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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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    Comida que me gusta en argentina

    Friday, December 3, 2010 14:15

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture, Argentine Recipes, Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Clubs - 0 Comments

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    En Argentina, la comida siempre es la mejor excusa para reunirse. Pizzas  con amigos, pastas con la familia, ¡asados con todos!

    El almuerzo favorito de mi infancia fue la milanesa con papas fritas y huevo frito, y los  asados que hacía mi papá, que por supuesto siempre eran los mejores! Toda la familia se juntaba para compartir ese momento tan especial. Mi mamá nunca logró que tomara sopa, ni aún en los días más fríos del invierno. Mi enemistad con la sopa fue disminuyendo con el tiempo, y ahora,  de vez en cuando, puedo tomar alguna.

    En el interior del país, la gente hace una pausa al mediodía y almuerza tranquilamente, siempre comida recién preparada en casa. En cambio en las grandes ciudades, la actividad laboral nos lleva a tener un almuerzo muy breve, que puede ser ensalada, sandwich o las clásicas tartas y empanadas. Dentro del sandwich argentino, uno se puede encontrar con la más variada gama de ingredientes: desde tomate y lechuga, hasta un rico lomito asado. La cena se convierte, entonces, en el plato principal del día.

    Personalmente prefiero las comidas simples, sin demasiados condimentos: carne al horno o en milanesa, con alguna guarnición de papas, puré o fideos; pastas con manteca o salsa de crema, y por supuesto todas las variedades de pizza. También me gusta mucho hacer “picada” antes de la cena, que consiste en trozos de quesos varios, salamín, jamón, aceitunas, maní…

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    Los postres son, definitivamente, mi debilidad: tortas de chocolate, helados, masas de confitería, alfajores y flanes… todos son bienvenidos! Muchos de estos postres puedo hacerlos yo misma en casa, con lo que el placer es doble: preparlos y luego degustarlos!

    En Expanish organizamos una cena todas las semanas para nuestros estudiantes, en la que visitamos restaurantes y probamos comidas deliciosas. Si querés saber de qué se trata, contactanos.


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    Getting Ready to Travel, Study, and Live Abroad in Buenos Aires

    Friday, August 28, 2009 9:10

    Categories - Argentina Travel Info - 1 Comment

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    Before jetting off to study Spanish in South America, there are a myriad list of things-to-do that will help you organize your life, prepare for your new life abroad, and guarantee you the best travel and study experience possible.

    Check out our All You Need Argentina Travel Guide to learn more about the who, what, when, where, and why of preparing to live and study Spanish in Argentina.

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    Students studying Spanish in Argentina can get their ‘sweet-on’ in this dessert loving nation. Dulce de Leche, Alfajores, and Flan, Oh My!

    Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:25

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

    Students who have come to study Spanish in Argentina often are hit by the sweet tooth of Argentina before they have even gone through customs. They perhaps have already been tempted by a delicious Alfajor on the plan ride over or have seen its brightly wrapped exterior in an airport store window. Regardless, students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina will soon discover that this is a country of sweet-toothed people.


    Let us start with the Alfajor since we already mentioned it and our mouths have already started to water. The Alfajore, cookie by nature, is a delicious circular treat, formed by two rounds of sweet bread, a delicious middle of dulce de leche or jam, and a sugar layered exterior. Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires cannot miss this delicious cookie sitting in the windows of corner stores, bakeries, and coffee shops. Students will also discover a quick Spanish lesson in Buenos Aires when they must learn to ask for it, in what form, with what filling, etc…Delicious.


    That brings us to dulce de leche. This is milk based sauce used as filling in cookies, cakes, pancakes, etc… Students taking Spanish classes in Buenos Aires often already know the sweet tale of this syrup, as it is also common in other countries throughout Latin America. Students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can make this syrup by simply slowly heating condensed milk until it singes and becomes like caramel. However, since it is offered on almost every corner, we advise you just buy a ready made pot.


    Last but certainly not least is the ‘oh’ so popular, he said she said of deserts, Flan. There is no certain origin of flan and it is correct to say that most countries take some sort of credit for it and therefore it is the desert of all countries. In Argentina, students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will be able to find this delicious desert on almost any menu, more often than not, covered in dulce de leche. Students taking Spanish classes in Buenos Aires should also learn how to make this simple recipe and pair it with the dulce de leche above!


    When visiting Argentina, students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires should not miss the opportunity to take advantage of these delicious sweets, strike up a conversation with a local, and practice Spanish.


    Click for more information on Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires!

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    Experience the Traditional Estancia while taking Spanish Immersion Courses in Argentina

    Friday, August 15, 2008 13:07

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

    n21905695 31865027 615 300x225 Experience the Traditional Estancia while taking Spanish Immersion Courses in ArgentinaStudents 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 ‘estancia’? 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 ‘cowboy’ 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 Argentina and 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 several estancias 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 ‘cowboy’) 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, a gaucho 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 Activites click here!


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    Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires and discover “mate”

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:53

    Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

    Revered by locals all over the River Plate region (Argentina, Uruguay,Paraguay and even asfar as Southern Brazil), there is something alluring about this curious drink that you are sure to come across at some stage during your study abroad progam in Buenos Aires.

    For those of you still wondering what this green substance in wooden, metal or leather covered gourds (“mate”), consumed though a pipe (“bombilla”) and passed around from one person to another in ritualistic fashion is, fear not; it is nothing less than the famous and ever-popular “yerba mate” ( pronounced “sherba ma-te”).

    The yerba mate tradition originated with the Guarani Indians living in remote parts of South America long before any of the Spanish settlers colonized it. Born of mystical origins and worshipped ever since, mate is not only enjoyed by the majority of Argentines, but has a host of benefits and health advantages. Among these are:

    • It stimulates without causing either insomnia or nervous agitation (unlike coffee);
    • It contains vitamins (A, B, C) and is rich in carotene, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, iron and phosphorus;
    • It helps in frequent ailment of constipation and it also helps to improve the cardiac and respiratory function;
    • It is rumoured to eliminate or ease the suffering of severe diseases such as; hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, cancer and arthritis.

    And as if that weren’t enough, there are a variety of flavors and brands to enjoy. Newbies might find the taste a little too bitter (“amargo”) at first, but don’t be ashamed to sprinkle some sugar over the yerba before adding the water to make it sweet (“dulce”).

    However, the most important part of the mate ritual, is undoubtedly the sharing, as this is the part that unites friends, families, acquaintances and strangers. The mate is shared in a circular manner, with one person who serves (the “cebador/a”) and hands the mate to each member of the circle until the water thermos is empty. Partaking in this tradition, one of Argentina’s most popular, can be a great way to get to know the local culture while you study Spanish in Buenos Aires.

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    Wine Tasting in Argentina

    Monday, June 23, 2008 15:58

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    Expanish students recently took an excursion to Mendoza where they tried some of the country’s best wines. Argentina’s wine region extends along the foothills of the Andean Mountain Range between the provinces of Salta and Río Negro.The variance in climate and soil throughout the wine country provides for unique yet delicious wines from eachmendoza1.thumbnail Wine Tasting in Argentina region.

    Argentina’s most famed grape, originally from the Southeast of France, is called Malbec and is most fertile in Maipú, Mendoza.Expanish students spent a day visiting different wineries in Maipú to explore the varietal Malbecs that are putting Argentina on the map for winemaking. This grape produces medium-bodied wines with earthy notes and a deep purple color.

    Originally from Spain is the Tempranillo grape, which is one of Argentina’s most widespread varieties.It has recently become more popular in the making of fine wines as winemakers have just started discovering its potential.Cabernet Sauvignon, or “the king of reds”, is grown throughout Argentina’s wine region.With growing popularity in the province of San Juan, the Syrah grape is building on its reputation in Argentina.The country’s other applauded red varieties include Merlot, Bonarda, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

    mendoza5.thumbnail Wine Tasting in Argentina Argentina also has a diverse range of fine white wines that go well many different cuisines.Torrontés is the symbolic white grape of the country and is produced in the province of Salta.The Pedro Gimenez grape is indigenous to Argentina and accounts for over half of the white grapes planted in Mendoza.Mendoza’s altitude is ideal for Chardonnay, which covers over 4,600 hectares, or 11366 acres, of the region.Chenin Blanc, Semillón, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Reisling varieties also contribute to the assortment of fine white wines produced in Argentina.

    Expanish students found their excursion to the wine country to be a huge success!Spanish Language student, Fran Benton, describes the wine as “gorgeous” and the scenery as “breath-taking” and recommends the visit to friends and classmates.Mendoza and its wine are not to be missed!

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