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13 years in business
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9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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PURA BUENA ONDA is a fantastic place to learn Spanish. Caro, the owner, provides a comfortable, nurturing, fun and stimulating learning environment. Caro is an excellent teacher. She also runs her school with wonderful business and organizational skills. In class, the emphasis is on conversation. However, the classes are structured to enhance learning and participation. Not only that, you continue learning in between classes with Caro's 'conversation of the day' and mini lessons which appear on the school's Facebook page. Pura Buena Onda is not only a great school. It's also a community. I love going to class. PeggySep 14, 2013Pura Buena Onda - Conversational Spanish's reply
¡Gracias Peguita! Me agrada mucho que te gusten las clases :)
I have been taking lessons from Caro for over a year and a half. Learning a new language is tough. Making a commitment to attend class is tough. But Caro makes it enjoyable, great teacher, comfortable, enjoyable, no presurre classes where you actually learn or improve your spanish.Apr 22, 2011
I've been a student at PBO for over 3 years and my Spanish has improved dramatically! Caro is GREAT and she knows what she's doing. She is creative, smart, fun, and has managed to attract great students who are enjoyable to be with in class. She uses the perfect combination of instruction, coaching and guided conversation. Grammar lessons? Vocabulary? Verb conjugation? Yes, yes and yes. But there are also games, stories, music, show-and-tell, jokes, idioms, word usages, and lots of conversation - structured and informal. One of the aspects I appreciate most about class is the opportunity to about the cultural significance of language and important country-to-country differences. Caro is a delightful person and I highly recommend taking a class from her if you're looking for a Spanish-learning environment that is productive and focused, but also fun and supportive.Apr 17, 2011
I have been taking classes at Pura Buena Onda for about four months now, and I am so happy I found Carolina and her wonderful classes! It has been amazing for me, in terms of improving the Spanish skills I had, learning more (much more), and getting that all-important chance to practice! Caro is a wonderful instructor who knows both how to offer a really great lesson and to facilitate wonderful conversation. She leads, encourages, and corrects us with sensitivity and understanding--and a great sense of humor--so that we feel more at ease with the language and truly improve. And it is always so much fun--she uses entertaining games and conversation starters that make the class something truly to look forward to! I love to go to class, and am always amazed at how the time flies by. Wonderful atmosphere, fun people and a great instructor--this is an amazing way to improve your Spanish!Apr 18, 2011
This is an excellent Spanish School and Carolinal Mery-Wood is outstanding not only in teaching & directing this delightful school but also in being highly organized, professional, personable, and diligent. I am thrilled that I found this place. She has created a home-like atmosphere and calm that's truly special. All her teachers are first-rate and from different Spanish-speaking countries so that you get to adapt your ear to different accents. There's a class for all levels. I can't recommend it highly enough.Sep 14, 2013Pura Buena Onda - Conversational Spanish's reply
Gracias chica :) ¡Me alegra mucho que te guste tanto!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Of course. I don't attend seminars or classes because after all, Spanish is my first language. However, I am constantly making an effort to practice my Spanish with other native speakers. Languages are one of those skills that you can lose very easily if you don't practice. Since I offer conversation classes I also read a lot of books about the art of conversation and teaching guides for language teachers.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I honestly fell into it. I decided that I wanted to make a career change about 8 years ago and had no idea what I wanted to do. One of my friends suggested I open my own business and I pretty much told him he was crazy...but it started the wheels churning. I made a few lists of things I enjoy doing, things I did not want to do and skills that I have. Spanish was the last thing I wrote down because I never thought of it as a skill...it was always my 1st language, a way to communicate with my family, but I just never thought of it as a skill. So I started offering classes (I had previous experience from tutoring in high school & college, as well as working for The Migrant Education Program for many years) and got my 1st student. I fell in love with teaching in about 2 minutes flat (even though I had the experience, I had never LOVED it before). And that is how I found my new passion...these days you can't me away from communicating with my students all day long! I LOVE my job!!!