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Choosing a language school in Buenos Aires: Private vs Group Classes

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:27

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Having the flexibility of choosing either private or group classes enables you to choose the best option that caters for your learnings needs, taking into consideration your time in Buenos Aires and what works best for you. Many students who attend our school for a short time (1-2 weeks), combine groups classes and private classes in order to get the most out of their Expanish experience. Both types of classes are highly beneficially for your Spanish language. You will be exposed to a lot of new context and in no time will be speaking Spanish!

Private classes:

Our private courses consist of 2-hour One-to-One class with one of our teachers. Students are able to customize their learning program and schedule according to their learning requirements and their personal schedule, tailored to meet the student’s goals. Private classes enable students to progress rapidly and develop their Spanish language skills with confidence in just a short period of time.

A big advantage of private classes is you can focus on an area you are not familiar with, for example if you need further assistance with subjuntivo, the teacher will assist you with all your concerns and clarify what you do not understand, hence the classes paying personalized attention to the student. Private classes focus on writing, speaking, reading, listening and strengthening the students weaknesses. Private classes are available to all Spanish levels from beginners to advanced from Monday through to Friday with a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 30 hours per week.

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Group Classes

Group classes are a combination of developing your Spanish skills in a small interactive environment. This is by far our most popular class in developing your language skills and making friends at the same time! The classes consist of 20 or 30 hours per week. The hours enable our students to sufficiently learn Spanish in the morning, complete activities and also squeeze in some sightseeing in the afternoon – and of course you still have time for completing homework.

The classes have an average of 6 students and a maximum of 12, allowing students to completely immerse themselves into an engaging and interactive learning environment. These classes allow personalized attention from the professor in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The class is a combination of reading, writing, listening and speaking enabling you to learn the language both quickly and effectively!

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That being said, whether you choose private or group classes the classes will be highly beneficial in development your Spanish language with the combination of the best teachers in Buenos Aires just for you. So choose wisely what course best suits your learning needs, goals and your time schedule in Argentina!

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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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How To Choose The Right Accommodation For You

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 13:45

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When living in a different country and acclimating to the people, the language and just the environment in general, it is very important to have someplace where you feel your most comfortable where you can end your day. Luckily, during your time at Expanish you can choose from 6 different atmospheres to reside in while enjoying Buenos Aires. These include; homestay city, homestay city premium, homestay suburbs, shared apartment with host, San Telmo residence double room, or a private apartment. All of these accommodations are great in different ways to suit people with different tastes.

If you are interested in experiencing the life of an Argentine family living in the city, then the Homestay City is the one for you. There is no better way to improve your Spanish than by actually living with a family. In the city homestay you will be able to bond with Argentines and practice your conversation skills over the two meals that you are given each day. The best part is that after a long day of classes and speaking you can come home to a home cooked meal and private bedroom to retreat to. Along with experiencing the life of an Argentine, you will also be enjoy living in a pleasant neighborhood that is located 30 minutes by bus, subway or walking.

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The Homestay City Premium is basically the same concept as the regular homestay city but with a little more luxury. These luxury items include, guaranteed Wi-Fi access, cleaning services, a personal bathroom and many other luxury items. Although you have access to these luxury items, the conversational and family aspect is still included in this experience.

The Homestay Suburbs option is for those who prefer to reside in a home outside the city limits. Living a more calm and relaxed Porteño life you will enjoy coming back home after a challenging day in the city to a tranquil atmosphere. This accommodation includes the same amount of meals and opportunities as the city homestays but you get to enjoy it all with a bigger family than of the families in city homestays. What can be better than that?

The next option is the Shared Apartment with Host. Here you have the opportunity to live autonomously while still being able to practice Spanish conversation skills with your Argentine host. Although meals and other services aren’t included like in the other accommodations, this option allows students to cook their own meals and live independently from a family. This is a perfect option for students who are looking for a cheaper, more private accommodation in Buenos Aires.

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The Private Apartment option is also great for those who wish to have a space of their own. These apartments are fully furnished with utilities included, and the best part is that the student has 100% control over where they will live. This is an ideal option for groups or couples that want to choose the location and style of their apartment as well as those who are traveling together and would enjoy more privacy.

The final option is a double room option in a Student Residence hall located in the beautiful barrio of San Telmo. This option is great for those who are social, as you will be living in a residence hall with 6 floors of students. Living with a student of the same sex, you will be able to practice your Spanish all the time as well as meet people from all over the world. This is also a great option for those who want to independently without having a host or family living with you. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are sure to enjoy the facilities as well as your time with Expanish in Buenos Aires!

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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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