welcome to pura buena onda

San Diego’s premiere Spanish language immersion school for adults

Our classes are held in one of our four conversation classrooms in North Park (San Diego, CA), or online (Pacific Time).

Please note: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, ALL of our classes are temporarily online.

We practice our Spanish through real conversation and through a quick mini-lesson each week. We talk about our day to day lives, we play games and we discuss random, thought-provoking topics. The classes are fun, laid back, non-intimidating and filled with joy & laughter!

To learn a language,

We believe that you must actually SPEAK the language.

Join our community today.

We offer private, semi-private, or small-group Spanish conversation immersion classes in a fun, relaxed, non-intimidating environment in the heart of North Park (or online)!

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Actual Student Feedback.

I want to say MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS because thanks to you, Pura Buena Onda, and Octavi, I’m able to speak Spanish when I travel the world, and speaking Spanish has opened up so many doors and opportunities for me! When people ask me how long I studied Spanish and I tell them 1.5 years they’re always shocked, and I love to tell them about PBO and how the learning techniques at your school are the best and only way to really learn to speak Spanish! :)

The classes are going great so far. I already feel like they are making a big difference. Octavi is great and very engaging. I look forward to continuing my classes!

Quiero decir que tu escuela es increíble, y he aprendido mas en 9 meses con PBO que aprendí en 5 años de español en la universidad!

The class is fabulous! I love the environment, mood & structure that Carolina creates. Carolina is a natural teacher

I love this class and the cultural diversity and knowledge it brings. Caro is a wonderful instructor and makes an incredible effort to make sure everyone is learning.

This class was an excellent opportunity to practice Spanish in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We discussed a wide range of topics that usually resulted in lots of laughter!

I really enjoyed the class and I thought the instruction was fantastic. 

Fun, relaxed atmosphere; not intimidating to speak.

Awesome teacher and atmosphere!

Fun and effective. Definitely worth the time and money.

I learned so much while in a safe and fun environment. We laughed during every class. I am so glad I found it!

Realistic conversations and interactions.

Excellent. Fun. Good balance of conversation and didactics. Good management of group.

Carolina is great to study with as she provides a relaxed and fun environment to practice your Spanish skills.  I take the conversational class which has been wonderful for me to practice the language while meeting new people.  I highly recommend her classes to anyone who wants to better their Spanish language skills!

Carolina’s conversational classes have given me the confidence to speak Spanish at my workplace and in my private life.  I’ve wrestled with fluency for years, always lacking confidence in my abilities, but working with Carolina has made me see what my strengths and weaknesses are.  She provides a warm, non critical environment to encourage students to soar.

There is NOTHING I don’t love about Carolina’s classes. It is truly a delight to come. I’m feeling more confident all the time. It is more than I expected. Carolina is a joy to be with and I am always amazed at the great ideas she has to make it so much fun. Many thanks.

I am constantly surprised and stunned at my growing comprehension through this method of learning.

Carolina puts everyone at ease and gets everyone interested in the conversation at hand.

Caro is fun, professional and sensitive to the people in her class. She knows all the fine points of grammar and will gently offer a better word but doesn’t constantly correct everything you say. I learned a lot, especially from being in a class of no more than 6 people – and I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.