Expanish StudentÂ´s Blog: The Life of a New Spanish Student in Buenos Aires e
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 14:40
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A little about meâ€¦ 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 â€śBsAsâ€ť before and desperately wanted to return to the porteĂ±o lifestyle. A city so full of life, with a passion for music, art, dance, and great food.Â Who wouldnÂ´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 â€śParis of the South.â€ť 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! ThatÂ´s why you are here â€“ 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 speakingâ€¦ but I know that will quickly change. And the short breaks gave me an opportunity to rest my mindâ€¦ 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!
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ThereÂ´s no such phrase as “I canÂ´t play football” in Argentina.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 14:22
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No Maradonas but we gave it a good shot.
Having recovered from last weekÂ´s disagreement with my mate, I returned to my Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires with a rekindled enthusiasm, and in equal volume, a newly acquired caution with regards to jumping headlong into any untested Argentine traditions my teacher might care to mentionâ€¦ (see Friday the 8th Oct blog for details).
Being a new week, we had a few new faces thrown into the mix not to mention a few new accents; German Spanish being my personal favorite. The constant flow of students in and out of Expanish, though sometimes sad as old friends must leave, is also great because it means that the class dynamic is constantly changing and new people bring new ideas and opinions. Â Equally, as Iâ€™ve progressed through the course, Iâ€™ve found the Spanish classroom conversation becoming continuously more interesting and amusing. A friend of mine once said to me, â€śyou know youâ€™re becoming good at a foreign language when youâ€™re able to joke using itâ€ť. I do believe there to be an element of truth in that, disheartening though it is knowing that my occasional attempted witty quips continue to be met with the proverbial tumbleweed moving painfully slowly across the classroom. But maybe thatâ€™s just my sense of humor.
Having embarrassed myself enough in the classroom, I thought it might be an idea to venture out to ExpanishÂ´s Friday afternoon football activity and embarrass myself there instead. Â On activities notice board in school, it states any ability, any experience, boys, girls and the lack of any other sort of criteria you might be able to think of. This was actually rather fortunate considering that the only criteria I fit with regards to football is â€śextra specialâ€ť. However it was an afternoon very well spent with plenty of opportunity to get to know a whole load more Expanish students along with a chance to practice some (not always very polite) Spanish with the Argentines on the opposite team.Â
TiredÂ and a determined to get better at footballÂ after an action packed day of Spanish lessons, sport and more Spanish, we headed of for a quiet beer to wind down for the eveningÂ (the local Quilmes is the one to go for). Salud!Â Â
To find out more about what itÂ´s like to beÂ a student with Expanish check out the webstite www.expanish.com
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CafĂ© Convenience in Buenos Aires!
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:00
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In Buenos Aires, a city with a strong European flare, one has endless options of cafes to choose from on nearly every neighborhood corner. Whether you are stopping by in the morning for a quick coffee and a few croissants or are meeting friends in the afternoon for a toasted ham and cheese sandwich and a coca cola, you are sure to find a place of your liking. At our Spanish language school, located in downtown Buenos Aires, you will never find yourself without a multitude of cafes to choose from.
The oldest and most renowned cafĂ© in Buenos Aires is called CafĂ© Tortoni. This French inspired cafĂ© was opened in the mid 1800â€™s in downtown Buenos Aires. To the present day, it has maintained its rich history and is visited every day by musicians, poets, intellectuals, tourists and locals alike. In the basement, you can see live musical performances and poetry readings during the week and fabulous tango shows on the weekends. Only a 10 minute walk from Expanish, CafĂ© Tortoni is an ideal spot to gather with friends after a day of taking Spanish classes!
If you are looking for a more low key cafĂ© outside of busy downtown, there are many places with outdoor seating and even WIFI if you are looking to do some internet browsing over a coffee. In the relaxed neighborhood of Recoleta, La Rambla is one of the better kept secrets in all of Buenos Aires. It is hard to find a steak sandwich that compares to the ones served at La Rambla. Its quiet location and 24-hour convenience make its customers loyal and its food of higher quality.
Wherever you end up staying in Buenos Aires, you are sure to find an every day cafĂ© to your liking. Now is a perfect time to do so while taking Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires. For more information about studying at Expanish, click here!
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Dine at Argentine Steakhouses!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:19
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For those of you who are unaware, Argentina is home to some of the best meat in the world. Thats right, the world! In Buenos Aires, the most popular restaurants are without a doubt Parillas, which are the Argentine equivalent of steak houses. These steak houses are plentiful and cheap. After a week of Spanish classes, there is nothing like going to a good Parilla to eat a top of the line steak and drink world famous wine from the Patagonia region of Argentina!
Located in the center of Buenos Aires, our Spanish language school is located near some of the best steakhouses in town! Two of the best tasting and most economic Parillas in Buenos Aires are La Cabrera and Siga la Vaca. La Cabrera is located in the Palermo neighborhood, and is usually jam packed every night with both locals and tourists eager to eat some bife de lomo, which is the equivalent of tenderloin. At La Cabrera, you can get a huge tenderloin steak, a chorizo sausage, and a bottle of Malbec wine for rougly 15-20 US dollars! If you are looking to escape the trendy tourist aspects that go along with eating in Palermo, Siga la Vaca is a more tradationally local Parilla in the neighborhood of Puerto Madero. Here, you can try a T-Bone steak and more traditional dishes like blood sausage and goat cheese with fresh tomatoes without the heavy tourist crowds.
Going to Parillas is also a great way to learn Spanish! The waitors are for the most part patient and willing to teach visitors what they need to know about Argentine meat. Not to mention, it is great speaking practice and is deliciously fun!
DonÂ´t miss this opportunity to study Spanish at Expanish and to try some of the best renowned meat in the world!
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The Holidays Provide a Relaxing Opportunity to Study Spanish in Buenos Aires!
Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:33
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Yes, Christmas time is almost here and local Argentines from Buenos Aires, also known as PorteĂ±os, are escaping to the beaches of Mar de Plata and Punta Del Este for their summer vacations. This time of year is a great opportunity for foreigners to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires! The city is less full of locals, making it easier to get around, and with less anxiety.
If you are looking to spend Christmas or New Years in Buenos Aires, check out the national tourism site of Buenos Aires, http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/, to see what activities and special offers the city has planned for the holidays. After the New Year, the city is wide open to exploration and also the perfect opportunity to study Spanish in Buenos AiresÂ´ most relaxed time of year!
While the temperature may be hot and humid, there are plenty of cafes and shady parks to hideout in for a few hours every day. After a day of taking Spanish classes at our Spanish language school located in the heart of Buenos Aires three blocks from the infamous Obelisk, hoping on a bus to the Bosques de Palermo or the Parque Las Heras will be a quick and enjoyable experience that might even become a routine! Or, you can go the other direction to San Telmo to an artsy bar named Rara, where they play relaxing music, display local art, and serve iced coffee! Iced coffee, if you do not know, is a hard to come by beverage here in Argentina.
Escaping the heat is also easily accomplished by taking Spanish lessons in an air-conditioned building for hours a day. However you decide to escape the heat, do not miss a Spanish immersion experience in Buenos Aires during the calmest time of year!
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Watch our New Virtual Tour and get to know our Spanish School in Buenos Aires
Friday, July 4, 2008 6:47
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Alter months of improving and sprucing up our Expanish school, we are proud to present the newest virtual tour of our Expanish Spanish Language School and Study Abroad Center!
Always wondered what the inside of our gorgeous French-style building looks like? Now you can check out some of our classrooms with classes in session, our generally lively common room, the weekly activities board, and our coffee break area and patio. You can even meet some of our school staff, like our activities coordinator, director, and some of our teachers.
Looking for more pictures and videos of student activities, excursions, etc.? Check out our YouTube site and our Photo Gallery, or our Facebook Fan Page.
Check out the Expanish School Virtual Tour and come learn Spanish in Buenos Aires or study abroad in Argentina with us! See you here in South America!
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