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5 ways to practice Spanish at home
Monday, February 29, 2016 11:03
10 words to survive in Buenos Aires
Monday, January 25, 2016 11:44
Buenos Aires is a great place to come and learn Spanish, the weather is nice, the city is beautiful and there are so many things for you to do outside of the classroom to put what you have learnt into practice. So if you are going to take to streets and practice talking with the Porte√Īos, you should know that here the locals speak Castellano which is a style of Spanish unique to Argentina. Here is a rundown of 10¬†useful words (or phrases) that you might hear from the locals which will help you get by on the streets of Buenos Aires:
Spanish Course for Expats in Buenos Aires
Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:48
Did you know that in addition to our intensive courses and immersion programmes, we also offer Spanish courses for expats? Are you living or staying long term in Buenos Aires and need to perfect your Spanish? You might have full-time work commitments which mean you don’t have the time for the morning classes.
The diversity of age at Expanish
Monday, November 16, 2015 11:50
Are you planning on studying at Expanish but are experiencing cold feet and doubting this new opportunity? We all experience those last minute doubts, am I too young, am I too old, will I make friends? But you definitely do not have to worry, we can promise to you that you will be overwhelmed by the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere at expanish.
To say the least the students of expanish are a friendly bunch that create a diverse and dynamic environment. The age of students varies from 16 years old to the late 70s, you will have no problems finding friends most suited to you.
This for some may require students to shift from their comfort zone and outreach towards a crowd older or younger. This has many positive aspects, you have the opportunity ¬†to socialize and befriend people who you normally wouldn’t diverse with, learn from people who are of a more matured age and most importantly it is a fantastic opportunity in expanding your horizons and making friends from all different levels. Not only will be this a rewarding experience for your spanish language but will enable you to create some long lasting friendships from all ages and parts of the world.
With the mix of ages, not only will you be learning espa√Īol but also from other students, allowing you to create different points of view that you may have never considered before, and as they say, older people have a wealth of life experiences that you can benefit from. And not to mention, they give fantastic advice! Often our opinions and perspectives on life are shaped by our age, our expanish culture is a great opportunity in being exposed to ideas from different generations. Regardless of age, everyone is studying at expanish for the same reason as you, to learn and immerse themselves into our beautiful spanish language and culture!
Take the next big step and join us at Expanish and throw yourself into one of the best life experiences!
I want to learn Spanish: different ways of approaching the language
Monday, November 16, 2015 11:28
There are a variety of ways in learning Spanish and improving your spanish. Firstly attending a language school and committing yourself to the language is the perfect way in getting your spanish started! At school you will learn everything you need to (depending obviously on how long you are at the school) it’s up to you to commit, attend classes and religiously complete your homework. If you want to go above and beyond there are many ways you can throw yourself out there and practise and connect in spanish.
The second best way in approaching the language and emerging yourself into the Argentinian culture is by making friends with the locals! There are many ways in making friends with Argentinians! Argentinians are super friendly and approachable, you won’t have problems at all. There are many language exchanges that offer you the opportunity to meet Argentinians and swap languages, you can speak Spanish and in return they speak English-it’s a win win situation and you both get to brush up on your language skills. There are also many other ways to connect with locals, for example Couchsurfing is a great way to meet people. Firstly you can search for locals who are willing to meet up and make friends with tourist. You would be surprised, as a lot of people are interested in a meet up over mate in the park, you never know they may turn into your best friend here!
Meet locals and practise your spanish by doing something as fun as bootcamp or yoga in the park! Buenos Aires is big on this, every weekend there is usually free yoga available for everyone! You can also join other groups such as art classes, dance classes, cooking classes and other social groups. This is a great opportunity to occupy yourself and meet other people!
Read a book. As simple as it is, all you have to do is buy a book in spanish, pick a nice park and READ! This is the perfect way to improve your spanish, this enables you to read over the context that you have learnt or you haven’t, highlight new words, look words up and enjoy a book.
This is probably one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways in approaching a language by listening to music. All you have to do is shazam some local songs, look them up and download them. If you really want to learn new words and phrases this is great as you can easily pick up new words and learn them. At the start it may be a bit challenging but once you get the hang of it in no time you will be singing along to spanish songs.
Remember in order to improve your spanish and immerse yourself into the culture, you must PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE and throw yourself out there, you must take up any and every opportunity in speaking spanish and meeting locals! It may be challenging and scary at first but your spanish will greatly benefit from this! You will thank yourself later‚Ä¶
They key to approaching and improving your spanish is commitment and determination, if you adopt these two powerful characteristics you will get very far with your spanish language and experiences in Buenos Aires.
Choosing a language school in Buenos Aires: Private vs Group Classes
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:27
Having the flexibility of choosing either private or group classes enables you to choose the best option that caters for your learnings needs, taking into consideration your time in Buenos Aires and what works best for you. Many students who attend our school for a short time (1-2 weeks), combine groups classes and private classes in order to get the most out of their Expanish experience. Both types of classes are highly beneficially for your Spanish language. You will be exposed to a lot of new context and in no time will be speaking Spanish!
Our private courses consist of 2-hour One-to-One class with one of our teachers. Students are able to customize their learning program and schedule according to their learning requirements and their personal schedule, tailored to meet the student’s goals. Private classes enable students to progress rapidly and develop their Spanish language skills with confidence in just a short period of time.
A big advantage of private classes is you can focus on an area you are not familiar with, for example if you need further assistance with subjuntivo, the teacher will assist you with all your concerns and clarify what you do not understand, hence the classes paying personalized attention to the student. Private classes focus on writing, speaking, reading, listening and strengthening the students weaknesses. Private classes are available to all Spanish levels from beginners to advanced from Monday through to Friday with a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 30 hours per week.
Group classes are a combination of developing your Spanish skills in a small interactive environment. This is by far our most popular class in developing your language skills and making friends at the same time! The classes consist of 20 or 30 hours per week. The hours enable our students to sufficiently learn Spanish in the morning, complete activities and also squeeze in some sightseeing in the afternoon – and of course you still have time for completing homework.
The classes have an average of 6 students and a maximum of 12, allowing students to completely immerse themselves into an engaging and interactive learning environment. These classes allow personalized attention from the professor in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The class is a combination of reading, writing, listening and speaking enabling you to learn the language both quickly and effectively!
That being said, whether you choose private or group classes the classes will be highly beneficial in development your Spanish language with the combination of the best teachers in Buenos Aires just for you. So choose wisely what course best suits your learning needs, goals and your time schedule in Argentina!
My experience with DELE
Monday, September 14, 2015 11:38
Before starting my Expanish experience, originally I had no plans on extending my stay in Buenos Aires. It’s funny how things can pan out in life, from originally being a 3 month holiday, 10 months later I am still here in Buenos Aires. I have been studying at Expanish all up 6 months and have had the amazing opportunity of also working here. Expanish has been much more than just a learning experience, I have made lifelong friends, learnt from others, developed a new perspective on life and created close bonds with my teachers inside and outside of Expanish.
The first month at Expanish I wanted to learn basic spanish for travelling purposes and really wanted to get a grasp on this amazing language. I would then carry on with my South American journey and then in three months return home to Australia. How boring right… Thanks to my spontaneous self it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I recall one of my first weeks in Expanish, I had made up my mind that I was going to stay here in Buenos Aires for a year, there was nothing that was going to stop me. The thought of living abroad for a year is both exciting and overwhelming, without a rough plan or possible opportunities you may encounter/ be interested in, you may find yourself in a pickle. So as you can imagine, I started to come up with a plan. Well let’s say the least, a very vague plan which mind you is the best plan, as I am not constrained by anything, freedom has never felt so good! ¬†But one thing I was sure of was that I was going to complete my Diploma in Spanish (DELE). Why not when I’ve been studying hard for 6 months? It deserves some recognition and it’s just another thing to put on your resume to wow your future employers. In Australia speaking spanish isn’t one of our most popular languages spoken other than english. So I thought that by taking advantage of this and being recognized for speaking the language, it is a great way to brand yourself and most importantly distinguish yourself from others-making you unique and stand out of course!
The next step was to roughly arrange my time. Personally having just finished my two degree course over a four year period I couldn’t embark on another long study journey, so the only answer I could come up with (to avoid studying for 6 months straight) was travelling. Not a bad excuse hey! I decided to break up my studying by travelling to Colombia and Panama. Then on return from my holiday, embark on the last study period at Expanish. Now the hard work started..practising for the DELE exam isn’t exactly easy, it involves hard work, a lot of dedication and a positive attitude. At the end of the day study is study, if you want results you always have to put the hard yards in. What made this experience most enjoyable was my classmates and teacher. The last study for me in Expanish was a 3 month period where I participated in group classes with Eduardo (my teacher) and then in the last 3 weeks before finishing I took on private classes in preparation for my exam. The added bonus of my DELE classes is that Eduardo was my teacher, one of the most passionate and admirable teachers I have ever been taught by and have been fortunate in meeting. And mind you I have been taught by A LOT of teachers, like most of us I would say.
The DELE classes took place every day (Mon-Fri) for 2 hours each day. We covered the four sections of the exam, listening component, writing, conversation and reading. All the materials supplied are from level B2 of DELE exams that were from previous years. There are 6 levels of the DELE exam, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 (C1, C2-these levels more so for native speakers). I chose to do/in the progress of studying for level B2, as I am currently in C1 level and believe that this is a level I will successfully be able to pass/ receive good marks-given that I also have sufficient time to study for this exam. Doing the DELE exam is also great if you are interested in working in South America as many international organisations require you to have completed a certain level of the DELE exam. Also most of the universities in Argentina require you to have sufficient knowledge of at least a B1/B2 level of spanish. This is definately a great motive in completing your diploma, more work and study opportunities! I know that this diploma will come in handy for me on the next return to Argentina or other Spanish speaking countries.
What surprised me with the exam preparations was that just after the first week of private classes my spanish had immensely improved, my vocabulary had improved, I was using big fancy words when speaking, spoke with very few errors and for longer periods of time. My teacher was impressed of how just one week I had rapidly improved and I too personally recognized the jump in my spanish level. This is a great feeling, my hard work and studying was paying off, but I still have along way to go..
All up, I have not yet completed my exam, little time remains up until the BIG day! I think that by telling you my experience of how it really is or how it has been is a great way in assisting you with any doubts or concerns you may have of DELE and a great insight. As you can tell and get my gist I highly recommend anyone in completing the DELE exam and giving it your best possible shot. It is truly an enjoyable experience where you get to discover and unravel the spanish language, dedicate your time effectively and efficiently to end results that will pay off, have yourself a diploma, oh and did I forget to mention studying in BUENOS AIRES!
5 reasons to study abroad
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 11:24
1 .Plain and simple but it’s just fun!
Learning a language is always fun and who wouldn’t want to learn our beautiful romantic language? Having the opportunity to learn a language in its mother country and applying/being forced to speak and practise the language is by far the best method in learning a language. Getting to learn about the culture of Argentina is another aspect on why learning spanish is so much fun. You get the opportunity to learn about the history of Argentina and most importantly the food of course, and might I add that means tasting our mate, wines and of course chocotorta-by far the best cake in Argentina! Classes are fun, they are full of laughs and buena onda (good vibes). Depending on your level, you get to watch movies in class and also at times visit a museum with your class. Not to mention the school offers a lot of activities you can participate in. Waking up bright and early has never been better, with the diversity of the class and spanish language, you will love every minute of it.
2.Why not learn one of the world’s most common spoken languages
Did you know that Spanish is the 3rd most widely spoken language in the world? The advantages of learning spanish are endless, the most significant being that you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide, now that is a lot of friend making right there! This adds to my third point, this is great for employment opportunities. Regardless of what level you complete, knowing a little spanish will get you a long way. Like many students here, they go onto travel, this goes hand in hand and is highly recommended by our students. At times we may feel silly or embarrassed by our spanish but this is all part of the learning experience. But on the other hand, the locals love when people attempt to speak their language, it’s kind of a sign of respect. When people speak your language that obviously is not their mother tongue, the main factor that is important to consider is that they are trying, points always go for trying! And Argentinians are so friendly and welcoming, they will assist you on the way! Once you get a grip on the language and your feeling more confident, you will start to develop an appreciation for the language. You can apply your spanish language skills not only in South America or Spain but also the USA (having a very large language community) and many other countries.
3. Creates more employment opportunities
No doubt that knowing another language definitely opens up more doors for your future. Regardless what career you have chosen, knowing another language is always a bonus! At a pace where Spanish language is rising rapidly, employers are desperately looking for future employees who speak spanish. In particular there is such a huge demand in the U.S for spanish speakers, for example in nursing, media, teachers and other sectors. Outside the U.S.booming Latin economies are in desperate need for spanish speaking employees as many companies are expanding, for example PepsiCo announcing a $5 billion investment in Mexico. You never know what opportunity you may be faced with in the near future, you will definitely thank your spanish skills!
4. Will open up a world of travel destinations
One of the biggest advantages are that you can apply your spanish skills when travelling, you can show off your soon to be or already amazing spanish skills in 20 official speaking countries. Spanish being the official language in the following countries, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Now that’s a great excuse to go travelling-to of course to practise your spanish that is! The great thing about learning spanish in Argentina is that all of these countries listed are close, you can travel to Colombia and within the same day be soaking up the sun in San Andr√©s, travel to Uruguay and 3 hours later you’re in Colonia and in no time you will be in Chile! It is perfectly possible to get by, by speaking no spanish in Colombia or other south american countries but having the ability to communicate with colombians/south americans, converse and share stories in spanish will definitely enrich your travel experiences and add a new dimension to your travel adventures.
5. Assist with learning other languages
Another bonus of learning spanish is that it will assist you with other languages. In particular Italian and Portuguese, both languages sharing many similar words. Spanish is also similar to French and it will even assist you with learning Russian and German, since they too have Indo-European roots and have some characteristics that are present in Spanish. Learning spanish may turn into a language addiction, where you just want to learn more and more languages! Spanish is a great head start, once you know the language it will be much more easier to learn other languages. If you take note, many people who speak spanish usually speak a language that is similar. For example at Expanish there are many Brazilians who learn spanish. It is amazing how the languages are similar and share similar grammatical language. Regardless if you don’t speak italian or portuguese but speak spanish you will still be able to understand and interpret a little bit or alot ¬†(depending on yourself)of these languages.
Remember regardless of your reasons in wanting to study spanish, it’s never too late to start! ¬†Regardless of your age, what you do, the beauty about attending our school is that you have the amazing opportunity in meeting people from all walks of life and even swapping travel advice, you don’t know where you might end up, maybe in Mexico sipping margaritas or in Brazil sunbathing on Copacabana with a friend you met at Expanish. This occurs with a lot of our students here. Outlined are only 5 valid points in studying Spanish but ¬†I am sure you can think of 100 more, so come and join us at Expanish and be part of the Expanish family!
The DELE Exam
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:24
The DELE Exam
Many people who have taken or are taking Spanish have heard of the DELE exam, but they don‚Äôt know what it is, whether they should take it, and why it matters.
Well, first off, what is the DELE?
The DELE is the official, internationally recognized degree of fluency in Spanish. This test is made and issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport of Spain. There are three levels of this test depending on your Spanish ability; the basic level (usage of common daily phrases and basic descriptions), the intermediate level (rudimentary level of communication in everyday situations), and the superior level (advanced knowledge and communication in hard topics with a basic understanding of culture). This test is administered at various dates throughout the year and can be administered anywhere that is accredited by the Cervantes Institute.
Why take the DELE?
Great, another standardized test, right? Well, there are actually many reasons to take the DELE exam. As mentioned above, it is an internationally recognized degree. This means that across the world, companies and people will recognize that you have some level of fluency in¬†Spanish, which can be important in future jobs. By passing this test, you have¬†an internationally recognized certificate for your resume that can help you enter into the Spanish speaking job market¬†or even get into universities that require a high level of the Spanish language. Finally, this test is just a one time thing. Since it never needs to be renewed, you only have to worry about it once. That means after the stress of taking it is over, you have an internationally recognized degree of fluency for life!
How does Expanish help prepare for the DELE?
As you may or may not know, Expanish has a DELE preparation course. This course focuses on helping students pass the DELE, with courses specifically designed for each level. If students plan on taking the Beginner Level DELE exam, then they will need about 8 weeks of classes before starting the A1 level course. These classes aim to help develop the four basic skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, which are all present on the DELE exam. Expanish uses a wide variety of materials since this test aims at testing students in all forms of Spanish, from Spain to any other Spanish speaking country. This course specifically coaches students for the exam, focusing on each area of evaluation. At the end of this course, students will be given a practice exam. With the practice exam, they will be able to test their knowledge and get a feel for the real exam.
How long is this course?
Again, if you‚Äôre taking the Beginner level, it is recommended that you take 3 weeks of Spanish classes beforehand. Once the DELE preparation is started, it is 10 hours per week of individual classes. While you can take it for only one week, it is recommended to take 3 weeks worth of classes. Remember to look up when the exam for your¬†level¬†is being administered and plan your courses accordingly!
If you’re taking Spanish, or thinking of working or studying in the Spanish speaking world, then the DELE exam is extremely important. Because this is an internationally recognized certificate, it is a very important degree to add to your resume. Not to mention, it is valid for life! So if you’re thinking about taking this exam, make sure you get the preparation necessary to the best you possibly can!