Let’s start our language lessons off with a little pop quiz. Yes, this question is for you!
Question: It’s hard to concentrate in Spanish class when:
a) You’re surrounded by beautiful gardens bathing in the sun
b) You’re able to hear the waves from the lake washing ashore
c) Your Spanish language teacher spends more time picking his nose than he does quizzing your grammar.
If you guessed C, you have the correct answer!
The long-awaited Spanish lessons started last Friday, and I knew from introductions that my teacher and I might not have the best relationship. We went through introductions, shook hands, and proceeded into our little hut on the beach for instruction. As soon as we sat down, he went at it, in full force.
I had to look away quickly to keep myself from vomiting. I gave it some time and looked back, and he was still going at it! Oh my god, I just shook his hand!
To make things just a bit more disturbing, he did this thing where he rubbed his fingers together… to get the boogers off! Just typing this now I am dry heaving. He proceeded to do this at many points during our Spanish language lessons. Anyone know how to say, “Stop picking your nose!” in Spanish? Or, maybe next time I’ll pull out a tissue and offer it to him.
As much as I would love to ask for a new teacher, I just think it would make things even more awkward. I mean, this is how this guy makes a living, and if I cancel on him, he might not get paid this week. It is a dilemma!
Also, the plan was to stay in San Pedro for four weeks of language lessons, but now, after being here, I am probably only going to stick around for two (and not just because I can’t stand my booger picking teacher). The tentative plan is to move on to Quetzaltenango and maybe do another week of lessons there. After that, head over to Copan in Honduras, make my way to Rio Dulce back in Guatemala for a jungle river ride, and further up to Tikal.
Ah so much time, and so much possibility.
Learning Spanish in San Pedro, Guatemala
Gross predicament aside, Spanish language lessons in Guatemala are a great bargain. Lessons are generally 1-on-1 and you can choose to live in a dorm building or in a homestay (the best value and method of language learning in my opinion).
Casa Rosario: I learned Spanish in San Pedro at Casa Rosario. For 20 hours of 1-on-1 lessons each week, it costs $80 USD ($4/hr). With housing, the classes and meals will only run you $140 USD.