Having taken Skype Spanish lessons with several other teachers, I can honestly say that Raquel and Maria are the best that are out there. They have a level of professionalism and dedication that are unparalleled. I use their Skype lessons to supplement my classroom studies at the Instituto Cervantes, and working with them has been invaluable. The lessons are completely personalized to help me strengthen my weaknesses, and reinforce what I have learned. I am at the C1 level, and it is very difficult to find teachers online who are skilled enough to teach the more subtle and sophisticated aspects of the language. We cover all kinds of idiomatic Spanish, as well as more difficult grammar points, and the classes are both challenging and fun. They send homework immediately after each lesson, which is so helpful for review, and correct it right after receiving it, which in my experience, is unheard of. I can’t say enough good things about them! You cannot go wrong with Spanish lessons from Raquel and Maria.
Joan, student from the United States
In July 2015, I discovered the EBPAES website and took my first lesson with Raquel and María. One year of classes later, I can attest that they are knowledgeable, dedicated, creative, and kindhearted Spanish teachers who (literally) can work miracles. I began with a Spanish level of B2, Advanced Proficiency, and hoped to reach C2, Fluency. I explained to Raquel and María that I sought this linguistic fluency as well as ease of cultural comprehension so I could consider academic research opportunities in Spain. They tailored class content and homework assignments to these goals, and I was thoroughly drilled in grammar and reading comprehension as well as cultural videos and cortometrajes. Raquel and María were able to incorporate the C2 textbooks I previously bought into the curriculum they planned, so I could use their didactic resources as well as my own. They meticulously reviewed every homework and writing sample that I sent them, and answered each one of my extra questions in the margins. Furthermore, if I thought of related content that I hoped to review, Raquel and María always made a note of such topics and sent me follow-up material on them. After several months working together, they advised me that I could attempt the C2 Fluency exam in November. In January, I learned that the November test date was not being offered in my country. The next C2 date was May, an entire six months earlier than planned. Instead of being discouraged, Raquel and María worked with me towards the May test. They willingly assigned and reviewed double my normal homework load just to make sure I had all the content areas mastered. Even under pressure, Raquel and María were as patient as ever with me when I made mistakes or became confused. One month before the test, they discovered I was not competent in the oral speech category. Every class thereafter, they ran mock speech evaluations and timed them. They were so detailed that they taught me how to write speech outlines that would cover any required topics in six minutes. The week before the Fluency test, they offered to correct any last minute audio clips I wanted to send and sent me a motivational email wishing me good luck. Thanks to them, I have passed the Fluency exam of May with a perfect score in the oral speech category. Yet beyond content mastery, Raquel and María reminded me to love the nuances of Spanish and to enjoy absorbing every detail. Post-test, they have worked out a study plan with me to read and analyze Spanish novels. They absolutely go above and beyond for their students of all levels and I can’t recommend them enough.
-Isabel, student from the United States
With A level exams looming over me, I needed help to secure a good grade. I turned to Maria and Raquel and what a good choice it was!
Initially, I was anxious when I had to speak Spanish and I lacked confidence. This was certainly not helped by the fact that I had very hard A-level cultural topics – Viridiana (a surrealist movie by Luis Bunuel) and El Tunel (an existentialist novel by Ernesto Sabato). I was lost. I didn’t think I could write about such topics in english, let alone spanish.
Nevertheless, through simple yet effective speaking and writing exercises, a very calm and reassuring atmosphere and extreme patience on the part of Raquel and Maria, my knowledge improved and I began to talk and write about the topics with more fluidity.
By the time of my exam, I was confident and prepared and I couldn’t have done this without their help. I was so impressed that I continued taking classes with Raquel and Maria even after my exam so that I could further improve my Spanish. Their methods of teaching are unquestionably efficient and fun and I would without a doubt recommend Spanology to anyone trying to improve their Spanish language skills.
Alex Plehn, student from UK
Conosco Raquel e María dal 2011 e da allora non le ho più lasciate! Oltre a essere professionali, sono sempre molto disponibili e amano il loro lavoro. Tutte le lezioni sono interessanti e vengono strutturate in base alle esigenze dei loro studenti. Rimanere delusi è impossibile! I materiali didattici utilizzati sono tutti di qualità e consentono di sviluppare tutte le abilità linguistiche.
Fare lezione con loro è piacevole e divertente.
Federica, Roma, Italia
Conozco a Raquel y María desde 2011 y sigo estudiando con ellas. Además de ser profesionales, siempre están disponibles y aman su trabajo. Todas las clases son interesantes y están centradas en las exigencias de sus estudiantes. ¡Es imposible que te quedes insatisfecho! Gracias a la calidad de los recursos utilizados puedes desarrollar todas las habilidades lingüísticas.
Las clases con ellas son divertidas y amenas.
Federica, student from Roma, (Italy) firstname.lastname@example.org
“Jeg vil på det varmeste anbefale spanskundervisning med Maria og Raquel. De har et supert undervisningsopplegg og er svært fleksible i forhold til tidspunkter. De er godt forberedt til timene og gir deg oppgaver å jobbe med på egenhånd frem til neste time. De er kunnskapsrike innenfor mange fagområder og kan lære deg faguttrykk du vil trenge om du vil bruke spansk i en jobbsammenheng. I tillegg til å ha et svært høyt faglig nivå, er begge hyggelige og festlige noe som gjør læringen til en hyggelig opplevelse.”
Barbro, student from Norway
Maria and Raquel teach Spanish in an enjoyable and entertaining way. I´ve been studying with them since 2012 and keep coming back for more. The lessons are fun, focused and tailored to your specific needs which give you noticeable results quickly. Once you start your lesson time flies because Maria and Raquel always prepare highly engaging, challenging and interesting activities. You can study from wherever you are at your own pace and at a time that suits you best but it always feels like being in Spain. I highly recommend EBPAES-Spanology. Try a class and see for yourself!
Marias und Raquels Spanischunterricht ist macht nicht nur Spass, sondern ist auch unterhaltsam. Ich habe sie 2012 entdeckt und bleibe seitdem dabei. Der Unterricht macht Freude, ist genau auf die Bedürfnisse der Schüler ausgerichtet und bringt schnell messbaren Erfolg. Die Unterrichtszeit geht vorbei wie im Fluge, denn Maria und Raquel entwerfen immer interessante und anspruchsvolle Aktivitäten, mit denen man wie selbstverständlich lernt. Man kann von überall Spanisch lernen, zu der Zeit, die einem am besten passt und nach eigenem Lerntempo, aber es fühlt sich jedes Mal so an, als sei man in Spanien. Ich kann EBPAES-Spanology sehr empfehlen. Buchen Sie eine Stunde und sehen Sie selbst!
Karin, student from Germany
tierras foráneas. María y Raquel no son solo excelentes y pacientes
profesoras, sino también están siempre dispuestas a responder claramente
preguntas sueltas. ¡Para mí ha sido muy agradable aprender bajo la seguridad
y confianza que ellas despliegan en el trascurso de sus clases y espero
poder repetir, en un futuro no muy lejano, otra serie de cursos con ambas!
El Blog para Aprender Español me ha sido de gran utilidad para reforzar mis
conocimientos de la gramática española, así como a hacerme de otros
ampliando mi horizonte lingüístico. Adicionalmente, me ha brindado valiosos
consejos en cuanto a la didáctica ya que actualmente estoy dedicada a dar
clases de español localmente.Maricarmen Michelsen, Quebec, Canadá
Learning Spanish with Maria and Raquel is a great experience. They offer an innovative program that accommodates the busy professionals and students alike in every possible way. The course material is well structured, well presented, interesting and follows a natural progression in learning yet fun at the same time. The convenience of learning Spanish from a native speaker in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace is definitely an advantage to consider. I highly recommend El blog Para Aprender Español to anyone wanting to actively learn or improve their Spanish but has little or no available time to go to a language school.
Lira Funda, student from Singapore.
This is the best school for those who want to learn to speak Spanish in a pleasant and professional manner. The method is focused and will rapidly give you the confidence and ability to speak and understand the language. This is also the best school for those who want their teachers to work as hard as they do. This is simply the best school of the several that I have tried and I would be pleased to answer questions that anyone may have.
Ralph Weaver (Rweaver700@aol.com), student from Houston, Texas, USA.
Para mí, continuar mis estudios de español por este sitio era la solución más cómoda, ya que no podía viajar en Madrid cada año, y necesitaba algo regular para no olvidar lo que había aprendido. Además, ofrecían la mejor flexibilidad para programar las clases según mi horario, en vez del de una escuela.
A pesar de mis dudas iniciales de tomar cursos por Skype, me di cuenta muy rápido que funciona muy bien, y cada sesión resulta más efectiva que una clase normal porque estás totalmente concentrado frente a la pantalla de tu pc con los auriculares en tu orejas, sin ninguna otra distracción. Como las clases son totalmente personalizados a mi nivel y responden a las dudas que yo tengo, me doy cuenta del progreso que he hecho en mis estudios con EBPAES. El mejor ejemplo de esto era cuando estuve al punto a viajar al Centroamérica, y durante el mes precedente, las profesoras me enseñaron vocabulario y expresiones típicas de Guatemala y Panamá, algo muy útil para mi primer viaje en ese continente. De vuelta en París, voy a seguir con mis cursos con EBPAES para continuar hablar y practicar este idioma tan bonito pero que necesita muchos estudios.
Lars, Consultant, student from París, Francia
I highly recommend the Skype one-on-one lessons with Raquel and Maria. I began the classes as a way to prepare myself for a graduate-level program in Spanish in the United States. I wanted to improve my grammar, speaking, listening, and writing skills so that I would be ready for university. After working with Raquel and Maria, I definitely believe that the Skype lessons have strengthened my weak areas, increased my vocabulary, and advanced my listening comprehension abilities. Raquel and Maria plan dynamic lessons, packed with engaging activities to fill the entire 60-minutes of the session. It’s amazing how fast time flies during a lesson! A typical class gives you an opportunity to learn vocabulary expressions, review previous homework, learn new language structures, and apply the skills you’ve just acquired. You’re practicing the entire hour with patient, encouraging teachers who really want you to succeed in your goals. Additionally, after the lesson, the teachers provide useful homework practice so that you can process and understand the new material through listening and writing exercises. Not only does the homework provide practice, but it’s also an opportunity for Raquel and Maria to bring culture in your language learning by including links to Spanish television and radio websites that are relevant to your lesson. Once you complete the homework, Raquel and Maria give feedback very quickly so that you can bring your questions to the next lesson for them to clarify. Ultimately, it’s a wonderful program. Raquel and Maria are supportive, knowledgeable, and motivating teachers. The EBPAES Skype lessons that they design have really pushed my Spanish to the next level, and I’m so happy that I found this program on the internet. It’s a terrific resource for all levels of Spanish students — right in your own home!
Tracy Heaton, Teacher. Student from Missouri, USA.
Maria and Raquel are both very experienced and enthusiastic teachers with a strong passion to help you and to bring you forward.
1st they ask for your personal goals and needs and then they check your skills and weaknesses.
Based on that you start your 1:1 lessons.
They might be challenging and sometimes stressful, but only so you can learn the most in short time.
Up to your available time you get also homeworks, send it per mail and get it back corrected very fast.
For me the lessons were a big step forward to understand and speak more fluently and to generally aprove my spanish.
I wish you all to get the same experience and a lot of success !
Ferdinand Stueckler. Student from Austria.