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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 Medellín and Cartagena. Medellín 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, Medellín 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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5 ways to practice Spanish at home

Monday, February 29, 2016 11:03

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When learning another language it is really important to practice as much as you can outside of the classroom and there are many ways to practice what you have learnt by yourself.

 
1. Try watching Spanish films and television

This is a great way to get used to hearing Spanish used in normal conversations and day to day life. Watching films is a good way to start because you can gradually ease your way in by starting with subtitles in your own language if your Spanish is not so advanced or try with subtitles in Spanish so you can follow the dialogue and see the words written down for a better understanding. You can stop the film to look up words that you don’t know and this is a more interesting way to learn. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, you could put the news on in for a while or watch some TV shows in Spanish to get used to hearing how it is spoken.
 
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2. Read Spanish newspapers and books
Reading the news in Spanish is a good way to get used to the formal language spoken as opposed to every day conversation like on tv and in films. You can pick up a newspaper each day fairly cheaply and read about current affairs which might interest you. Or you could do the same with magazines if you find it more interesting. Reading books can help you practice your understanding because you can take your time, look up any vocabulary that you don´t know and see many examples of all that grammar you have been learning! Start with something simple and work your way up as your Spanish improves.
 
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3. Practice your conversation skills with natives
If you are staying with a native or have made some friends that are native speakers, then you are lucky because you have people that you can practice your conversation with and you are not just stuck reading or watching Spanish TV and films alone. Having someone close to you to practice with is really useful because they will be patient with you, you will feel more comfortable with them, less embarrassed if you make mistakes and they can correct you and tell you the correct way to say things.
If you don’t yet know any native speakers, here at Expanish we can arrange a homestay with a local family and many students find this really useful for immersing themselves in the language and the culture of Argentina. You can practice with your host family over dinner every evening.
Another way is to attend a language exchange event of which there are many all over the world. It is a social place where everybody has a common goal – to practice other languages – and so you can feel comfortable trying to chat with strangers in another language. It’s all just for fun and you can help others with your native language at the same time.
 
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4. Online or on your phone
There are hundreds of web pages that are dedicated to teaching Spanish and so you can use them to double-check explanations of grammar or find exercises to practice your grammar. There are also YouTube videos with Spanish lessons or educational videos that are sometimes used in classes – again just other ways to hear people talking naturally for you to get some practice.
As mentioned above, a language exchange event can be a fun way to practice your conversation but if you don’t have any events in your area, you could search for an online language exchange to practice speaking with people from all over the world.
There are a few apps that you can download for your phone such as Duolingo, Rossetta Stone and even an app based around pictures of cats if this is more your thing! So if you have a few minutes to spare each day it can be a useful way to practice and learn new vocabulary.
 
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5. Music
Listening to Spanish songs is one way to practice without doing anything too strenuous. You can listen to music any time whilst you are doing something else, travelling in the train or bus, cleaning the house, or relaxing in the park for the afternoon with a book (in Spanish of course!).
 
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10 words to survive in Buenos Aires

Monday, January 25, 2016 11:44

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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 Porteños, 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:

Hola
Ok, let´s start simple. Hola means hello and so you will hear and use this word all the time. For example “Hola, ¿como estás?” means “Hello, how are you?” and you can respond by saying “Muy bien gracias, ¿y vos?”.
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Vos
This brings us to the second word which you are going to hear a lot. If you have studied Spanish before in any other countries in Latin America or in Spain, you may have learnt to use ‘tu’ for the second person. Here is a whole different story and Argentinos use ‘vos’ for ‘you’. Argentinos will understand you if you use ‘tu’ but here everybody says vos (as in the example above. This also means that there is a completely different set of rules for conjugating verbs but verbs are fun right!? For example, instead of ‘tu puedes’, you will say ‘vos podés’ and so on…
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¡Che!
Che is simply the Porteños‘ equivalent of ‘hey’ or you could use it to talk to a friend in the same way you would say ‘man’, ‘pal’ or mate in English. Almost everybody says it but it is quite informal so best not to use it with someone that you might otherwise address as ‘usted’.
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Buena onda
Buena onda literally means good wave and so this can be roughly translated to be used in the same was as good vibes. You can use this to describe someone or something for example if you really like someone and get along well with them you could say “…es muy buena onda”. Equally, you can describe something like a party for example as being ‘buena onda’.
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Boludo or Boluda
Boludo is like a friendly term to call someone you know a fool or an idiot. This one can be used as an insult or a term of endearment and Porteños use it between friends all the time. You might even hear “Che, boludo” as a friendly hello amongst friends. Again, whilst this is not seen as offensive and it used by everybody, it is best to keep its use between friends or people you know quite well.
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Chabon
Chabon is the Argentinian equivalent of dude. So you can use it to address someone in a friendly way or you can use it to describe someone.
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Quilombo
The word quilombo originally meant brothel in Argentina but these days it is only used to describe chaos, a mess, a disaster. You may hear “Que quilombo” when there is something going on in the street with a lot of people and traffic. Equally you can use it for a messy situation where you are confused and don’t know what to do.
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Copado
Copado is used to describe something or someone ‘cool’. This is an older word which is apparently ‘cool’ again.
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Asado
This one is essential. A traditional Argentinian asado is not to be missed when visiting Buenos Aires. Put simply, an asado is a social event where everybody gets together and barbecues meat! It is a celebration of meat! And we already know that Argentina has some of the best beef in the world. So, because asados are regular social events, there is bound to be an expert in every family who knows how to cook the meat to perfection. Put this all together and you could be eating the best meat in the world cooked in the best possible way. If you have not been lucky enough to receive an invitiation to an asado you can also try out the asados in the various parillas all over the city. 
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¡Salud!
Wherever you go in the world, it is always useful to learn what the locals say when putting their glasses in the air and making a toast. Here we say ¡Salud! . So now you know what to say when toasting with a lovely glass of Malbec or Fernet and cola.
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Spanish Course for Expats in Buenos Aires

Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:48

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EXPATS 1 Spanish Course for Expats in Buenos Aires

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.

Our expat courses could be the perfect solution for you if you are struggling to find time to improve your language skills because they take place once a week and only in the evening. The courses typically last 4 weeks but you can extend from month to month if you feel you need more practice.
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It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner and need to learn everything from scratch or if you are already more advanced and just want to improve your skills – there will be a suitable class available for you. After a short Spanish language test, you will be allocated to a class with other students of a similar level and the classes are usually small, with an average of 6 people.
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The textbooks used in these classes have been specifically designed for the night classes and after you have purchased the materials required for the course, you will be able to use them for many months.
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As a student of Expanish, you will also be able to participate in the activities provided by the school so this is a great opportunity to socialise with people from all over the World and practice your Spanish at the same time. We have different activities from week to week from wine tasting and tango classes to neighbourhood tours and trips outside the city to places such as Tigre. You are sure to find something to suit your tastes.
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So if you are planning to or already live in Buenos Aires and need to perfect your Spanish skills, why not get in touch to ask about our expat courses?

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The diversity of age at Expanish

Monday, November 16, 2015 11:50

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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.

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With the mix of ages, not only will you be learning español 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!

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I want to learn Spanish: different ways of approaching the language

Monday, November 16, 2015 11:28

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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.

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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…

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.

 

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Benefits of cultural exchange

Monday, November 16, 2015 11:17

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Benefits of cultural exchange

Choosing to study Spanish in Buenos Aires is the perfect form in immersing yourself into the language and vibrant Argentinian culture. The benefits of studying or living abroad are endless, you are able to see how other people live in the world and the politics of various countries, are exposed to new experiences enabling you to grow as a person and change your perspectives on life. Not only do you get to learn a new language, try amazing foods, visit new places but meet some pretty amazing people, it may be that you meet your best friend, a group of friends that will last for eternity or even a partner for life! The following are examples of SOME benefits of travelling and living abroad…

Learning a new language

Learning a language has endless benefits, it opens up a number of doors, allows you to connect with people around the world which leads to this interesting and useful fact..

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! This will create endless opportunities in making friends, practising your spanish and communicating with people from all walks of life.

Learning a language is also 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. 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!

Lastly, 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 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!

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Adventures

Without all those crazy and wild travelling stories, what would life be without those moments you can look back at and laugh. Having the opportunity to pack up and just leave, not thinking twice and travelling is by far one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences a person can encounter. Seeing new sights and travelling the world with someone you’ve only known for 24 hours is a priceless experience, there are no words to describe these amazing and unforgettable experiences. Doing what you want without any limitations, feeling free, discovering a new life, isolating yourself from the real world, absorbing in all the positive vibes, doing things you would never have imagined-this is what adventures are for…living your life and filling it with unique and crazy experiences.

Learning Through Experience: This is by far one of the greatest advantages of living abroad, whether it be in a positive or negative context it is all a learning curve that you grow from, become wiser and learn how to face and approach uncontrollable life situations that are unexpectedly thrown towards you.

A form of learning through experience is living like a local. This enables you to see through the eyes of your chosen country, depending on your choice of accommodation, living with an Porteña family or friend is a fantastic opportunity in being exposed to family traditions, the culture, the food, fiestas of course, the ins and out of the city, activities and nightlife! Best of all you have the flexibility of independently exploring and creating your own social life with your school friends, locals and other people you will meet on the way!

Making lifelong Friends

One of the main benefits and advantages of a cultural exchange is making friends overseas that last a lifetime. It’s amazing how much you can learn from someone you just met and connect with someone on such a deep level. The most amazing part is that everyone has a story that gives you different perspectives on life. You will definitely be keeping your time occupied with all these new friends, the sad part about living abroad is many friends have an expiry date and unfortunately goodbyes are no fun! But remember having friends all around the world is a great excuse to go travelling and of course not to forget but free accommodation!

 

 

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Choosing a language school in Buenos Aires: Private vs Group Classes

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:27

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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!

Private classes:

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.

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Group Classes

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!

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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!

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My experience with DELE

Monday, September 14, 2015 11:38

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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!

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5 reasons to study abroad

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 11:24

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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 Andrés, 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!

 

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