JABEL TINAMIT Spanish School

JABEL TINAMIT Spanish School, Panajachel: Hours, Address, JABEL TINAMIT Spanish School Reviews: 5/5

JABEL TINAMIT Spanish School

JABEL TINAMIT Spanish School
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
We offer effective and fun ways to learn Spanish in Guatemala and online. Located in Panajachel by the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlan, our school is the only Spanish language school in Panajachel, Guatemala, that is Mayan owned. You can learn Spanish in one to one classes, or with a small group of friends. We also provide online Spanish lessons. We're sure you will have a great time learning Spanish with us in Guatemala.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours and Tickets
The area
Popular mentions

69 reviews
Very good

Canada6 contributions
Amazing teachers and an amazing homestay
Dec 2019 • Solo
I had a great experience studying Spanish here and my Spanish improved significantly after just one week. I had two teachers, Carmelina and Florinda (for morning and afternoon classes respectively) and they were both fantastic. I asked to focus on conversation over grammar, and my speaking and comprehension skills got better with each day. I also really enjoyed learning about Mayan life from them both. They were very engaging which meant I could maintain my focus through 7 and 8 hours of classes a day. My homestay, which was arranged through the school, was also excellent. Suzy was an incredibly welcoming host, and her large family meant that there was always someone home to practice Spanish with. I also really enjoyed the rowdy family dinners where I got to hear fast paced conversations which were much harder for me to follow, but also much more rewarding when I understood what was being said (as opposed to the much easier one on one conversations). It was exactly what I was hoping to get out of a homestay.

The only negative was communication before I arrived at the school. For anyone considering this school who may be put off by the disorganized email responses (like I was), it was not at all indicative of the actual experience at the school. The school was much more organized in person, and overall my experience was extremely positive and well worth the 5 stars.
Written 2 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jane a
Arlington, MA5 contributions
Exceptional teachers. Lovely place. Wonderful experience for me and my daughter both.
Dec 2019
My daughter and I have loved everything about Jabel TInamit Spanish School. She took FaceTime lessons with a Jabel Tinamit teacher for several months after struggling to learn Spanish in school. She loved the lessons, and thrived. So we came for a week together. I knew some Spanish words but no grammar. We both took individual lessons with two different teachers (5 hours a day for a week, each). The teaching was exceptional--and I am not easy to please. The school itself is simple but lovely, comfortable, clean, and welcoming. The staff are all a delight, and all are talented at helping us learn. The school sponsors activities apart from classes--tours, cooking, and such--which were fun and gave us more opportunities to learn and practice both with the school staff and with other students from all over, at all levels of proficiency. The family we stayed with was equally wonderful: accommodations were simple, comfortable, thoughtful, and clean. Meals were simple and delicious. The family was a delight--helpful, thoughtful, and very good at speaking with us in a way that furthered our learning. At every moment we were encouraged to speak, gently coached, and well cared for. The town of Panajachel seemed safe and generally friendly, easy to walk around in. We never felt hassled in any way.

Tips: bring good walking shoes. Some of the activities are hikes (optional of course), but I wished I'd brought sturdier sneakers. Dress is quite modest, as expected. Temperature (in December/January) varies by 20 degrees, so not hot but a bit chilly in the evening. Do the activities if you're at all inclined! Tuk-tuks are available if you can't do the walking.
Written 28 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Susana D
Toledo, OH109 contributions
Very good program, teachers, location and environment
Jul 2019 • Solo
The school offers very good classes for individuals, or more than one student. They provide instruction and practice regarding the students needs - young people, medical professional people, teachers, bankers, attorneys...etc. They try to meet the students' schedules 1-7 hours/day; morning or afternoon, etc. The buildings is nice, welcoming, colorful, and comfortable. They have good WiFi, which can be used before, after or during class (during class to refer to culture, meaning of words...).
The teachers at knowledgeable, professional, patient and friendly. José was my teacher, and I really liked him.
The only thing that I think the could be improved would be the placement test - to assess the student's Spanish level. It's way too long and unnecessary. The student is either familiar with certain verb tenses, sentence structures, vocabulary themes, or not familiar with them. To place a student in the proper level does not require testing the student on 10 irregular verbs, of the same category, or 10 irregular adjective, etc. They should include those parts of the test, but cut it at least in half. They can more effectively assess the student's level more quickly, and then use that time more productively. If the student is in Panajachel before the first day/hour of class, he/she should be offered the test/assessment before the actual class. The teacher just sits there, waiting for the student to take the test, and not using paid, instructional class time.
Other than the placement test, I was very happy with the school. I would highly recommend it to people in Panajachel, who want to learn Spanish. 😀
Written 4 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL26 contributions
Fantastic! Best Instruction & Engaging Staff
Jul 2019 • Solo
I had only one short week at Jabel Tinamit but in that time I found a group of people that aren’t just employees but are family. They are highly trained, love what they do and care about their students. They are early to school, prepared for your lesson, listen to you, engage you in conversation and challenge you to move to the next level. The activities are great. The cooking class is beyond fantastic! It was a full meal! Amazingly delicious and a wonderful time to get to know other students. I think the biggest accomplishment for the school is that they have several students that come back every year. That speaks for itself.
Written 15 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Princeton, NJ2 contributions
Jabel Tinamit Spanish School
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is the best Spanish School I have attended. My instructor was fantastic and differentiated the lessons according to my needs and wishes. The director of the school worked very diligently to find accommodations that suited me. He was extremely honest and represented everything accurately.There were activities every day before or after lessons. I highly recommend Jabel Tinamit Spanish School.
Written 12 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

1 contribution
Best Spanish school
May 2019 • Business
I bring nursing students with me, to this school every year, to learn about the culture and language. I have been a student of this school for almost 5 years as well. We are always treated like family and everyone at the school is very helpful. I have a great teacher and love the convenient online method of delivery. Jabel Tinamet is the best!!! By the way, the people whose homes we stay in are fantastic!! Thank you!
Written 10 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shirley M
6 contributions
not honest
Feb 2019 • Solo
I never got my $50. deposit back, had to ask for it, never got change back for an activity, had to ask for that, got evicted from the homestay after one week, they knew I was planning on 4 weeks, no explanation, got charged more for lessons and homestay than listed on their site.
Liked my teacher and the homestay was great but really hate getting ripped off. Went to another school which was far better and honest--the prices listed are what you pay. Never met the owner or his wife--no welcome to the school. Lots of Spanish schools to choose from in Guatemala, e.g. Antigua, where there is more to do and see and which are honest,
Written 4 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We appreciate your comments. but we have to be clear and say the truth if we are talking about honesty. 1. The deposit: yes, we request $50 dollars to all our students in order to secure their spot and when they finish the term they have confirmed, we deduct from the total amount. The reason of the deposit is to keep your teacher and homestay and not affect anybody with changes, and regards your reservation: you have booked for 4 weeks and even on Friday at the end of your first week, you said that you did not have any idea yet on what to do. The day after you said suddenly that you will go to Antigua, so remember, when you said that you would stay just for two nights and we were agree and you only paid for the two extra night and we just deduct from your $50 dollars of deposit and we gave you your change in quetzales. it was happened like that or did not? 2. "Get evicted from the homestay” no, since they have booked a place for you for a month, and you by yourself decide to go away even affecting the family because it was reserved your place for a month. 3. Our prices are what we have on the website and you know, this is the truth and you have your receipt of what you have paid for. 4. Never meet the owner: I am Gregorio and I was the person who met you at the shuttle office and walk you to the family´s house where you stayed since you got here late and we wanted to make sure that you get safe with the family and I walked with you.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

1 contribution
So professional, fun and cheap!
Feb 2019 • Solo
Both the online and in person options were excellent! I highly recommend both of them. Great value, do not let the price fool you, you will receive an incredibly high level of service and professionalism. The entire staff is made up of some of the most friendly people I have met in my life. This is a great option for people with no, some, or lots of experience speaking Spanish. No matter your past experience, it will be worth the time to learn at this school.
Written 18 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

8 contributions
Amazing Spanish School Experience! I could not ask for more!
Sep 2018 • Solo
This review is way overdue. I am a medical resident who wanted to improve my Spanish. I did two weeks of private classes here in Sept 2018. It was an unbelievable experience. The Spanish teachers were amazing, much better than Habla Ya in Panama. We did about two hours of grammar and two hours of medical Spanish each day. They also connected me with a medical clinic where I could volunteer a few hours a day. Unbelievable value. The homestay and food were basic, but cannot complain for the price. Would 100% return. I was hesitant about Guatemala because of safety reasons, but the town is vert safe. I would 100% recommend without hesitation over other Spanish School.
Written 10 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Excellent Place to Learn Spanish
Jan 2019
I spent only one week at Jabel Tinamit, but it was a great place to study Spanish. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The one on one Spanish lessons were useful. My lessons were focused on grammar, but I was able to have conversations with my teacher about life in Guatemala. The homestay was excellent. I stayed with a very nice family who had a nice home within walking distance of the school. They food they prepared was excellent, too.
Written 31 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 66
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing