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Lengua Rica: Certified Spanish Language Instruction




27 DECEMBER 2018 - 3 JANUARY 2019 

Prepare yourself for Spanish immersion, cultural exploration, and lots of fun in the sun!

  • Cost: $1600

  • Includes: Accommodations, food, Spanish instruction/activities/experiences, and general guide/coordinator sorts of services, travel within Costa Rica
  • Does not include: Cost of travel to or from Costa Rica. (Airfare from Seattle tends to be around $700.)
  • Single supplement: $300
  • Group size limit: 12
  • Please note that the focus of this trip is immersion in the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture, not sightseeing.


      • Day 1: Arrive in San José (Alajuela really) get settled
      • Day 2: Tour and activities in Alajuela (a small and accessible city)
      • Day 3: Travel north to San Carlos (Ciudad Quesada and San Vicente) and activities
      • Day 4: Projects and activities in San Vicente (small farm community) and meet host families
      • Day 5: Continue projects and activities in San Vicente and spend time with host families. Go to hot springs.
      • Day 6: Travel to Playa Hermosa via Arenal volcano area and activities.
      • Day 7: Hang out at beach and/or in town and activities
      • Day 8: Head back to Alajuela or fly out of Liberia (NW airport)
      • "Activities" means Spanish instruction, scavenger hunts, man-on-the-street interviews, hot springs soaking, coffee drinking, exotic fruit tasting, bus taking, latin dancing and other fun stuff. 
      • We will take public transportation and students will be encouraged to sit next to Costa Rican nationals and strike up a conversation. 
      • Some knowledge of Spanish required.
      • Please contact us if you are interested.

      What participants say:

      "The trip that my wife and I made to Costa Rica with [Lengua Rica] took the two-dimensional Spanish we had been studying in the classroom and made it a three-dimensional language by giving it a cultural context. We would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience Spanish within the cultural context of those to whom Spanish is their native language. The richness of the language is embodied in the warmth of the people who speak it. "
      ---Bill B.
      "There is a saying that 'the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.' If that is true, the Lengua Rica trip to Costa Rica is not for tourists. The Lengua Rica trip is for people with a traveler's mindset looking for an authentic experience; for a cultural and language exchange. My thoughts and emotions were always active when I was in Costa Rica. I never felt like a passive outsider watching "others", even while on bus rides through the countryside. Instead, for a week, I was a participant in Costa Rican life."
      ---Kathleen O.

      "I'd been studying Spanish with Lengua Rica for several sessions and was looking for a way to really intensely immerse myself in the language. The trip to Costa Rica was just the thing.  Ethan and Isa designed the trip to maximize the amount of interaction we had with Ticos.   We stayed in a wonderful farm community in the mountains, welcomed with friendship, fresh and delicious food, and nonstop conversations in Spanish. By the end of this stay we were even making up puns and jokes in Spanish.  We also had the opportunity to see much of the northern part of the countryside, traveling by bus through beautiful scenery, conversing with our seatmates in Spanish all the way. And our beach stay was a place where Costa Rican tourists go. Foreign   tourism is a big part of the Costa Rican economy now and it is possible to take a trip there without ever speaking Spanish or really talking with Ticos.  But with Lengua Rica, we were immersed in the culture, the language and the land.  It was a great week."
      ---Linda R.

      "Thanks for a fantastic trip. Loved the conversations with Jose Manuel [the owner of Hotel Pacandé]—very charming—that man could get a sack of rocks to talk. He was sincerely enjoyable company and very patient with my rusty grammar. The couple of days in Alajuela—loved the market scavenger hunt... could have done more of that. The market workers were the most friendly ever. Thank you for the opportunity to step up with a task and get local with the locals. I adored the days we spent in San Vicente... Having to speak in Spanish with [the] entire family was a true treasure—they were so patient and helpful... I loved every minute of it. I treasured the gift the folks in San Vicente offered to welcome our group with open arms and tons of patience (the welcoming karaoke, tours, etc).... There's nothing to compare to living in someone's house, sharing their space, conversing in their language, and coming to a common respect and caring. "
      ---Kara S.

      "I liked the variety (not staying in one place the whole time). I liked not being a tourist..., I liked the time spent in San Vicente with regular families..., I liked traveling in a small group because of the fun, positive interactions among ourselves, the hot springs was super nice, I liked being pushed to speak Spanish more... and more. I also really liked riding the bus. "
      ---Ruth M.

      "I have really been struck by what a nice balance it was to have had a few days in the city, a few days in the mountains and a few days at the beach. I am so pleased to have been able to experience several different Costa Rican environments, particularly given our short time in country. Extending the visit by staying at the beach for a few extra days was very, very, nice. When I got back I looked at a bunch of companies who do tours of Costa Rica, and almost all of them have a trip with roughly the same sorts of territory and itinerary. Every one of them is WAY more expensive. I really think we got a terrific bargain."
      ---Midge P.

      "For me, the trip was perfect. Absolutely the best educational-adventure-vacation I've ever had. I was looking for something that gave me a sense of the real day-to-day Costa Rica (that is, as much of a sense as could be given in a week), and the design of the trip mirrored the pace of the country, and that worked for me. The design (i.e., the schedule of events, the structure of the experience) of the trip had a certain improvisational quality: things will come together when they come together, the bus will get here when it gets here, the fiesta will start when it starts.... a certain time-less quality that worked for me, because it fit the lifestyle of Costa Rica somehow. But the reason it worked for me is because my agenda was to experience what it would be like to live in Costa Rica because I've been thinking about moving there for awhile now. There was enough structure for me to know when we were going to start each day, and a general sense of what we were going to do. The rest was improv, and that was great. I loved Alajuela, and the Pacandé hotel. Loved the people at the Pacandé. I loved the walking through the mercado and asking about different foods. I loved eating as a group together and talking about the day and what we had discovered. I loved catching the buses to various places. I really liked my host family. They were wonderful. They were very nice to me, and the accommodations were perfect. Also, I really liked the hot springs and also the Hotel Huetares at Playa Hermosa. I think that was the perfect way to end the trip, at the beach resort. So basically, I am your most satisfied customer. It was a great, perhaps life-changing, experience for me."
      ---Frank L.

      "I absolutely loved my trip to Costa Rica for Spanish language immersion as part of my educational experience with Lengua Rica. I had only just started studying Spanish a few months prior to the trip, but that did not detract from the value of the experience for me. There is so much that was great about the trip, from hanging out with Ethan, Isa and their daughters, having the opportunity to experience Costa Rica from a hands-on, real life perspective and not as a tourist, getting to know my wonderful host family in San Vicente and getting so many opportunities to meet new people, see the beautiful country and practice Spanish. It was without a doubt the best introduction to a country and language one could ever get. I fell in love with Costa Rica, am very motivated to continue to study Spanish, and certainly hope I can return again on another trip with Lengua Rica."
      ---Val A.

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      Lengua Rica is offering TUTORING SESSIONS via Skype or FaceTime.
      • This is an excellent way for students to continue to work on grammar, thematic vocabulary, writing and conversation.
      • We can work both with individual students and groups. (Visualize gathering with friends over margaritas for a tutoring and practice session. For practical purposes, groups should not exceed 5 students.)
      • The rate is $50/hour and can be prorated. (Same rate for an individuals and groups.)
      Please contact us  for further details.

      In addition, we recommend:

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      Adult group classes normally run for 8 weeks and meet once a week for two hours each class.




      (course: Amarillo)

          Mondays Starting 7 January 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Mondays Starting 7 January 06:30-08:30 PM


      (course: Café)

          Tuesdays (AM class) Starting 8 January 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Tuesdays Starting 8 January 06:30-08:30 PM


          Thursdays Starting 10 January 06:30-08:30 PM

      MARCH-MAY 2019


      (course: Carbón)

          Mondays Starting 18 March 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Mondays Starting 18 March 06:30-08:30 PM


      (course: Lavanda)

          Tuesdays (AM class) Starting 19 March 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Tuesdays Starting 19 March 06:30-08:30 PM

      Advanced Intermediate

          Wednesdays Starting 20 March 06:30-08:30 PM


          Thursdays Starting 21 March 06:30-08:30 PM

      MAY-JUNE 2019


      (course: Azul)

          Mondays Starting 13 May 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Mondays Starting 13 May 06:30-08:30 PM


      (course: Verde)

          Tuesdays (AM class) Starting 14 May 10:00 AM-Noon
      or Tuesdays Starting 14 May 06:30-08:30 PM

      Advanced Intermediate

          Wednesdays Starting 15 May 06:30-08:30 PM


          Thursdays Starting 16 May 06:30-08:30 PM

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      LOCATION 1
      Studio Lengua Rica

      303 10th Ave. SE
      Olympia WA

      LOCATION 2
      Woodard Lane Cohousing

      Common House (Building A/Purple Building)
      1620 Woodard Ave. NW
      Olympia WA

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      Registration for regular adult classes

      To register for an adult group class and reserve a spot, you may pay in full, or submit a deposit of $30 or more.
      Regardless of the amount you prepay in order to reserve a spot, $30 of that amount is non-refundable.
      Deposits are applied to tuition.

      Deposit Options

      Deposit options:
      Class Level and Time:

      Tuition $190-$220

      (sliding scale)

      Tuition options:
      Class Level and Time:

      The per-class drop-in rate is $30

      • Checks are also welcome and should be made out to "Lengua Rica."
      • Please indicate which class, day, and time you are registering for.
      • Include your name, phone number, and email address
      • Mail your check to:
      Class Deposits
      Lengua Rica
      P.O. Box 806
      Olympia WA 98507

      If your desired class is starting in less than a week, you should drop off your deposit at the Downtown Olympia post office (98501). That way it will be sure to get to us by the next day. Prospective students can also just show up on the first day of class and hope that there is room for them: there sometimes is.

      Determination of level

      Please converse with us before deciding you are ready for our intermediate or advanced classes!

      In order to determine in which level students belong, we talk with them over the phone or in person. We get a sense of their vocabulary and how well they put words together. It just takes a minute or so. In the rare event that we place a student in the wrong level, there is no problem if he or she wants to switch level. Prospective students are also welcome to sit in on a class with no obligation. Please contact us and we will arrange for you to do so.

      Private classes

      Private classes can be arranged by calling or emailing us. Scheduling is flexible. Rates:

      • 1-2 people $50/hour
      • 3-6 people $60/hour
      • 7 or more people $10/person/hour

      "A challenging, yet safe, supportive, and FUN atmosphere."-- Cherie B.
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      "I think your teaching methods are fantastic!"--Jessicarae N.

      Materials and content used in class are full of realistic, authentic language. Class activities address a variety of learning styles. We strive to create an engaging, fun, and relaxed atmosphere so that students enjoy themselves and are motivated to learn.

      "Such a wonderful experience and class atmosphere!"--Seth K.
      "Students are challenged to think deeper about ways to express themselves using Spanish. I was surprised at the advances I made in only a short period of time."--Jennifer Y.

      Class size can be as small as six, but never larger than sixteen. There are four distinct courses at the beginning level and seven courses at the intermediate level. Courses at the advanced level vary widely from session to session depending on students' interests.

      "If you are in Olympia this is the place to learn to speak Spanish: 100% Spanish -- it's the way to go. Ethan is a patient, innovative & entertaining teacher."--Sienna P.

      We use traditional, popular, and original songs (check out our CD). In addition, students write their own songs, their own dialogues, perform role plays, read books in Spanish written for Spanish speakers and talk about them with their classmates.

      "I have found it comparable to the excellent immersion language training I did when beginning Peace Corps in Central Asia. I am grateful to have Lengua Rica as a resource right here in the city of Olympia! --Rebekah O.

      In our classes, we emphasize the importance of communication over perfection. Students are evaluated by comparing each individual with his or her own past work. We give students many and varied opportunities to demonstrate their progress so that they can see how far they've come and feel encouraged.

      We feel respected, included, engaged.... A class that is... accessible for students with differing learning styles."-- Maureen C.


      If you'd like to sit in on a class just to see what it's like, please contact us and we will arrange for you to do so.

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      Keep in mind: these items are not only "covered." Because we teach through immersion, students in our classes are constantly exposed to, and have ample opportunities to use, authentic Spanish. In truth, what's listed below is just the tip of the iceberg.

      Course Functional Language Objectives Grammar Objectives
      CARBÓN Greetings, farewells, food Definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative adjectives, the verbs SER and ESTAR, present progressive, how to express possession, and some important irregular verbs
      AZUL spatial relationships, family Regular verbs, negation, how to form questions, the irregular verbs QUERER, VENIR, DECIR, OÍR, and PODER.
      ROJO Describing things, body parts Adjectives, noun-modifier agreement, the verbs ser (to be), ir (to go), present progressive, demonstrative adjectives, and the prepostions POR and PARA.
      AMARILLO Shopping, numbers, time, days of the week, months, seasons The verb TENER (to have), TENER QUE (to have to), expressions that use TENER, regular verbs, pluralization, accents, possessive adjectives, negation, interrogative sentences
      Course Functional Language Objectives Grammar Objectives
      VERDE Asking for and giving directions, making complaints about goods and services Prepositions, stem-changing verbs, present and past tenses
      MORADO Talking about the future, the body Future tense of regular and irregular verbs, preterite tense of irregular verbs
      ANARANJADO Shopping, emergency situations Comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the intricacies of definite articles, verbs ending in -cir, -cer
      ESMERALDA Food, earth science Preterite and imperfect tenses
      CELESTE Talking about likes and dislikes, using direct and indirect object pronouns Using direct and indirect object pronouns, the verb gustar
      CAFÉ Commands, daily routines The imperative mood, reflexive constructions
      LAVANDA Health, talking about the past Preterite and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs
      PAPAYA Talking about the past, daily routines Preterite and imperfect tenses of regular and irregular verbs, reflexive constructions
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      This level covers the gaps between our INTERMEDIATE classes and our ADVANCED discussion class. Students do weekly assigned readings (short stories, articles) and discuss them in class along with whatever other interesting topics arise. Grammar covered commonly includes the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.

      Advanced Intermediate courses feature readings on and discussions of a variety of contemporary issues, with supporting vocabulary lists and corresponding grammar units.

      Each week Advanced Intermediate students will read material selected for the purpose of inspiring thought and conversation. There is an assignment for the first class.
      Please contact us  for more info.

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      Advanced courses feature study and discussion of literature, film, and current events. Activities include continued review of the perfect tenses, progressive tenses, the subjunctive, the imperative, irregular verbs, prepositions, direct and indirect object pronouns, preposition use, and the passive voice.

      Students will listen to and read the transcript for episodes of this all-Spanish podcast. Please contact us  for more info. Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast that tells Latin American stories from anywhere Spanish is spoken, including the United States. It seeks to bring the aesthetic of high-quality longform journalism to radio. In 2014,
      Radio Ambulante was awarded the Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Innovation in Journalism, the most prestigious journalism honor in Latin America.

      In class, students will view 8 weekly segments of the 2004 Uruguayan film WHISKY after having read the corresponding portion of the film's screenplay at home. It was premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Un Certain Regard and FIPRESCI Awards. Read a review here. There is a reading and writing assignment in anticipation of the first class. Please contact us for more information.

      Students will read this short novel written by Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes in eight installments. This novel is considered as a fantastic literature for its remarkable description of “dreamlike” themes and the complexion of “double identity” portrayed by the character. Its narrative is completely carried out in second person. We will use this free downloadable PDF. (You have to number the pages yourself. Page 1 starts with "LEER ESE ANUNCIO.") There is a reading and writing assignment in anticipation of the first class. Please contact us for more information.

      • Students should read each segment IN ADVANCE of the class in question.
      • For Class 1 (26 July): pp.1-6 (p.1 starts with "LEER ESE ANUNCIO.")
      • For Class 2 (2 August): pp.7-11
      • For Class 3 (9 August): pp.12-16
      • For Class 4 (16 August): pp.17-21
      • For Class 5 (23 August): pp.22-28
      • For Class 6 (30 August): pp.29-33
      • For Class 7 (6 September): pp.34-38
      • For Class 8 (13 September): pp.39-47

      FALL 2018
      Students will listen to and read the transcript for episode of this all-Spanish podcast. Please contact us  for more info. Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast that tells Latin American stories from
      anywhere Spanish is spoken, including the United States. It seeks to bring the aesthetic of high-quality longform journalism to radio. In 2014,
      Radio Ambulante was awarded the Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Innovation in Journalism, the most prestigious journalism honor in Latin America.

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      We work with any pre-formed group of up to ten children of similar developmental level to provide a customized class that is age appropriate. In addition, we offer private group classes for families.
      • 1-2 people $50/hour
      • 3-6 people $60/hour
      • 7 or more people $10/person/hour

      Please call or write us for more information.
      Lengua Rica

      Certified Spanish Language Instruction,
      Interpretation, and Translation Services
      P.O. Box 806
      Olympia WA 98507
      (360) 357-9924

      This page was last modified: 16 September 2018.