Reviews of Violeta Parra Escuela de Idiomas - TANDEM Santiago, Santiago, Chile

Total No. of Reviews: 65
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Violeta Parra Escuela de Idiomas - TANDEM Santiago, Santiago, Chile
4.1/5.0 
(65 reviews)
City 4.0/5.0 
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Facilities 3.6/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
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Shared flat (apartment) 4.1/5.0 
Other 3.8/5.0 
Individual Reviews
5. Dec. 2010
1. (28 years)  - 
1. Super Intensive - 8 weeks

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Family atmosphere, coherence
13. Apr. 2010
2. (50 years)  - 
2. Intensive - 6 weeks

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Fast pace of the class.
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2 for four weeks learning the syntax of the frame.
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Curriculum for other European language speakers.
14. Aug. 2009
3. Mieko (38 years)  -  New Zealand
3. Intensive - 4 weeks

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I had a good time at this school for 2 months. The school atmosphere is nice and warm, well organised and teachers are very nice, also the location is very convenient. (about 3 minute walk from a subway station). Everybody has to take the morning lessons (group course) and we study grammar in the morning so if you have already studied grammar and want to study conversation mainly, you have to take private lessons. I haven't studied grammar before so it was very good for me. I'd like to visit them again some day!
11. Aug. 2008
4. (31 years)  -  Japan
4. Intensive 10 wks + commercial Spanish 2 weeks - 10 weeks

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Private lessons were quite good.
1. Apr. 2008
5. (20 years)  -  Germany
5. Crash Course - 4 weeks

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The Lessons.
3. Feb. 2008
6. (33 years)  - 
6. Intensive - 4 weeks

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it is well located and in the center of the city.
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Pablo Neruda ,le musée pré -colombiano-valparaiso
18. Oct. 2007
7. Elodie (24 years)  - 
7. Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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the thursdays
2. Oct. 2007
8. (27 years)  - 
8. Intensive - 3 weeks

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nice and qualified teachers, friendly atmosphere,
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excursions on Tuesdays, empanadas and wine the first day
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Can't evaluate the acomodation, as we stayed with relatives; if you go to Santiago Violeta Parra is a very good choice
2. Oct. 2007
9. (27 years)  - 
9. Intensive - 3 weeks

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small classes, very nice and competent teacher, friendly staff, who helps you with every possible problem you have
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welcoming with empanadas and wine at the first day, excursions on Tuesday afternoons
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I can strongly recommend this school; it was better than I expected; I can't say anything about accomodation because we stayed with relatives.
22. Aug. 2007
10. Sebastian (25 years)  - 
10. Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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22. Aug. 2007
11. (26 years)  - 
11. Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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Gabriel and Dario, the perfect and funny spanish teacher. And all the other friendly theacher of the school. It was a very interesting and funy time at the school and the load of spanish was very good. Thank you! Best regards!
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You have to go to the Pubmeeting every thursday. And the other programms at weekends!
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The school is very interesting and the teacher very funny!
18. Jul. 2007
12. (25 years)  -  Australia
12. Intensive - 4 weeks

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Expect to wait 20 minutes for the bill
16. Jul. 2007
13. (65 years)  - 
13. Intensive - 4 weeks

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4. Apr. 2007
14. Seliena (27 years)  - 
14. Super Intensive + Individual - 2 weeks

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27. Mar. 2007
15. (28 years)  - 
15. Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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interaction during class
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thursday night out
14. Mar. 2007
16. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
16. Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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the friendly atmosphere
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don´t have any qualms about asking to change teachers or the length/type of course you´re doing, it{s generally seemed to be fairly easy to change things about since the management is quite flexible.
13. Feb. 2007
17. (28 years)  - 
17. Intensive - 4 weeks

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musee,maipo,valpo,mercado central
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it's a good school ,well located with very friendly teachers and administrators, i recomand violeta to all internationnal student.hasta luego
1. Nov. 2006
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18. Intensive - 2 weeks

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20. Mar. 2006
19.  -  Australia
19. Intensive - 4 weeks

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Hard to choose - great organization, teachers, excursions, friendliness
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A fantastic experience. I can recommend this school to anyone, of any age.
10. Feb. 2006
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20. Crash Course - 9 weeks

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A very warm and familiar atmosphere
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the weekly "new-students" - meeting either in the beautiful garden or inside with wine and empanadas (every monday during lunch, for free!)
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It was a big help that most teachers spoke either german or english and most of them spoke even both languages. It makes the learning a lot more effective! About the city, once you've gotten used to the different cleanliness standards in whole Chile and the low care about broken and unfixed things, you will start to love the people and the country!
19. Dec. 2005
21.  -  Nederland
21. Individual course in Santiago - 3 weeks

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learning spanish and meeting new people
19. Dec. 2005
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22. Intensive - 3 weeks

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Organisation and the small clases
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Try to get in contact with the school early for any reservation number or other organisational things. They will help you.
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The Grammar is done very quick
11. Aug. 2005
23. (21 years)  -  Canada
23. General

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teacher Luis was excellent, I also really enjoyed the social aspects of the class - a reception with empanadas and wine every monday afternoon, tours on tuesdays, the excursions on the weekends were great and well organized, and the guide Jorge is very personable and knowledgeable
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Pablo Neruda´s house is a 2-minute walk from the school and is not to be missed!
23. Jun. 2005
24. (25 years)  -  The Netherlands
24. General

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People being nice and friendly, feeling at home straight away, nice teachers -> all good!
12. May. 2005
25. (27 years)  -  England
25. General

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Friendly and flexible
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Don't sit in the park near the river and beware of the romany women there!
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School was excellent. Only comment is that the level evaluation was strange, i was in a beginners class despite knowing all past tenses, others in the intermediate class only knew present tense!
31. Mar. 2005
26. (28 years)  -  Us
26. One-to-One

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I wasn't informed about the Monday lunch in the backyard until my last week there. I was there for a month and never had the opportunity to go to the winery with the school. I wanted a shared flat with other students, but ended up living with the 60 year-old owners of the flat. Towards the end, they have stayed at home all day long and I felt very uncomfortable. I would advice others to ask about this before arriving.
12. Mar. 2005
27. (26 years)  -  Ireland
27. Super Intensive (+35h)

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25. Jan. 2005
28. Anonymous (33 years)  - 
28. General

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11. Nov. 2004
29. (25 years)  -  Sweden
29. General

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Very friendly atmosphere
5. Oct. 2004
30. (21 years)  - 
30. General

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monday
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suezia, bella vista
9. Sep. 2004
31. (26 years)  -  England
31. Super Intensive (+35h)

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The quality of the teachers that i had.
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Make sure you get Roxanna or Luisa as they are both amazing teachers.
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Overall it was an excellent experience that was only let down by the disorganization of the administrative staff. This includes being constantly asked for receipts to prove that i'd paid when there really is no need if things are organized properly. Overall it has been a fantastic experience with high quality teaching and excellent out of class activities which made it easy to settle in and meet people.
12. Aug. 2004
32. (24 years)  -  Norway
32. General

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Good teachers, fun activities
5. Aug. 2004
33. (36 years)  -  Ireland
33. One-to-One

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I would have preferred to cover aspects of hte language that I needed instead of sticking to the textbook
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The staff were very helpful and friendly.
31. May. 2004
34. (28 years)  -  Japanese
34. One-to-One

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31. May. 2004
35. (32 years)  -  Deutschland

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young and friendly teachers, a lot of fun
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You will learn a lot of spanish grammar. I had a great time at TANDEM for 4 weeks.
21. May. 2004
36. Moritz (25 years)  -  Deutschland
36. General

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18. May. 2004
37. Anna (20 years)  -  Deutschland
37. General

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12. May. 2004
38. Danny (27 years)  -  Germany
38. Super Intensive (+35h)

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10. May. 2004
39. (20 years)  -  Deutschland

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i felt very welcomed and I've learned a lot in this week.
1. Apr. 2004
40. Andreas  - 
40. Super Intensive (+35h)

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23. Mar. 2004
41. (33 years)  -  Switzerland

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The host family in Valparaiso was just perfect
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Be absolutely sure that you know the address of your lodging before arriving
16. Mar. 2004
42. (20 years)  -  Usa
42. General

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Nice and funny teachers.
5. Dec. 2003
43. Mahler-hutter (20 years)  -  Oesterreich
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24. Nov. 2003
44. (29 years)  -  Brasil
44. General

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Everything was outstanding.
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Walk around Santiago, to get to know the city.
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Friends, There is something I didn't like about the accommodation. I had to change accommodation because The Bella Vista Hostel is one of the most horrible places i have ever seen in my life. Really bad organised, they don't speak Spanish but the worst part is related to the cleaning conditions of the "rooms". A lot of rubbish and very low quality of service. I think it is an excellent place for horror movies. Then, I moved to the Monte Verde Apart Hotel, great quality and excellent service. Regards, MARCOS FAGUNDES
15. Oct. 2003
45. (34 years)  -  The Netherlands
45. General

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Free coffee and tea.
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Suecia (part of the city)
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Teachers are not inspired, no heating, no library, no computers, no place to study. Do I need to say more ?!
3. Sep. 2003
46. Catherine (31 years)  -  England
46. One-to-One

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30. Aug. 2003
47. (21 years)  -  Brd
47. General

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The weekend excursions.
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Bring a hot water bottle.
30. Aug. 2003
48. (21 years)  -  Brd
48. General

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29. Aug. 2003
49. (61 years)  -  Usa
49. General

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Excellent instructors.
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Outstanding classical music offerings in Santiago.
29. Apr. 2003
50. (32 years)  -  Germany
50. General

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Very friendly athmosphere, very good teachers
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I liked the shared appartment very much! International athmosphere with other students and a friendly and helpful Chilean owner.

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