Begin your Spanish journey

& learn to connect with ease.

Spanish is spoken by 500 million people around the world. It is the language of passion and poetry, literature and laughter, adventure and discovery. Come and learn it with José Hares, founder of South Africa’s longest-established and most-loved Spanish school. You won’t just learn to speak Spanish, you’ll learn to think it too – opening the door to real communication with the remarkable people of Latin America and Spain.

THIRD term begins 2 AUGUST 2024

Classes are taught online using the Zoom platform as well as in Bree Street at our School loft. So take advantage of this fantastic opportunity if you live further away.

One-on-one classes are also available for both new and previous students.

I look forward to connecting and sharing both my experience and knowledge with you.

– José


The Director and founder of the school, José Hares – a native of Argentina and a qualified lawyer – personally teaches all courses.

He is a highly skilled and much-loved teacher, and has been awarded a knighthood by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his work in bringing Spanish language and culture to South Africa.

José spends substantial time each year in Latin America, keeping abreast of cultural developments and sourcing innovative teaching materials.


Since opening his school in 1992, José has taught around 5000 adults to speak Spanish. 

José offers classes over three terms each year, each term lasting two months. The 1st term begins in February, the 2nd term in May, and the 3rd term in August.

José teaches a universal Spanish that the whole of the Spanish-speaking community understands and speaks – it is not South American Spanish or Spanish for Spain; it is both.

José’s approach is to work through grammar into conversation so that the student actually learns the language, and does not merely memorise a few phrases. He teaches from beginners to advanced levels, in small groups (maximum 10 students) and in private classes.


José’s students are educated, professional people, and many have already studied a second or third language such as Afrikaans or Latin. They use their Spanish for travel or business – and the school often connects students who share a passion for Latin America or Spain. José also teaches gifted teenagers of 16 years and older, accompanied by an adult.

Nico Gray

“Fantastic Spanish classes taught by a native Spanish speaker, from beginner to advanced level. The institute is based in CPT, but they have online classes that I attend while in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The School of Spanish is very reasonably priced and they have been around for years!”

Mieke Badenhorst

“I have had many language teachers over the years and I can say that, without a doubt, José’s teaching methods are the best I’ve ever seen. I have been with José for three years and every year I just keep going back to his classes. His methods are exceptional – well prepared, tried-and-tested over 30 years of teaching – and, as a bonus, he manages to always keep the classes light and fun. For me, Spanish class is the highlight of my week.”


Come and learn Spanish with José Hares, founder of South Africa’s longest-established and most-loved Spanish school. 

120 Bree Street, Cape Town

José Hares - School of Spanish