A fantastic language school for those wanting to escape the controlled chaos of Santiago and other bigger cities. Cata and Maria were extremely hospitable and classes were professionally run in a way that was both fun and appropriate for our level of Spanish. Can’t recommend them highly enough! Muchas gracias a los dos!
Travel in a country where we hardly speak the language is challenging. So after a week of bumbling along and just getting by, we stumbled into Pichilemu Institute of Language Studies and met the people. Immediately it felt like we were with long time friends. The great energy and the small classes made learning easy and fun. By the end of our lessons we had developed a new confidence in our ability to communicate with those around us. It added another layer to our vacation. We enjoyed our time in Pichilemu so much we plan on returning to further our language skills as well as surf in that awesome green water.
Jacki and Louis Arevalo.
PILS is a language institute with a healthy learning environment, energetic instructors, and a strong buena onda. The pre-test administered during orientation allows the instructors to cater towards your specific language development needs. My instructor and I focused on past-tense verbs so that I could reach one of my goals of telling personal stories while in social situations. The two hour course allowed plenty of time to practice my new story telling skills while at the local empanada stand or while shopping at the fish market. The biggest growth spurts in my life-long Spanish speaking journey have come after spending a week or two in Pichilemu. I would recommend the Spanish courses offered at PILS to anyone, and don’t forget to try the muffins in the reception area! They’re the perfect before class snack.
Surf was great, the staff was excellent and the homestay was like a second family. All in all a great experience. In fact I left Pichilemu and Chile in January, 2009 only to find myself wishing I was back there. So in March I went back!
Wei Chian Ong.
If you are staying in South America for a while and need some pointers on the basics to be able to talk to the locals there is no better place. PILS staff are friendly, approachable, and professional. After a weeks introduction I can understand much more of what the locals are saying and most importantly, join in their conversation. The proof is in the pudding!