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Living Learning Spanish in Spain (study with a Spanish family)

Learn Spanish successfully, intensively and rapidly by living and studying with your teacher in Spain.
If you prefer a live-out experience, check our Spanish courses in Madrid.


Following 24 years of running successful home tuition English language courses, we are delighted to be able to offer you the same high-quality, bespoke, individual courses in Spain.

Live with a Spanish teacher

Offering a wide range of courses run by professional teachers to all learners of Spanish from young children to executives, our courses give you a great opportunity to maximise your progress in the Spanish language, enjoy the traditionally warm and friendly Spanish hospitality and experience Spanish culture 1rst hand.

Main destinations

Our families are spread throughout Spain, the following being the main destinations:
Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, Cadiz, Seville, Granada, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands (like Mallorca and Ibiza), Asturias, Bilbao.


Total Immersion in the Spanish Language

You will be welcomed into your teacher’s home, where you will experience life in Spain as part of a warm, friendly family. You will speak only Spanish everyday and your teacher will help you find the right words in your daily conversation. Your course is specifically designed to meet your individual needs for learning Spanish.
Study Spanish in Spain while living with a local family

  • high-quality, intensive courses
  • 1:1 and 2:1 tuition
  • excellent recommendations from past students
  • total immersion in Spanish
  • professional teachers
  • all levels from beginner to advanced
  • maximise your progress
  • special emphasis on listening, speaking and communication skills
  • a specialised programme of study designed for each student
  • flexible dates – start on any Sunday
  • a full 60-minute teaching hour
  • a safe, secure learning environment for children
  • short courses to prepare for exams or business meetings
  • activities and excursions arranged according to your interests
  • visits to famous and interesting places
  • a choice of city, seaside or countryside locations
  • progress report, certificate and advice for future study
  • easy registration and efficient administration


A Wide Range of Courses

Spanish courses in Spain with a host family
General Spanish: this course is aimed at developing all your Spanish language skills according to your needs and requirements.

Business and Professional Spanish: this course is aimed at the Spanish you need for your work. It focuses specifically
 on communication skills and the language you need in your professional life.

Crash Course (four days): designed for busy professionals who need to learn the maximum amount of Spanish in the shortest possible time.

Young Learner Courses: fully supervised courses of General Spanish plus a programme of activities for under 18s.

Exam preparation

Spanish for Teachers: an advanced Spanish course
to brush up on your communication skills, vocabulary and use of Spanish for the classroom.

Spanish Plus: a great way
 to combine studying with a holiday! General Spanish lessons plus activity sessions with
 your teacher. Courses include: guided sightseeing (historic buildings, cathedrals, churches, monasteries, Roman ruins, gardens…), walking, cookery, art and museum visits, Spanish poetry and literature, Spanish tapas tasting, visits to Sherry vineyards, flamenco dancing and guitar playing.

General Spanish

Study Spanish in Spain within a Spanish family

Rapid progress in Spanish
Living Learning Spanish specialises in providing individually designed, one-to-one intensive Spanish language courses in your teacher’s home. You will make rapid progress in Spanish because you are totally immersed in the Spanish language and we offer you a course specially designed for all your individual needs.

The lessons consist of a range of all skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation) and culture.

Programme of study
At the beginning of the course, the teacher will assess your level of Spanish and requirements, and plan a programme of study. You will be assessed again at the end of the course to record progress. A full report of lesson content, achievement and recommendations for future study will be sent to you after the end of the course, as well as your certificate.


Business and Professional Spanish

Business Spanish study in Spain

Professional Spanish courses
A Living Learning Spanish Professional course will help you with the Spanish you need for business meetings, negotiations, making presentations and attending international conferences. Your professional Spanish will improve and you will also practise the social Spanish you need when meeting and entertaining your clients, looking after your overseas visitors and travelling on business.

Skills and techniques
You will learn skills and techniques for telephoning, for writing reports, for business correspondence (letters and emails) and taking notes. We can help you with the specialist vocabulary you need for your work in a wide range of fields, e.g. engineering, information technology, medicine, law, finance, banking and accountancy, marketing and sales, human resources and many others.

Example of a one-week, 15-hour General Spanish course for adults

SundayArrival between 3pm and 9pm. Getting to know your teacher and familyEvening walk in the local area
MondayLessons (3 hours)Orientation with your teacherPrivate study, free time or conversation
TuesdayLessons (3 hours)Free for study, shopping or sightseeingVisiting your teacher’s family or friends
WednesdayLessons (3 hours)Afternoon excursion with your teacherVisit a traditional tapas bar
ThursdayLessons (3 hours)Free for study, shopping or sightseeingFilm night at home
FridayLessons (3 hours)Afternoon excursion with your teacherRelaxing with the family and conversation
SaturdayDeparture between 9am and 12pm (one-week courses) or full day excursion to local place of interest (two weeks +)


Crash Course

Study intensive Spanish in Spain

This intensive 1:1 course is the same as a normal week’s course, but in only four days. You can come any four days of the week including the weekend. The lessons will be on Business, Professional or General Spanish. Conversational Spanish will be practised in social situations with your teacher and family.

  • 20 hours 1:1 tuition
  • Self-study time
  • Individual assessment
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Study bedroom in your teacher’s home all meals
  • Many extra hours communication skills practice with your teacher and family progress report and recommendations for future study
  • One accompanied excursion (excluding entrance fees to museums etc.)
  • Transfer from local train/bus station

Example of a Crash Course timetable

Day 1Arrive at teacher’s home; lunch with teacher4 hours 1:1 lessonsDinner with teacher and family, conversation and private study
Day 24 hours 1:1 lessons; lunch with teacherShort excursion to local place of interest2 hours 1:1 lessons; dinner with teacher and family, conversation and self-study preparation for the following day
Day 33 hours 1:1 lessons; lunch with teacher3 hours 1:1 lessonsDinner with teacher and family, conversation and private study
Day 44 hours 1:1 lessons; lunch with teacherDeparture


Spanish for exams

preparation for Spanish exams in Spain

Intensive preparation

With Living Learning Spanish you can study intensively with an experienced teacher to prepare for your Spanish examination. All sections of the exam will be covered using up-to-date exam preparation materials. Your teacher will advise you on exam strategy and help you overcome our individual dificulties. There will be opportunities to do practice test and timed exam practice. Your teacher will give an assessment of your predicted grade.


Young Learners

study Spanish for young people in Spain

1:1 (ages 10–17)

A Young Learners course is the ideal way for children and teenagers to spend a study holiday in Spain or as preparation for a longer stay in Spain at school or university. Students will be gently introduced to the Spanish language and culture in a sympathetic environment and will have an individually designed programme of lessons and activities. Lessons can focus on the Spanish needed at school, General Spanish or Spanish for Exams. This course is fully inclusive of all costs for local excursions and activities, the only money needed is personal spending money.

We take care of your child
You want the very best for your child and so do we. We understand your worries about sending your child to Spain, especially for the first time. We assure you that our first priority is looking after your child who will flourish by living and studying with one of our carefully chosen teachers.

We are dedicated to ensuring that the children in our care make rapid progress in Spanish and also enjoy an unforgettable experience in a safe, homely, fully supervised environment.

Young Learners under 14

In addition to Spanish tuition and the usual LLS excursion programme, Young Learners aged 10 to 13 have daily activities in the home such as baking, crafts or projects to ensure their time is fully supervised by the teacher.

These daily activities are included in the course fees for students aged 10 to 13 but may also be purchased as an additional package for students aged 14 to 17 on Young Learners 1:1 courses.

Young Learners 2:1 – two students with one teacher

Come with your partner – this is an excellent opportunity to share your course studying together with a friend or member of your family.

This course is suitable for Young Learners aged 10 to 17 and Young Adults aged 18-21.

Spanish Level: you and your partner need to have the same level of Spanish and learning objectives.

  • 15 hours 2:1 Spanish tuition per week
  •  three excursions per week with your teacher
  •  afternoon activities with your partner
  • all local excursions and activities included in the fees

Students on a 2:1 course may share a bedroom with their partner.


Spanish for teacher

study Spanish for teachers in Spain

An advanced course
This is an advanced course for teachers of Spanish who need a refresher course to brush-up communication skills, vocabulary and use of Spanish for the classroom. The course will be with an experienced Spanish teacher who will use a wide range of authentic materials to extend your range of idioms, expressions and language skills. You can fine-tune pronunciation and discuss topical issues with the teacher and family. The ́’Spanish for Teachers’ course is tailored to meet individual requirements. You decide when you want to come, how long you would like to stay, and the number of hours of tuition per week — 15, 20, 25 or 30.


Spanish for parents and child

This is a General Spanish course specially designed for a parent and child who want to enjoy a study holiday together. You can either study Spanish separately (1:1 course) or together if you have the same level of Spanish and learning objectives (2:1 course). We recommend 15 or 20 hours tuition per week in total and these may be shared lessons or divided between parent and child. The minimum age we can accept a child for tuition is seven. If your child is under seven then they may come as an accompanying child without tuition. In some locations we have two teachers available for 1:1 lessons for parent and child at the same time.


Spanish plus


study Spanish being on holidays in Spain

A Spanish Plus course is specially designed for those who want to enjoy a study holiday. You can choose from a wide range of activities: guided sightseeing, walking (in the countryside, by the sea or in the mountains), art and museum visits, cookery, Spanish tapas tasting, visits to vineyards, flamenco dancing, Spanish guitar playing and many more!

Course Structure: on a Spanish Plus course, you choose the number of Spanish lessons and the number of activity lessons per week in blocks of three hours. You can mix and match the number of blocks and even combine courses, for example you can do Spanish plus cooking for one week and Spanish plus sightseeing course the next week.

Created around you: the minimum number of blocks on a one-week course is seven. If you have an interest of hobby not mentioned here, please ask us – our teachers have a wide range of interests and talents and we are happy to design an individual course for you!

Courses are 1:1 or 2:1 so you can come on your own or with a partner, friend or family member. Please note that course fees include your teacher’s time and full board and accommodation in your teacher’s home, but excludes all entrance fees and tickets to museums, etc. for the student and teacher which must be paid by the student.



Study Spanish with a host family in Spain
The lessons will consist of a range of all skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation) and culture according to your language learning needs.

Usually the tuition is in the morning, leaving the afternoons and evenings free for activities, visits and excursions or private study. At the beginning of the course, the teacher will asses your level of Spanish and requirements, and plan a programme of study. You 
will be assessed again at the end of the course to record progress. A full report of lesson content, achievement and recommendations for future study will be sent to you after the end of the course, as well as your certificate. The great advantage of this programme is that you live in the home of your teacher, so that learning doesn’t stop at the end of the lesson. In every conversation your teacher is helping you to speak Spanish – finding the right words and correcting grammar and pronunciation.


Family Time

Time spent with your family during meals and evenings is a good opportunity for you to practise your spoken Spanish and to use the language you have studied in the lessons.

You can learn as much during these times as you do in your lessons! Living with your teacher also gives you a unique opportunity to experience and learn about Spanish culture and way of life.


Social, Cultural Activities and Excursions

Spanish culture
The social programme is built around your needs and wishes so that, whatever your interests, you can fully enjoy your stay. You can choose from a wide range of local excursions and activities including sports (for example golf, tennis, swimming, walking, horse riding, water sports), cultural activities such as museums and exhibitions, bowling, cinema, theatre, restaurants and tapas bars, flamenco shows and local attractions depending on the location of the course.

Our towns and cities have excellent shopping centres, palaces, monasteries, tourist attractions and traditional tapas bars. Spain is famous for its many magnificent historical sites and traditions. There are special events during most of the year along the country.

Excursions in Spain speaking Spanish languageYour excursions and trips will be planned at the start of the course with your teacher according to your individual interests. The teacher will accompany you on two half-day or evening local excursions per week (one week courses) and one day trip at weekend (courses of two weeks or longer). You can state on the booking form which activities you would prefer and we can then advise on cost and availability.

Excursion Fees: Adults should pay all entrance fees to museums and travel by public transport etc. including fees for your teacher. Young Learner courses are fully inclusive of all costs for local activities and excursions. If Young Learners on 1:1 courses wish to book excursions to large attractions e.g. theme parks, visits to Madrid or extra lessons such as golf, tennis or horse-riding, then extra fees are payable in advance to cover the extra cost for teacher and student.


A wide variety of locations

You can choose to study with a teacher in the city, in the countryside or by the sea.

We can offer courses in major cities such as Sevilla, Málaga, in the capital city of Madrid, in coastal locations in Cádiz and Valencia and near the mountains in Granada.

We also offer courses in Barcelona. Please note that the spoken dialect in Cataluña is Catalán so we cannot guarantee that you will practice your Spanish outside the teachers home when going to shops and restaurants as the locals normally speak Catalán. Please state your preferred location on the booking form or let us advise you of the most suitable teacher and location according to your preferences.



Study Spanish living with a family in Madrid (Spain)
If you are a fairly confident traveller, it is easy to get from the airport to the teacher’s home by bus or train. We can provide the travel information for all locations.

Airport Transfers: if you require a personal airport transfer, we can arrange this with either your teacher of one of our highly trusted taxi drivers – the cost will be advised at the time of booking and is dependent upon the distance from the airport to the teacher’s home.

Arrival at your teacher’s home should be scheduled for Sunday afternoon/evening (3pm to 10 pm) and departure on Saturday morning (9 am to 1 pm). Transfers can be arranged for flights arriving/departing during these times. Any flights outside these times will incur an additional charge or we may recommend a hotel stay prior to arriving at or departing from your teacher’s home.

Please note that all Young Learners are required to book a transfer service with Living Learning Spanish.



Living Learning Spanish offers you FREE travel insurance with Studentguard+. Your insurance policy will be issued with your course booking documents. Cover commences as soon as you leave home on the 1rst day and ends when you reach home on the last day of your trip.

The International Student Policy covers:

  • Personal injury and medical expenses
  • Personal money, passport and documents
  • Repatriation
  • Course fees
  • Cancellation or curtailment charges
  • Personal liability
  • Travel delay, missed departure, delayed or lost personal belongings

The International Student Policy does NOT cover:

  • Overseas Legal Expenses
  • Personal belongings


Course Fees

Course Fees Include:

  • individual tuition (number of hours as requested) designed to meet your need
  • individual assessment at the start of the course study bedroom in your teacher’s home
  • all study materials
  • Living Learning Spanish student pack progress
  • report and recommendations for future study
  • certicate of attendance
  • full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner with your teacher
  • accompanied LOCAL excursions: two per week (one week courses) and one per weekend (two weeks+), excluding entrance fees on adult courses
  • transfer from the local train or bus station
  • 24-hour support from Living Learning Spanish staff comprehensive travel insurance

Course Fees Do Not Include:

  • Travel to/from Spain
  • Airport transfers. An optional meet and greet service is available. Fees for airport transfers will be advised at the time of enquiry
  • Entrance to fees to museums, exhibitions, cinema, theatre, etc. for you and your teacher (except Young Learners courses, where all fees for local excursions are included)

DEPOSIT: The deposit is part of the total fees due. The deposit is necessary to reserve your teacher and course.
PAYMENT OF FEES: Full payment of fees must be paid not later than four weeks before the course starts.
If you make a late booking, full payment must be made immediately.
FINAL DETAILS: Travel instructions and information about your teacher and family will be sent after the deposit has been received.



Kathleen · Living Learning Spanish in Spain (study with a Spanish family)

Name: Kathleen Murgatroyd (Taynuilt, Scotland, United Kingdom), August 2022

I really enjoyed my visit to Spain. It was well worth the effort of getting there, and the family I stayed with was very friendly, accommodating and willing to help me get the best out of my experience.

I was really apprehensive about going to a family I’d never met before, but I needn’t have worried. The lessons went well and the whole experience was very positive.

Thank you so much.

Tom · Living Learning Spanish in Spain (study with a Spanish family)

Name: Tom Kiehfuss (Napa, California, USA), July 2022

I have been studying Spanish for many years (14) and I have used it in my work as a teacher to communicate with students and parents. I also enjoy conversing with my Spanish-speaking friends in language exchanges, reading Spanish authors and listening to or watching Spanish teachers on Youtube! I am proud of the level I have reached and I have just reached a new level of proficiency after spending 2 weeks with Living Learning Spanish.

I am not a typical learner and learning a language is extra difficult for me. For example, while most people say, “I understand more than I can speak”, I am just the opposite. I can speak, but my listening comprehension is low. So, that being said, I have had to manage my own peculiar learning differences and when I am searching for a Spanish teacher I am looking for someone with experience, patience, and resourcefulness.

When I reached out to Living Learning Spanish they considered this information about my learning challenges and they found the ideal match for me in the North of Spain. My teacher Tess, her daughter and husband were so welcoming to me. They immediately invited me into their home as if I were a member of the family. Tess met all three of my prerequisites for a teacher. She adapted to my learning style and together we created a working/studying rhythm that was comfortable yet challenging.

Outside our “class time”, Tess knew how to create everyday language experiences for me. One day we went to the driving range and I joined Tess and her friend for a golf lesson. Another day we kayaked with a group of folks down a river. Most days she had many of her friends visit the house and one time, one of her good neighbor friends from Paraguay came over and she spontaneously decided to make us a typical Paraguayan meal! The accommodations were comfortable and everything you would expect and hope for: a comfortable bed, private room, luxurious and spacious bath, and a variety of places inside and outside the house to study or just chill out.

All in all, my experience with Living Learning Spanish, Tess, her lovely family, and all of the amazing people I met was a multi-level Spanish learning experience that I will carry with me forever.


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