Posts Tagged ‘learning spanish in Buenos Aires’

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Learning Spanish

Friday, April 29, 2011 13:48

Categories - Spanish, Student Stories - 6 Comments

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As I stated in last week´s blog, very rarely do I leave my house without my handy iPhone to help me navigate around the amazing city of Buenos Aires. In addition of finding great apps for the city, I have also found some wonderful apps to help me study Spanish… Here are my top 10 Spanish learning apps (including a couple of podcasts)!

1)      Basic Spanish for Dummies ($.99) – I think we are all familiar with this series of books that always simplify our lives by starting with the basics!  Its goal is to give you the essential vocabulary you´ll need to get around – greetings, expressions, directions, time, etc. I would strongly suggest to download this app a week or two before leaving, to get you started – your Expanish teachers will take it from there!

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2)      El Mejor Ahorcado ($.99) – We all get bored and like to play games on our phones as we are waiting in an airport or traveling on a bus, but now you can make it educational too! El Mejor AhorcadoThe Best Hangman,” will keep you entertained while also teaching you new Spanish words on the go.

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3)      BA Cast w/ Dan and Fernando Podcast – My newest found addiction that keeps me laughing as I walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and even on crowded subways!! Dan & Fernando (the expat & the local), give their own perspective of porteño culture and life on varied topics about fútbol, the Dirty War, rules of maté, fernet, and more! (While also schooling you on local lunfardoslang.”) This duo has just completed their first season, and I am anxiously awaiting more!!

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4)      Wordpower Spanish Lite (free) – Allows you to master Spanish one word at a time! Each day you are given a new word, with pronunciation by a native Speaker and the option to record yourself before moving onto the next word. Although this may seem like a slow process, it actually will help you build and retain your vocabulary “wordbank,” by reinforcing daily with practice flashcards!

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5)      Spanish Touch Trainer ($1.99) – This app will help you get accustomed to Spanish sentence structure, conjugation, and grammar in relation to English. Starting at a beginner or advanced level, you will be able to construct proper phrases one word at a time and earning points to make it more of a game! You will learn how to switch between tenses when telling a story about the past, present, and future, thus providing you with a greater proficiency in your conversations.

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6)      Gengo Quiz – Spanish ($4.99) – As you advance, you may want to quiz yourself so you can see just how far you have come! This app starts at a beginner´s level –Upper Intermediate, allowing you to gauge your progress. You may even surprise yourself how much you are learning.

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7)      Tune-in Radio ($.99) – Continue to embed yourself local porteño culture by tuning into local stations! Whether you are listening to talk radio, pop, or tango – you´ll pick up local expressions and the local beat of the city. And if you find a favorite radio show that you don´t want to miss, it even allows you to record stations to listen to later!

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8)      Gengo Grammar – Spanish ($9.99) – One of the hardest things about learning Spanish as an English speaker is learning a variety of grammar rules. Therefore this app is great in supporting your grammar at all levels while also aiding in a more extensive explanation. Along with your daily classes at Expanish – this is the perfect way to review and support your studies of adverbs, commands, passive voice, verb formation, etc…

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9)      Notes in Spanish Podcast – This podcast offers three different levels of oral conversation: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. The couple Ben (England) & Marina (Spain) discuss common topics such as music, social situations, holidays, etc. Although their accent is a very distinct Spanish accent, you can train you ear by listening to normal conversations on a variety of topics. It´s a great way to improve your audio skills and you can even follow up on their website for worksheets about each podcast!

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10)   Porteño Spanish ($.99) – One more fun thing about learning Spanish is learning the local slang or as the porteños would call “lunfardo.” This fun app is meant to help you understand and possibly incorporate some local jargon into your conversation! However keep in mind that some of the terms should not be used on a daily basis!

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Remember that we all have different ways of learning, so see which apps work best for you and your level! As well, let me know if you have any favorites not listed here!!

Suerte!

Casie

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Che, do you know the real story about ‘El Che’?

Thursday, April 28, 2011 13:38

Categories - Argentina News, Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish - 0 Comments

The Expanish Spanish School blog today is brought to you by Analia Imparato, one of the Expanish Spanish teachers,  about the infamous Argentine  – Che Guevara.

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Hay hombres que luchan un día, y son buenos.
Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores.
Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos.
Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: ésos son los imprescindibles.
Bertolt Brecht

Silvio Rodríguez, un cantautor cubano famoso en toda América Latina desde los años ’70 hasta hoy, inicia una de sus canciones, Sueño con serpientes, recitando estas palabras del autor alemán Bertolt Brecht. Es frecuente encontrarlas también en muchos de los numerosos “pósters” (y hasta en algunas remeras) que han multiplicado la imagen del Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara tomada por el fotógrafo Alberto Korda a lo largo y a lo ancho del mundo (la misma que ilustra este texto). Las “serpientes” de la canción se parecen mucho a las que este imprescindible luchador tuvo que combatir durante su lamentablemente corta vida (39 años). Y aunque Bertolt Brecht no pronunció esas palabras pensando en el “Che”, ellas lo pintan en cuerpo y alma.

Pocos hombres, vivos o muertos, han suscitado tanta admiración, fascinación, confusión, crítica y desprecio al mismo tiempo, o han llegado a convertirse en verdaderos íconos universales de la publicidad. Curiosamente, el espíritu del “Che” estaría horrorizado si viera que la explotación de su imagen genera miles de dólares por año que no precisamente caen en manos de las personas más necesitadas ni hambrientas.

Este símbolo juvenil de la lucha y de la rebelión es, además, uno de los argentinos más famosos del mundo (junto con Evita, Diego Armando Maradona, Carlos Gardel y Jorge Luis Borges). Además de argentino, se trata de uno de los varios rosarinos célebres (acaso el más célebre de todos), como decía la profesora Clara en De bares y amigos recientemente. Argentino de nacimiento, pero cubano “por adopción”: los mismos cubanos, quienes lo consideraban un compatriota y un hermano después de tanta lucha conjunta, le otorgaron la nacionalidad tan pronto como el nuevo Estado empezó a funcionar.

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Así, pues, nacido en Rosario, provincia de Santa Fe, el 14 de junio de 1928, murió asesinado clandestinamente por el Ejército Boliviano con la colaboración de la C.I.A estadounidense en La Higuera (Bolivia), el 9 de octubre de 1967. Médico de profesión, y también político, revolucionario (“guerrillero” para algunos, “asesino” para otros), soldado, escritor, periodista, fotógrafo aficionado, idealista, humanista… Su biografía, gracias a la abundante bibliografía y filmografía existente sobre él, es casi tan conocida como su imagen: desde el joven viajero soñador en busca de un destino y de una utopía interpretado por el mexicano Gael García Bernal en Diarios de motocicleta de Walter Salles (2004), hasta el reflexivo y humanitario combatiente y luego líder de la Revolución Cubana, mano derecha de Fidel Castro, en la piel de Benicio del Toro en Che, el argentinoy Guerrilla de Steven Soderbergh (2008).

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Efectivamente, dedicó toda su vida al combate por aquello en lo que creía: primero como líder del movimiento revolucionario cubano junto a Fidel, luego como colaborador en la organización del nuevo estado cubano posterior a la victoria de la Revolución, más tarde como soldado en el Congo y finalmente combatiendo en Bolivia. El Che era un hombre inquieto y de acción: una vez que el nuevo gobierno cubano estuvo estable y bien administrado, renunció a las tareas burocráticas que le ofrecían permanente y que habrían facilitado su vida y la de su familia (numerosa, ya que se casó dos veces y tuvo seis hijos). Él creía firmemente que era posible extender el éxito de la Revolución cubana al resto de América Latina y al Tercer Mundo en general; en consecuencia, puso manos a la obra y se fue de Cuba con el sueño de ayudar a otros pobres olvidados u oprimidos. Desafortunadamente, estaba equivocado. Las “serpientes” eran más y más fuertes de lo que él pensaba; terminaron por rodearlo y vencerlo a fuerza de confabulaciones y presiones. Pero no por completo… Las “serpientes” habrán vencido al hombre, pero no a su espíritu, ni al símbolo: el recuerdo y la imagen del “Che”, en consecuencia, sus ideales y la historia de su lucha, han sobrevivido y continúan inspirando a muchos jóvenes del mundo que siguen escribiendo en las paredes de las prisiones y de las ciudades Hasta la victoria siempre.”

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Spanish Student´s Blog: Leaps & Bounds – What to expect out of your Expanish Spanish Classes in Buenos Aires

Thursday, February 3, 2011 8:11

Categories - Expanish News, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

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I am only in my third week here at Expanish and I can already tell that my Spanish has been improving by leaps and bounds! So what should you expect out of your classes…

Well, the morning bell rings at 9 am and classes begin. My professor Eduardo usually has us turn in our homework which could be a variety of exercises. One of my favorites is our vocabulary research – it´s not as boring as it sounds either. For example – words that end in “ero”: matadero, frutero, granjero, vinatero, etc… It’s a light way to start the morning and learn a ton of new words! The rest of the day is spent learning verb tenses and grammar – but in a fun and exciting way. We read about local history or the daily news, and discuss current events or attractions. Plus, I get to hear the adventurous things my classmates have done in the city. I get a daily tour guide to the city as an added bonus! Throughout my lessons, not only am I learning to sound porteño, but also learning common Spanish words and phrases used throughout Latin America.

Every day I feel more at ease in communicating with my classmates and expressing myself clearly.   I currently have 7 students in my class all of different nationalities: Brazilian, Slovakian, Swiss, and German. But throughout the school there are also people from France, Holland, Canada, England, Australian, and the list goes on! Since we are encouraged to speak in our classes, I am not only learning about Argentina, but also about countries from across the world.  I never imagined that I would become more worldly through my studies at Expanish in Buenos Aires!

Casie

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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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Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires – The Refresher Classes

Thursday, January 20, 2011 15:29

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

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Learning another language is very hard.  Even though I have studied Spanish in high school, college, studied abroad in Spain and had lived in Argentina for the past year, my Spanish still wasn’t where I would have liked it to be.  The main problem I had was that, although I could speak quickly and understand almost everything that was said to me, I developed numerous bad habits and misused a number of verbs and phrases that resulted in my Spanish sounding very “rough”.  Fortunately, given the fact that I worked for a Spanish language institute, I had access to some excellent Spanish teachers who could help me break these habits and teach me how to speak more fluidly.

On my first day of class, it was kind of weird getting used to “learning” again as it had been about 3 years since I had stepped foot into a classroom and the idea of doing Spanish exercises and working on pronunciation was a bit foreign.  The one thing that jumped out at me right away was how hard it was for me to talk about things and describe situations that I usually didn’t discuss with my friends, work collegues or during my day-to-day routine.  Like I said, I was stuck in a certain pattern of Spanish where I relied on my “surefire” verbs and vocabulary to communicate myself so to step out of this comfort zone was challenging to say the least.

The one thing that definitely helped me was my teacher’s approach to teaching; she immediately made me feel comfortable and told me to not be embarrassed or upset if I made an error, as this is the number one thing that holds people back from really improving their language skills.  Another thing that really assisted in my learning was trying different types of exercises.  From reading texts and doing a critical analysis on said text to writing essays to watching a movie in Spanish and describing what happened, these were things that I never would have done on my own but that paid immediate dividends as I (as well as my friends and colleagues) noticed that my Spanish really improved within a short amount of time.  Towards the end of my time taking classes (I took 2 months of individual lessons in total) I found myself completely committed to doing my homework, thinking about questions I had about Spanish that I could ask my professor and overall looking forward to each Tuesday when I got to meet with my teacher to improve my Spanish.

After having taken classes in Buenos Aires, I guess one piece of advice I have for those who are planning on taking classes during your time here is that you should really center your trip around your Spanish learning during your stay.  That isn’t to say that you should be studying day and night during your entire stay in Buenos Aires but rather you should take advantage of the fact that you are in a Spanish speaking country where your learning doesn’t have to end once you step out of the classroom.  Pay attention to what people say on the street and never hesitate to ask someone the meaning of a word that you don’t understand as most people are more than willing to correct your Spanish (and even teach you some lunfardo slang).  This way, you not only will have a blast living in a South American city and meeting awesome people but will also improve your Spanish skills; something that could benefit you both professionally and personally down the road.

Mike

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Buenos Aires – What is it that makes people want to stay?

Friday, December 10, 2010 13:02

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

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My story is not a unique one, in fact, since being in Buenos Aires (it’s been two months now) I have met many a BA expat with a similar tale. On a career break from my job in London, I decided to broaden my horizons and travel around South America for 6 months, starting in Colombia and finishing up in Buenos Aires. The plan was to return home to London in time for Christmas. Everything was going to plan until I arrived in Buenos Aires.

After a few days of exploring the city, treading the well known tourist trail, I began to realise that Buenos Aires was going to be more than just a week stop off for me.

The first thing that really struck me was the city’s similarities to some of the European cities I know so well, Madrid, Paris and London to name a few. Mix in with that  3 million plus passionate and very welcoming Porteños, combined with a  bit of latino spirit, an edginess that you don’t see in Europe, and last but by no means least, some of the best food and wine i’ve tasted. Anywhere.

So I set about making a list. Reasons to stay in BA vs reasons to return to London. I won’t bore you with the latter but needless to say it included friends and family, job etc. Here’s a snapshot of what the other side said.

Food

Restaurants, food markets, steak, pizza,  empanadas. BA delivers on all fronts, some of my best food experiences have been asados (Hurlingham polo was a favourite). Restaurants that shouldn’t be missed include Dada’s (Microcentre), Desnivel and Parilla del Plata (San Telmo). Pizza from Snr Telmo is also great. Nice and crispy.

Ice Cream

Ok so this should probably be included under food but since being in BA I have developed such an unhealthy addiction to Freddo’s that it has to have it’s own category!

San Telmo

I love my new neighborhood, full of beautiful (crumbling) old buildings, cobbled streets, antiques markets and Freddo’s (see above)

Bootcamp

I’ve really enjoyed doing regular Bootcamp sessions in Puerto Madero. A great way to get outside, excercise and meet people

Spanish

I am determined to master my Spanish and BA is the perfect place to do it. Although the accent is a Little tough at first, Poteños willingness to correct you is a blessing in disguise

Horses

I love riding back home and horses tend to feature quite high on lists of things to do in Argentina, lapping up the sunshine while watching the Polo at Hurlingham,  going to the races or visiting the Gaucho festival in San Antonio de Areco.

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So, needless to say, my ‘reasons to stay’ list grew (and continues to grow) and after a week in Buenos Aires my mind was made up and I decided that a life here was a far more attractive prospect than returning to London in the midst of one of the coldest winters on record.

Becky

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Ultimate Frisbee in Buenos Aires – ¡Que vuelen los discos!

Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:45

Categories - Argentina News, Argentine Customs and Culture, Buenos Aires City Attractions - 0 Comments

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When you think about the sports and competitive activities that one can participate in during their stay in Buenos Aires, you generally accept that the only way you can satisfy your need to compete is by participating in a pickup fútbol match with local argentines.  While this is always a great option, (you can make friends with the locals, practice your Spanish and play with people that are very good at football) you may find that is difficult to find a good pickup game and even harder to find one that fits your schedule.  If this is the case or if football’s not your thing, another option you have is playing Ultimate Frisbee, a sport that is gaining momentum and popularity in Buenos Aires.

Ultimate Frisbee (or commonly referred to solely as “Ultimate”) is a unique sport as it is a mix of football (open-field passing and cutting), basketball (jockeying for position and pivoting) and American football (the game’s objective is to catch the disc in your opponent’s end zone).  To provide a very brief overview, each team fields 7 players who play on a pitch with dimensions of 110m by 37m (with each end zone being 23m by 37m at each end).  While the goal is to catch the disc in the end zone, the main strategy is to complete short and precise passes while slowly moving up the field and avoiding defenders who attempt to knock the disc down, which causes play to change possession.

While the sport was born in the United States in the late 1960’s, it has gained popularity in the United Kingdom and Columbia, where it eventually arrived to Argentina in 1997, when the Argentine Ultimate league ADDVRA was born.  Currently, ADDVRA is composed of 6 teams who play two seasons per year that take place during the fall and spring seasons, in addition to special tournaments that are held in such locations as Tigre (the delta two north of Buenos Aires), Uruguay and Colón (located in Entre Rios, Argentina) as well as weekly pick-up games that take place at Ciudad Universitaria (near River Plate stadium) every Saturday afternoon.

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Although I enjoy getting the “competitive juices” flowing by playing Ultimate, the most appealing aspect of the sport is being able to meet people from all over the world as the league is composed of both study abroad students and people living and working in Buenos Aires who are from such countries as the United States, England, Australia, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Canada and Argentina among many others.  It’s an international community that not only enjoys a sport together but also plans events, parties, fundraisers and other activities that you can participate in.

Anyone can play, whether you’ve never picked up a disc before or you’re a seasoned veteran so if you would like more information about Ultimate in Argentina, you can contact Andres “Chappy” Atuesta (andrezchavarro611@hotmail.com)or Ian Mackern (ianmackern@gmail.com) or you can check out ADDVRA’s Ultimate Frisbee site.

Mike

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Trying to Understand Argentine News? Help at Hand with the Argentina Independent

Monday, December 6, 2010 13:50

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Spanish - 0 Comments

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Until you are a few weeks into your Spanish classes and the Spanish written and spoken world becomes clearer, you may have 1001 questions about current affairs in Argentina and Buenos Aires. You may catch a glimpse of something on a news channel and wonder what it is all about or see things on the streets and want to know more, and even though your Spanish is improving (thanks to Expanish) it’s difficult to find the answers in basic Spanish from the Argentine media to such mysteries as:

Why is Argentina fighting with Uruguay over a paper mill?

What is the controversy of Macri’s metropolitan police (and who is Macri?)

Is there really a Dengue Fever Crisis?

    Well we have the answer for you, the Argentina Independent. The Argentina Independent is an online English language newspaper that reports on Argentine and Latin American news and current affairs from its base in Buenos Aires. A team of talented and passionate ex-pats who all live in Buenos Aires explain even the most complicated Argentine stories in layman terms which is such a gift for those Spanish students in Argentina who have a thirst to understand this country that they are studying / travelling or living in. Even if you have lived in Buenos Aires for 4 years like me, the Argentine Independent really is a useful source of information as there is always something that you don’t understand, and we’re not talking just the language!

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    Along with local news it also publishes articles on Social Issues, Culture & Travel as well as having a classified section, reviews and information on events that may be happening in Buenos Aires. Whatever you need to know, there will more than likely be an article if you use their search tool to find historic information.

    So we do recommend that to improve your Spanish you should start reading some of the local newspapers in Spanish, such as La Nacion & Clarin, but we also recommend that you read the Argentina Independent to gain a greater understanding of life in Argentina or simply to find the next event that you want to attend in the city.

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    You can read the Argentina Independent here www.argentinaindependent.com, or visit their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Argentina-Independent/100453473343951.

    Joanne

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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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    An Outdoor Stage & World Class Dancers – This is Ballet in Buenos Aires.

    Monday, November 29, 2010 11:19

    Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Spanish - 0 Comments

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    On Saturday evening Spanish students in Buenos Aires were invited to join locals and attend a free ballet that was hosted by the Buenos Aires City Government.

    Avenida 9 de Julio, known as the widest street in the world, was closed to cars right up until the obelisco monument, situated in the centre of the avenida, in order to place a huge stage created especially for the ballet. This avenida is usually full of cars jostling to reach the lights quicker than the other; this had been quickly replaced by ballet fans attempting to find one of the 8000 seats that were available.

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    For those that weren’t lucky enough (or organized enough to arrive early…ahem..me) to find a seat, there was plenty of standing room available with two huge screens displaying the ballet so that nobody, of the estimated 20 000 people that attended, missed any of the action, even at the back.

    The chosen ballet was La Traviata which is a based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi and which stared Argentina’s very own Iñaki Urlezega alongside 84 other dancers and 70 musicians from the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra.

    I was standing in the crowd with young and old, men and women of many different backgrounds who had come together to have the opportunity to watch these fine dancers put on a captivating performance. Considering it took place in what is usually considered be a bustling, fairly noisy area, you could hear a pin drop as everybody was entranced by the show. Two of the security men did make the mistake of having a conversation until the crowd politely but assertively told them to shut up – which they did!

    After the show had finished I made many friends in the crowd who couldn’t wait to talk about their opinion of the ballet, all of it positive and of course in Spanish…what better excuse to practice my Spanish and learn some dance vocabulary!

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    The ballet was a complete success and was a great hit with the crowd. It was my first ballet and I have to say I’m now dying to see another one.

    Joanne

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