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Top 5 Best Countries to Learn Spanish in South America

Friday, February 24, 2017 12:52

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Interested in learning Spanish as a second language in South America? Dreaming of a career in international business? Fallen in love with a native Spanish speaker? These are just a few reasons why one may want to take on the task of becoming bilingual in Spanish. As the world’s second most spoken language, it is clear how essential it has become to learn Spanish, and what better way to learn than to immerse yourself in a South America! Full of history, breathtaking landscapes, and rich culture, here are our top 5 best countries to learn Spanish in South America.

  1. Chile

Chile is quite impressive with its widely contrasting landscapes. From the wilderness to the Andes to the rivers of Patagonia, Chile is just as enchanting as any fairytale story from your childhood. The biggest difference in the Spanish spoken in Chile is that it is heavily influenced by the dialect spoken in southern Spain. Pronunciation varies significantly from its South American neighbors as well as the use of the formal Usted. The Spanish you will learn in Chile will be much different from the Spanish you will learn in Argentina or in Colombia, which could be something worth considering if you plan to travel throughout South America. Chileans are also notorious for their fast paced Spanish speaking abilities. Be prepared to give yourself sometime to learn to keep up with the conversation. Luckily, Chileans are rather patient and always encouraging of those trying to learn Chilean Spanish.

The metropolis of Santiago is top choice for a collection of different Spanish learning programs. With several chains and additional independent programs, there is a wide array of options for travelers looking to learn Spanish in Chile. Regardless of which route you decide to take, you will undoubtedly learn the unique Chilean slang no university elsewhere can teach you. Better yet, you will be able to practice it all throughout your Chilean travels.

 

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  1. Ecuador

Ecuador is an excellent place to learn Spanish while enjoying South American culture. Ecuador moves on a much slower pace creating a very laidback atmosphere in which people from all over the world can seamlessly coexist. Ecuador also boasts diverse sce
nery, including the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos islands. The cost of living is quite low so be sure to take advantage of all the natural beauty Ecuador has to offer.

The capital city of Quito is home to a variety of schools in which you can learn Spanish.¬†In contrast¬†to Chile, the Spanish is spoken at a much slower pace and the accent can be easily imitated. However,¬†there are very few Ecuadorians in Quito who speak English, so be aware that you will need to rely on your Spanish speaking abilities to maneuver throughout the city. For more of a coastal Caribbean feel, Guayaquil serves as the country’s seaport and remains an essential piece of the true identity of Ecuador. Plentiful in seafood and tropical music, Ecuador is a great place to learn Spanish in South America.

 

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  1.  Peru

Peru is an exquisite country luxuriant in mystifying history as well as some of the most recognizable travel destinations in the world. With the highly sought after Machu Picchu and Peruvian amazon, Peru grants it’s international travelers the experience of a lifetime. Also known for its simplicity, the Spanish spoken in Peru renders deep pronunciation and a fluidity of style that is easily recognizable. Additionally, Peru’s friendly population will allow you to practice your Spanish with the locals.

Cusco is by far the most favored location to learn SpanishinPeru. The attraction of Machu Picchu alone is enough to entice those looking to learn Spanish in South America. However, as a result of the booming tourism industry, you will find many locals will quickly turn to English when providing directions or offering a recommendation. While there are other popular destinations in Peru, such as Lima and Arequipa, they currently do not have the capacity to provide travelers the same opportunities to learn Spanish as does Cusco. Choosing the best city for you in Peru is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Whichever you maychoose you will find Peru to be abundant in natural beauty,fine cuisine, and good people.

 

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  1. Colombia

While Colombia embodies a variety of different customs, from food to music to overall landscape, one thing that remains constant is the clarity of the Spanish spoken throughout. Colombia is ideal for a per
son who has never spoken a word of Spanish in their lifetime as the native people speak rather slowly and quite clearly. The lack of a strong accent makes it easier for those who are at the very basic level of learning Spanish. If you choose to study Spanish in Colombia, you will undoubtedly experience the Spanish language in one of its most pure forms.

The two best places to learn Spanish in Colombia are Medell√≠n and Cartagena. Medell√≠n is a great city within Colombia that cultivates a cosmopolitan feel and just so happens to be located in the heart of the nation’s coffee district. With mild temperatures and an abundance of city sights, Medell√≠n has come a long way from the notorious days of Pablo Escobar. Cartagena is a great option for those seeking a tropical climate. The port city is infamous for high temperatures and even higher humidity. With cobblestone streets and c
olorful colonial buildings, Cartagena is a popular choice for those looking to learn Spanish during the week and retreat to the white sand beaches on the weekend. Clearly, Colombia has more to offer its international visitors than just the foundation needed for speaking Spanish.

 

 

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  1. Argentina

Argentina is our number one best place to learn Spanish in South America. With the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires, vast rural countryside, and glacier-filled Patagonia, Argentina truly inhabits the best of all worlds.  As a country rich in history and culture, Argentina constantly draws forth the attention of a vibrant international crowd. From Brazil to Europe to the USA, Argentina has established itself as a haven for expats from all over the w
orld. Naturally, most expats reside in Buenos Aires, a city with limitless activities and a never-ending nightlife. The city’s diverse atmosphere is evident in the various different barrios throughout the city, such as bohemian-centric San Telmo and the lively streets of Palermo Soho. Whether you are seeking to dance tango in Plaza Dorrego, attend a futbol game in the famous Bombonera, or enjoy some of the world’s best meat in a traditional parrilla, Buenos Aires certainly has something to offer to all.

In addition to its energetic culture and animated scenery, Buenos Aires provides the most unique learning experience to those pursuing the art of speaking Spanish. The Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires, castellano, is arguably the most beautiful dialect of the Spanish language. With the help of yours truly, Expanish, you will be speaking like a native Argentine in no time! Here at Expanish we offer high quality Spanish educational programs including weekly courses, study abroad, and volunteer placements in Argentina. We strive to combine education with cultural immersion to provide the best possible experience to each and every person who steps foot through our doors. We are proud to be known as one of the best Spanish schools in all of Latin America and Spain, with notable accreditations and awards from various organizations around the world. Expanish is a leader in immersion programs and a provider of top quality services to hundreds of students every year. If you would like more information about our school, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website at www.expanish.com


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Teatro Colón: Joya de Buenos Aires

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:42

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Cruzar la puerta del Teatro Col√≥n es comenzar un viaje en el tiempo hacia principios del siglo pasado, cuando Buenos Aires construy√≥ sus obras arquitect√≥nicas m√°s imponentes y se consolid√≥ como una verdadera ciudad europea en Sudam√©rica. Ubicado en pleno centro de la ciudad, el Teatro Col√≥n es considerado uno de los mejores teatros del mundo y es un enorme orgullo para todos los porte√Īos. El edificio actual fue inaugurado el 25 de mayo de 1908 con la √≥pera Aida de Giuseppe Verdi y, desde ese momento hasta hoy, los artistas m√°s prestigiosos de la √≥pera y la danza a nivel mundial han pasado por el escenario del Col√≥n.

En lo que queda 2014 se presentarán las óperas Falstaff, Elektra y Madama Butterfly y las piezas de ballet Giselle y El Cascanueces, entre otras. Las entradas pueden conseguirse en Internet o en la boletería del Teatro a partir de los AR$80. También puede conocerse el Teatro por dentro a través de visitas guiadas que salen todos los días cada 15 minutos: allí puede aprenderse un poco más sobre su historia y explorar todos sus rincones.

¬°Si est√°s en Buenos Aires no te pierdas este lugar √ļnico!

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La historia de Mafalda

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:49

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El 29 de Setiembre de 1964 debut√≥ oficialmente como tira “Mafalda”, en la revista “Primera Plana”. Sin embargo, el personaje en s√≠ hab√≠a sido creado en 1963. Seg√ļn Joaqu√≠n Salvador Lavado (Quino), autor de “Mafalda”, todo empez√≥ por casualidad: “En realidad Mafalda iba a ser una historieta para promocionar una nueva l√≠nea de electrodom√©sticos llamada Mansfield. La agencia Agnes Publicidad le encarg√≥ el trabajo a Miguel Brasc√≥, pero como √©l ten√≠a otros compromisos, me lo pas√≥ a m√≠. Esto fue en 1963. Pero la campa√Īa nunca se hizo y las ocho tiras que dibuj√© quedaron guardadas en un caj√≥n. Hasta que al a√Īo siguiente Juli√°n Delgado, secretario de redacci√≥n de “Primera Plana”, me pidi√≥ una historieta. Entonces rescat√© esas tiras y bueno, ah√≠ empez√≥ todo.

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Mafalda que, con los a√Īos se transformar√≠a en un estandarte de lucha por la igualdad social, llevaba sus polleras bien puestas. Quino dice hoy d√≠a: “-¬ŅPor qu√© mujer? No lo s√©. Al principio uno no se detiene a pensar en esas cosas.-“. El dibujante tampoco se hab√≠a puesto a pensar, tres d√©cadas atr√°s, que las ideas de esta ni√Īa tan ingeniosa como irreverente, tan reflexiva como¬†contestataria, iban a recorrer el¬†mundo. El mensaje de Mafalda sigue manteniendo la misma dosis de genialidad.

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Luego de publicarse en la revista “Primera Plana”, pas√≥ al diario “El Mundo” (de Buenos Aires) desde el d√≠a 15 de Marzo de 1965. Dos a√Īos despu√©s, cuando este diario cerr√≥, Mafalda y sus amigos debieron tomarse vacaciones durante un tiempo. Durante unos seis meses no hubo tiras nuevas. Por ese entonces¬†Quino¬†realizaba una p√°gina de humor en el semanario “Siete D√≠as Ilustrados” y la publicaci√≥n decide reemplazarla incorporando a Mafalda, que aparece el 2 de junio de 1968.
En cuanto al ex√≥tico nombre de “Mafalda”, surgi√≥ de la versi√≥n cinematogr√°fica de la novela “Dar la cara”, de David Vi√Īas. En una escena de esa pel√≠cula aparece una beba dentro de un mois√©s que se llama as√≠, y Quino adopt√≥ el nombre, ya que le pareci√≥ alegre. El autor jam√°s imagin√≥ que ese ser diminuto y genial, con una inteligencia y sagacidad inmune a los razonamientos adultos y apenas rodeada de un apropiado universo infantil, elevar√≠a la historieta a la categor√≠a de “cuentos morales”. Sus historietas fueron gui√Īos hacia los estereotipos de Argentina y del mundo en el momento, retratando diferentes aspectos del g√©nero humano.
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Con una exacta dosis de simpleza y profundidad, Mafalda se convirtió en el personaje de historieta que más significa hoy para los argentinos.
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Mafalda, en cuarenta a√Īos de existencia, traspas√≥ no s√≥lo fronteras sino tambi√©n los estrechos m√°rgenes de las tiras para convertirse en un personaje m√°s de la realidad. Debido al gran √©xito de este personaje se han hecho a lo largo de los a√Īos innumerables cantidades de art√≠culos sobre ella como ser mu√Īecas, remeras, accesorios, vasos, etc.
Es de hacer notar que, a lo largo de la serie, el dibujo de Mafalda fue cambiando (y evolucionando), tal como lo mostramos a continuación:
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Fuente: Los orígenes y la historia de Mafalda

El Ministerio de Cultura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires presenta Quino por Mafalda, una muestra en homenaje al humorista argentino Quino. Más informaciones, acá.

Parque Centenario

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:07

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Parque Centenario¬†es la denominaci√≥n que recibe un espacio verde ¬†que se encuentra ubicado en el centro geogr√°fico de la¬†Ciudad Aut√≥noma de Buenos Aires, entre las avenidas¬†D√≠az V√©lez, Patricias Argentinas, Leopoldo Marechal y¬†√Āngel Gallardo, en el barrio de¬†Caballito.
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Su creación fue decidida por el Concejo Deliberante de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires mediante Ordenanza del 14 de mayo de 1909. Fue inaugurado con motivo de los festejos del Centenario Argentino de la Revolución de Mayo, en 1910, ya que hasta ese momento se trataba de una zona de descampados que sobrevivían en una ciudad en rápido crecimiento.

El proyecto del parque fue obra del arquitecto argentino Carlos Thays, creador de gran parte de los espacios verdes de Buenos Aires.

En 1953, fue inaugurado el anfiteatro Eva Perón, donde se realizaron festivales de verano y actividades al aire libre.
Ten√≠a capacidad para 10.000 espectadores y su escenario estaba techado por tres arcos¬†parab√≥licos, pero se incendi√≥ en¬†1959. Alguno tiempo despu√©s¬†el parque fue completamente reformado, y en su centro (donde antes se hab√≠a levantado el anfiteatro) se construy√≥ un lago artificial, que permaneci√≥ seco durante a√Īos.

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El abandono del parque fue preocupante hasta que se remodel√≥ nuevamente y se restaur√≥, inaugur√°ndose las obras en¬†2006.¬†Sin embargo, a los pocos meses el estado de deterioro del parque era serio nuevamente, y los trabajos no se hab√≠an concluido a√ļn.

Finalmente, en¬†2009¬†y luego de cuatro a√Īos de obras, el jefe de gobierno¬†Mauricio Macri¬†inaugur√≥ un nuevo y moderno anfiteatro, con capacidad para 1.600 personas sentadas.

Ya había ido al Parque Centenario?
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Fuerzabruta

Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:26

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Grupo Argentino – Fuerzabruta

 

Diqui James uno de los dos fundadores de De La Guarda, y Gaby Kerpel, compositor musical, inician un nuevo proyecto con el objetivo de crear una compa√Ī√≠a creativa e innovadora.

A la apuesta se suman Alejandro Garcia, es la direcci√≥n t√©cnica, y Fabio D¬īAquila, es la coordinaci√≥n general, ambos tambi√©n ex integrantes de De La Guarda y al fines del 2003 nace Fuerzabruta.

El espectáculo se origina en el fondo del océano, en el fondo de los vasos, en el caminar por la vereda.

El conjunto de actores y compositores, junto con la m√ļsica y los efectos, estimulan al p√ļblico para participar en la acci√≥n teatral.

Las acciones del p√ļblico y su comportamiento, hacen el espect√°culo, pues la reacci√≥n espont√°nea del p√ļblico condiciona los dem√°s elementos para que sean m√°s contundentes.

No hay superproducción, todo lo que es utilizado en el espectáculo se compone de materiales simples, pero de manera tan creativa que produce un efecto espectacular.

 

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Museo Evita de Buenos Aires

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 14:02

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La Entrada del Museo Evita

Cuando llegues a Buenos Aires,¬†te vas a dar cuenta inmediatamente de que esta ciudad es el centro cultural vibrante del pa√≠s.¬† Hay un raz√≥n por la que la ciudad es conocida como ‚Äúla Par√≠s de Sudam√©rica‚ÄĚ.

La ciudad de Buenos Aires tiene cientos de museos, exhibiciones culturales, y espectáculos.  Uno de estos sitios históricos, el Museo Evita, está ubicado en el  lindo barrio de Palermo, muy cerca del Zoológico de Buenos Aires.

Un día, después de sus clases y antes de sus actividades de la noche, debes usar el subte para visitar este museo.

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Eva Peron

Eva “Evita” Per√≥n¬†tiene un sitio especial en los corazones y las mentes de la gente de Argentina.¬† Ella era muy popular y era la segunda esposa de Coronel Juan Per√≥n, el presidente de la Argentina desde 1946 hasta 1955, y una vez m√°s desde 1973 hasta 1974, cuando regres√≥ al poder despu√©s de un golpe de estado militar en el pa√≠s.¬† Antes de su temprana muerte por causada por c√°ncer en 1952 cuando ten√≠a 33 a√Īos, Eva Per√≥n asumi√≥ un papel populista dominante en la conciencia pol√≠tica y social de la Argentina.¬†¬† Ella hab√≠a servido como primera dama de la Argentina y fue una activista del feminismo dentro del partido Peronista¬†de su marido.¬† Eva Per√≥n es recordada como una gran impulsora de los derechos laborales y de la de las mujeres.

El Museo Evita está dedicado a inmortalizar la vida y los logros de Evita.  La colección permanente del museo incluye artículos de cada época de la vida de Perón.  Además, el museo ofrece exposiciones temporales que ponen de relieve rasgos diferentes del arte contemporáneo fijado en Evita.

El precio para entrar el museo es de solamente 20 pesos.

Información importante sobre el museo:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Direcci√≥n: Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires (a la esquina de¬† Lafinur y Juan Mar√≠a Guti√©rrez)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† N√ļmero de tel√©fono: +54 11 4807-0306

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Horario: El museo est√° abierto martes hasta domingos de 11:00 hasta 19:00

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Ruta de subte: L√≠nea D, estaci√≥n Plaza Italia (por Av. Santa Fe)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Colectivos: 12, 29, 36, 39, 55, 68, 111, 152 ¬†(por Av. Santa Fe) 10, 15, 37, 41, 59, 60, 64, 93, 95, 108, 110, 118, 128, 141, 160 y 188¬† (por¬† Av. Las Heras)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sitio web:¬†http://www.museoevita.org/

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Colección Permanente del Museo Evita

Evita Peron Museum of Buenos Aires

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:23

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Entrance to the Evita Peron Museum 

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will quickly realize that it is the vibrant cultural hub of the entire nation.¬† There is a reason why the city is affectionately nicknamed ‚Äúthe Paris of South America.‚ÄĚ

The city boasts hundreds of museums, cultural exhibitions, and shows.¬† One of these historic sites, the Evita Peron Museum ‚Äď ‚ÄúMuseo Evita‚ÄĚ in Spanish ‚Äď is nestled in the residential neighborhood of Palermo, very close to the Buenos Aires Zoo.

One day, after your classes and before your evening activities, you should hop on the subway and head over to the museum.

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Eva Peron

Eva ‚ÄúEvita‚ÄĚ Peron has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Argentine people.¬† She was the popular second wife of Colonel Juan Peron, who served as the president of Argentina from 1946 until 1955 and again in 1973 until 1974 following a military coup.¬† Before her untimely death from cancer in 1952 at the age of 33, Eva Peron assumed a commanding populist role in the political and social consciousness of Argentina.¬†¬† She served as the First Lady and was active in the founding of the feminist wing of the Perronist party of her husband.¬†¬† Eva Peron is remembered as a champion of labor rights and female empowerment.

The Evita Peron Museum is dedicated to immortalizing the life and accomplishments of Evita.  The museum’s  permanent collection includes items from all stages of Peron’s life.  Additionally, the museum offers temporary exhibits that highlight various types of contemporary art focused on Evita.

The price to enter the museum is only 20 pesos.

Important information about the museum:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Address: Lafinur 2988, Buenos Aires (at the corner of Lafinur and Juan Mar√≠a Guti√©rrez)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Telephone: +54 11 4807-0306

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Schedule: Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 until 19:00

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Subway route: D Line (green line), Plaza Italia station (via Av. Santa Fe)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Buses: 12, 29, 36, 39, 55, 68, 111, 152¬† (via Av. Santa Fe) 10, 15, 37, 41, 59, 60, 64, 93, 95, 108, 110, 118, 128, 141, 160 y 188¬† (via Av. Las Heras)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Website: http://www.museoevita.org/

 

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Permanent Collection in the Evita Peron Museum 

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Argentine Films and Improving Your Spanish

Monday, March 25, 2013 15:06

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After a total time of 6 months mostly studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, I can say with confidence that my language skills have improved way more than I thought they ever would. Despite learning heaps of different tenses and grammatical formations in the Expanish classroom that are absolutely mandatory to forming good habits, it is equally beneficial to practice speaking and listening as much as possible.

Since coming here, the listening aspect of my language development has by far been the most challenging and I am still having to ask people to repeat themselves up to 3 times sometimes. This can get quite tough on the self esteem, but the important thing to remember is that learning a language definitely takes time, patience and for me a whole lot of concentrated, screwed-up-face, holding my ears out sort of moments with locals.

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Luckily I now have a TV which airs both shows and movies in¬†Spanish¬†audio, and/or English audio with Spanish subtitles, depending on the channel. Listening to these types of media (and also radio) in Spanish is in my opini√≥n just awesome in building knowledge in sentence ¬†structure and vocabulary. It is an amazing feeling once you get to the stage where you recognize more words than not. However, don¬īt feel bad if you really WANT to watch¬†Friends¬†in English-sometimes I think our brains just want the familiar option and luckily, you can always follow along with the Spanish subtitles. I am currently at an intermediate level and have only quite recently been able to start really grasping the technicalities of some speech on TV. If you are at a lower level and can do this with ease, I applaud you, you are amazing to keep up with the speed!!

 

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So, next I would advise to find a movie that you are happy to watch a million times. This could obviously take a little bit of research, but to help, further down the blog I have made a list of a few great Argentina films made in the last few years. After choosing your film, watch it a few times with the English subtitles on until you are well acquainted with the plot. After this, start watching the movie, leaving the English subtitles on for comfort but focusing more on the speech and only looking down every now and then. After doing this a few times more, switch the subtitles to Spanish. OK, now watch it every day if you have the time. Watch until you are just so damned sick of the thing. Somewhere along the line, hopefully you will feel confident enough to turn off the subtitles all together. See how you go! I recommend starting off with kids/Young adult movies as generally the speech is not quite as rapid (apparently the website NetFlix is quite useful).

 

Here are some Latin-American films that have been recommended to me by other travellers learning Spanish:

 

BAJO LA MISMA LUNA

A drama about immigration (big in Latin American films these days), but it’s a lot more heartwarming. The story has few characters, and revolves around a little boy, so the vocabulary and dialogue is also easy to follow.

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Bajo La Misma Luna

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In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life – no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage.

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Like Water for Chocolate

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE

Quiet, yet packed drama. The dialogue isn’t too quick or confusing. The plot is also easy to follow. It addresses a darker side of South American (Colombian) culture, but it’s great over all. Very bittersweet.

 

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Maria Full of Grace

 

Here are some award-winning Argentine movies you may be interested in:

 

ANITA (2010)

The odyssey of a young woman with Down Syndrome, lost and friendless in Buenos Aires after a terrorist attack tears her neighborhood apart.

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Anita, Buenos Aires

 

 FLACAS VACAS (2012)

An irony-filled comedy, Lean Mean Cows unravels the complexities of unhealthy friendships that have long-passed their use-by date.

CAUTIVA (2011)

Cautiva follows a lost daughter’s emotional journey to uncover truth while touching upon the many political issues of the dictatorship era with passion and realism.

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Cautiva

TODOS TENEMOS UN PLAN- EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN (2012, Viggo Mortensen)

It tells the story of Agust√≠n (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living in Buenos Aires, a very frustrating existence. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agust√≠n decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in theTigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agust√≠n will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.

 

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Architectural Styles in Buenos Aires

Thursday, May 17, 2012 13:47

Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions - 1 Comment

Architecture in Argentina is made up of a variety of styles and designs which actually paints a portrait of Argentina’s history and culture. The overall style of a neighborhood can tell you a lot about when it was built and the people who built it. We can divide styles of the buildings of the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires in to three: neoclassical, art nouveau and art deco.

NEOCLASSICAL
Neoclassical architecture is one of the most recognizable styles in Buenos Aires. Neoclassical buildings dominated the world’s major cities from the 1860s through the 1920s. You can see it almost everywhere in Buenos Aires, on the city’s landmark public buildings, schools, hospitals and banks.

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Typical characteristic of Neoclassical architecture would be; columns, domes, arched windows and doors, triangular facades, and layouts that emphasize hierarchies of space. Famous examples of this type of architecture in Buenos Aires include¬†the National Congress¬†and its green dome,¬†the Governor’s Palace, the¬†Teatro Colon, and the¬†Galerias Pacifico.

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Neighborhood versions of neoclassical architecture can be seen in Recoleta and Microcentro. These neighborhoods are often a mix of both Italian classical styles and French “Academic” styles. You’ll find iconic French windows, arched and pedimented doors, and buildings with grand staircases and entrances, which enriches the scenery of Buenos Aires.

ART NOUVEAU
Art nouveau is the style that defined the turn of 20th century in major cities all over the world. This style is exemplified by curving natural lines and asymmetrical organization. Feminine figures, flowers, plants and animals dominate their facades. It emphasized art for the masses so the style permeated a range of buildings in the city.

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Famous examples of art nouveau architecture in Buenos Aires include the Palacio Barolo, a design inspired by the cosmology of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and the Molino Confectionary, the storied coffeehouse next to the Argentine National Congress. There’s lots of art nouveau neighborhood architecture in Balvanera. The neighborhood is also where art nouveau master Virginio Colombo lived and worked. You’ll find two of his “rent houses” facing each other on Hipolito Yrigoyen Street and farther down a beautiful shoe factory that’s now a parking garage as one of the best examples of art nouveau architecture in Buenos Aires.

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ART DECO
Another important architecture style often seen in Buenos Aires is Art deco, which debuted in France in 1925 and became all the rage beginning in the Depression era and spanning through 1940. Prominent examples of art deco architecture in Buenos Aires include the Kavanagh Building, South America’s tallest skyscraper at the time it was built, and the Abasto Market, the old immigrant fruit and vegetable market (now a shopping mall) in Carlos Gardel’s old neighborhood. Art deco is mixed throughout most parts of Buenos Aires. All you have to do is just look for those geometric shapes and hard lines in the building facades.

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Of course there are many more different styles, buildings and neighborhoods in this beautiful city, but this summary provides the basics that you will find on an average block in Buenos Aires. So now you can put on your trekking shoes and go for a walk to see some of those marvelous architecture pieces!

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Expanish’s Favourite Tours in Buenos Aires

Monday, December 12, 2011 14:59

Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays - 0 Comments

 

So you’ve got a spare few days in Buenos Aires and are wondering what to do…well why not take a tour? Buenos Aires is full of numerous different tours to do, and we’ve decided to create a list of Expanish’s top ones to make the most of your stay in Buenos Aires…

  • Of course, the classic tour which can be found in every city all over the world is the bus tour. And Buenos Aires is no different ‚Äď there are a couple of ones which offer great tours, stopping off at all the major sightseeing points of Buenos Aires.

http://www.buenosairesbus.com/en/ Рwith 20 different stops, you’ll   be sure to get a good feel of the city.

http://www.lopentour.com.ar/ – this company offers 4 different routes ‚Äď a north circuit, a south circuit, a night time tour and a Porte√Īo tour.

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  • If you are feeling like something a little more strenuous, then there are also plenty of companies which offer walking tours around Buenos Aires. One of the best we‚Äôve found is http://www.buenostours.com/ which offers walking tours around the city in private groups. All of the guides are UK or US expats so not only know the city well but also speak English and Spanish fluently.¬†
  • For those of you looking to save the pennies (or centavos!), but are happy to do group tours, there is a company which runs group tours around Buenos Aires called http://www.bafreetour.com/. They offer a range of different tours, such as the ‚Äėcity tour‚Äô or the ‚Äėaristocratic city tour‚Äô which takes you around to show the contrast between the different areas in Buenos Aires. They also offer a tour to the famous ‚ÄėMataderos‚Äô market where every Sunday you get to see the traditional performances from Gauchos who come to display their horsemanship with special shows and dances.
  • If you feel like venturing out of the centre of the city but don‚Äôt have time to go too far then why not go to Tigre where there are numerous things to do such as canoeing on the delta. Expanish is a big fan of Bike It! (http://www.bikeit.com.ar/) which offers great tours where you can actually bike to Tigre and then do a canoeing tour around the deltas when you get there.
  • If you have not discovered this already, then you soon will upon arriving in Buenos Aires, but Tango is a huge part of the culture in Buenos Aires. Consequently, you will find a huge number of ‚Äėtango experiences‚Äô all around the city. It‚Äôs definitely worth doing one, but just be careful you choose an authentic one which is not too touristy.

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  • For the history fans amongst you, why not do a tour of the city whilst learning about Argentina‚Äôs icon, Evita. Not only will you get to see a bit of the city, but you can also learn about her life as you visit the new Evita museum (http://museoevita.org/en/) as well as various sites around the city.

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  • For those looking for something slightly different, there is now a company which offers ‚ÄėGrafitti Tours‚Äô around Buenos Aires. Street art is now becoming an important part of the culture of Buenos Aires. As you will have noticed, you can barely walk a block without seeing some sort of graffiti, particularly in Palermo and San Telmo. If you feel like branching out from the standard tour then have a look at what this Grafitti Mundo offers – http://graffitimundo.com. They also offer workshops where you can have a go yourself!

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