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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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Spanish & Tango in Buenos Aires

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:23

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Argentina is considered the birthplace and remains the beating heart of Tango so if you are here in Buenos Aires learning spanish you should also spend some time learning this sacred national dance!

Here at Expanish we offer a combined package of Spanish and Tango classes. We offer many cultural “add-ons” that are specific to Argentina and they are a brilliant way to experience the local culture here in Buenos Aires. With this option of the Tango add-on, you can have Spanish classes for four hours every morning during the week and then twice a week in the afternoon, you can go on to a tango class close to the school – one group class and one individual class.

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.
 
If you are taking Spanish classes, you are always encouraged to speak as much Spanish outside of the classroom to practice your skills day to day in real life situations. The same goes for tango – apart from the classes, you should get out there and practice! You could visit a tango hall to watch a show or even go to a Milonga which is a local tango dance hall where you can put into practice what you have learnt! You can arrange any of these extra activities here at the school when you arrive.
 
So if you want to improve your spanish whilst immersing yourself in the tango culture of Argentina, talk to us about our Spanish & Tango Package! You can contact us here.

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Summer in Buenos Aires: 3 parks you can’t miss

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:54

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Summer in Buenos Aires is a time to spend outdoors and enjoy the open air. Yes, a lot of the city consists of busy streets full of cars, buses and people in a rush but it is also full of parks, plazas and green spaces so there are plenty of places for you spend some time relaxing in the sun or taking shelter in the shade when it all gets too much! In fact, there are so many beatiful parks, it is hard to narrow it down to a short list but here goes:

1. Bosques de Palermo / Parques 3 de Febrero

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This is the largest park in Buenos Aires and arguably the most beautiful. In fact it is so big, it is more like a collection of parks and so there are so many different things you can do here. In the middle of the park, is the Rosedal (or Rose Garden) which in summer is absolutely beautiful and apparently has over 15,000 rose bushes. It is like a peaceful oasis away from the traffic and noise of the city. Also, every weekend in January and February, the Rosedal transforms into an open air autocine where you can enjoy a film in the open air and it is absolutely free. You can also arrive on foot so don´t worry about not having a car! At the side of the Rosedal, is a lake where you can hire a pedalo and a running track loops the whole way around the lake and the rose garden. This is always full of joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboarders. Any way of keeping fit outdoors, you can find it here. El Parque 3 de Febrero also includes the Japonese Garden, the Planetario Galileo Galiliei and the Museo de Artes Plásticas “Eduardo Sivori”.

2. Plaza Francia

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Plaza Francia is a really popular place to spend an afternoon reading or drinking mate with friends. It has a very social feel, there are many people selling food and drinks and there is always something going on. At the weekend, there is a large feria which can sometimes feel a little touristy but it is certainly worth a look around. The plaza is close to the Centro Cultural de Recoleta and also to the famous Recoleta cemetery so there are plenty of other places to visit when you are nearby. Also close to Plaza Francia, (across the street next to the large university law building) and to the side is another park with the Flor de Metal. The flower is special because it is open during the day and it closes when the sun goes down. The reflection of the water during the day and the lights by night make it a beatiful sight any time of the day.

3. Parque Centenario

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Parque Centenario has just reopened its gates after refurbishment and now boasts 24 hour security, more lighting more trees and an altogether cleaner park. This park is also huge and here, you can also find an ampitheatre with a capacity of over 2000 people which often holds cultural events so it is worth checking online for a list of events. There are new and improved playgrounds for the kids, a skateboard and bike track, aerobics and fitness programmes for pensioners. There really is something for all ages. If you are not looking for something active, there is a lake in the park which is full of ducks and large fish (not to mention the hundreds of dogs that are taken for a walk here!) and they have just laid new grass and planted flowers and trees so this summer might be the perfect time to enjoy them.

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Summer Holidays in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 12:22

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The summer months of December to March in Buenos Aires are a perfect time to come and study Spanish with us at Expanish. Because the weather is hot and humid, many Porteños choose to leave the city to spend some time at the coast but this is also a peak time for tourists visiting the city. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer here as Buenos Aires is a city full of green areas and open spaces. The parks of Palermo are great for relaxing on a sunny afternoon with friends. If the heat gets too much, the botanic gardens on Avenida Santa Fe are beautiful and feel really fresh as there are plenty of trees to provide that much needed shade. The “JardĂ­n JaponĂ©s” (Japanese Garden) is another green oasis in the middle of the city, also located in Palermo. Nearer to microcentro, we have the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve situated in Puerto Madero which is also a beautiful place to visit, perhaps you can hire a bike outside the main entrance and go and explore.
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There are many craft markets such as the ones in San Telmo and Plaza Francia where you can buy hand made artisan goods or just have a look around. At the weekend, Plaza Serrano is also full of craft stalls in the centre and the bars that surround the plaza turn into marketplaces selling clothes, shoes and accesories for the afternoon.
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By night, the bars return to normal and the long warm summer nights are really great for enjoying a drink outside anywhere in the city.Buenos Aires is famous for its nightlife so there are plenty of bars all over the city to keep you entertained.  Fernet is a very popular drink here in Argentina, mainly mixed with coke and ice – perfect for the warm evenings but not to everyone’s taste!
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Other options to help survive the heat are swimming pools and beaches. There are a few options for finding a pool but the biggest pool complex by far is located in Parque Norte (next to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) . Of course Buenos Aires does not have a beach as such but it does have Buenos Aires Playas, artificial beaches located in Plaza de Los Niños (Norte) and Parque Roca (Sur). You can find more information on the BA Government website http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/noticias/se-viene-buenos-aires-playa.
A day trip to Tigre or Colonia (Uruguay) gives you the option to escape the city and spend a few tranquil hours away from the hustle and bustle. We also offer many excursions here from the school so come and talk to us if you need any help planning your summer activities.
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Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires in the summer is definitely an unforgettable experience. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you are interested in studying at Expanish!

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Spending Christmas in Buenos Aires

Thursday, December 24, 2015 6:22

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In Argentina, Christmas is traditionally spent with family members and the main celebration takes place on Christmas Eve (Nochebuena). Families like to get together at home for a big meal and plenty to drink. Like any other party, it is polite to bring something with you as a contribution if you are a guest. Here, the family often agree in advance who should bring what, (e.g someone should bring the salad, another bring the wine and more often than not, the party is likely to be held by the person with the best grill!) Given the heat at this time of year, some prefer to eat cold food, (including the world famous Argentinian meat obviously!) but others will have the traditional asado. Another option is to eat out and some restaurants will offer a fixed price menu for Christmas Eve. This can be a little more expensive than usual and you will need to book in advance. Many tourists will be looking for somewhere to enjoy the festivities on Christmas Eve and some tango houses put on a show where you can enjoy good Argentinian food and music, so this is another alternative.

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At midnight everyone gathers to make a toast and maybe watch some fireworks before opening gifts. There will probably be fireworks all over the city at midnight including near the famous Obelisco which is always busy at any time for celebration. At around 2am, people start to return home and some will go on to other parties with friends or a nightclub. The clubs will open at around 2-3am and the parties continue into Christmas morning.

Public transport and taxis in the city on the 24th will be very limited between 9pm and 3am so you should bear this in mind.

Christmas Day is a more tranquil affair with many people sleeping off the excess from the night before. People tend to gather again for lunch with family and friends for maybe yet another asado or possible just to eat leftovers from the day before. You should also remember that most supermarkets and smaller shops will be closed on the 25th.

If you don’t have any plans want to look at options for restaurants or tango shows, then here are some options to help you find something suitable:

La Ventana offers a special show in the heart of San Telmo for Christmas Eve (and new year too) and you can make reservations online – www.laventanaweb.com/reservas

Piazolla Tango also offers a special evening of dancing, dinner and a party afterwards. You can find more information here –  www.piazzollatango.com/eventos.htm

Madero Tango offers a delicious Christmas Dinner, a tango show, a firework display on the river and the best view of Puerto Madero – www.maderotango.com

If tango is not your thing but you would still like to eat out, you may consider Parilla La Cabrera which was listed in Latin America´s 50 best restaurants in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They are located in Palermo and will be offering a special Christmas menu. You can find more information on their Facebook page, call them on 4832-5754 / 4831-7002. Cel: 11-2434-3333, or send an email to info@parrillalacabrera.com.ar

If you like Italian food, another option is Cucina D´Onore. They also offer a special Christmas menu which includes some drinks, a midnight Champagne toast and a ´mesa dulce´. More information at www.cucinadonore.com/promociones.php

If you would prefer to dance the night away in a Buenos Aires boliche, you can check the Christmas listings using this website where you are sure you find something to suit your tastes www.vuenosairez.com.

However you decide to spend Christmas this year, we hope you enjoy the holidays. Feliz Navidad!

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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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10 things to do in Buenos Aires while studying Spanish

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:11

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There is an endless list of things to do in Buenos Aires, you definitely will not get bored, it is a city that never sleeps-it is said to be the Paris of South America. Buenos Aires is packed with fun filled activities that enables you to emerge yourself into our rich culture and experience life as a true Porteño. Here is a list of fun filled activities you can occupy yourself with.

The markets (las ferias)

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With no doubt, depending where you are in Buenos Aires there will be a market in a plaza! But these aren’t just any normal markets, these market stalls take up the hole plaza and streets, are filled with vibrant music, Argentinian food and of course an endless selection of gifts! There are various types of markets, from the typical authentic markets in San Telmo and Recoleta to the Buenos Aires Market (organic food market) to the many cultural markets/festivals held throughout the year, your sundays will constantly be filled up by our ferias!

Wine and Dine

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Argentina is known for having the best meat in the world and also for having pretty good wine from our famous Mendoza region. So as you can imagine we have some of the best restaurants that will highly likely be the best meat you ever try in your life. And that’s no understatement there! Meat in Argentina is never far from you, from restaurants to street food-you can’t go wrong! However to make sure you have the best meat experience, it is highly recommended that you go to a restaurant that is recommended by Argentinians and has a great reputation. A tip that will get you far, if you ever see a restaurant with a large line in Buenos Aires, that means it’s really good and cheap! Just to mention a few highly recommendable restaurants, Las Cabras, Don Julio, La Cabrera and the list goes on! If you’re not drooling by now, you definitely will be amongst your arrival!

Tango Shows

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This is definitely an unmissable event that you must see when in Buenos Aires! Tango is our cultural staple that both defines and is defined by our beautiful country. The tango shows are a great way to immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture, eat some great meat and of course enjoy our beautiful, traditional and romantic dance. There is an endless list of places you can enjoy Tango shows. A word of advice, before choosing a tango show, have a quick check on google for a tango guide that will reveal the best Tango shows in Buenos Aires.

Gaucho Day

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Buenos Aires can get pretty busy being a big city that it is and a gaucho day is the perfect way to soak up the tranquility and beauty of the Argentine country life and also learn about the gaucho culture and history. Gauchos (cowboys) are the most iconic figures in the Argentinian culture that have been around for more than three centuries. Argentina is home to many estancias (ranches) that are just a short drive from Buenos Aires. A trip to our estancias is a must, just like the tango it is part of our culture, this authentic experience will definitely be unforgettable!

Mate in the park

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Those lazy sundays usually consist of drinking mate in the park with friends! Drinking mate is a popular everyday social drink in Argentina.  ALL (well most) Argentines drink mate, popular places you see Argentinians drinking mate are in the park, at work, the beach, at home whilst listening to music, talking to family and friends, getting some sun, reading a book and the list goes on! At first trying mate may be a strange experience for some but after a couple of mate sessions you will likely fall in love with mate and the social context of drinking mate with friends. Not to mention mate has numerous health benefits, is a natural product and is a caffeine packed beverage-meaning it’s a great source in energizing and waking you up!

Museums

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Museums are always are very important aspect of traveling, you get to learn about the culture and art of the country however let’s face at times museums can be a tad boring however this is definitely not the case in Argentina. Argentina has some pretty amazing museums! The museums are full of rich history and thriving arts scenes that showcases the heritage of Argentina, historical figures and the strong love and passion Argentina has for arts. Many of our museums are locally situated, being in Palermo, San Telmo, Puerto Madero and other easily accessible suburbs.  Popular museums that are highly recommended and visited are MALBA (history and temporary exhibitions of 20th century, Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, Evita museum and the list goes on!

Nightlife in Palermo and San Telmo

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If you are a party animal or just enjoy having a glass of wine in a chilled environment well Bueno Aires is perfect for you! Buenos Aires by far has some of the best bars and nightclubs to offer! They say New York never sleeps, this also applies to Buenos Aires! The nightlife plays an important key role in the lives of porteños, but be mindful nightlife here starts at 2:00am and ends around 7-8am or later, this city was designed for the nights owls! But first you must make sure you have the previa (pre-drinks) at a friends house and then you will be ready for the long, adventurous night ahead! You will find all types of nights clubs, from reggaeton, electronic, dance and many other types of music-you definitely won’t go wrong!

Day in Tigre (Delta del Río Paraná)

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This beautiful town only an hour from Buenos Aires is a great place to visit during your stay. Tigre has a lot to offer, it has the river, many activities available you can take advantage of such as kayaking, the tourist boat and bus that goes around the town, great cafes and restaurants. This beautiful tourist attraction sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, hence it is definitely worth a visit as you can learn about the history of Tigre and see its natural beauty. A word of advice, you can take the train from Retiro to Tigre and buy tickets for the bus and boat cruise in Tigre train station.

Free events

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Every week without doubt Argentina has free events. From musical orchestras, yoga in the park to free festivals there is a great selection of activities to choose from! If you’re short on money you definitely won’t be deprived of some form of entertainment. Agenda Cultural is a fantastic government organisation that is constantly providing Argentina with free things to do. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of these great activities, practise your spanish speaking while diversing and meeting locals!

Volunteering

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There are many opportunities in Argentina in completing volunteer work, not just in the capital but also outside of Buenos Aires, for example Cordoba. Volunteering is a great opportunity in travelling and getting to know parts of Argentina. Volunteering has numerous benefits, to mention a few, it opens up careers opportunities, you learn and develop new skills, immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture and practise your spanish speaking skills, creates a sense of motivation, determination and appreciate for life and opens up doors in meeting people from all walks of life. Being a volunteer is not only a great way in immersing yourself in our culture but also showing respect towards our beautiful country.

FĂştbol Match

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As you have already been told, Argentinians are fĂştbol crazy and that is no understatement. Whenever a fĂştbol match is on, wherever you are in Argentina you will definitely hear the outburst of passionate expressions from an Argentinean, it is highly likely your neighbour will wake you up in the middle of the night barracking for their team. If you love soccer then a fĂştbol match is a must go to event, the atmosphere is priceless and full of passion and enthusiasm for the teams playing. This will definitely be an unforgettable experience but take into account that tickets are at times hard to get as they sell out very fast like hot cakes!

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How To Choose The Right Accommodation For You

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 13:45

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When living in a different country and acclimating to the people, the language and just the environment in general, it is very important to have someplace where you feel your most comfortable where you can end your day. Luckily, during your time at Expanish you can choose from 6 different atmospheres to reside in while enjoying Buenos Aires. These include; homestay city, homestay city premium, homestay suburbs, shared apartment with host, San Telmo residence double room, or a private apartment. All of these accommodations are great in different ways to suit people with different tastes.

If you are interested in experiencing the life of an Argentine family living in the city, then the Homestay City is the one for you. There is no better way to improve your Spanish than by actually living with a family. In the city homestay you will be able to bond with Argentines and practice your conversation skills over the two meals that you are given each day. The best part is that after a long day of classes and speaking you can come home to a home cooked meal and private bedroom to retreat to. Along with experiencing the life of an Argentine, you will also be enjoy living in a pleasant neighborhood that is located 30 minutes by bus, subway or walking.

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The Homestay City Premium is basically the same concept as the regular homestay city but with a little more luxury. These luxury items include, guaranteed Wi-Fi access, cleaning services, a personal bathroom and many other luxury items. Although you have access to these luxury items, the conversational and family aspect is still included in this experience.

The Homestay Suburbs option is for those who prefer to reside in a home outside the city limits. Living a more calm and relaxed Porteño life you will enjoy coming back home after a challenging day in the city to a tranquil atmosphere. This accommodation includes the same amount of meals and opportunities as the city homestays but you get to enjoy it all with a bigger family than of the families in city homestays. What can be better than that?

The next option is the Shared Apartment with Host. Here you have the opportunity to live autonomously while still being able to practice Spanish conversation skills with your Argentine host. Although meals and other services aren’t included like in the other accommodations, this option allows students to cook their own meals and live independently from a family. This is a perfect option for students who are looking for a cheaper, more private accommodation in Buenos Aires.

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The Private Apartment option is also great for those who wish to have a space of their own. These apartments are fully furnished with utilities included, and the best part is that the student has 100% control over where they will live. This is an ideal option for groups or couples that want to choose the location and style of their apartment as well as those who are traveling together and would enjoy more privacy.

The final option is a double room option in a Student Residence hall located in the beautiful barrio of San Telmo. This option is great for those who are social, as you will be living in a residence hall with 6 floors of students. Living with a student of the same sex, you will be able to practice your Spanish all the time as well as meet people from all over the world. This is also a great option for those who want to independently without having a host or family living with you. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are sure to enjoy the facilities as well as your time with Expanish in Buenos Aires!

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