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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

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

Friday, December 10, 2010 13:02

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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

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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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Learning Spanish in Argentina – The Porteño Way

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:26

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The Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires is unique because of the characteristics of its dialects and slang which have a strong influence from the Italian language.

Argentine Spanish, as in any other language has variations and different dialects according with the country, city or area where it is spoken. The Spanish in Buenos Aires, known as the Rioplatense Spanish which includes Buenos Aires, Montevideo (Uruguay) and Rosario is characterized by the voseo, the use of “vos” instead of “tu” which means “you” and the yeismo, which is different pronunciation of the “ll” like if it was a “y” or a “sh” in English.

The slang spoken in Buenos Aires, the lunfardo, is mainly influenced by the Italian and also by other European languages. This can be explained by the large amount of Italian immigrants that arrived to Argentina and stayed in Buenos Aires at the beginning of 20th century. A great number of porteños have Italian last names and it is common to find lunfardo in Tango Lyrics as well as to hear it used in everyday language in the streets. Some examples of the lunfardo that can be heard in Buenos Aires:

  • Laburar: To work (from Italian lavoro , “work”),
  • Fiaca: laziness (from the Italian fiacco -weak-),
  • Morfar: To eat (from French morfer -to eat-),
  • Cana: lunfardo for policeman, or the jail,
  • Ciruja: Junkman one who collects (to earn a living) empty bottles, metals, cardboard,
  • Mina: lunfardo for woman.
  • Pebeta: lunfardo for young woman or girl.

At Expanish we teach a neutral Spanish alongside Argentine Spanish so that you will be able to understand the people you hear on the street every day, but also, you will be able to talk and understand in other Spanish speaking countries.

Have fun with your new words!

Alejandro

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The Sound of Yet More Music in Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:41

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Although the world-renowned electronica festival Creamfields came and went last weekend, there’s still plenty of cutting edge music to be had during the spring month of November in Buenos Aires.  Kicking off on November 18th in Luna Park with Smashing Pumpkins and continuing on the 19th and 20th in Costanera Sur, Hot Festival boasts an impressive line-up of artists with styles ranging from alternative rock to synthpop to electronica.

Although the headliners (below) don’t hit the stage each day until about 7 at night, you might want to arrive early to get a good spot to see the bands.  The venue is located at the Ex Ciudad Deportiva de Boca Juniors which is directly south of the Ecological Reserve in Puerto Madero.  To get there, simply take the same route you would to arrive to the entrance of the Eco Reserve (located right off of Padre M L. Migone and Av. Rodriguez) and go south down Av. España (the entrance to the festival is located on this street).

As is recommended at all music festivals and concerts, be aware of your surroundings and try to take it easy on the alcoholic beverages.  Although there will be a ton of people enjoying the music, there’s always those undesirable types who try to take advantage of people who are having a good time and throwing caution to the wind.  Make sure your valuables (camera, wallet, etc.) are close to you at all times and NEVER accept a drink from a stranger.  When the concert ends, be aware that the area where this concert is held isn’t the safest of places so make sure that you travel with a group of friends on your way back.

Key Details about the Festival

Line-up

November 18th

Smashing Pumpkins

November 19th

Scissor Sisters

Mika

Phoenix

Hot Chip

Girl Talk

November 20th

Massive Attack

Thievery Corporation

Stereophonics

Catupecu Machu

Benjamin Biolay

Cobra Starship

November 22nd

Pavement

Tickets

Prices range from AR$250 (Campo) to AR$350 (Super Pullman) and can be purchased on the internet (www.ticketportal.com.ar), by telephone ((011) 5353-0606) or at ticketbooths:

Ticketportal

Palermo – Vidt 2084
Monday to Saturday from 10 to 14 and from 15 to 18hs.
Purchases can only be made with Credit Card

Johnsons
Microcentro – Florida 313
Monday to Saturday from 10 to 14 and from 15 to 19hs.

Extra cost per ticket of AR$3

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Students in Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires; Check out this year’s photography exhibit

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9:42

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Buenos Aires, Argentina is one of the few chosen cities that is fortunate enough to be blessed by the exhibit of the World Press Photo Tour. For the past several years, the World Press Photo Tour has been held at the Centro Cultural Borges, located inside the Galerias Pacifico mall on Florida Street, and it will be here again this November7th-27th. Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires should not miss this fantastic display of photography from countries from all over the world.

World Press Photo is a non-profit organization that was created an established in 1955 in Amsterdam, Holland. The organization is directed by an independent executive board, a supervisory board, and employs around 25 permanent staff who are connected to professionals around the world, who then, as a team, organize the contest, exhibitions, and all large scale events. Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires can check out their site for more history, www.worldpressphoto.org.

Every year, photographers from around the world submit their photos to World Press. World Press then chooses a select amount of photos that will be displayed in the exhibit and shown across the world, 45 countries in total, and viewed by more than 2 million people. A yearbook is published yearly with all submissions in over 6 languages.

This year, students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires can head to the Centro Cultural Borges during a three week period to see the magnificent works of photography. Some pieces are uplifting, while others truly shocking. The idea of World Photo is to display excellent photography of real life; you will see everything from the slums Brazil to the war zone in Afghanistan to the Eskimos fishing in the Arctic. It truly is a wonderful experience not to be missed.

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The survival site to living and studying Spanish in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:44

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Leaving home and traveling across the world is an exciting and thrilling adventure that sometimes can also be a little scary, to say the least. I know for myself and from other students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires that the first arrival in a foreign city, especially one as big as Buenos Aires, can be intimidating and a little challenging to get settled. There are things to do like find an apartment, enroll in Spanish lessons or tango lessons, or if you are looking for a longer term stay, a job. And so, to make your life easier, as it did mine, I am sharing the website with all the solutions, and usually pretty good ones at that, www.craigslist.org.

 

For students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires, craigslist.org is like a God-given gift. Well, perhaps that is exaggerating a bit, but it is darn helpful. Many students living, working, or studying Spanish in Buenos Aires know about it, however, I am still surprised at how many do not, and for that reason I wanted to advertise it today.

 

Craigslist.org is originally from the United States, but expanded quickly to other countries around the world after its incredible success throughout the states. Anyone can use craigslist.org to publish an ad or look for an ad. When you access the site you can find countless countries and cities that have access to craigslist.org, all you need to do is click on the location you are interested in.

 

Once you access the site, you are able to explore all the headlines present. You will find everything from lessons to classes, rental apartments to real estate, services to a ‘for sale’ section, personal ads, discussion forums, and a list of job opportunities. For students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, craigslist.org makes finding Spanish lessons, apartments, jobs, and more, much easier.

 

One last thing; Perhaps the only downside to craigslist.org is that there is not real control of the site. Which means that anyone can publish a post or ad; there are no background checks, no client feedback forms, and no real contact information. This should be kept in mind at all times when using the site however, with a bit of caution craigslist.org is perfectly safe.

 

Learn more about our Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires or check out craiglist.org!<–>

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Study Spanish in Argentina and learn your manners!

Friday, October 24, 2008 7:40

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Have you ever visited a country and seen mannerisms, characteristics, or gestures that you were either shocked or confused by? This is very common when traveling to a country with a different culture than your own and it is important to be aware and try to adjust to that country’s cultural norms. For students studying Spanish in Argentina, here is a little starter guide that will help you out!

 

Greetings:

In Argentina, people always greet each other with a kiss which is sometimes also extended into a hug depending on how well you know the person. It is also proper to introduce yourself to a group of people rather than waiting for the host to do it; and yes, most likely everyone should receive a kiss. Our Spanish classes in Buenos Aires should prepare students to also add ‘mucho gusto’ (nice to meet you) or ‘encantada’ (enchanted) to the greeting.

 

Pleases, Thank You’s, and You’re Welcomes:

The people of Argentina are very polite and although laid-back in nature, still have very good manners. Students studying Spanish in Argentina, do not be afraid to say please, thank you, or you’re welcome whenever you can as kindness goes a long way over here. Here are some different ways to say it all in Spanish; Gracias (thank you); Muchas Gracias (thank you very much); Muy amable (very kind); Por favor (please); Puede ser (it’s possible?); De nada (you’re welcome) Por nada (for nothing).

 

Dress:

Argentines are slightly more formal and conservative in their dress. It is a good idea for students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires, especially women, who would like to avoid that extra ‘attention’ to try to dress like the locals do. Men wear suits to work but often look well kept when not working. Women, although very fashionable, are more covered up even in the hot summer months. Try to dress depending on the situation, if you are not sure, just take a look at what others are wearing and imitate.

Hand Gestures:

True to their Italian origin, Argentines also use many hand gestures to communicate and express feelings to others. Perhaps one of the most noted Argentine hand gesture is the hand swipe under the chin; this invokes the idea of the speaker having nothing left to say at their statement, of course, they do continue on talking. There are just too many hand gestures to describe so just keep an eye out and ask when you are not sure of its meaning.

 

Relationships:

Oh this is a big one and for any students studying Spanish in Argentina that have dated someone from here will know there are many cultural differences to be observed. Perhaps this is too deep of a discussion for such a small description; for you cross-cultural love birds out there, just keep in mind that cultural differences can create misunderstandings even when you are speaking of the same thing. But they can also create a much deeper level of communication. Be patient with your mate, ask questions, and be open to each other’s cultures.

 

For more information on Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires click here!

 

 

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3 great places for students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires to head to this summer!

Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:44

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As a lover of the summer, sun, and heat, even I myself get a little overwhelmed with the Argentina summers as they do tend to be stifling hot with very little off time from the sun. However, as the old saying goes, ‘if you can’t beat em’, join em’.’ For students studying Spanish in Argentina, who are perhaps not so used to the South American heat, here are three fantastic places to visit this summer that may have you forgetting about the sun overhead.

 

1. Iguazu Falls

What could be a better way to cool off than to visit the largest waterfalls in South America? These falls, located on the Brazilian border, consist of 275 individual falls with some falls reaching up to 82m in height. The falls can either be visited on the Argentina side or the Brazilian side, both giving a slightly different outlook on the falls. Away from any sort of human civilization, the air is fresh, the landscape green, and the water cool. Iguazu makes for the perfect weekend or week trip for students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires; plus, it is impossible to not get wet when visiting the falls. The perfect summer getaway.

 

2. Punta del Este

Most students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires will no doubt have heard of this place. Known around the world as one of the most luxurious beach resorts, Punta del Este lives up to its name; the beaches are white, the waters blue, and the people beautiful. Punta is a small city that has all the amenities of a big city; restaurants, cafes, shopping, cinemas, water sports, and more. During the day, people head to the beach and the streets of downtown; during the night, people visit the many restaurants and bars that line the coast. Not for the timid or laid-back traveler, Punta is a city to see and be-seen.

 

3. Mar del Plata

One of the most popular destinations for Argentines look to escape the heat is Mar del Plata, almost 6 hours south of Buenos Aires. This city of 2 million has been popular for years and continues to draw in tourists in the summer season, including many students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina. The beaches, although not the most beautiful, are completely full during the summer and are lined with restaurants, cabanas, and other tourist related rest spots. Many summer sports are offered during the summer including surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and more. One of the highlights for most is to venture slightly out of the city and check out the enormous group of Sea Lions hanging out around one of the port areas. The best part about these animals is their smell (awful!) and the horrible yet beautiful noises they make. A must see!

 

 

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Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires: Spring is in the air!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:14

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Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires should have no problem noticing the change in the city; the air is refreshingly warm, the flowers are in bloom, the skies are clear and sunny, and the people of Buenos Aires have a sort of ‘spring’ in their step. Its spring in Argentina and we are welcoming it in with open arms.

 

To celebrate this joyful occasion the Ministry of Culture in Buenos Aires is inviting the public to participate in more than 250 free cultural and artistic activities throughout the months of October, November, and December. The program is appropriately called, ‘Primavera Buenos Aires,’ (Buenos Aires Spring). This is a great opportunity for students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires to get out in the city, meet locals, and participate in some fun and free activities.

 

For a total 11 weekends, students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires will have the opportunity to enjoy musical shows, tango, theater, puppets, magic shows, film screenings, poetry, etc, mostly held in the city’s parks, squares, and other open air spaces. On November 22 a free concert will be held on Avenida de Julio by the world famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. During these three months there will be recitals at Parque Roca, tango in Mataderos, a tour of the Orquesta de Tango and the City’s Symphonic Band around the city, and urban music at the Greek Amphitheater in Puerto Madero.

 

For more information and for a list of activities, click here!

 

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