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How To Plan A Spanish Language Trip

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 13:53

Categories - Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

You want to take your Spanish to the next level and want to take a Spanish language trip? Congratulations! You made the right decision! An immersive language course in a country where Spanish is spoken is the best way to get fast results. Not only will you learn the language, but you will also soak up the culture and meet locals, and most importantly: you will be able to put your newly learned language skills into practice right away.

To ensure your Spanish course will be as successful as possible, it is important to put some thought into planning your trip. We have put together the four most important things to take into consideration when planning a Spanish language trip to help you plan your trip:

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Set Language Learning Goals

Before you book a Spanish language course, think about what you would like to achieve by taking the course. Are you a complete beginner? How fluent would you like to become with this course? How many hours per day would you like to take classes? Are you looking to improve your language skills in a certain field, for example conversational Spanish? Or are you looking to add Business Spanish skills to your resume? Are you okay with a group class, or do you prefer one-on-one classes? A combination of both one-on-one tuition and group classes is usually the most effective way to pick up a new language quickly.

Choose the Right Language School

Choosing the right school is another important factor. This is where you’ll be spending most of your time, so take a good look at what the school offers. Are there extracurricular activities for the students? What is the nationality mix of the students like? Are the reviews from former students favorable and is the school accredited, ie. does it meet the required quality standards and are the teachers qualified? How big are the classes, where is the school located, and what kind of accommodation is offered? Homestays are usually the most effective way to practice your newly learned skills, but if you prefer privacy, you might want to opt for a private apartment. Is it possible to contact the school before booking a course to ask questions, and how fast are they responding to your queries?

Take Advantage of Your Location

No matter where you are taking your Spanish course, don’t forget, despite all the studying, to take advantage of the destination you choose! Buenos Aires for example is a cultural hub like no other, with plenty of things to see, museums to visit and neighborhoods to wander. If you are a lover of music and dance, you may want to add tango classes to your language course. If you are a football fan, you don’t want to miss the chance to watch a Boca Juniors game. If you are interested in exploring Argentina beyond Buenos Aires, extend your trip and add a week in Patagonia or Mendoza Wine Country to your itinerary. Think about how you would like to spend your days – and your free time in particular – during your language course. How much time do you want to spend practicing and studying, sightseeing, and mingling with other students?

Do Research Before Your Trip

To get the most out of your Spanish language trip, research not only language schools in depth, but also your destination in general. Make sure you know what the weather will be like – remember, summer in the northern hemisphere means chilly winter weather in many parts of South America – which events are happening while you are visiting, and how you can prepare for your course to ease into it easily. Are there any Spanish learning materials you can use to already get a little taste of the language? Or to refresh your rusty Spanish? YouTube has some great language learning videos you can use to get an idea of how the Argentine Spanish differs from the Spanish spoken in other parts of Latin America and in Spain – especially listening to the different accents is a helpful preliminary exercise. If you are a complete beginner, this is a good way to get a basic understanding of what you’ll be doing during your language course and what you are getting yourself into.

Take all these things into account when planning your trip, and you will have the best immersive Spanish course possible!

Do you have any other questions in preparation of your trip? Ask us!

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Oh The Places You Will Go: Expanish Travels

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:10

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Most people that come to Buenos Aires usually aren’t here very long until finding out about all of the amazing cities and natural wonders that Argentina is home to. Although Buenos Aires is the most famous of them all, cities like Mendoza, Salta and even Santa Cruz province are just as interesting (but in a different way).

Every month students have the opportunity to participate in large trips organized by Expanish and not have to stress about any planning. Every month a travel agency comes directly to Expanish and talks to the students about the trip they have organized for that month. Flights, lodging and activities are all part of the trip, which means your blood pressure can take a break for a while.

This past year has already been full of great trips! Lets see here, in February Expanish took students to Iguazú Falls to see the beautiful natural wonder of the Argentine and Brazilian waterfalls for three days. Being one of the most famous natural wonders in the world, with the ease of having the trip planned but also going with friends makes these trips unforgettable.

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In March Expanish took their students to the west of Argentina to Mendoza. Another one of the most famous cities in Argentina, Mendoza is filled with beautiful mountains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. The best part is, if you get bored after days of touring wine vineyards and sampling some of the best vine in the world, there are always activities that you can find to do such as horseback through the Andes mountains, rent bikes and ride around to other bodegas or even white water raft though the mountains.

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In April, Expanish students went to the north west of Argentina to the beautiful cities of Salta and Jujuy. Salta is home to one of the greatest natural wonders called the salt flats or the salinas where salt dries on the desert floor and gives off a mirror like effect to make it look like you are walking on air (I am not exactly sure how it works, but just believe me that it is a sight you HAVE to see). Jujuy is home to beautifully colored mountains and the intriguing culture of the indigenous tribes that live there. Hiking through mountains and taking awe-inspiring pictures at the salt flats made for an amazing break from classes.

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Oh, you are worried about what to do with your luggage? No worries, Expanish will safely store your luggage that you plan to leave behind to save you from spending money to store your clothes in a hotel somewhere. Hopefully you can see that there is way more to the Expanish program than sitting in a classroom and learning Spanish!

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How to Break That Language Barrier

Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:49

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As travelers, I think we can all agree when traveling in a foreign country, nothing can ruin your experience more than being stuck in a situation where you can’t understand a word that people are saying (or yelling) at you. Dont worry, we’ve all been there before. Well, here is a solution to that problem- at least in Spanish speaking countries. Expanish makes it a priority to offer many different types of classes with many different types of classroom settings. For instance, they offer beginner level Spanish courses, DELE (Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera) preparation courses, intensive cultural, medical, business Spanish courses and many more. Within those courses, they also offer the options of being taught in group or individual classroom settings- so many to choose from! So to make this easier, I am going to hash out all of the differences and benefits of each course style  to help find the one that fits you.

Are you a person that likes individual attention?

If you are, then the one to one classes are perfect for you. Not only will you be able to make your own goals, intensity level and schedule, but you will be able to learn at your own pace. without any unnecessary competition in the classroom with other students. With personal attention like this, you are for sure to have the confidence to use your Spanish in real-life situations.

Are you a person that enjoys personal interactions and meeting new people?

If you said yes to this question, then group classes are the ones for you. Having no more than 10 students in a group class, the classroom atmosphere is always lively, but never overbearing. With usually 4 to 8 per class, you are always interacting with other students and making friendships along the way. No wonder students from all over the world come to Expanish.

Did you say “Yes” to both of the past questions?

If both of those descriptions seemed like learning atmospheres that you would enjoy, then you are in luck! Expanish offers classes that are both individually and group taught, which of course gives you the best of both worlds. Where you can learn alongside your friends in an exciting group setting, you also receive private lessons where you can ask questions.

Do you need Spanish classes on a specific topic?

It is obvious that whether you are in Argentina for business or pleasure, knowing the language helps immensely and Expanish offers courses for that as well. Medical, Business and DELE preparation courses are offered to assist students learn specific vocabulary on a certain topic

Do you only need one class to learn the local vocabulary?

The “Ultimate Crash Course” that Expanish offers helps students learn the vocabulary and phrases of Argentina. Each class has a new topic of vocabulary such as shopping, food and drink or transportation where  you are finally able to give your brain a rest from learning Spanish grammar. These fun and interactive courses are only 2 hours long but really help get a grasp of the Porteño culture that we all know and love.

Now that you know about the courses that Expanish offers and the styles that fit you the best, you now have a plan to dodge those language barrier situations that we experience all too often! Contact us here for all the details about our Spanish Courses in Buenos Aires.

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Going out as a woman in Buenos Aires: How to handle the machistas

Monday, January 16, 2012 15:08

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Argentina may have elected a female president in 2007, but the inauguration of Christina Fernandez de Kirchner into Argentina’s highest office didn’t exactly ring the death toll for Latin machismo within the country. While we’re not exactly living in the dark ages here, machismo is still alive and well.

My good friend Merriam Webster defines machismo as a strong sense of masculine pride, or an exaggerated masculitiny. However, this is one of those words that carries a much heavier load than its literal meaning, and it can even mean different things to different people and within different regional contexts. Personally, when I think of machismo, I think of the prideful male ego that should never be bruised and a stubborn and unbending insistence on traditional gender roles.

One of the most prominent ways that machismo manifests itself in everyday life is through the piropo, which is actually a pretty difficult term to define. Depending on who you are talking to, a piropo can be a compliment directed at a charming young lady on the streets or it can be a direct form of street harrasment. While I’m not going to wax poetic on the political implications of this form of “flirtation”, I would like to offer some advice and experience on how to survive on the streets to my fellow females who plan on spending some time in Buenos Aires.

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 1.     Don’t take it personally: The piropo is not about you! If some wannabe alpha male decides to affirm his masculinity by throwing out some idiotic comment about your appearance, it does not mean that you have done something wrong! Don’t think that you dressed too provocatively or walked in a way that invited the comment, because you didn’t. I was once walking down the street in winter, minding my own business, when a man decided to yell out “Ay, mami, ¿cuánto cuesta?” which basically translates to, “Hey babe, how much?”. Was I wearing a mini skirt, tank top and stripper heels when he decided to inquire about my hourly price? Not even close, it was cold outside! I was bundled up in jeans, flat boots, a sweater, scarf and a winter coat. I even had my school books in my hand. I looked more like Laura Ingall than Jessica Rabbit. The bottom line is, the kind of man that catcalls at a random woman will catcall at any random woman so don’t blame yourself.

2.     Don’t make eye contact: The machista has a big ego, so if you look him in the eye after he just told you that you he wants marry you and build you a castle to live in together, his exaggerated sense of male confidence is going to take that gesture as an invitation. It is best to simply ignore the comment and keep on walking as if his existence doesn’t even register on your radar.

3.     Remember you are in a foreign country: In your home country, this kind of behavior might warrant physical retaliation or, at the very least, a verbal confrontation. In Argentina, however, catcalling is simply accepted and is not generally considered a very negative thing. Although I will never understand, many Argentine women even take piropos as a compliment and get distressed if they haven’t received one in a while.

4.     Know how to retaliate if it crosses a line: While the occasional light-hearted piropo is nothing to worry about, if someone is excessively harassing you while you are minding your own business and you did not make the accidental eye contact mistake, that is definitely crossing a line, and you can feel free to unleash a short scathing comment. He should get the message. Remember that is not culturally accepted for a man to touch you or make any kind of physical contact on the street, and you should definitely react and defend yourself if that line is crossed.

When the sun goes down and the city starts preparing to dance the night away in a boliche, the Argentino’s inner machista seems to shine a little brighter. Speaking from experience as a foreign woman on the Buenos Aires night scene, Argentine men are a little more persistent than what I’m used to back home in the US of A. A simple ‘no’ is generally not enough to deter the average Argentino, because, again, his inflated sense of male ego tells him that no woman could ever possibly reject his amorous advances. Obviously, if a woman says she’s not interested, he just needs to try a different approach. So what is a girl to do when she just wants to dance with the ladies, but an Argentino refuses to acknowledge that she is just not feeling it.

 1.     Be persistent: If he doesn’t listen the first time, try, try again. You may have to say no 3 or 4 times before a guy will understand that you mean business. Even then, he might try to act like there’s something wrong with you for rejecting him, but at least he’ll be off your case.

2.     Get back-up from a friend: If a guy really won’t leave you alone, it’s always good to have another friend back you up. Have your girlfriend say no, too, that you don’t want to chat, dance, or make out on the dance floor with this guy. For some reason, a little noise from the peanut gallery usually makes a guy back off sooner.

3.     Go out in a large group: The more people you go out with, the less likely it is that a guy will bother you, so sometimes it is nice to go out with a large group of amigos. If there are guys included in the group, even better. Very few Argentinos will approach you while you’re hanging out with another man, and a back-up ‘no’ from a male friend is almost a guaranteed free pass to dance the night away unbothered.

4.      Have fun: Don’t let the overly excited Argentinos ruin your fun. You can still have a great night with just the ladies or even meet a guy you actually do want to dance with. So if you have to say no to the first few frogs that come along, don’t despair. There are plenty of princes in the city, and you might just find one to teach you a little more about the local lifestyle.

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Expanish Student´s Blog: The Life of a New Spanish Student in Buenos Aires e

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 14:40

Categories - Argentina Travel Info, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Expanish News, Spanish, Student Stories - 2 Comments

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A little about me… I am 29 years old and from New Orleans, Louisiana USA. I have been working as a professional since I graduated, but was looking for a change and a chance to vastly improve my Spanish over the next 3 months. I have briefly visited Buenos Aires or “BsAs” before and desperately wanted to return to the porteño lifestyle. A city so full of life, with a passion for music, art, dance, and great food.  Who wouldn´t?!

As a new student here at Expanish, I also have an opportunity to share all of my new experiences as they happen; to help others that may be interested in making their way to “Paris of the South.” There are so many new sounds, smells, and sights to take in, that the adventure has only begun.

My first day of class at Expanish was of course filled with anticipation, but the friendly staff here welcomed me as soon as I walked in the door! I took my placement test, apologized for my Spanish, and was told not to worry! That´s why you are here – to learn, and to improve. I was given my room number and off to class I went. The first couple of hours went rather smoothly, except for my timidness in speaking… but I know that will quickly change. And the short breaks gave me an opportunity to rest my mind… and check my email. To finish the day, all new students were given a nice orientation about the city, the school, and the staff. Overall, it was a complete success! First day jitters are normal at any school, especially when you are in a new country. But all fears were quelled from Murphy in the admissions department, to Paula with my curriculum, Marina at the front desk, and of course my professor Eduardo. With the support of the staff here I know that I will attain my goals over the next 3 months.

Ill be blogging each week about my experience so make sure you re-visit!

Casie

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What to do in December as a Spanish Student in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:21

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Expanish News, Spanish - 1 Comment

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As the end of the year and the holidays approach, Buenos Aires will be getting warmer, which means more outdoor activities.  If you are staying here through Christmas and New Years, these events will really help you experience everything that is going on for the rest of 2010.

Festivals

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (Dec. 3 – Dec -8 )

Location: Eight different locations in the city

Cost – Varies (some events are free and some concerts have a small cost)

International Tango Day (Dec. 11)
Location – Various (Gran Milonga Nacional – Ave. De Mayo)

With shows and concerts throughout the city, one of the most exciting is the Gran Milonga Nacional where the street of Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires gets turned into one big tango dance hall.

Fiesta Nacional del Gaucho (Dec. 11 – Dec. 13)

Location – General Madariaga (in the Province of Buenos Aires). Celebrate everything there is about the traditional Argentine Gaucho just south of Buenos Aires for this annual festival. Horse shows, hand-made crafts and great food accompany all the exciting customs and traditions that is the world of a gaucho.

Cost – Free

Events

Argentine Polo Open (Nov. 13 – Dec. 4 Only on weekends)

Location – Hipodromo (corner of Avenida Libertador and Avenida Dorrego)

Haven´t seen a polo game yet?  Make sure to head over to the Hipodromo to get a first-hand experience before the Argentine Polo Opens ends.

Cost: Varies depending on seat

Casa Vela HIV/AIDS Fundraiser (Dec. 5 @ 4pm)

Location – Parque Patricios (Ave. Casero and La Rioja)

Come support Casa Vela, a non-profit organization focused on promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education, at their annual 2K walk.

Cost: A t-shirt is $35 pesos

Feria de Artesanías (Dec. 7 – Dec. 12 @ 3pm – 10pm)

Location: La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704)

This is the largest artisan fair in the country where the over 50,000 visitors can browse (and buy) hand-made goods by over 500 artists.  If you enjoy the regular ferias in the plazas of the city, this is the mother-load.

Cost – $15 pesos to enter

Nuestra Feria de Diseño (Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 @ 2pm – 9pm)

Location: Universidad de Palermo (Ecuador 933)

Design students from the Universidad de Palermo will be showing off their collections and everything will be for sale!  This is a chance to get one-of-a-kind pieces and support local students.

Cost: Free entrance

10 Años 10 Cortos. Una década de gran cine (Dec. 7 @6:30pm)

Location: Biblioteca Nacional (Aguero 2502)

Organized by the magazine Babia, the Biblioteca Nacional will present the 10 best Argentine short films of the last 10 years.  Plus, you can check out the Biblioteca Nacional, which is a sight in itself.

Cost: Free

Marta Minujín Exposition (Nov. 26 – Feb. 7)

Location – MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) – Avda. Figueroa Alcorta 3415

The MALBA is finishing 2010 with an exposition of Marta Minujín, an Argentine pop artist.  It will show over 100 pieces of her work from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a must see.

Cost – $20 pesos to enter ($8 on Wednesdays)

Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Dec. 2 @8:30pm)

Location – Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

See the last performance of the year of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.  Seats go quickly, so buy yours now!

Cost – Varies depending on seats

Concerts

Here are just some of the artists who will be playing in Buenos Aires during this month:

The Wailers – 1/12

Yes – 3/12

Daddy Yankee – 4/12

Panic at the Disco! – 8/12

Stone Temple Pilots – 9/12

Armin van Buuren – 10/12 & 11/12

*For purchasing tickets, check out TicketPortal or Ticketek

For things to do during Christmas and New Years, we will be exploring that in depth later on in the month, so check back soon!

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Food Shopping on a Budget – The Street Market Way

Friday, November 12, 2010 12:16

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For those Spanish students in Buenos Aires who enjoy trying fresh produce, and are tired of the big supermarket chains or higher prices in some of the tourist barrios, we have the perfect solution for you.

Ferias itinerantes (travelling fairs) can be found all across the city selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cold meats with cheese at inflation busting prices.

We visited the feria in San Telmo, open from 8am – 2pm on Saturdays, that is situated on the corners of Mexico, Chile & Balcarce. We bought 8 bags of groceries, enough produce to cook dinner all week. Our bags were filled with vegetables, fruit, dried beans and pulses, olives and peanuts, fish and chicken all for $90 pesos.

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Not only do you get food for cheap, but it’s a great way to get to know different areas of Buenos Aires while also practicing Spanish at the same time.  With this hidden secret, you will be surrounded by locals, without a tourist in sight. To find out where the feria is in the city, you can check out the schedule here. Here is a quick guide to some common fruits and vegetables names so you can be sure you get the food that you want!

  • Apple – Manzana
  • Strawberry’s – Frutillas
  • Blueberry’s – Arándanos
  • Onion – Cebolla
  • Carrots – Zanahorias
  • Aubergine (UK) / Eggplant (US) – Berenjena
  • Celery – Apio
  • Lettuce – Lechuga
  • Cucumber – Pepino
  • Cougette (UK) / Zucchini – Zapallitos
  • Squash – Zapallo

Ask any of the Expanish staff for more food names if it doesn’t appear on this list.

Enjoy and let us know if you visit or find any good markets yourself!

More information can be found here about the ferias itinerantes http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/guiaba/guia/?info=detalle&menu=2&id=1183

Joanne

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Two weeks of studying Spanish in Buenos Aires and I already feel at home.

Monday, October 4, 2010 15:08

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“Me gustas tu!” Not what you might normally hear in a classroom.

 

So two weeks and have gone by since my first blog about studying with Expanish. That’s forty hours of class, hundreds of hours of practice, and several  hours of a slightly sore head after practice went on a little late into the night…  But that shows just how much you can progress in such a short space of time! You might think that after just two weeks of studying a language from beginner level, you would still be very much stuck at that the “una cerveza por favor”, kind of stage, or if you’re particularly switched on, you might be able to bore someone to tears with a list of what you like doing in your spare time…  However, when you´re immersed in a city like Buenos Aires, you have the opportunity to practice your Spanish every minute of the day; meeting other students at Expanish, going out for dinner, buying something from a shop and if nothing else, apologizing to everyone who´s toes you manage to stand on whilst sardine-packed into the Subte during rush hour.

So it would seem that my fellow students and I have come a long way in a very short space of time. When thinking about lessons, some may conjure up the idea of being back at school wishing all kinds of calamity to befall whichever idiot decided that simultaneous equations were a good idea. In reality, Spanish lessons here are more like a series of interesting discussions and picking up the language as you go. Of course, the grammar is important and we cover some of this every day- you don’t want to suffer the embarrassment of saying “Estoy caliente” on a hot day for example… people might get the wrong idea. Our teacher, Silvina, continues to keep our lessons fun and interesting by punctuating classes with different activities and teaching us some Spanish songs such as Manu Chao´s Me gustas tu”. They´re not at all hard to understand and a great alternative way to learn some new vocab.

The more Spanish I learn, the more my confidence grows, allowing me to meet and really get to know the people (or porteños as they are called) of Buenos Aires. Next stop, Argentine girlfriend… optimistic but what better way to practice my newly acquired skill?  

Check my blog this time next week to see what news this week at Expanish will bring

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My first Day at Expanish School in Buenos Aires

Monday, September 27, 2010 11:48

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Group discussion about the correct answer - we got it right 🙂

After being caught up in the excitement of planning a trip abroad, I seemed to have overlooked the fact that arriving in an enormous and bustling city like Buenos Aires can at first be a little unnerving. Expanish has the perfect balance of making you feel that you really are in the heart of a South American city with its grand building and local teachers, whilst giving you all the comforts and security you would feel at home.

On arrival, my fellow students and I were warmly welcomed and settled into classes that were each tailored to our individual abilities. As we made our way to meet our teacher, I became acutely aware that my Spanish speaking ability could barely keep up with The Mask of Zorro let alone a fully fledged conversation but the second the class began, I found my confidence growing by the second. Within no time, Sylvina, our teacher, had my three class mates and I as relaxed as if we´d known each other for months. With her dynamic and interactive style of teaching, we were able to tell each other who we were and why we were studying Spanish in Buenos Aires in a very short space of time with what, up till then, I had believed wouldn’t be enough Spanish to order a coffee. At 1 o´clock, by which stage we had worked up quite an appetite, we were treated to some empanadas for lunch, a delicious traditional Argentine snack of pastry stuffed with chicken, beef or cheese to name just a few. Feeling full and satisfied, I got the impression that if a first day could run this smoothly, fluency has to be only just round the corner…

Look out for next weeks blog about about my classes!

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You Can Afford Buenos Aires!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:46

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The whole world felt a hit from the global financial crisis this year and Argentina was no different. However, despite this hit, many foreign currencies, especially those from the United States, Canada, and Europe, have a major financial advantage here in Argentina, making studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, totally affordable.

There are a 5 ways to make your stay in Buenos Aires affordable:

1.    Speak with your home bank about overseas service charges and see if there is a way to lower the charges or eliminate them when you are taking out money abroad. Often, banks place these charges on your account and just a simple request to remove them or lower them, does the trick.
2.   Do your research before you come to Buenos Aires; tourism is very good business for Argentina and sometimes foreigners pay more than they should for certain services, accommodation, etc. Just make sure to check out all of your options before you decide on anything or ask one of our Expanish advisors for assistance.
3.    Organize your time in Buenos Aires and make a realistic plan of how many times a week you can eat out, how many weekends will you be able to travel, etc. The best way to not overspend is to plan your budget in advance.
4.    Take advantage of activities, workshops, and excursions through Expanish to add to your cultural immersion experience. For example, every week a dinner out with staff is offered at a great place and at an affordable price. If you want to take extra activities, sign up for group activities along with your fellow students.
5.    Try to find original ways to make the most out of the city; spend the day at the Palermo Bosques, take the train to the riverside town of Tigre, watch an outdoor concert on the weekend, or take a walking tour throughout the city, armed with nothing more than a map. There are a myriad of things to do in Buenos Aires that cost little or no money!

Learn more about  Why you should study Spanish in Buenos Aires!

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