comments you are posting make us look as if we were all really bad people, devils… Someone reading this would be happy to see Taronja school closing and all its workers losing their jobs…We are just normal people trying to earn a life and trying to do things the best way we can. I think we did a lot for you while you were here and it makes me very sad that you just judge the work of lots of months, and lots of our staff who cared about you, for a couple of activities. Sorry again for having failed you :( Fernando.
Written 5 December 2017
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Michele W
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I read through all of these reviews before choosing to go to Taronja. The biggest disappointment were the lessons. They don't use a text but instead random worksheets from the internet. The worksheets have tiny writing and the vocabulary isn't building like it would be if you used a textbook. Most of the other students were on their cell phones during class. The teachers are young and enthusiastic but aren't using the strategies that they may or may not know to instruct comprehensive lessons. Thus, their instruction is all over the place. They need to start with a concept like the subjunctive verb tense, explain how to use it and then move on to an in-depth discussion. I was there for 2 weeks. I took their intensive course load, pronunciation and private lessons. The classes were not engaging. We didn't move out of our seats. I think the reviews on here are really not accurate. It just my opinion, but in comparison to my experience, I am shocked that these people thought the language school was good. In the future, I would go to a more serious, productive learning environment. It was a waste of time and a huge disappointment.
Written 9 June 2017
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Hola Michele, We are very sad for not having been able to offer you an experience like the one all our students deserve : ( Your satisfaction is really the most important for us. However, it is also normal that everyone does not share the same opinion or like the same things. Many students, during thirteen years, have valued us positively, both academically, as in our socio-cultural program and the personal attention. Their opinion also counts. In any case, we take note of all your comments, as our goal is to keep improving every day in order to give the best experience to our students. We would just like to point out that we do not use a textbook because we do not consider it to be fair for our students to buy something that they are not going to see in its entirety (many of you are here only for one or two weeks). That is why we develop our virtual school, where students have at their disposal all the materials to download, the grammar of the whole course, vocabulary lists, online activities, videos, songs and even a direct channel to talk to the teachers. In Taronja we bet on new technologies and want to reduce the use of paper as much as possible, little by little, as we are aware of environment. And we don't use random worksheet from the Internet, we do use manuals or our self made materials for the copies. We will check the teachers you got that week and the materials they used with you, of course. As said, thank you very much for giving us your opinion, because it helps us to grow as a school.
Written 12 June 2017
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Lockito90
Udine, Italy39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
I attended the intensive course for 2 weeks with my girlfriend, it was an amazing experience! The school offers Spanish courses with great teachers and a lot of different activities (every day) to meet people from all over the world and do mucha fiesta!!
Written 10 August 2019
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¡Hola! ¡Muchas gracias por tu reseña! 🤗 🏖 Thank you very much!!
Written 12 August 2019
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Becky111
London, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I am just back from a week in Valencia studying Spanish at Taronja School. This is a beautiful boutique school. The team at reception are helpful and I loved their speed in replying to emails - they are very good at that. Prior to my visit, as I was travelling solo, I asked questions about the school, the lessons, the type of classes and ages as I was looking for something suitable to over 30 y/o, the accommodation, additional dates and Valencia in general and they were always happy to answer at the speed of light! They are very good at that and it helps when you are in front of your computer, you are tryng to book a flight and you need a quick answer.

The school
Right in the middle of the city centre, great location, near bars, coffee shops, restaurants, metro, bus, taxis, everything really. The entrance is quite understated, the school is located at the first floor of a building. Every class is decorated differently and all have air-con whichis great at this time of the year, when the tempretaure in Valencia is above 32 degree celsius everyday.
All the teachers I had this week were very nice (Isabel, Manu, Sonia), friendly, helpful and they really ensured that we learnt from this experience. The teaching is not based on any book, we were provided with a handout and additional pages during the week to cover the areas which we were going to explore during each lesson. All lessons are interactive with plenty of opportunity to ask 'preguntas' (questions). Internet is used in the school by the teachers to explain words or provide images and other digital tools are also used to write as a board (instead of the out of fashion board and marker). Classes are small, I was in a class of 9. I know that some of the people I met there were in classes of 6 so the classes are of a reasonable small size which is good and allows the teacher to provide full attention to all. Classes last 50 minutes each. You would usually have 2 teachers a day, one for the first two hours of 50 mins each and the second for the remaining 2 hours of 50 mins each.
Oh yes, once you get to your class forget your language as all the teachers will speak to you in Spanish only, which is fine and correct in the approach as you are there to learn Spanish. However, if you are totally unable to understand a meaning of a word or a sentence they will try to tell you the equivalent in English or Italian or French to heelp you.
You may have a T1 or T2 programme. T1 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning classes, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon class. T2 - the other way round. I had a T1.

If you want to go to museums or go shopping it may be worth booking some additional days in Valencia so that you will have entire days to visit them as it is a little difficult when you have classes in the morning or the afternoon, you would just be rushing around and the majority of the museums close at 13:00 for the day or some reopen at 16:00 but only few of them.

Weekly activities
I did not participate in all the activities as some were aimed at the younger crowd (I'm not old, just in my early 30s but what may be fun for a 17/18 y/o may be less fun for a 30 y/o - however, it is always great to mix with all ages) but the ones I participated in were the following:

Noche the tapas - Monday:
A little bar not far from the school (can't remember the name) with seats outside-only. One drink included with your 'tapa' but you could not choose which tapas to go for as you were given what came from the kitchen so it was more about luck. I was fine as I am not allergic to any food but one of the girls in my group was allergic to dairy products and she got a ham and Cheese croquette which she could not eat...so I and the rest of the group helped her...what are friends for!!!

Fiesta de bienvenida con paella - Tuesday
This party for all newcomers was a great idea, a great opportunity to meet other students and the teachers, in a location near the beach. We all met in front of the school and then we all went to the metro, we all bought tickets and then we got to the other end and got the tram, then we walked a bit and got to the location of this bar. The idea per se is very nice but I think more can be done in relation to the place where the 'fiesta' takes place. The bar was just a little run down, the drinks were cheap but we all complained about the quality of them. The Sangria tasted bad, the white wine we wondered why it was sold with ice (?) and tasted bad anyway, a mojito was prepared from a mixer so forget mint leaves, brown sugar etc there was none of that so it didn't taste like a mojito but like something with a little bit of rum and the chupitos (shot) were of an unknown taste. The paella was nice, there was a meat and a vegetarian option.
The music was ok, some was from the 90s (not a problem for those over 30 y/o!) but generally fine.
I think Taronja should consider other options when organising this party in terms of the bar and the quality of the service provided by the bar. The idea of the party is great but the bar...'not so great'.

Noche de Orchata and historia - Wednesday
The Horchata is a typical Valencian drink made with chufas. It looks milky but it's not as it is made of a root (I think). It tastes nice, it is very sweet and it is supposed to be had with fartons which to me are like sweet light bread, to be dipped in the Horchata.

We all met in front of the school with Vito (he is a cool man!) and walked to Mercado de Colon to taste the Horchata, oh, yes, with a little bit of history of some buildings in between. There are several bars were you can have the Horchata in the Mercado so we did not all have to be in the same location. I think we sat in 'Daniel', it was ok.

There were other activities organised by Taronja during the remaining days but I and some others opted out and did our own thing!

30Hood - group for 30+ y/o - great concept and a WhatsApp group was created for 30hood to share ideas, activities etc. However, may be Taronja could consider putting together some activities which may be suitable for those in their 30s? Just a thought...

Accommodation

I booked a single room with the school. Taronja provided all the details, map etc of the school, very good service. I had to pick up the keys from a specific location, a beautiful yellow building nowhere near a metro station so you could either come out of Angel Aguillera metro and walk to the building (about 15 minutes walk) or get the taxi service provided by the school at 55 euros or also get a taxi from the aiport which should cost about 25, 26 euros.

When I got to the building I was given the keys for the house and my room and some bedsheets. I was based in Ruzafa. I waited for a taxi which took me to Ruzafa and costed just over 6 euros. My room was beautiful, large, massive window, double bed, a wordrobe, a sofa a big table for at least 4 people, 4 chairs, 2 side tables and lamps. The only issue was the lack of a fan. Valencia is extremely warm in this period and I believe that fans should be provided. Although the room was big the heat made nights and even the the day uncomfortable. A fan or air con should be provided.
My room was quite big but I had a look at that of my other flat-mate/student, I think it was half the size of mine and not very spacious, there was also another room which was an inbetween size. I think I was lucky with the room but I guess what you get may depend on availability.

The apartment had 5 rooms but only 3 were in use, there was no leaving room which was a shame as we had to stand in the corridor to have a chat. The kitchen was very small and would have been impractical if all rooms were taken and all were using the kitchen at once. Luckily it never happened!

The apartment had 2 bathrooms which was quite good and we never queued. However, one of the locks in one of the batrooms didn't work so you had to ensure that you made people aware that you were in there - not an issue though...although may be it is best if this is repaired.

Ruzafa is a very nice area for bars, restaurants and there is a nice covered market, Mercado De Ruzafa where you can buy fruit, veg, meat and fish. It is smaller than the central market and there is no sit down bar/restaurant inside of the one in Ruzafa but it is equally good.

The apartment was at a 15 minutes walk to the school, the distance was ok or you could take a bus, line 7, to Xativa which is 1 minute away from the school and the center of Valencia or 2 minutes from Placa de Ayuntamento.

All in a all a great school and I had a great time!!! The teachers are great and the staff at reception are lovely and helpful.
Written 23 July 2017
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¡¡Muchas gracias!! : )) ¡¡Thank you very much for your detailed review!!
Written 24 July 2017
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Nidorana
Nizhnevartovsk, Russia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I spent 6 months at Taronja school and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I was a little bit apprehensive before I went as I was going on my own and thought I'd feel lonely. But quite the contrary, it was like a home away from home. The administrative staff and teachers were really friendly and helpful, and I instantly made friends. The extra curriculum activities the school organized helped a lot. The lessons were great, too, interactive, packed with authentic input, interesting tasks, and lots of speaking practise. I can't wait to go back!!!
Written 12 May 2016
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¡Muchísimas gracias Nidorana! : ))
Written 16 May 2016
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007RPK007
Perth, Australia4 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
I spent 3 weeks at Taronja School and cannot wait to go back again this year. Complete immersion, from the moment you walk through the door. You are assessed before you arrive to ensure you are in a class that is challenging, yet manageable. All the teachers care, about you, your language development and their school, so they want great results too. There is a diverse range of students with different backgrounds, and abilities but everyone only speaks Spanish - I found myself waking up thinking in Spanish. With the extra, out of class events and the very helpful an friendly admin staff too, this is THE Spanish language school.
Written 12 April 2016
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¡¡Muchísimas gracias!! : D
Written 13 April 2016
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Andrew J
Hallett Cove, Australia317 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I am very grateful I did the Taronja school experience as I made some great new friends and gained confidence to use the Spanish language, which I didn't have earlier. The teachers at the school are wonderful and happy people, and made each lesson fun. The school itself was also a great environment to learn, as the rooms are a very cheery atmosphere to be in, and the location is convenient too. The only problem I had is that the learning experience can be very overwhelming. As the classes are conducted entirely in Spanish, it can be a very difficult experience when you feel like everyone is comprehending what is going on, and you don't. In my first week at Taronja, I wanted to quit and found myself struggling badly. The only way I was able to overcome this was to practice my Spanish listening on weekends. Sometimes the lessons felt more like a classroom conversation than an actual lesson. Whilst this is great to practice your listening, if you aren't comprehending the conversation, it can be really stressful. The included activities are really worthwhile, especially club DILE and the welcome party. Overall, the experience was a very positive one, and one that I am glad that I did, but my only advice would be a more supportive environment towards students that are struggling, as the majority of the students I spoke to similarly found the first week overly confronting.
Written 11 June 2017
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¡Muchas Gracias! Thank you very much for your feedback! We will take into account your advice, we love to improve!
Written 12 June 2017
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Stefanie-Veronique
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
This summer I have made the decision to go to Valencia to study Spanish. When I started looking on the internet I soon saw that Taronja Escuela would be the best choice to take this course. And so it was. Going to this school was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. The teachers in Taronja are young and make sure the classes are not only super educative, but also exciting. I went from level 'nada' to B1 and after the course felt confident enough to really have conversions with Spanish people. Next to the classes the school organises a lot of activities (beach parties, paella nights, cooking classes) what gives you the chance to get to know all the students in the school. In short: best experience ever!
Written 19 August 2016
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¡¡Muchísimas gracias por tus palabras!! : ))
Written 22 August 2016
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pif_pafff
Gdansk, Poland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
I've spent 4 weeks in Valencia this summer and had an amazing time. School offers varied classes, you meet people from all over the world, lots of cultural events help you understand Spanish culture and become a part of it. You won't find a better school in Spain ! ☺️
Written 25 July 2016
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¡¡Muchas gracias!! : ))
Written 27 July 2016
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Andy M
Beaconsfield, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
I went there to learn Spanish for fun for two weeks. Had 20 hours of lessons per week, plus an hour of some other Spanish experience, eg dictation, cooking classes in Spanish and took part in each and every evening and weekend actvity. It was great fun. Teachers were very good. One spoke a little too fast for me a lot of the time but a small criticism. I was at the edge of my ability to keep up in the class but I never felt over whelmed. Mixed well with the other classmates, was worried about this due to my advanced age (58) LOL (compared to mostly in early 20s) but it was amazing how we all connected and met up and went to bars etc in the evening. Anyway, best recommendation is a return trip and that is whatI will be doing in April
Written 4 February 2016
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¡Muchísmas gracias Andy! ¡Nos vemos pronto! : )
Written 8 February 2016
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