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Spanish Speaking Countries

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:11

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Did you know that out of the 22 spanish-speaking countries in the world, 9 of them are in South America? Thats almost half! These countries include, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Firstly, Argentina is the largest Spanish speaking country in South America and also home to some of the most famous natural wonders in the world such as Las Salinas Grandes, the beautiful mountains of Patagonia and Iguazu Falls. On the hand Argentina is also home to the famous city of Buenos Aires, which is full of history, culture and many action! When you go to Argentina you can’t help but incorporate their castellano accent into your Spanish, which is just one more thing that makes the Pote√Īo culture so great.

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Bolivia, located just above Argentina, is home to the Andes Mountains, the Eastern Lowlands and the Amazon Basin. Having more of an indigenous culture in comparison to Argentina, Bolivia’s main language is Spanish but is closely trailed by 38 other official indigenous languages. If you are in search for ancient ruins and cultures, Bolivia is the place for you! One of its main touristic attractions is the Salt Flats, where you can get amazing pictures like this one:

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The next country that borders Argentina is Chile. Chile shares the Patagonian mountain range with Argentina but also has many attractions to call its own. The capital city of Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and even the port town of Valparaiso are all great stops when exploring Chile.

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Colombia is home to a different type of landscape than the southern countries of South America. Being situated on the coast and also having mountain ranges, Columbia has many beautiful beaches and rainforests to explore. Also being the country known for coffee plantations, it is always a good idea to taste as many cups of coffee as you can.

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Ecuador is known as an indigenous influenced country due to the massive amount of Incan ruins that lay in its territory as well as the amount of official indigenous languages that follow the main language of Spanish. Some of the most sites in Ecuador include; the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, the capital city of Quito and, of course, the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Whether you are checking out ancient Incan ruins or exploring the vastly different types of wildlife, Ecuador is great destination.

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Also bordering Argentina and being situated landlocked in the middle of South America, Paraguay is known as the heart of America. Although it is a landlocked country, the Paraguay river runs directly through the country and provides beautiful views to all who come to see. The interesting part about Paraguay is its strong connections to its indigenous language and culture of Guarani. Although Guarani is named an official language of Paraguay, Spanish is also widely spoken, so dont worry,  you wont have to learn a new language to communicate.

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As everyone knows, Peru has a strong indigenous influence on its culture. Home to the capital city of Lima, the city of Cusco and of course the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru has numerous amounts of history and culture to show. If you like climbing mountains, mountain biking or even rafting and want to explore the indigenous culture, then Peru is a destination for you.

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Uruguay is the spanish speaking  country in South America that has the most influence from Portugal and also the second smallest country in South America. The most famous cities in Uruguay include, Montevideo, Colonia and Punta Del Este where you can enjoy Uruguayan Spanish influenced culture or relax on the beautiful beaches.

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Venezuela is the country in South America that is known for its impressive range of biodiversity. Having the Andes Mountains, the Great Amazon Basin and being situated on the Caribbean coast, there are all types of landscapes that you could see. Caracas is the capital city where a good portion of the Venezuelan people live, but out of this city is where all of the beauty of Venezuela lies.

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As you can see, although these countries all share the same main language, there are all completely different in appearance, location and culture. It¬īs always better to learn a little Spanish before you start your travel through South America and Argentina is an excellent start point! Get in touch with our Spanish School in Buenos Aires leaving a comment below. Good luck!

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5 Every Day Things You Can Buy with 5 pesos in Buenos Aires

Friday, September 18, 2009 9:08

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Buenos Aires is one of the Latin America’s most fabulous, eccentric, and exciting cosmopolitan cities, and has managed to still stay affordable, even since its growth spurt after the 2001 economic crisis, for travellers with foreign currencies. Now, that is to say that Buenos Aires is still a big city and some things are relative to the big city life, but you can still find great and necessary buys for little money.

Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires and Looking to Spend Your Money Wisely?

To prove that theory, below are 5 Everyday Things You Can Buy with 5 Pesos in Buenos Aires.

1.    A Long Distance Calling Card.
Call home! For 5 pesos you can buy a calling card that will give you about 40 minutes to talk with friends and family.

2.    2 Miga Sandwiches.
These delectable little sandwiches look like pressed sandwiches, filled with things like ham, cheese, egg, pepperoni, etc, and are perfect for a mid day snack.

3.    Transportation (Subway, Train, Bus)
For 5 pesos you can buy about 4-5 one way tickets on either a subway, train, or bus, throughout the city.

4.  An Alfajor
The most famous Argentine cookie around, this delicious combination of shortbread plus filling of dulce de leche or chocolate, caramel, etc, is a great buy for less than 5 pesos.

5.     A Guia-T
The best transportation guide for buses in Buenos Aires, this is a must have for anyone traveling through or living in Buenos Aires. The Guia-T has a map of every part of the city and outside of the city, detailed information on every bus and its route, and best of all, is easy to read and easy to use. A steal for 5 pesos!

Looking For Tips About Living and Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, Check Out Our All You Need Argentina Travel Guide.

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Semana del Arte, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:45

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It is a great time to be Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires as this September 20th starts the cities biggest art event, Semana del Arte, 2009 (Buenos Aires Art Week 2009).

For anyone who is working, living, or studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, you must be well aware of the cities passion for the arts.  From the architecture to city sculptures to the aesthetics of Buenos Aires, it is obvious that the arts have played and continue to play an important role in the character of Argentina’s capital. The city is creative in every way, from its murals to the design of its open spaces, and takes pride in its devotion to creative mind’s and thinker’s and celebrates all forms of art from Argentina, Latin America, and around the world.

Almost 100 galleries, museums, and cultural centres in Buenos Aires have been participating in Art Week for the past 6 years and once again this year the public will enjoy numerous guided visits, conferences, and both cultural and art activities, all free of charge.

Art week will take place in the neighbourhoods of Barrio Norte, Recoleta, Belgrano, Centro, Plaza San Martin, Palermo, Retiro, Puerto Madero, and San Telmo, and each evening will feature a different Gallery Night, circulating in one of these areas.

The public can enjoy various activities from performances, art exhibits, art conferences, art classes, workshops, live music, special guest presentations, and even an art lottery.

This event will kick off with two free concerts at the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, starting at 4:00pm, bands featured are Voxpop – Acapella Band and Javier Malosetti -Electrohope.

For more information, check out the Semana del Arte 2009 website here.

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A Guide to the Best Museum’s in Buenos Aires

Thursday, September 10, 2009 16:07

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Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires
gives students the opportunity to travel to and experience one of the most sophisticated, multi-facetted, and diverse cities in all of Latin America, where there is as much to do in the day time as the night time, and where city attractions are found on almost every corner.

Buenos Aires is known for its rich culture, famous artists, and long devotion to the arts in Latin America, a few of the reasons why Buenos Aires is home to so many spectacular galleries and museums.  If you are studying Spanish in Buenos Aires and are interested in taking your studies out of the classroom to discover the art and culture of both Argentina and Latin America, this is the guide for you:

A Guide to the Best Museum’s in Buenos Aires

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Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
This is one of the most popular museums in the city, not only for its wide array of classic pieces of art work from painters like Frida Kahlo, but also for its unique and exciting contemporary and modern art exhibits, changing constantly.

Museo Nacional Bellas Artes

Av. del Libertador 1473
This holds hundreds of classic pieces of both Latin American and International Artists. This is the biggest museum in the city, located in Recoleta.

Museo Xul Solar
Laprida 1212.
This is a museum dedicated to the artist Xul Solar, actually located in the artists’ old house, and is colourful collection of his very unique and oftentimes strange paintings and sculptures.

Museo de Motivos Argentinos José Hernandez
Av. del Libertador 2373
Full of gaucho artefacts, history of mate tea, and information about Argentine history, this museum is a fun visit.

Casa Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735 (Abasto)
This museum is built into the house of the most famous tango singer that ever lived and a must for anyone visiting Argentina.

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Star Wars Exhibition in Buenos Aires this July & August!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:50

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Buenos Aires is a city that constantly features new events, activities, exhibitions, premiers, and more, and once again this July there is an exciting exhibition that will bring you back to the 80‚Äôs and into your ‚ÄėJedi‚Äô days.¬† This July begins Star Wars The Exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, an event to great to be missed.

Traveling through the major cities of Latin America, in Buenos Aires Star Wars The Exhibition will be featuring more than 200 original props, costumes, life size models, movie artefacts, drawings, vehicles, and character models from the first three Star Wars movies, displayed in a Star Wars themed atmosphere. Character models such as Chewbacca, C3P0, R2D2, Jaba the Hut, Yoda, and many more of the alien creatures will be featured, as well as the costumes from Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Obi-Wan, featured in glass enclosures.

The original life size props from the movies will also be displayed such as the ‚ÄėImperial Speeder Bike‚Äô, ‚ÄėJedi Starfighter‚Äô, ‚ÄėAnakin‚Äôs Airspeeder‚Äô, and more. The exhibit will also have 9 rooms dedicated to the different ‚Äėworlds‚Äô that the Star Wars movies were set, along with interactive activities for both children and adults.

Star Wars The Exhibit will take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, from July 2nd until the 30th of August, Tuesday to Friday (9-21pm), Saturday and Sunday (10-22pm).  Admissions is 35pesos, free for children under 3 years of age. Tickets can be bought at the doors of the centre or directly at TICKETTEK.

If you were any sort of Star Wars fan back in the day, or still are, this is both a bizarre and unique exhibit to see and a must-see event in Buenos Aires. So put on your Jedi face and head down to the Centro Cultural Recoleta this winter!

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Stroll Through Recoleta

Monday, February 16, 2009 11:39

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cemetary1 300x224 Stroll Through RecoletaRecoleta, a neighborhood of elegance, art, leisure, and nightlife, is one of the most definitive neighborhoods of Porte√Īo culture. Its architectural elegance on the streets of Callao and Arenales combined with multiple museums, fabulous restaurants, hopping nightlife, and the infamous Recoleta cemetery make it the most upscale neighborhood in all of Buenos Aires.

Locals and tourists alike enjoy all this neighborhood has to offer. While studying at Expanish, taking a late afternoon stroll after class to Recoleta is within a few blocks walking distance. The Recoleta cemetery, founded in 1822, is amongst if not the most famous cemetery in the world. It is home to presidents, heroes, famous writers and scientists, and most notably Ev√° Peron. Also known as ‚ÄúEvita‚ÄĚ, Ev√° Peron was the first female vice President of Argentina, the only women who had a political say in Argentina, and a woman who came from nothing to something. For that, she is beloved by the whole of Latin America.

Surrounded by cafes and a vibrant sellers market every weekend, simply walking around outside the gates of the Recoleta cemetery is an invaluable Spanish immersion experience in itself. The stroll though the actual cemetery is a pleasant walk through a labyrinth of immaculate tombstones with graveyard cats around every corner. Not to be afraid because this is not a typical creepy or frightening cemetery; it is actually quite impressive and always full of visitors from around the world.

For these reasons and more, Recoleta is a must see for anyone visiting or studying Spanish in Buenos Aires. To find out more about the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and taking Spanish classes with Expanish, click here!

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Rachel Arkle: Profile of a student learning Spanish in Buenos Aires.

Friday, October 17, 2008 11:27

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Every student that walks through the doors of Expanish has come to study Spanish in Buenos Aires for a different reason; each student has their own story to tell and we are thrilled to help them tell it. Here is the story of Rachel Arkle and her experience at Expanish.

 

Rachel reports for the BBC, a United Kingdom based broadcasting corporation that is not only one of the longest running but also the biggest broadcasting corporation in the world. Along with the help of the BBC Rachel headed down to Latin America to answer her question on ‚ÄėHow to be a stable traveler?‚Äô

 

She began her journey studying Spanish in Buenos Aires with Expanish.  Rachel felt that it was important to study the local language and therefore be able to better immerse herself into the culture. Alongside taking group classes (20hrs/week) Rachel participated in many of the activities at Expanish including weekly tango lessons and city excursions.  I had an absolutely excellent time,’ Rachel stresses when speaking about combining her classes with the Expanish activities.

 

Rachel studied Spanish in Buenos Aires for just one week before taking off to see the rest of Latin America and, although short, her stay and her¬†Spanish classes in Buenos Aires¬†were memorable.¬† In regards to her experience with Expanish Rachel says, ‚ÄėI really cannot recommend it enough; it has been an amazing experience.‚Äô

 

 

 

At Expanish we strive towards creating the ultimate study and travel abroad experience for each one of our students. Hearing from students like Rachel makes us thrilled that we are doing are job and that we are leading the way in education excellence with our Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires.

 

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Pick up your Spanish books and take your Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires to the city’s Subte!

Friday, August 29, 2008 11:20

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subte para recortar 300x225 Pick up your Spanish books and take your Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires to the city’s Subte!Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will most likely immediately become familiar with the city’s famous subte (subway) system; it is the oldest metro line in all of Latin America, the Southern hemisphere, and world second after the system in Paris. Built in December, 1913, the line grew from three separate lines into today’s system, now 6 separate lines, adjoining in the center, and managed by Metrovías S.A. This system is a piece of Argentine history and students taking Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires should board the subway, Spanish skills in hand, and explore its lines, stations, and destinations.

 

The subte, shaped like an open-hand, sprawls out from the city centre into, to name a few, the neighborhoods of Monserrat, Boedo, Cabalttio, Almagro, Palermo, Retiro, and Belgrano. Lines are labeled A,B,C,D,E, and H. Students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires should come armed with a city map to navigate through the lines and neighborhoods.

 

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can begin by boarding line A; this is the oldest line in the city, identified by antique stations and wooden metro cars. Taking line A allows students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires to visit the older and more historic parts of the city. Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires can board the B and E line in order to visit the working class neighborhood of Boedo or the tango neighborhood of Almagro, among others. The D line, most recently built, flows into the areas of Palermo, Las Canitas and Belgrano.

Traveling by subte is a great way for students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires to become part of the Argentine culture; in 2008, it was shown that almost one million people use the metro system per day. If students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires really want to get ¬īup close and personal‚Äô with the Buenos Aires people, they can jump on the line between the hours of 8am and 930am, or 530pm-730pm; peak rush hour times.

 

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will learn that the subte here is more than just a box of moving metal but rather signifies great advances in technology, contains a mountain of history and culture, and is a crucial form of transportation for the people of Buenos Aires, successfully delivering people to their destinations everyday of the year.

 

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This September, Take Spanish Immersion Courses in Buenos Aires While Experiencing Latin American Rhythms!

Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:19

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Students studying Spanish in Argentina have no doubt been exposed to the very seductive and strict dance of Tango, seen in the streets, theatres, and cafés. However, this September, Buenos Aires invites in a slightly different form of dance that involves a little more body movement, energy, and booty shakin’. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can get their heart pumping at this year’s annual Workuba; an International Intensive Afro-Cuban and Latin Dance Workshop.

 

Workuba has taken various African influenced dance rhythms and combined them with modern and contemporary dances to make a total package dance workshop. Class content will include dance and presentation: Afro-Cuban, Rumba, Afro-Brazilian, Mambo, Salsa, Rueda, and Acting. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina will have the opportunity to participate and learn about the different dance forms popular throughout Latin America.

 

As most students learning Spanish in Argentina will know, dance here, like in other countries around Latin America, has been and continues to be a very influential aspect of the culture. There has always been a connection between dance and personal freedom, and throughout history, the people of Latin America have seen a myriad of dance forms that have taken shape around each country’s culture.

 

This event is as popular among students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires as it is among Argentines; in years past, participants have been from Germany, Sweden, Israel, France, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, United States, and Australia. Students who come to learn Spanish in Argentina are also intrigued to learn about the tango, therefore, this workshop is a perfect addition to combine a Spanish immersion in Argentina experience with a Latino dance experience.

 

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can sign up for Workuba any day before the 11th of September. The workshop runs from the 13th until the 27th and is located in the Danzario-Americano Cultural Center (Guardia Vieja 3559, Abasto). Classes start during the week from 730pm-930pm and on Saturday from 1pm-6pm; perfect for students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires who can head to the center in the evenings after classes.

 

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