“Erandi & Yadira,
You have both been great teachers. Erandi’s enthusiasm & good cheer is constant. The immersion (and totally avoiding English) has been difficult but very helpful in letting go of always returning to my English mind… The constant conversing has made me more comfortable hearing and speaking Spanish. Thanks”
“J’ai bien aprécié suivre des cours d’espagnol avec Yadira Rios cet hiver 2006. Yadira est une personne très dynamique et un professeur hors pair. Elle maitrise très bien les 3 langues, espagnole, anglaise et française et míme les choses si nous ne comprenons pas.
Elle travaille la méthode dite “immersion”, c’est- à -dire qu’elle organise avec vous, des sorties pour rencontrer des gens qui parlent l’espagnol soit au marché, au restaurant, dans les magasins ou ailleurs. Cette méthode donne des excellents résultats. Dans mon c, quoique je n’ai pas trouvé celà toujours facile, je peut dire maintenant que je comprend mieux la langue espagnole et que je peux me débrouiller un peu après quelques heures de pratique.”
Manon Puvilland, Mascouche, Québec CA
Yadira Rios is an inspiring and talented Spanish instructor, who loves her native Mexico, and is excited to share it with others. Her classes are fun, as most of the time is spent ‘out and about’ with the people who live in the area: communicating, laughing, and enjoying all that the surrounding communities have to offer. I learned a lot and had lots of fun at the same time!
Kathleen Field, Migrant/Bilingual Teacher
I have taken many spanish classes with Heidi and she is a marvelous teacher, very friendly , patient and enthusiastic , She is well organised,, always in a good mood and she gave me the necessary drive to learn spanish . Her pedagigical background can be perceived in her approach leaving you no option but to learn with pleasure and efficiency. One of the best teacher I ever had, and I have tried many!
Claude Lecorre, Montreal, CA
Yadira’s teaching method was fantastic. I started the course a complete beginner and finished my 2 week course with not only an excellent base on which to further my knowledge, but also an ability to hold basic conversations too. I was hugely impressed by Yardira´s methods and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Whatever your level of Spanish, whatever your goal Yadira will exceed your expectations. So what are you waiting for!? the adventure of learning Spanish awaits!
Tom Barber, England
I completed a 2 week course with my boyfriend and we had the pleasure of Yadira Rios as our guide to Spanish. The course varied greatly from day to day in both location and method and never failed to excite, engage and challenge our abilities. We began the course with different levels of Spanish yet Yadira managed to ensure that we both grew and benefited greatly from each and every lesson and finished the course with a leaps and bounds as well as with a huge urge to continue to learn.
Thank you Yadira!
Chelsea Hutchinson, Australia.
Yadira made the classes most interesting because they were so practical. She explained at the beginning what to expect and then required me to speak only in Spanish to search for any word that would work in communicating my message or question. I found her very patient and funny. She refused to respond to English questions which made me think only in Spanish. By the 4th day I realized I was already thinking in Spanish. By arranging for me to live with a Mexican family it helped later to practice what I was learning in the classes. We used the whole city and region as a school and continued to be practical in the applications of the language. Kidding in Spanish was part of her style and singing to popular music was very soothing and enjoyable since she was a good singer and dancer. Her acting talent made her diction easy to watch and hear as she emphasized dramatically what she was expressing and what she wanted me to express.
WE became good friends as well as teacher pupil which I appreciate. I would take classes with her again to advance my language skills.
As a teacher I would suggest two approaches Yadira could take to maximize her students apprehension. To stay in the supportive positive mode of her excellent way of encouraging through positive statements all the time. And to concentrate on basics for the first three days instead of two including writing exercises and homework drills. Just to establish a more firm basis, memorization and repeating key phrases should be continued until the sounds, pronunciations and question-responses are truly imbedded. I know this is difficult for a week course but it helps to practice. My age I am sure was a hindrance to my memory work and I appreciate her patience. I feel so much more confident in speaking hearing and responding and will continue my language studies hopefully with a teacher as engaging as Yadira.
Patrick Yesh, Canada
“…We were extremely happy with our Spanish classes. They were a wonderful addition to our vacation. Our teacher, Erandi Blanco made classes fun and interesting everyday. She is filled with energy and knowledge and communicates both to her students. We cannot recommend her more highly.”
Andrew Feldman and Rosalie Bravo
San Francisco, CA USA
Dear Erandi and Yadira,
Thank you so much for your patience and enthusiasm. Erandi, you made Spanish classes fun. You gave me some ideas of how to teach my students who don’t speak my language. I think that I learned a lot Spanish! I appreciate so much how nice you both have been. It was incredible how you went out your way to show me your country and your city. I will never forget it! Muchas gracias!
Karen Jacob, WA, USA
“Yadira, I am honored to have been your first student in Adventure of Learning Spanish! It has been a wonderful set of adventures. You have helped me a great deal with my intentions to one day become fluent in Spanish. I appreciate your teaching style of total immersion and especially your incorporation of everyday activities. I will definitely recommend you to friends and various websites”
I have a very firm commitment to learning to speak Spanish. It is about basic respect. That being said… this goal is more difficult for me than earning my PhD. I studied with Erandi Blanco at the Adventure of Learning Spanish owned by Yadira Ríos Torres. I am a particularly difficult challenge as a linguistic student because I am almost exclusively a visual learner. Erandi did an admirable job developing strategies for me and I was able to have one of my first meaningful conversation in Spanish, my second goal met for learning Spanish! We talked about feminista issues in Mexico and the United States! I would recommend Yadira’s school without reservation!
Barbara Rogers Bridges, Maine, USA