Hello! My name is Junko, I am from Japan and I am an AIL Madrid Student currently taking a semi-intensive B1 Spanish course.
I chose to start learning Spanish a year ago after my husband and I moved to Madrid for his work. I tried out three or four other language schools before coming to AIL Madrid and out of all of them, I like AIL’s atmosphere the most!
My favourite thing about the school is the other students you get to meet there. I enjoy talking with the students who come from places like China, France and the US, and I also get on well with my classmates. They are younger than me, but the age gap isn’t an issue and I always find it interesting to hear what they have to say.
As I have a busy schedule, I think the ten weekly hours of classes offered in the semi-intensive courses are a good amount for me to learn Spanish from. The teachers at AIL are really friendly and they always bring up interesting topics for us to discuss in class. I find speaking to be the hardest part of learning Spanish, but my teachers are patient and always let me finish all of my sentences when I am speaking in class. Since starting the Spanish course, I am now able to talk to native speakers, take calls and organise local services to fix household problems on my own. I used to work in the Ministry of Commerce in Japan, so I am also excited by the idea of being able to use Spanish in my work in future too!
Do you want to meet another AIL Madrid Student? You can get to know Sandra, who started as a total beginner, in our Spanish Language Students section.