Spanish & Valencia is a small but tidy one instructor school centrally located for easy access in Valencia’s city center. Raquel Moreno, provides both private and group lessons. She offered a free first lesson so we could meet and she could assess my skill level. She is patient, encouraging, energetic and a good Spanish teacher. She makes good use of a white board to write down what is being taught and asks that you purchase a Spanish workbook for lessons. In one month I learned how to introduce myself, to talk about where I’m from and where I live now, to speak about why I wanted to move to Spain and why I wanted to learn Spanish so I have some conversational skills. She encouraged me to be bold and not be shy with people that I encounter, but to take advantage of every opportunity to practice my new found skills. On the second lesson she insisted I learn my phone number in Spanish which immediately became essential. The most useful line that has opened many doors for me is to say “Solo estoy aprendiendo a harbar español”. (I’m just learning to speak Spanish). The Spanish people really appreciate that you are making an effort to learn their language and once I said that, they quickly become supportive, encouraging and helpful. I moved from the U.S. with extremely limited Spanish skills but a desire to learn. Raquel gave me a good foundational start. Thank you Raquel!