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Spanish Student¬īs 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 ‚Äď it¬īs not as boring as it sounds either. For example ‚Äď words that end in ‚Äúero‚ÄĚ: matadero, frutero, granjero, vinatero, etc‚Ķ It‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 porte√Īo, 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!


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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, or visit their facebook page


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    The Expanish New School Building Inauguration – The Big Party in Buenos Aires

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 13:18

    Categories - Argentina News, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Expanish News, Spanish - 0 Comments

    Inauguracion Expanish 4 300x200 The Expanish New School Building Inauguration   The Big Party in Buenos Aires

    On Thursday, November 11 Expanish celebrated the opening of the new Spanish school, with its inauguration event and cocktail reception.¬† Even though Expanish moved to its custom-made building in July, the official ceremony was held on the perfect spring night where we invited friends, family, and community members to come together and enjoy excellent food, music and good company ‚Äď to thank all those who worked hard in supporting Expanish over the years.

    Behind the scenes, the day was filled with preparations to put together all the finishing touches to the building.  The Expanish team anxiously finished all the day’s work just in time before the guests began to arrive.  It was important for us to give each person visiting the school, a personalized tour of the facilities as it was the first time many have seen the new school.

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    Many people who have been long time supporters of Expanish, had never seen our new building, so it was quite fun (and a bit of a workout climbing all the stairs) being able to show all six floors to those who have witnessed the growth of the school, and remembers Expanish beginnings in a tiny office in Recoleta.    Many do not know but Expanish originally started in that small office in 2006, working with partner language schools across Latin America.  Then, in 2008 we opened the Expanish Spanish Institute, on Viamonte 927, offering cultural language immersion programs to foreigners from all over the world.  Although the building on Viamonte had a lot of character, the new building has been custom-made to cater to learning Spanish, something that is a rarity to find in South America as it has been modeled after many English language institutes worldwide.  It was exciting to hear feedback from first-time visitors as the school and facilities had brought them back to their years living or studying in Europe or the USA, reminding them of their secondary schools and universities.

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    In addition to family, friends, professors, staff, accommodation hosts, activity providers, and students, we were thrilled to have in attendance journalists and reporters from both local and foreign news sources, representatives from the travel and education industry, and leaders in the Buenos Aires community such as Hern√°n Lombardi who is the Secretary of Culture and Tourism of the city of Buenos Aires, Oscar Castillo, a National Senator, and Marcelo Garcia, the Presidente of SEA (Association of Centers and Teaching of Languages).

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    The rest of the night was filled with tasty appetizers, wine, a music show, mingling and a presentation from the co-founders Agustin Vignale and Alejandro Rched ‚Äď who gave a brief overview of the history of Expanish and the types of language and immersion programs that are offered.¬† What a great night for everyone to celebrate the growth and success of Expanish!

    Come and visit or see a slide show of our new school building here.


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    See Buenos Aires through Porte√Īo eyes

    Friday, November 5, 2010 13:42

    Categories - Accommodation in Buenos Aires, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

    moon with bats  See Buenos Aires through Porte√Īo eyes

    Having completed seven weeks studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, I obviously now consider myself a fully fledged porte√Īo‚Ķ This is quite clearly an absurd idea, but having found my feet and thrown my anxieties in the bin (they¬īll be on sale in San Telmo market next weekend), I can‚Äôt help but feel I now belong in this magnificent city. Even when I smugly walk past the famous steak house La Cabrera every evening, allegedly Palermo‚Äôs ‚Äúbest kept secret‚ÄĚ and consequently Buenos Aires‚Äô ‚Äúbest publicized lie‚ÄĚ, I can‚Äôt help but take in the m√™l√©e of foreign languages and think, ‚ÄúTourists‚Ķ‚ÄĚ. What am I saying? I realize that I sound both deluded and in need of a smack (both are probably true), but if you are fortunate enough to spend a substantial amount of time here, you will find yourself moving away from the tourist activities and into some more bizarre scenarios which is all part of the fun. I must also add that La Cabrera is actually well worth a visit-just don‚Äôt tell my cool new Argentine friends!

    But how is it that you make the transition from ‚Äútourist‚ÄĚ into ‚Äútourist with delusional superiority complex‚ÄĚ? Without a doubt make some Argentine friends. I have never met a people as hospitable and welcoming as the Argentines. If they‚Äôre having a party, you‚Äôre invited. If you‚Äôre with other friends, they‚Äôre invited too. From there, you may find yourself being invited to anything from Asados in the country, to underground music events. The possibilities are endless. Granted I¬†wouldn’t recommend befriending random people on the subte as¬†a friend of mine¬†decided to do, but most places are fair game.

    I thought I might share my most recent ‚Äúalternative experience‚ÄĚ with you, which was a trip to a horror film festival¬†in which an Argentine friend of a friend happened to be starring. Now, horror isn‚Äôt really my genre of choice, so I wasn‚Äôt entirely sure of what to expect, but having been Halloween the day before, I thought why not enter into the spirit of it properly. In matters of horror, it would seem Argentina follows the same pattern as the rest of the world with the unbeatable recipe of scantily clad girls getting drunk and extended scenes of gratuitous violence. It would be a lie to say that I followed even a third of the dialogue but fortuitously, screams in Spanish translate roughly the same into English and so for those parts, I¬†felt rather¬†impressed with how good my Spanish had got. ¬†At the end, the audience was able to put questions and comments to the director which¬†I was eager to take part in, but¬†my Spanish was lacking, and my heart still racing from the crash of music as the end credits started; arguably the scariest part of the whole movie.

    What I’m trying to say, albeit rather incoherently, is that doing different things like this, regardless of your Spanish ability or interests, shows you a side of the city you might have never otherwise experienced.  Homestays, which can be organized by Expanish, are a great way to do this as they will have an inside scoop on what’s going on and may have kids that would only be too happy to show you their lives. This is how to see Buenos Aires for all that it is and you’ll find that as you start to get under its skin, it too will start to get under yours.


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    Mate, have some mate!

    Friday, October 8, 2010 13:48

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Argentine Recipes, Spanish, Student Stories - 1 Comment

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    Should¬īve got a coffee...The Argentine reaction to my mate making skills.

    Should you ever have had the pleasure of visiting one of the Recoleta or San Telmo markets, or the misfortune to find yourself victim to every peddler and his wife on the Florida highstreet, you may well have had a peculiar looking small pot dangled in your face with a metal straw thrown in for good measure. This is called a mate (pronounced matay). If you have seen one you may, like us, have attempted a swift get away mistaking the steaming cup for a bong‚Ķ which it is not. Neither is it a peculiar Argentine way of saying ‚Äúmy tea‚ÄĚ as someone asked me the other day. Tea however, is probably about as close as one might be able to come to explaining it.

    The idea is to fill the mate with what might be alikened to dried grass cuttings‚Ķ though, whilst things may be cheaper in Argentina, they¬īre not that cheap. This greeny ‚Äúyerba‚ÄĚ, as they call it, is used to fill the cup and, with your straw placed firmly down one side, hot (but not boiling) water is poured in very gently into a pre-made little hole in the yerba. And there you have it, a bitter and slightly messier version of some type of green tea‚Ķ apparently they¬īre still waiting for someone to invent the teabag here.

    I must confess, for fear of being viewed as a philistine by all those who are well acquainted with the ‚Äúart‚ÄĚ of making mate, that this is a much simplified version of the procedure. Never before has the desire for a simple relaxing hot drink been made into such a headache by so many rules and etiquette. There are so many that I should not be at all surprised to be told that to show one¬īs appreciation for the drink, it¬īs the done thing to stand on one leg, sing a song and turn the cup upside down over your head‚Ķit¬īs not implausible.

    The long and short of it is that in a transient moment of delirium, in which I managed to convinced myself that I had transgressed the boundaries of tourist and become a fully fledged Argentine, I decided to buy one and make my own.

    Had it not tasted of dead wood, I might have enjoyed my afternoon beverage and therefore warn you all to do what I did not. Make sure you soak some yerba in cold water in your mate for at least five days before you use it. That is of course unless you¬īre partial to the flavor of¬†rotting tree‚Ķ Buena Suerte!

    For information about how you can enjoy learning Spanish in Buenos Aires whilst perfecting your mate making skills visit Expanish


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    To Kiss or Not to Kiss – That is the Question as a Student in Argentina

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 15:40

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 2 Comments

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    The admissions staff at Expanish demonstrate the “awkward moment” and how to do it with style!


    The European influence in Argentina is widespread, from the small caf√©s serving espresso coffee on every street corner to the French architecture at the central bus station.¬† One of the most interesting customs borrowed from Europe is the cheek-to-cheek kiss to say hello (“saludar” in Spanish) and to say goodbye (“despedir”).¬† Unlike the two-peck French version, it is single kiss traditionally with the left cheek.¬† This can be from meeting someone for the first time or even just seeing your best friend on the subway.¬† Surprisingly, this is a relatively new

    tradition in the country, and some people (especially older men) choose not to participate.

    This leads to the common problem faced by foreigners who are studying Spanish in Argentina:

    When should one ‚Äúsaludar‚ÄĚ?

    This is important because an unwelcome attempt to kiss someone on the cheek can lead to an awkward dance that looks mildly like chickens mating.  It involves the initial kiss attempt, a sudden hesitation, a back-and-forth movement, and can end with an uncomfortable hug/embrace.  Although this is not a serious offense culture-wise, it can start the first interaction with someone on an odd note.

    A good general rule: Follow the Leader

    If someone you just meet goes in for the kiss, then it is okay to act and kiss back.¬† Avoid ‚Äúgoing in for the kill‚ÄĚ without the initial movement of the other.¬† This will mean more successful interactions with Argentines and after a couple of months you will be doing it like a professional.¬† You might even continue the cheek-to-cheek kiss in your home country and start a trend.

    To find out more about learning Spanish and culture in Buenos Aires check out our website at Expanish


    Take Tango and Polo Lessons in Buenos Aires with Expanish!

    Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:03

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

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    Expanish offers a total Spanish immersion experience in Buenos Aires, complete with activities, excursion and workshops. Many Expanish students complement their studies with Tango and Polo lessons in this vibrant capital of Argentina. Tango has always been the most famous form of creative expression in Buenos Aires. Polo is similarly embedded in Argentine history, a ‚Äúgame of kings‚ÄĚ played among Argentina‚Äôs elite throughout its history. These workshops give students a chance to practice what they learn outside of the classroom and become fully immersed in the language and culture.

    The dance and corresponding music of Tango began in the working-class port towns of Buenos Aires. As the dance evolved and spread to Europe the upper-class embraced it as its own, and today it is an icon of all of Argentina. Expanish’s Tango classes in Buenos Aires are taught by experienced instructors, schooled in all aspects of this art form. The formal instruction covers dance floor practice of both the traditional steps and the newest improvisational styles. There are a variety of courses available for students of all ages and skill levels, from first-timers to the best of the best.

    Argentina prides itself in having some of the finest horses in the world. Variations of Polo have been played in Argentina for centuries. This mounted game of strategy and skill has earned itself a place in Argentina‚Äôs history as the game of choice among the rich and famous. With Expanish, students can take Polo lessons in Buenos Aires with some of the most-experienced instructors in the world ‚Äď and if you ask an Argentinean, the best horses too!

    Expanish offers a combination of individual and group lessons starting every week. We are dedicated to academic integrity and quality customer service, helping students choose the most-fitting immersion experience for their likes and interests. With affordable prices and many options for different excursions and cultural workshops, there is a Spanish immersion experience for everyone at Expanish!

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    Study Spanish in Buenos Aires

    Friday, December 5, 2008 9:24

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    Wanting to learn Spanish in Latin America?  Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina is one of the most well known destinations in the world to do so because of its rich cultural identity.  Expanish offers an excellent opportunity to not only study Spanish in Buenos Aires, but to experience the city as well.  In our Spanish language school, headquartered in the heart of Buenos Aires three blocks from the infamous Obelisk landmark, learning Spanish is a unique and enjoyable experience.

    Whatever Spanish immersion experience you are looking to have, it will not be hard to find.  If you are an outgoing person who likes to be social, Buenos Aires is home to some of the best nightlife in the world stretching along the riverside neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo, and Belgrano. If you are a sports fan, there is no better place in the world to absorb soccer!  In case you did not know, Argentina recently won the men’s gold medal for soccer in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.  If sports or nightlife are not your thing, not to worry because Buenos Aires is probably best known for its artistic flare.  Home to the biggest theater district in Latin America and the birthplace of tango, the one thing this city does not lack is a passion for the arts.

    Expanish offers Spanish classes for people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world at all levels.¬† If you are looking to learn Spanish and soak up the culture like a true Porte√Īo, do not hesitate to study at Expanish!

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    Experience the Traditional Estancia while taking Spanish immersion courses in Argentina

    Thursday, September 11, 2008 13:31

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    Students who¬†study Spanish in Argentina¬†and at Expanish will have the remarkable opportunity to visit a typical and traditional Argentine¬†estancia¬†during their¬†Spanish immersion courses in Argentina.¬†What is an ‚Äėestancia‚Äô?Estancia¬†is the Spanish word for ranch. And although similar to a typical ranch, for example,¬†estancias¬†tend to be much bigger in size than that of a North American ranch.¬†Estancias¬†offer many ‚Äėcowboy‚Äô activities and are a wonderful experience for those taking¬†Spanish immersion courses in Argentina.

    Estancias, in the past and now, continue to play a huge part in the economy of Argentina as they are the producers and exporters of meat and grain around the world. Students who come to learn Spanish in Argentinaand Buenos Aires must learn that this is not your typical farming practice; to Argentines it is as much of an art as is the art of wine making. Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires students will have the option to visit severalestancias located close to Buenos Aires and in and around Argentina.

    Students¬†studying Spanish in Argentina¬†will be able to not only visit but also stay a night on a working¬†estancia¬†in order to learn about the¬†Gaucho¬†(Argentine ‚Äėcowboy‚Äô) culture and tradition.¬†Estancias¬†offer their visitors activities such as hikes, swimming, horseback riding, cattle drives, or to join in on the daily activities of¬†gauchos. For a total¬†Spanish immersion in Argentina¬†experience, students should stay for the lunchtime¬†asados(barbeque), to learn about the art of cooking meat and vegetables from around the country.

    During these asados, gauchos are known to enjoy grouping around a fire to play and sing folk music. These traditional songs are all in Spanish and are a great way for students learning Spanish in Argentina to pick up some traditional words and song tunes. Not only do gauchos love folk music but they also love to sit around the fire and tell stories and legends about Argentina and its people.

    Expanish offers a day trip to a nearby estancia once a month for its Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires students who take programs of eight weeks or more. Our package for our Spanish students in Argentina includes: Round trip transfer from Buenos Aires, Snacks and a large asado lunch with unlimited drinks, a folklore dancing show, agaucho horseback show, horseback and carriage rides, and optional overnight stay with breakfast.

    Visiting an estancia on the country side is one of the most Argentine activities that students who study Spanish in Argentina can take part in. For students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires at Expanish there are many estancias close by that they can experience the gaucho culture, relax and enjoy nature, and make the most out of their Spanish immersion courses in Argentina.

    For more information on Studying Spanish in Argentina and Activities click here!

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    Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires; Check out the Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition!

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 12:56

    Categories - Buenos Aires City Attractions - 0 Comments

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    Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires no doubt acquire a taste for wine as finding great wine here is so easy and for the most part, not a costly habit. Bottles of wine can be bought in many places throughout the city, including grocery stores, kioskos (mini corner store), corner stores, restaurants and bars. Students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires should take advantage of the Argentine wines and spend sometime getting to know them.

    If one had looked into the wine industry in Argentina 15 years ago, there would not have been to much to look at. Don’t mistake me, Argentina was producing wine, however, the wine seemed to only be circulating throughout Argentina, drank blissfully by its own residents. Spanish immersion students in Buenos Aires will notice that since then, the wine industry has changed, but most predominantly in the last 8 years; since the devalutation of the peso, exporting wine has become more economical as well as investing in vineyeards in Argentina. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will haev a changce to see just how far the wine industry has come at this years Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition.

    From 630pm until 12am, Sept 11-13, students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can head down to La Rural to discover, taste, and enjoy wines from throughout Argentina. More than 100 of Argentina’s bodegas (vineyards) will have representatives at La Rural, each showcasing wine from their own vineyards while giving the public information about the wine and offering wine tasters. This is a perfect way for students taking Spanish classes in Buenos Aires with Expanish to expand their Spanish skills in a fun filled event.

    When not sampling wine, students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can find out more about the specific wine regions, soils and terrains, tasting techniques, and cooking in Argentina. This is a great way to learn Spanish in Argentina as all representatives will be Spanish speaking adn would be happy to talk to the public about wine in Argentina.

    Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can sign up for Vinos Bodegas Wine Exhibition, the largest wine exhibition in South America, right at the doors. Entrance is 35 pesos, including wine glass and free tasting throughout the event.

    Click for more information on Spanish immersion classes in Buenos Aires or Vinos Bodegas WIne Exhibition!

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