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Free Social Activities at Expanish

Monday, March 7, 2016 9:02

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Here at Expanish, we like to make your learning experience a complete one and we also believe that you should have fun whilst learning. We have many free actitivies on offer every week which are great for practising your Spanish outside of the classroom and for learning about Argentinian culture. On your first day, you will be given a full list of the activities for the month and you can check the noticeboard in reception for more information about the different activities each week.

 
If you like to dance, why not take advantage of the free tango lessons that we offer, every other week. The group classes are a fun way to practice the Spanish you have learnt in class with a local professor, and other students from all over the world including some Argentinians too. The professors are all highly trained and experienced. You will learn the key steps through formal instructions and dance floor practice. As with the Spanish classes, we also have tango classes for different levels from beginner to advanced. The classes are usually given in Spanish but the professor will be happy to help in English if you need some clarification.

The tango classes take place in a dance studio nearby but we also offer salsa lessons here in the school which you can take part in right after your Spanish classes.
 
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As well as the dance classes, we also like to teach you something about the Argentinian culture and history. We have a history workshop where we explain to you some of the recent history in Argentina and after the explanation, we take you on a short walk to Plaza de Mayo near to the school to continue the story. We also offer neighbourhood tours where one of our teachers will give you a walking tour of a neighbourhood such as La Boca. It’s a chance to visit with a local who can explain things to you, give you tips and you can enjoy it as a group with your classmates rather than going alone.
 
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We also have trips from the school to different museums in the city such as the MALBA or the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Again, one of the teachers will accompany the group by Subte or bus so it’s easy for you to find your way there and you can get to know some of the other students too.
 
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Something that Argentina is famous for is its food and drink. You can’t come to Argentina without trying mate and so we offer a “discovering mate” workshop where we explain the history of the mate, how it is prepared, the ritual of sharing the mate and of course you get to try it! You can even prepare your own. You could spend the afternoon in the cafeteria preparing chocotorta, a famous Argentinian desert, as a group and of course you get to taste what you have made.
 
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Perhaps even more famous is Argentinian wine – we offer wine tasting here (for a small fee for materials!). This is a really popular activity with the students and it is nice to learn something about the wines that you might only normally enjoy with a meal or on a night out!
 
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If food and drink is really your thing, we often have trips out for lunch to famous bars or cafes in the city and the teacher can give you all the information you need on other famous places worth visiting whilst you are here in Buenos Aires.

 

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If you are interested in even more classes (and lets face it, who isnt?) we sometimes have extra classes for pronunciation or classes where we explain the history of certain words and phrases typical to Argentina or to Spanish which will help you sound more like a native.
 
So as you can see, your Spanish school doesn’t have to be a place where you only come for Spanish classes – at Expanish we like to offer you a lot more so that you can really get to know the other students and immerse yourself into local culture.

 

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5 ways to practice Spanish at home

Monday, February 29, 2016 11:03

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When learning another language it is really important to practice as much as you can outside of the classroom and there are many ways to practice what you have learnt by yourself.

 
1. Try watching Spanish films and television

This is a great way to get used to hearing Spanish used in normal conversations and day to day life. Watching films is a good way to start because you can gradually ease your way in by starting with subtitles in your own language if your Spanish is not so advanced or try with subtitles in Spanish so you can follow the dialogue and see the words written down for a better understanding. You can stop the film to look up words that you don’t know and this is a more interesting way to learn. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, you could put the news on in for a while or watch some TV shows in Spanish to get used to hearing how it is spoken.
 
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2. Read Spanish newspapers and books
Reading the news in Spanish is a good way to get used to the formal language spoken as opposed to every day conversation like on tv and in films. You can pick up a newspaper each day fairly cheaply and read about current affairs which might interest you. Or you could do the same with magazines if you find it more interesting. Reading books can help you practice your understanding because you can take your time, look up any vocabulary that you don´t know and see many examples of all that grammar you have been learning! Start with something simple and work your way up as your Spanish improves.
 
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3. Practice your conversation skills with natives
If you are staying with a native or have made some friends that are native speakers, then you are lucky because you have people that you can practice your conversation with and you are not just stuck reading or watching Spanish TV and films alone. Having someone close to you to practice with is really useful because they will be patient with you, you will feel more comfortable with them, less embarrassed if you make mistakes and they can correct you and tell you the correct way to say things.
If you don’t yet know any native speakers, here at Expanish we can arrange a homestay with a local family and many students find this really useful for immersing themselves in the language and the culture of Argentina. You can practice with your host family over dinner every evening.
Another way is to attend a language exchange event of which there are many all over the world. It is a social place where everybody has a common goal – to practice other languages – and so you can feel comfortable trying to chat with strangers in another language. It’s all just for fun and you can help others with your native language at the same time.
 
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4. Online or on your phone
There are hundreds of web pages that are dedicated to teaching Spanish and so you can use them to double-check explanations of grammar or find exercises to practice your grammar. There are also YouTube videos with Spanish lessons or educational videos that are sometimes used in classes – again just other ways to hear people talking naturally for you to get some practice.
As mentioned above, a language exchange event can be a fun way to practice your conversation but if you don’t have any events in your area, you could search for an online language exchange to practice speaking with people from all over the world.
There are a few apps that you can download for your phone such as Duolingo, Rossetta Stone and even an app based around pictures of cats if this is more your thing! So if you have a few minutes to spare each day it can be a useful way to practice and learn new vocabulary.
 
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5. Music
Listening to Spanish songs is one way to practice without doing anything too strenuous. You can listen to music any time whilst you are doing something else, travelling in the train or bus, cleaning the house, or relaxing in the park for the afternoon with a book (in Spanish of course!).
 
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Spanish & Tango in Buenos Aires

Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:23

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Argentina is considered the birthplace and remains the beating heart of Tango so if you are here in Buenos Aires learning spanish you should also spend some time learning this sacred national dance!

Here at Expanish we offer a combined package of Spanish and Tango classes. We offer many cultural “add-ons” that are specific to Argentina and they are a brilliant way to experience the local culture here in Buenos Aires. With this option of the Tango add-on, you can have Spanish classes for four hours every morning during the week and then twice a week in the afternoon, you can go on to a tango class close to the school – one group class and one individual class.

The group classes are a fun way to practice the Spanish you have learnt in class with a local professor, and other students from all over the world including some Argentinians too. The professors are all highly trained and experienced. You will learn the key steps through formal instructions and dance floor practice. As with the Spanish classes, we also have tango classes for different levels from beginner to advanced. The classes are usually given in Spanish but the professor will be happy to help in English if you need some clarification.
 
If you are taking Spanish classes, you are always encouraged to speak as much Spanish outside of the classroom to practice your skills day to day in real life situations. The same goes for tango – apart from the classes, you should get out there and practice! You could visit a tango hall to watch a show or even go to a Milonga which is a local tango dance hall where you can put into practice what you have learnt! You can arrange any of these extra activities here at the school when you arrive.
 
So if you want to improve your spanish whilst immersing yourself in the tango culture of Argentina, talk to us about our Spanish & Tango Package! You can contact us here.

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First day at Expanish

Monday, August 24, 2015 12:07

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This day for many is nerve racking: it’s like the first day of school all over again. The thought of the unknown and embarking on new experiences for some is intimidating and overwhelming, however for some being the most memorable first experiences. That first experience in meeting your best friend, trying mate for the first time (famous Argentinian drink) or simply the comforting feeling that you are in a safe place in Buenos Aires.

Usually the case is everyone feels slightly nervous, however these feelings go within no time after feeling more at ease with the situation. On your first arrival at Expanish, within the first hour you will feel completely free of any emotions that may have been affecting or holding you back! The first hour involves a fun packed orientation where you get to meet your fellow peers, play games, are informed on general information of Buenos Aires and are required to complete other enjoyable activities-we can’t reveal all as that would be no fun, and everyone likes surprises!

However, before all these fun filled activities, a small exam, “un examen chiquito” is required to distinguish which level your Spanish is at. Then from there, the teachers can determine the most suitable and appropriate class for you. You will also receive a welcome pack which is filled with useful information on the best places to eat, how to get your first subte card, weekly activities the school has to offer (definitely get on board with this, it’s a great way to make new friends) discounts for places to eat and lots of other useful information. Oh and not to mention you get a cute expanish bag, it’s great to put the books in and keep as a little memory/souvenir of the school!

The morning tour you are introduced to our wonderful school and may meet some of our teachers on the way. You will definitely meet Gabriel (Expanish Academic Director) which is by far a favourite and plays a very important role with your studies at Expanish. If you are having any doubts, worries about your studies or either just want to add classes, Gabriel is your go-to man. On your first day you will also meet our famous Milva! Expanish and Milva go hand in hand, when you think of Expanish you think of Milva, you could say she’s kind of a mascot for Expanish. Milva works at reception and will help you with all your needs, even if it’s the smallest question or worry Milva has all the answers.

After your first class, to end the day you have a tour on general advice, directions and locations of surrounding neighbourhoods and a talk on safety -for example distinguishing between fake and real notes. This talk is very useful and will give you the heads up on what to do and what not to do! We can promise to you that your first day will be very welcoming, memorable and simply just nice. What more could you ask for, studying a language you enjoy in a beautiful city-mind you in the best location of Bs As, meet and make friends with people around the world, oh and get taught by the best teachers? Nothing beats an experience as such…

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Studying Abroad: An interview with one of our students

Friday, November 7, 2014 12:10

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Pete, 29, London

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Why did you choose to come to Argentina?

I have lived here before in 2003 for more or less 6 months, when I was 19 years old. After stopping through Argentina for a month, I went travelling through South America for 4 months and then decided I really wanted to come back. I worked in a couple of bars and really got to know Buenos Aires and my Spanish was at a really good level.

How was your Spanish before you came?

Pretty much non existent. I had studied Spanish for a year in high school learning basic introductory Spanish.

What made you want to come back?

I turn 30 in January and just had a bit of a life epiphany. Having of kept in touch with people I had met in Buenos Aires but had moved to Europe. I kept my Spanish going speaking to them and then realised I can really talk and thought I should dedicate some time to getting it back in to shape.

Why Expanish?

Well, it had a very good reviews and testimonials about this place. As well as the location being right in the centre of town. It also seemed to have broad mix of students with different levels of ability. There also seemed to be a lot of places that just offered introductory and beginner courses. However, because I did have a background of learning Spanish,

When I came here I was fortunate enough to meet Gabriel. The first thing he did was ask me to do a test, to see how good my Spanish was. It was a little bit dissapointing as I was not as good as I thought I was. He then put me in a class with everyone at the same level as me. What I really liked is that the classes are not dictatorial, we talk loads and that really is the best way to learn Spanish! I am really enjoying it! One thing you kind of forget is that Brazil is just next door so you get a lot of brazilians in the school, which is awesome! If I look back at what I learn’t in school in that one year of High School, I have probably more in the one month that I have been here than I did in that entire year.

What do you like about Argentina?

I find that the people are generally really warm and welcoming. Obviously its sad at the moment with the state of the economy. However, on the flip side it means that we can live and travel and come to school quite cheaply, relatively talking. I like the fact that having spent 9 years in London where they are rules and regulations for everything, then in comparison here there isnt much order but in a positive way, there is rules and regulations too but not everyone respects them and it kind of makes you feel free in a way. I have been quite fortunate to end up in a neighbourhood called Caballito, which I didnt know so well prior to coming here. But, its really cool I really really like it.

What activities did you do here?

I have seen a couple of movies, which was really good. Then I went to the Intercambio which was fun and I think I am going to the Mate tasting this week.

How long are you going to be here for?

Well I am here to stay ! I plan to study here at Expanish until December, being 3 months in total, then I am going to do the DELE exam as I think it will be a worthwhile thing to do have a universal accredited qualification of my Spanish. Then, have a go at starting my own business here, with 9 years of Digital and start up experience under my belt so it seems like everything is coming together quite well.

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Going out as a woman in Buenos Aires: How to handle the machistas

Monday, January 16, 2012 15:08

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Argentina may have elected a female president in 2007, but the inauguration of Christina Fernandez de Kirchner into Argentina’s highest office didn’t exactly ring the death toll for Latin machismo within the country. While we’re not exactly living in the dark ages here, machismo is still alive and well.

My good friend Merriam Webster defines machismo as a strong sense of masculine pride, or an exaggerated masculitiny. However, this is one of those words that carries a much heavier load than its literal meaning, and it can even mean different things to different people and within different regional contexts. Personally, when I think of machismo, I think of the prideful male ego that should never be bruised and a stubborn and unbending insistence on traditional gender roles.

One of the most prominent ways that machismo manifests itself in everyday life is through the piropo, which is actually a pretty difficult term to define. Depending on who you are talking to, a piropo can be a compliment directed at a charming young lady on the streets or it can be a direct form of street harrasment. While I’m not going to wax poetic on the political implications of this form of “flirtation”, I would like to offer some advice and experience on how to survive on the streets to my fellow females who plan on spending some time in Buenos Aires.

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 1.     Don’t take it personally: The piropo is not about you! If some wannabe alpha male decides to affirm his masculinity by throwing out some idiotic comment about your appearance, it does not mean that you have done something wrong! Don’t think that you dressed too provocatively or walked in a way that invited the comment, because you didn’t. I was once walking down the street in winter, minding my own business, when a man decided to yell out “Ay, mami, ¿cuánto cuesta?” which basically translates to, “Hey babe, how much?”. Was I wearing a mini skirt, tank top and stripper heels when he decided to inquire about my hourly price? Not even close, it was cold outside! I was bundled up in jeans, flat boots, a sweater, scarf and a winter coat. I even had my school books in my hand. I looked more like Laura Ingall than Jessica Rabbit. The bottom line is, the kind of man that catcalls at a random woman will catcall at any random woman so don’t blame yourself.

2.     Don’t make eye contact: The machista has a big ego, so if you look him in the eye after he just told you that you he wants marry you and build you a castle to live in together, his exaggerated sense of male confidence is going to take that gesture as an invitation. It is best to simply ignore the comment and keep on walking as if his existence doesn’t even register on your radar.

3.     Remember you are in a foreign country: In your home country, this kind of behavior might warrant physical retaliation or, at the very least, a verbal confrontation. In Argentina, however, catcalling is simply accepted and is not generally considered a very negative thing. Although I will never understand, many Argentine women even take piropos as a compliment and get distressed if they haven’t received one in a while.

4.     Know how to retaliate if it crosses a line: While the occasional light-hearted piropo is nothing to worry about, if someone is excessively harassing you while you are minding your own business and you did not make the accidental eye contact mistake, that is definitely crossing a line, and you can feel free to unleash a short scathing comment. He should get the message. Remember that is not culturally accepted for a man to touch you or make any kind of physical contact on the street, and you should definitely react and defend yourself if that line is crossed.

When the sun goes down and the city starts preparing to dance the night away in a boliche, the Argentino’s inner machista seems to shine a little brighter. Speaking from experience as a foreign woman on the Buenos Aires night scene, Argentine men are a little more persistent than what I’m used to back home in the US of A. A simple ‘no’ is generally not enough to deter the average Argentino, because, again, his inflated sense of male ego tells him that no woman could ever possibly reject his amorous advances. Obviously, if a woman says she’s not interested, he just needs to try a different approach. So what is a girl to do when she just wants to dance with the ladies, but an Argentino refuses to acknowledge that she is just not feeling it.

 1.     Be persistent: If he doesn’t listen the first time, try, try again. You may have to say no 3 or 4 times before a guy will understand that you mean business. Even then, he might try to act like there’s something wrong with you for rejecting him, but at least he’ll be off your case.

2.     Get back-up from a friend: If a guy really won’t leave you alone, it’s always good to have another friend back you up. Have your girlfriend say no, too, that you don’t want to chat, dance, or make out on the dance floor with this guy. For some reason, a little noise from the peanut gallery usually makes a guy back off sooner.

3.     Go out in a large group: The more people you go out with, the less likely it is that a guy will bother you, so sometimes it is nice to go out with a large group of amigos. If there are guys included in the group, even better. Very few Argentinos will approach you while you’re hanging out with another man, and a back-up ‘no’ from a male friend is almost a guaranteed free pass to dance the night away unbothered.

4.      Have fun: Don’t let the overly excited Argentinos ruin your fun. You can still have a great night with just the ladies or even meet a guy you actually do want to dance with. So if you have to say no to the first few frogs that come along, don’t despair. There are plenty of princes in the city, and you might just find one to teach you a little more about the local lifestyle.

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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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video Watch our New Virtual Tour and get to know our Spanish School in Buenos Aires

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.

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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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