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Learning Spanish over Christmas in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 8:08

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If you came in Buenos Aires learning Spanish and that this is your first time spending Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, the first thing that will stands out is the heat. It’s summertime in Argentina and the days are getting hotter and hotter, so say goodbye to your christmas sweaters, blankets and hot cocoa by the fire. You will definitely want to opt for your swimsuit and pool time after having walked throughout the city.

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The guide to spend a traditional Christmas in Argentina while learning Spanish :

Before Christmas :

You will start hearing some Christmas vocabulary as people in the street, stores or even in spanish class start talking about all the preparation and plans. Being around Buenos Aires at this time of the year when learning spanish really allows you to immerge in the culture and tradition of the country as well as improving a specific vocabulary about Christmas season and celebrations. Before the D-Day people usually celebrate Christmas with friends and coworkers. For example, here at Expanish we organize a Christmas party and as there are a lot of different nationalities, it is a good way to learn about other Christmas traditions while practicing your spanish.  

24th of December :

On the 24th people gather with their family. At Expanish, a lot of our students take the opportunity to practice their Spanish by choosing a homestay. This allow our students to spend Christmas with a local family and get a traditional experience of a typical Argentine Christmas. Usually everyone brings something to eat. As it is summer, it is more common to eat an asado and cold dishes, rather than the hot dishes and Christmas hams you may be used to. When midnight rolls around everyone will have toast, drink cider, eat pan dulce and commence opening gifts! Christmas celebrations usually end around 2AM but it wouldn’t be a proper Buenos Aires party without the younger generations heading to the “boliches (clubs) to dance until the sunrise. Argentines truly like to party!

25th of December :

On the 25th most Argentines gather again in the afternoon (everyone needs a good sleep especially the ones that went clubbing) and eat either the leftovers from the night before or have an asado. Be aware that most public transports will not run on Christmas day, so my advice would be to plan in advance. If you choose to live in a homestay, this will allow you to meet even more people and practice your presentation skills in Spanish, by the end of the Christmas celebration you should be an expert and feel more confident talking in Spanish.

New Year’s Eve :

While in other countries it may typically be a night out on the town with friends to ring in the new year, New Year’s Eve in Argentina is a very family centered holiday. Argentines gather with their family once again to have an asado and drink Malbec. It’s always best to have a friend or family member that has a rooftop host the New Year’s Eve party so that you can enjoy the fireworks at midnight, so don’t hesitate to ask around to your local friend if they have a “terraza”. Again, it wouldn’t be a true party without the younger generation heading off to the boliches with their friends after midnight while the older crowd heads out to parties with their friends and family.

Activities and places to go to during Christmas in Buenos Aires as a foreigner learning Spanish :

  • Play the lottery and maybe treat yourself to a big money prize. Every year, Argentina organizes a Christmas Lottery called “Gordo de Navidad” where you could win this year 15.000.000 pesos!!!
  • For Christmas dinner : La Dorita in Palermo (Humboldt 1892) is a “parilla” restaurant with one of the most complete menu and famous for it’s high quality. It offers a great variety of meat such as a 400g piece of “Bife de lomo” (Beef tenderloin).
  • Christmas party : Kika Club in Palermo (Honduras 5339) is one of the most famous boliches in the city, there is no doubt you will have a good time there and maybe meet some new Porteño friends as this is a very popular social spot! This could be a good opportunity to learn slang called “lunfardo” which is used a lot by the young generation.
  • New Year’s dinner : If you want celebrate the New Year in style, Casa Cruz in Palermo Viejo (Uriarte 1658) is the place for you. For more than 10 years, Casa Cruz has offered a wide variety of meat cuts and sides dishes as well as a very wide choice of wines, in an upscale yet cozy atmosphere. Another option could be to catch Tango Shows, many of which offer special dinner and show packages.
  • New Year’ Eve party: Club Shampoo, located in the heart of Recoleta and one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive nightclubs is a great place to ring in the New Year. If nightclubs are not your thing, you can head to Palermo Hollywood where the streets are filled with local block parties with djs and bands playing music, Porteños hosting asados and people enjoying the warm summer night to dance all night long until sunrise.

Expanish wishes you a “Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo” !

 

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Free Social Activities at Expanish

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:02

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Here at Expanish, we like to make your learning experience a complete one and we also believe that you should have fun whilst learning. We have many free actitivies on offer every week which are great for practising your Spanish outside of the classroom and for learning about Argentinian culture. On your first day, you will be given a full list of the activities for the month and you can check the noticeboard in reception for more information about the different activities each week.

 
If you like to dance, why not take advantage of the free tango lessons that we offer, every other week. The group classes are a fun way to practice the Spanish you have learnt in class with a local professor, and other students from all over the world including some Argentinians too. The professors are all highly trained and experienced. You will learn the key steps through formal instructions and dance floor practice. As with the Spanish classes, we also have tango classes for different levels from beginner to advanced. The classes are usually given in Spanish but the professor will be happy to help in English if you need some clarification.

The tango classes take place in a dance studio nearby but we also offer salsa lessons here in the school which you can take part in right after your Spanish classes.
 
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As well as the dance classes, we also like to teach you something about the Argentinian culture and history. We have a history workshop where we explain to you some of the recent history in Argentina and after the explanation, we take you on a short walk to Plaza de Mayo near to the school to continue the story. We also offer neighbourhood tours where one of our teachers will give you a walking tour of a neighbourhood such as La Boca. It’s a chance to visit with a local who can explain things to you, give you tips and you can enjoy it as a group with your classmates rather than going alone.
 
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We also have trips from the school to different museums in the city such as the MALBA or the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Again, one of the teachers will accompany the group by Subte or bus so it’s easy for you to find your way there and you can get to know some of the other students too.
 
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Something that Argentina is famous for is its food and drink. You can’t come to Argentina without trying mate and so we offer a “discovering mate” workshop where we explain the history of the mate, how it is prepared, the ritual of sharing the mate and of course you get to try it! You can even prepare your own. You could spend the afternoon in the cafeteria preparing chocotorta, a famous Argentinian desert, as a group and of course you get to taste what you have made.
 
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Perhaps even more famous is Argentinian wine – we offer wine tasting here (for a small fee for materials!). This is a really popular activity with the students and it is nice to learn something about the wines that you might only normally enjoy with a meal or on a night out!
 
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If food and drink is really your thing, we often have trips out for lunch to famous bars or cafes in the city and the teacher can give you all the information you need on other famous places worth visiting whilst you are here in Buenos Aires.

 

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If you are interested in even more classes (and lets face it, who isnt?) we sometimes have extra classes for pronunciation or classes where we explain the history of certain words and phrases typical to Argentina or to Spanish which will help you sound more like a native.
 
So as you can see, your Spanish school doesn’t have to be a place where you only come for Spanish classes – at Expanish we like to offer you a lot more so that you can really get to know the other students and immerse yourself into local culture.

 

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Experience the Traditional Estancia while taking Spanish Immersion Courses in Argentina

Friday, August 15, 2008 13:07

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n21905695 31865027 615 300x225 Experience the Traditional Estancia while taking Spanish Immersion Courses in ArgentinaStudents who study Spanish in Argentina and at Expanish will have the remarkable opportunity to visit a typical and traditional Argentine estancia during their Spanish immersion courses in Argentina. What is an ‘estancia’? Estancia is the Spanish word for ranch. And although similar to a typical ranch, for example, estancias tend to be much bigger in size than that of a North American ranch. Estancias offer many ‘cowboy’ activities and are a wonderful experience for those taking Spanish immersion courses in Argentina.

 

Estancias, in the past and now, continue to play a huge part in the economy of Argentina as they are the producers and exporters of meat and grain around the world. Students who come to learn Spanish in Argentina and Buenos Aires must learn that this is not your typical farming practice; to Argentines it is as much of an art as is the art of wine making. Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires students will have the option to visit several estancias located close to Buenos Aires and in and around Argentina.

 

Students studying Spanish in Argentina will be able to not only visit but also stay a night on a working estancia in order to learn about the Gaucho (Argentine ‘cowboy’) culture and tradition. Estancias offer their visitors activities such as hikes, swimming, horseback riding, cattle drives, or to join in on the daily activities of gauchos. For a total Spanish immersion in Argentina experience, students should stay for the lunchtime asados (barbeque), to learn about the art of cooking meat and vegetables from around the country.

 

During these asados, gauchos are known to enjoy grouping around a fire to play and sing folk music. These traditional songs are all in Spanish and are a great way for students learning Spanish in Argentina to pick up some traditional words and song tunes. Not only do gauchos love folk music but they also love to sit around the fire and tell stories and legends about Argentina and its people.

 

Expanish offers a day trip to a nearby estancia once a month for its Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires students who take programs of eight weeks or more. Our package for our Spanish students in Argentina includes: Round trip transfer from Buenos Aires, Snacks and a large asado lunch with unlimited drinks, a folklore dancing show, a gaucho horseback show, horseback and carriage rides, and optional overnight stay with breakfast.

 

Visiting an estancia on the country side is one of the most Argentine activities that students who study Spanish in Argentina can take part in. For students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires at Expanish there are many estancias close by that they can experience the gaucho culture, relax and enjoy nature, and make the most out of their Spanish immersion courses in Argentina.

 

For more information on Studying Spanish in Argentina and Activites click here!

 

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