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5 Reasons Taking a Spanish Language Exam is a Great Investment

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:44

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While you’re on the journey towards mastering your Spanish, there comes a point where it’s not enough to just be able to communicate. If you’re serious about your learning, at some point, you want to make it official. You want to have a piece of paper that tells the world your Spanish is great and no one needs to ask any questions. Much like a university degree, there are Spanish language exams like the DELE and SIELE that give you an official diploma that certifies to the world your abilities with this language. These exams are complex, though (the degree wouldn’t be worth much if they weren’t), so you’ll need to take a prep course in order to pass comfortably. Are those hours of studying worth your time and money? Without question. Let us tell you why.

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  • The Degree is Recognized Worldwide

Spanish language exams like DELE and SIELE are issued by important government entities which means every country in the world recognizes their value. The DELE test is made by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain and accredited by the Cervantes Institute, the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting the study of the Spanish language. The fact that your diploma is backed by these important entities means nobody, not a friend nor a potential employer, will question your Spanish abilities with your DELE exam on hand. This makes taking these exams hugely worthwhile, especially when all you need to be ready for the big day is a short and hands-on prep course.

 

  • You Don’t Need to Renew It, Ever

Once you pass your DELE exam, it doesn’t expire. Ever. Same with SIELE, and with most language exams. This means the lifetime benefits of having an official diploma that certifies your Spanish largely outweigh the time you spend preparing for the exam and the relatively cheap expense it costs to apply for it. Plus, anyone can take it. The only requirement to apply is that Spanish isn’t your native tongue, and you didn’t go to primary or secondary school in Spanish. That’s it. There’s no barriers, and no risk. If you fail (which you won’t, if you do a prep course), you just take it again the following year.

 

  • It looks Great on your Resume

The fact that this exam is issued by the Spanish government, recognized worldwide and doesn’t expire, as we’ve covered, means it’s an essential addition to any resume. It’s not the same for employers, not even close, to read “fluency in Spanish”, than to see the words DELE and Cervantes Institute. Not only are the names themselves important, employers know you’ve been tested on all aspects of the language (reading, writing, listening – more on that below) and have handled yourself. If you’re applying for a Spanish teaching position in your home country, these language exams on their own will allow you to negotiate a better salary. You can also get into university programs that require a high Spanish level. What employers look for varies with the times and alongside job demands, but official certifications have always added weight to a candidate’s abilities and always will.

 

  • It Covers Every Aspect of the Language

The big entities that back language exams are important, but perhaps the biggest reason they carry so much weight is the fact they test applicants meticulously on all aspects of the Spanish language. DELE and SIELE, for instance, test you on your use of Spanish (proper verb forms, forming sentences), your vocabulary (difficult words), your listening, your speaking and your writing. This means all bases are covered. After a thorough prep course and passing the exam, you will know with certainty you can write anything from an email to an essay, you can understand people in TV and radio and you can carry out complex conversations without getting lost.

 

  • It Boosts your Confidence in your Spanish

This is the least tangible benefit of taking a language exam but also arguably the most important. Learning a new language is a complicated and long-term process. One can often feel like, even though there is clear improvement, that it’s not enough, that your Spanish abilities are still not acute enough. The DELE exam takes an abstract approach to learning and makes it concrete, quantifiable. There are official levels, from A1 (Beginner), to C2 (Advanced), and you know where you stand. You can rest easy knowing your Spanish was approved by the highest authorities. And that this recognition is for life This might not seem like a lot, but it’s huge for your confidence. The diploma means you never have to doubt your abilities again.

With your Spanish language exam on hand, you’re ready to take on the foreign world. You’re ready to travel the world, to work in an international company, and even to watch Spanish Netflix shows without subtitles. Any way you look at it, the benefits of having a lifetime diploma like the DELE exam largely outweigh the time investment. You’ll spend 8 weeks studying in the prep course, and just one day taking the exam (there are three dates a year where it can be taken). It’s undoubtedly a worthwhile investment – a one-time exam for a lifetime of foreign language fluency.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires

Friday, September 8, 2017 8:07

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Coming to Buenos Aires to study Spanish is a big decision, but one that is rewarding and can have lasting impressions on your life. As with any new adventure, it requires some planning and preparation before taking the leap. There will inevitably be things you wish you had known before arriving, but hopefully these tips will help you prepare to get the most out of your experience.

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1. Dedicate Yourself to Immersion

Spanish classes in Buenos Aires are an excellent foundation to language learning, but to really master the language you must dedicate yourself to a true immersive experience. Choose to live with native Spanish speakers, watch programs in Spanish, listen to Spanish music and podcasts, or read your favorite book in Spanish in your free time. When I moved to Buenos Aires, I learned that the more I forced myself to engage in the language, the stronger my Spanish became. It will take effort to push past your comfort zone, but in the end it pays off.  Dedicating yourself to learning Spanish wherever you go, not just in the classroom, allows you to excel in the language while engaging with the culture. Who knows where it can take you, you could even become a reggaeton music addict like me!

2. Get to Know the Vos Form

Studying Spanish in other parts of Latin America, you will most likely study the “tu” form for informally referring to “you.” In the region of Buenos Aires however, it is more common to use “vos” instead of “tu,” when speaking informally. So instead of saying “Tu eres un estudiante” to say “You are a student,” in Buenos Aires you would say “Vos sos un estudiante.”

To my fellow Spanish language learners, don’t worry! The vos form is easy to learn, and arguably even easier to master than the “tu” form. I used to be stubborn in my “tu” form ways, but the undeniable simplicity of “vos” has won me over. There are no irregular verbs and conjugations are much simpler than the “tu” form, you will be an expert of “vos” in no time!

3. Lunfardo is a Way of Life

As with any language, slang is common practice and can make a conversation feel less formal. It’s useful for any language learner to pick up some slang and incorporate it into their conversations. In Buenos Aires however slang, or “lunfardo,” is almost a language of its own. I had no idea that studying Spanish in Buenos Aires meant I’d also be studying its very prominent lunfardo as well! Lunfardo cannot easily be learned in a textbook, the fun of it is learning directly from porteños and practicing it in your everyday conversations.

With words like “fiaca” to describe a state of laziness, “quilombo” to describe a complete disaster, or the ever famous “che” to call a friend, lunfardo is a defining feature of Argentine Spanish. While learning lunfardo is extremely fun and useful to understanding porteños, exercise caution when using new phrases in a formal environment, Argentine lunfardo is quite infamous for its irreverent words!

4. Learn Some Phrases Before Arriving

Even if you’re a beginner in Spanish, it’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with a few key phrases to help you navigate the city. When I first arrived, I struggled through simple tasks like ordering food and asking for directions. Add practicing some common Spanish phrases to your pre-arrival checklist so when you touch down in Buenos Aires you can feel a bit more confident in getting around.

5. Bring What You Need

While Argentina is renowned for many of its goods like leather, fine wine, or beef, it lacks many of the common goods you may have at home. For example, Apple Stores don’t exist in Argentina. Break your iPhone and need to get a replacement? You’re better off asking a friend flying into the country to bring a spare. Learn from my mistakes, bring a cheap or an old phone model you no longer use as a backup in case you lose or damage your phone. Just make sure your phone is able to use a local SIM card!

Clothes shopping is also a big no. The price of clothing and many goods in Argentina is far more than what you can buy at home due in part to importation taxes and inflation. Pack the clothes you plan to wear and save your shopping money for indulging in what Argentina does best: great steak, fine wine, and the best leather goods all at incredibly affordable prices.

Most importantly, what I wish I had known before moving to Buenos Aires is to not be afraid to take the leap of faith and do so. Buenos Aires is the perfect place to learn a new language. With a vibrant global community, the city offers incredible opportunities to meet people from all over the world, have unforgettable experiences, and learn a new language while learning more about yourself. Had I known what a life changing opportunity this was, I would have come to Buenos Aires much sooner!

 

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10 words you need to know in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29

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It is widely known that the Spanish of Buenos Aires, also called “Rioplatense” is different from the Spanish that is spoken in other parts of Latin America and in Spain, with different terms used for certain things (an avocado, in most places known as aguacate, is a palta here, for example, and bacon is pancetta, instead of tocino). Then there is this accent (the soft ‘y’ is pronounced ‘sh’ in Argentina, which means calle (street) sound like ‘cashe’ instead of ‘caye’, as it does for example in Spain). And then there is the Argentine slang, which is a different thing entirely. You may take a class with a combination of Spanish and Culture to get deeply into it.

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The first thing to know is that Argentine slang can refer to two different things: Lunfardo, which refers to the street slang that was created by prisoners in the late 19th century so that prison guards wouldn’t be able to understand them, and which soon after spread among the lower classes of society. Lunfardo is mostly created by using vesre, which means reversing words (revés becomes vesre = reverse; backwards). So for example café con leche becomes feca con chele, pizza becomes pazi, perro (dog) becomes rope, mujer (woman) becomes jermu, and so on.

Lunfardo is not to be confused with modern slang though, which refers to informal words that have found their way into day-to-day conversations between friends, but are less common in written Spanish. When you arrive in Buenos Aires, you will hear Argentine slang words all the time, and if you want to fully understand the context of a conversation or remake that is being made in a conversation, it is important to learn the most common Argentine slang.

Here are ten Argentine slang words that you will definitely hear while you learn Spanish in Buenos Aires:


  • Che

Che is the most common Argentine slang word, used on a daily basis to say ‘Hey’ or ‘What’s up’.

Example: Che, ¿me pasás la sal? – Hey, can you pass me the salt? ¿Che, cómo andás?Hey, how are you?


  • Boludo

Boludo can be understand as ‘dude’, when used among friends, but also be a mild insult, to say someone is an idiot or fool, so be careful in which context boludo is used.

Example: Che, boludo! – Hey, dude!


  • Chabón/chabona (feminine)

Chabón means dude or guy, or dudette as the female version.

Example: ¡El chabón me ofendió! – That dude offended me!


  • Mango

Mango is used for money, or Argentine Pesos.

Example: Cuesta cien mangos. – It costs one hundred pesos. No tengo un mango. – I don’t have a single peso.


  • Quilombo

Quilombo means mess, chaos, and is used to describe chaotic situations.

Example: Qué quilombo es el tránsito en Buenos Aires! – What a chaos is the traffic in Buenos Aires!  ¡Qué quilombo! – What a mess!


  • Pedo

The actual translation of pedo is fart, but it has a plethora of meanings when used as a slang word and is used frequently. Ni en pedo (“Not even if I were drunk”, “No way in hell!”) is probably the most common one.

Example: Vives en una nube de pedos. – You live in a dream world. Estas en pedo – You are drunk. Hablás al pedo. – You’re talking trash.


  • Fiaca

Fiaca refers to laziness – when someone feels like doing absolutely nothing.

Example: Todo el día he tenido fiaca. – I’ve been feeling lazy all day long.


  • Pibe / Mina

Pibe and mina are the colloquial terms to say boy and girl in Argentina, similar to Chabón/chabona. These words are also used for actual kids.

Example: ¡Che, pibe! – Hey, boy! ¡Que linda mina! – What a pretty girl.


  • A full

A full means ‘absolutely’, ‘totally’, ‘a lot’, ‘to the maximum’.

Example: Si, a full vamos a la fiesta! – Yes, we’re totally going to the party! ¿Cómo fue la fiesta? A full, che. – How was the party? It was packed, man.


  • Buena Onda

Buena Onda literally means good wave, and is a term that is used to describe ‘good vibrations’, or simply a good vibe. It is used to describe people, places, or the atmosphere of something, so you always want to make sure you have a ‘buena onda’.

Example: Tu amigo tiene muy buena onda. – Your friend is really cool.

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8 Tips to improve your spoken Spanish

Friday, August 25, 2017 8:37

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Want to know why learning to speak fluently in Spanish is so hard? Native Spanish speakers don’t always speak correctly! Spanish lessons aim to give you the knowledge and foundation to speak, read, write and listen in Spanish—but even the best Spanish lessons in Argentina (or in any country, for that matter) cannot perfect your spoken Spanish skills if you don’t practice outside of the classroom.  Here are 8 tips on how to improve your spoken Spanish so you can start making some porteño friends. 8 Tips to improve your spoken Spanish

Enroll in classes that take a Communicative Approach

Practice makes perfect. And as I briefly mentioned above, even the best Spanish lessons in Argentina can’t force you to practice outside of the classroom (which is where a lot of a student’s knowledge of Spanish is actually put into real-time effort). The simplest way to improve your spoken Spanish is to communicate out loud. That’s why it is important, when enrolling in classes, that you choose a school that takes a Communicative Approach. What is that? It is a method that puts an emphasis on orality, encouraging students to talk. That means you can first begin speaking in the classroom where you feel comfortable. You can also ask if the school has courses designed for extra oral language practice!


Focus on being conversationally fluent

Let grammar go out the window (for a minute) while you focus on speaking with locals. Didn’t think I’d say that, did you? Worrying about grammar can hinder your confidence while trying to speak with fluidity. You may say something like “they goes to the store,” but the person you’re speaking with will understand you. Another trick is: If you haven’t learned past tenses yet, go ahead and speak about your day in present tense. You will be getting practice in the level you are currently learning and you won’t need to worry about being grammatically correct if it’s ahead of your Spanish level knowledge!

How to converse with locals? In Buenos Aires, Argentina, there are tons of language-exchange nights and lots of porteños who will love that you are trying to speak Spanish (and may ask for some help in English, too!).


Realize you will have to speak differently in Spanish

You may have something super smart and witty to say…but you only know how to say it in English. You don’t yet have the Spanish vocab. You must realize that while you are learning Spanish, you will need to do “work-arounds” in your mind, i.e. forming your answer in English and then translating it into Spanish using the words and phrases you do know. The answer may sound completely different in Spanish. As a language learner, for example, that may mean you are simplifying all of your replies and leaving out some detail. Oh well! Work with the Spanish words you know and figure out how to maneuver a conversation with those.


Watch movies and listen to music

This is not only a great tip for learning Spanish in general, but it is especially useful for those looking to improve their spoken Spanish. Through movies and music, you will hear exactly how people talk naturally. Use that time to pick-up cool phrases, slang and rhythm.


Make mistakes

If you aren’t making mistakes, you probably aren’t speaking enough. Trust me, I get it. I’m the type who wanted to speak perfectly after 2 weeks of Spanish lessons in Argentina, but that’s just not going to happen. Make mistakes and move on to the next step.


Take notes

If you’re having a Spanish conversation with someone, and you find yourself stumbling on a certain tense or a certain word, that is the perfect opportunity to understand where you are struggling. Was it the perfect tense? Was it the topic of government? Jot it down. Did someone correct you after you finished your thought? Make a mental note and practice it later.


Learn conversational connectors

I wish someone had taught me this tip while I was a Spanish learner! While I was formulating a response in my head, I would be dead silent. So, imagine the time is takes to translate the Spanish question to English then formulating a response and translating that reply to Spanish. As a newbie, it can be a full 5-second pause. In a conversation, this is considered awkward. So, to be more conversationally fluent, add in connectors which will help bridge that space between your mouth and your brain. Equivalent to an English “um,” “well,” or “so.”

In Buenos Aires, they use a lot of: es que…, a ver…, mira…, em….


Try out exclamatory expressions

Similar to the tip above, if you are in the midst of a conversation and don’t know how to reply or your Spanish language juice is running dry, you can always end with a simple exclamatory remark to acknowledge the speaker without actually formulating a full response to what they said. Some very common examples from Buenos Aires (and beyond) include: Mira! De verdad? En serio? Que bueno! Que grande! Que lindo!

Whether it’s to communicate with colleagues or chat with locals during a trip abroad, these tips should help you take your Spanish knowledge from textbook to street smart. Mucha suerte.

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10 reasons why Buenos Aires is the best place to learn Spanish

Friday, August 25, 2017 8:26

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Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant, pulsating and cosmopolitan cities in Latin America, and is attracting travelers from all over the world – thanks to its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, its broad spectrum of art and culture, renowned cuisine and exquisite wines. But why just visit Buenos Aires – why not learn Spanish here?

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There is no better place in the world to learn Spanish, and no matter if you are thinking about brushing up your Spanish skills, or starting at zero, Buenos Aires would be the ideal location. Why learn Spanish in Argentina’s capital, you ask? Here are ten reasons why Buenos Aires is the best place to learn Spanish:

1 Buenos Aires has something for everyone

Buenos Aires is one of the most diverse cities in South America, with dozens of neighborhoods to explore: San Telmo with its colonial architecture, Recoleta with its ornate buildings, lively Palermo, modern Puerto Madero and colorful La Boca, to name just a few.

If you are a fan of street art, you will love the many colorful murals around the city (you can even take a street art tour), and if you love football, you’ll appreciate the love for Boca Juniors or the River Plate team. Watching the Boca Juniors play in their Bombonera Stadium makes every football fan’s dream come true.

Architecture buffs will find interesting buildings around every corner, and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the city’s many green spaces. Buenos Aires truly has something for everyone.

The best thing about the city: it offers all these things at little cost! Buenos Aires is inexpensive, and prices for Spanish classes and homestays in Buenos Aires are very affordable.

2 Learn Spanish AND Tango

Tango, the dance that was created by the lower classes in Buenos Aires, has become one of the world’s most famous dances, practiced in cities all around the globe, and was even declared as “Intangible Heritage” by UNESCO. So why not learn Spanish and tango at the same time? There is no better place to take tango lessons than in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, where there’s tango everywhere. You can enjoy it at night at a milonga (tango bar where locals dance), watch performances on the Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo or at the restaurants in El Caminito, and even parks have tango nights, like Parque Barrancas del Belgrano.

3 The Argentine accent

Argentine Spanish has a very distinct accent. ‘Playa’ (beach) becomes ‘plasha’ and ‘yo’ (I) become ‘sho’ – it is hard not to fall for this endearing accent, and learning Argentine Spanish gives you the advantage that you’ll know the unique expressions that only exist in Argentine Spanish and that you will be able to understand an accent that can be difficult to grasp.

4 Steak galore

Steak is one of Argentina’s most famed export goods, and equally as loved by Argentines as it is by carnivores around the world. In Argentina, beef is traditionally cooked over a charcoal flame, which, combined with the special conditions in which cattle are raised, is what makes Argentine beef so scrumptious. Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires means that you’ll be able to eat your way around the city’s most famous parrillas (steak houses).

5 Heritage and culture

Buenos Aires is a major art hub – discover its wealth of writers, painters and sculptures in museums and galleries across the city. An unmissable place is the MALBA Museum, which holds a remarkable collection of contemporary artworks from Latin American artists such as Xul Solar and Frida Kahlo. History aficionados will be thrilled to learn about Argentina’s tumultuous past which includes Eva Peron’s heritage, the military regime in the 1970s and the Great Depression of the early 2000s.

6 The best wine in South America

Just as Argentina’s steak, the country’s wines are also known well beyond its borders, and for good reason. Argentine wine have become so popular that it is now the 5th largest wine producing country in the world, but there are many smaller boutique wineries that don’t export their wines. When you spend some time in Buenos Aires, you’ll be able to sample some wines that you can’t get anywhere else in the world – and could there be a better way to do your homework than with a glass of Malbec?

7 The Porteños

Porteños, as people from Buenos Aires are referred to, are among the most welcoming people in Latin America which is why they are a reason to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires. Porteño means ‘person of the port’, and the term goes back to the first half of the 20th century, when hundreds of thousands of Spanish and Italian immigrants arrived on ships from Europe. Porteños are known to be blunt and direct, but also very friendly and welcoming to visitors. They will be happy to introduce you to the mate culture (a herbal infusion that could be called the ‘National drink of Argentina’) by passing the gourd over to you. Meeting locals will allow you to practice your Spanish – and there really is no better way than improving your conversational skills than chatting with native speakers.

8 Experience gaucho culture

When you take a Spanish class in Buenos Aires, you can experience Argentine gaucho culture first-hand every Sunday in Mataderos, a former gaucho village at the center of the Argentine cattle trade (Matadero means slaughterhouse in Spanish), on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Here, the famous Feria De Mataderos is held each week. During the folk market and crafts fair, you can buy artisan handcrafts, try local dishes and watch folk singers, dancers and gauchos on horsebacks.

9 The Paris of South America

Buenos Aires is nicknamed “The Paris of South America” for good reason: The city’s tree-lined streets, wide boulevard, vast parks and sidewalk cafes are reminiscent of European cities in a way that is remarkable! There is no other city in Latin America that features European-influenced architecture like Buenos Aires, and where the influence of European immigrants is as tangible as it is here. The grand Parisian-style buildings date back to the early 20th century, when, in its “Golden Era”, Argentina was one of the wealthiest countries in the world and looked to the sophisticated, prosperous European cities for inspiration. European architects who immigrated to Argentina back then gave Buenos Aires its distinct European look and feel. If you study here, you learn Spanish in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

10 A gateway to other destinations

Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires has the advantage that you’re only a short flight away from some of the most remarkable destinations in South America: Patagonia’s stunning natural beauty in the South, UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, or Argentina’s wine region around Mendoza, are well worth a trip after finishing your Spanish course in Buenos Aires. And that way, you get to put your newly acquired skills to use right away! Expanish even offers weekend excursions to Iguaza Falls, Uruguay, and other nearby destinations.

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Learn Spanish: Group Classes vs. Private Classes

Friday, August 25, 2017 6:58

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With almost 442 million Spanish speakers across the globe, it’s no secret that learning Spanish can increase your job prospects and make communicating while traveling a whole lot simpler. And while signing up for Spanish classes in Argentina is a great way to connect with some 3 million of those native Spanish speakers in Buenos Aires alone, you now need to consider group classes versus private classes. Which are better for learning Spanish?

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 Group Classes vs. Private Spanish Classes

It’s important to choose structure based on your learning style: Do you like personalized attention or do you benefit from learning with classmates? Do you need exercises to be repeated or do you enjoy listening to others speak while listening in? There is no standard answer as to which course is better, so here is a breakdown of pros and cons for these two common types of Spanish classes in Argentina.

Group Classes

A glimpse: You are in a classroom with, on average, 7 other students from other countries all united under the common goal of learning Spanish. The teacher explains some concepts, has interactive content, and engages the students in group activities. Some are shyer than others, but everyone has a chance to practice speaking. You even hear students making the same errors as you—so you relax, knowing making mistakes is okay.

Pros:

  • Frequent group interaction which rapidly improves spoken skills
  • Meeting and making international friends in the classroom
  • Being in a fun, interactive and supportive atmosphere

Cons:

  • Lessons can be too slow for students who learn very quickly. Alternatively, the class may be too fast for students who may struggle in the classroom or who have missed class time.
  • Group lessons have a fixed schedule which may not work for everyone

Best for: Travelers who want to make friends, those who want to learn general Spanish, those encouraged by group activities, those who want the best economic deal.

Private Classes

A glimpse: The teacher begins class with materials tailor-made to your Spanish level as well as your interests (e.g., medical, travel, general) and as the lessons continue, the teacher is able to adapt to your learning style. You have the full attention of the teacher and you are able to ask all the questions you’d like, have your grammar corrected when needed, and quickly achieve your language learning goals.

Pros:

  • Students generally learn faster in private classes because adaptive teaching is easy to achieve
  • Students can focus on materials that interest them specifically and enjoy a class schedule that fits their needs
  • Teacher and student can focus on the student’s language goals and areas that need strengthening

Cons:

  • Fewer chances to meet other students in the school (unless combined with group classes such as a Combination Course)
  • Staying focused throughout the entire lesson can be difficult at times

Best for: Business people, those who need a flexible class schedule, those who need to learn at a rapid pace, those who want individualized attention, students level B2 and higher.

When choosing Spanish classes in Argentina to suit your needs, there is a lot that goes into the decision making process. Either way, in the battle between group classes versus private classes, lessons will always be dynamic, effective and fun no matter which wins. Some people begin with group classes and tailor their learning with private lessons toward the end of their course while some stick to solely group or only private classes.

However, you should choose the method in which you feel will help you progress to joining the over 90 million Spanish as a foreign language speakers here in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, back in your home country and worldwide!

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