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Studying Spanish in Argentina? 7 Don’ts of Learning Spanish

Friday, July 7, 2017 7:40

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Before you study Spanish in Argentina, you may be practicing at home gearing up for your trip abroad in a Spanish speaking country.

You’ve been trying to learn Spanish. You memorize a few new phrases and then give up. You wonder, “why isn’t is sticking?”

Sound familiar? Most students tackling a Spanish feel this way at some point.

Without the guidance of professional teachers, studying Spanish can have lots of starts and stops. Here are 7 things not to do while learning the lingo in a foreign tongue.

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What Not To Do While Studying Spanish

1. Don’t skip out on setting goals

Setting goals isn’t just for the gym. Goal-setting is a great tool when it comes to studying Spanish. Do you want to become conversational with other Spanish speakers? Do you want to pass the DELE exam? Want to become fluent in the language? Fluency means different things to different people, so it’s important to narrow down the reason why you are studying Spanish so as to not get overwhelmed. Once you have narrowed down your goals, you’ll be extra focused when hitting the books.

DO: Write down macro and micro goals for your language learning and celebrate every time you reach one of them. An example of micro goals before arriving in Argentina for Spanish classes could be: (1) Memorize the alphabet, (2) Practice the Argentine slang and lunfardoche! Dónde está el bondi?, (3) Know how to introduce myself in Spanish.

2. Don’t ignore phonetics

Want to sound like a native? You have to think about things like word stress, sentence intonation, rhythm, and more. Plus, each dialect has its own accent. But getting the hang of phonetics is especially important if you plan on traveling to a country to learn the native language of the people there. Speaking with the right accent can make you a more confident speaker and it makes it easier for a local to understand you.

DO: Identify the phonetic rules in your target language that give you the most trouble. For example, native English speakers learning Spanish typically have the most trouble with the letter “r.”  You can find the pronunciation of any word on Forvo. For studying Spanish in Argentina, try watching Argentine films such as The Motorcycle Diaries, Los Secretos de Sus Ojos, and Relatos Salvajes.

3. Don’t focus on irrelevant vocabulary

Many at-home programs toss around a mixture of vocabulary, verbs, and phrases that may have nothing to do with your life or your plans abroad. So be sure to focus on words that are specific to you. Not only will you quickly reach a conversational level that is relevant to your life but the vocab will also become easier to remember.

DO: Start studying a language by writing about yourself (hobbies, travel plans, family, etc) and build your language knowledge from there, choosing complementary words.

4. Don’t miss out on language immersion

Growth is inevitable when you fully immerse yourself in a new country, a new culture and Spanish. The deep mental involvement challenges the brain in unique ways while building confidence in the language and lending various learning opportunities and practice with native speakers.

DO: Check out Expanish Spanish School’s Spanish courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the complete immersion package. With classes available for all levels taught by native Spanish speakers and free activities every week for students, it’s a fun way to surround yourself with Spanish and quickly reach your language goals.

 

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5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

You may have the written accuracy of a language prodigy but speaking in real-time with natives is where growth happens. So get ready for some mistakes. If you have ever confused the Spanish word for “embarrassed” and said estoy embarazada (meaning “I’m pregnant”) instead of the correct phrase tengo verguenza, the conversational mishap would leave you….well, embarrassed. I bet you anything you’ll never forget the correct phrase again. And you know what? That’s great! Most Spanish speakers will laugh it off and help you learn to maneuver correctly in their language.

DO: Approach each conversation as a learning opportunity and not as a test.

6. Don’t speak English

Did you fly to another country to speak in your native language? Or did you come to learn? I think you came to learn. Don’t fall into the English trap while conversing with friends or asking for directions in tourist areas. And when you have some downtime after a long day of sightseeing? Don’t succumb to your favorite homeland TV show. Take that opportunity to dive headfirst into the culture. For example, if you are living with a homestay family, have a look at primetime television shows in Argentina. Or read the local newspaper. Or listen to the national radio. You get the idea.

DO: Tell any locals you meet that you are practicing your Spanish skills. Not only should they be more inclined to have back-and-forth with you, it may dwindle their urge for them to practice English with you. This is your time to shine. Indulge yourself.

7. Don’t lose faith

Don’t get down on yourself when you haven’t gone from complete beginner to fluent in a few months. Studying Spanish takes calculated steps, dedication and lots of help from trusted teachers, classmates and Spanish-learning friends. Embracing every milestone, every newfound word, every successful lesson makes keeping the faith a little bit easier.

DO: Return to step 1 of this list if you need to re-adjust your goals.

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10 things to do in Buenos Aires while studying Spanish

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:11

Categories - Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays - 0 Comments

There is an endless list of things to do in Buenos Aires, you definitely will not get bored, it is a city that never sleeps-it is said to be the Paris of South America. Buenos Aires is packed with fun filled activities that enables you to emerge yourself into our rich culture and experience life as a true Porteño. Here is a list of fun filled activities you can occupy yourself with.

The markets (las ferias)

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With no doubt, depending where you are in Buenos Aires there will be a market in a plaza! But these aren’t just any normal markets, these market stalls take up the hole plaza and streets, are filled with vibrant music, Argentinian food and of course an endless selection of gifts! There are various types of markets, from the typical authentic markets in San Telmo and Recoleta to the Buenos Aires Market (organic food market) to the many cultural markets/festivals held throughout the year, your sundays will constantly be filled up by our ferias!

Wine and Dine

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Argentina is known for having the best meat in the world and also for having pretty good wine from our famous Mendoza region. So as you can imagine we have some of the best restaurants that will highly likely be the best meat you ever try in your life. And that’s no understatement there! Meat in Argentina is never far from you, from restaurants to street food-you can’t go wrong! However to make sure you have the best meat experience, it is highly recommended that you go to a restaurant that is recommended by Argentinians and has a great reputation. A tip that will get you far, if you ever see a restaurant with a large line in Buenos Aires, that means it’s really good and cheap! Just to mention a few highly recommendable restaurants, Las Cabras, Don Julio, La Cabrera and the list goes on! If you’re not drooling by now, you definitely will be amongst your arrival!

Tango Shows

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This is definitely an unmissable event that you must see when in Buenos Aires! Tango is our cultural staple that both defines and is defined by our beautiful country. The tango shows are a great way to immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture, eat some great meat and of course enjoy our beautiful, traditional and romantic dance. There is an endless list of places you can enjoy Tango shows. A word of advice, before choosing a tango show, have a quick check on google for a tango guide that will reveal the best Tango shows in Buenos Aires.

Gaucho Day

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Buenos Aires can get pretty busy being a big city that it is and a gaucho day is the perfect way to soak up the tranquility and beauty of the Argentine country life and also learn about the gaucho culture and history. Gauchos (cowboys) are the most iconic figures in the Argentinian culture that have been around for more than three centuries. Argentina is home to many estancias (ranches) that are just a short drive from Buenos Aires. A trip to our estancias is a must, just like the tango it is part of our culture, this authentic experience will definitely be unforgettable!

Mate in the park

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Those lazy sundays usually consist of drinking mate in the park with friends! Drinking mate is a popular everyday social drink in Argentina.  ALL (well most) Argentines drink mate, popular places you see Argentinians drinking mate are in the park, at work, the beach, at home whilst listening to music, talking to family and friends, getting some sun, reading a book and the list goes on! At first trying mate may be a strange experience for some but after a couple of mate sessions you will likely fall in love with mate and the social context of drinking mate with friends. Not to mention mate has numerous health benefits, is a natural product and is a caffeine packed beverage-meaning it’s a great source in energizing and waking you up!

Museums

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Museums are always are very important aspect of traveling, you get to learn about the culture and art of the country however let’s face at times museums can be a tad boring however this is definitely not the case in Argentina. Argentina has some pretty amazing museums! The museums are full of rich history and thriving arts scenes that showcases the heritage of Argentina, historical figures and the strong love and passion Argentina has for arts. Many of our museums are locally situated, being in Palermo, San Telmo, Puerto Madero and other easily accessible suburbs.  Popular museums that are highly recommended and visited are MALBA (history and temporary exhibitions of 20th century, Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, Evita museum and the list goes on!

Nightlife in Palermo and San Telmo

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If you are a party animal or just enjoy having a glass of wine in a chilled environment well Bueno Aires is perfect for you! Buenos Aires by far has some of the best bars and nightclubs to offer! They say New York never sleeps, this also applies to Buenos Aires! The nightlife plays an important key role in the lives of porteños, but be mindful nightlife here starts at 2:00am and ends around 7-8am or later, this city was designed for the nights owls! But first you must make sure you have the previa (pre-drinks) at a friends house and then you will be ready for the long, adventurous night ahead! You will find all types of nights clubs, from reggaeton, electronic, dance and many other types of music-you definitely won’t go wrong!

Day in Tigre (Delta del Río Paraná)

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This beautiful town only an hour from Buenos Aires is a great place to visit during your stay. Tigre has a lot to offer, it has the river, many activities available you can take advantage of such as kayaking, the tourist boat and bus that goes around the town, great cafes and restaurants. This beautiful tourist attraction sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers and was founded in 1820, hence it is definitely worth a visit as you can learn about the history of Tigre and see its natural beauty. A word of advice, you can take the train from Retiro to Tigre and buy tickets for the bus and boat cruise in Tigre train station.

Free events

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Every week without doubt Argentina has free events. From musical orchestras, yoga in the park to free festivals there is a great selection of activities to choose from! If you’re short on money you definitely won’t be deprived of some form of entertainment. Agenda Cultural is a fantastic government organisation that is constantly providing Argentina with free things to do. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of these great activities, practise your spanish speaking while diversing and meeting locals!

Volunteering

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There are many opportunities in Argentina in completing volunteer work, not just in the capital but also outside of Buenos Aires, for example Cordoba. Volunteering is a great opportunity in travelling and getting to know parts of Argentina. Volunteering has numerous benefits, to mention a few, it opens up careers opportunities, you learn and develop new skills, immerse yourself into the Argentinian culture and practise your spanish speaking skills, creates a sense of motivation, determination and appreciate for life and opens up doors in meeting people from all walks of life. Being a volunteer is not only a great way in immersing yourself in our culture but also showing respect towards our beautiful country.

Fútbol Match

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As you have already been told, Argentinians are fútbol crazy and that is no understatement. Whenever a fútbol match is on, wherever you are in Argentina you will definitely hear the outburst of passionate expressions from an Argentinean, it is highly likely your neighbour will wake you up in the middle of the night barracking for their team. If you love soccer then a fútbol match is a must go to event, the atmosphere is priceless and full of passion and enthusiasm for the teams playing. This will definitely be an unforgettable experience but take into account that tickets are at times hard to get as they sell out very fast like hot cakes!

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Learning Spanish

Friday, April 29, 2011 13:48

Categories - Spanish, Student Stories - 6 Comments

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As I stated in last week´s blog, very rarely do I leave my house without my handy iPhone to help me navigate around the amazing city of Buenos Aires. In addition of finding great apps for the city, I have also found some wonderful apps to help me study Spanish… Here are my top 10 Spanish learning apps (including a couple of podcasts)!

1)      Basic Spanish for Dummies ($.99) – I think we are all familiar with this series of books that always simplify our lives by starting with the basics!  Its goal is to give you the essential vocabulary you´ll need to get around – greetings, expressions, directions, time, etc. I would strongly suggest to download this app a week or two before leaving, to get you started – your Expanish teachers will take it from there!

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2)      El Mejor Ahorcado ($.99) – We all get bored and like to play games on our phones as we are waiting in an airport or traveling on a bus, but now you can make it educational too! El Mejor AhorcadoThe Best Hangman,” will keep you entertained while also teaching you new Spanish words on the go.

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3)      BA Cast w/ Dan and Fernando Podcast – My newest found addiction that keeps me laughing as I walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and even on crowded subways!! Dan & Fernando (the expat & the local), give their own perspective of porteño culture and life on varied topics about fútbol, the Dirty War, rules of maté, fernet, and more! (While also schooling you on local lunfardoslang.”) This duo has just completed their first season, and I am anxiously awaiting more!!

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4)      Wordpower Spanish Lite (free) – Allows you to master Spanish one word at a time! Each day you are given a new word, with pronunciation by a native Speaker and the option to record yourself before moving onto the next word. Although this may seem like a slow process, it actually will help you build and retain your vocabulary “wordbank,” by reinforcing daily with practice flashcards!

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5)      Spanish Touch Trainer ($1.99) – This app will help you get accustomed to Spanish sentence structure, conjugation, and grammar in relation to English. Starting at a beginner or advanced level, you will be able to construct proper phrases one word at a time and earning points to make it more of a game! You will learn how to switch between tenses when telling a story about the past, present, and future, thus providing you with a greater proficiency in your conversations.

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6)      Gengo Quiz – Spanish ($4.99) – As you advance, you may want to quiz yourself so you can see just how far you have come! This app starts at a beginner´s level –Upper Intermediate, allowing you to gauge your progress. You may even surprise yourself how much you are learning.

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7)      Tune-in Radio ($.99) – Continue to embed yourself local porteño culture by tuning into local stations! Whether you are listening to talk radio, pop, or tango – you´ll pick up local expressions and the local beat of the city. And if you find a favorite radio show that you don´t want to miss, it even allows you to record stations to listen to later!

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8)      Gengo Grammar – Spanish ($9.99) – One of the hardest things about learning Spanish as an English speaker is learning a variety of grammar rules. Therefore this app is great in supporting your grammar at all levels while also aiding in a more extensive explanation. Along with your daily classes at Expanish – this is the perfect way to review and support your studies of adverbs, commands, passive voice, verb formation, etc…

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9)      Notes in Spanish Podcast – This podcast offers three different levels of oral conversation: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. The couple Ben (England) & Marina (Spain) discuss common topics such as music, social situations, holidays, etc. Although their accent is a very distinct Spanish accent, you can train you ear by listening to normal conversations on a variety of topics. It´s a great way to improve your audio skills and you can even follow up on their website for worksheets about each podcast!

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10)   Porteño Spanish ($.99) – One more fun thing about learning Spanish is learning the local slang or as the porteños would call “lunfardo.” This fun app is meant to help you understand and possibly incorporate some local jargon into your conversation! However keep in mind that some of the terms should not be used on a daily basis!

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Remember that we all have different ways of learning, so see which apps work best for you and your level! As well, let me know if you have any favorites not listed here!!

Suerte!

Casie

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Learning Spanish One Empanada at a Time

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 13:19

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If you have been in Buenos Aires for longer than a minute, you have probably consumed your fair share of empanadas. Perfect to eat at any hour of the day, this delicious Argentine favorite consists of pastry-like dough stuffed with a myriad of fillings like beef, sweet corn, cheese, ham, vegetables, and more – all the good stuff.  Impress locals with your empanada baking skills by learning how to make the traditional Empanada Salteña, which originates from the Northern Argentine province of Salta.

Empanada Salteña Recipe

 Ingredients (makes 6 empanadas):

–          1 package empanada wrappers, Recommended Brand: La Salteña (1 paquete Tapas de empanadas *Marca recomendada: La Salteña).

–          ¼ kilo  ground beef (Carne picada)

–          1  Small boiled potato, cut in cubes (Papa hervida, chica, cortada en cubos)

–          2  Green onions (cebollas de verdes)

–          1 Small red or green pepper (Morrón rojo o verde chica)

–          40 g  Peas (Arvejas)

–          Garlic to taste  (Ajo a gusto)

–          Salt, pepper, Spanish paprika-to taste (Sal, pimienta, pimentón a gusto)

Directions:

1. Finely chop the pepper and garlic.  In a lightly oiled pan, sauté the chopped garlic and then add the pepper.  Add salt and pepper. Add the chopped green onion. 

Picar el morrón, el ajo, y el verdeo.  En un sartén con un poquito de aceite, saltear primero el ajo, luego agregar el morrón.  Sal/pimentar. Agregar el verdeo picado.

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2. Add the ground beef to cook on medium heat.  Take off heat once the beef is cooked.

Agregar la carne picada y dejar cocinar a fuego medio.  Quitar del fuego cuando esté cocida. 

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3. In a bowl, combine the meat with the cubed potatoes and peas.  Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

En un ból, combinar la carne con la papa cortada y las arvejas.  Condimentar con sal, pimienta y pimentón.

4. To  make the empanadas: take a small bit of the filling and put it on the empanada wrapper, moisten the edges and fold.  Click here to see video.

Armar las empanadas: colocar un poco de relleno sobre las tapas, humedecer los bordes y repulgar. 

 

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5. Put them in a pre-heated oven at 180º and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.  And finished!

Llevar a horno precalentado 180º hasta que doren, aprox. 20 minutos. Y Listo! Buen Provecho!

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For all you Empanada fanatics, check out more great resources:

  1. National Empanada Festival in the Tucumán Province http://www.fiestadelaempanada.famailla.gov.ar/
  2. Empanada Guide http://argentinastravel.com/basics/cuisine/empanadas/
  3.  Best Empanada Delivery in Buenos Aires http://planetajoy.com/?Delivery_de_empanadas%3A_los_mejores_de_Buenos_Aires&page=ampliada&id=2085

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Summer Nights in Buenos Aires

Thursday, January 7, 2010 13:01

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Summer is here and it is time to enjoy the beautiful weather and take advantage of the warm nights by spending as much time outside as possible.

One of the greatest outdoor activities, aside from fútbol, that Argentines have perfected is the asado (Argentina barbeque). For a country that produces some of the best beef in the world, it is natural that they would know how to cook it to perfection.  If you are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires make sure to indulge in an asado or two, you will surely make local friends and enjoy a great meal while you are at it.

Getting a real Argentine asado cooking takes time and patience, but it is worth the wait!

The cuts of meat defined:

•    Costillar- Ribs, Loin
•    Marucha or Paleta – Ribs
•    Azotillo – Chuck
•    Bife de Costilla – Ribs
•    Lomo – Sirloin
•    Cuadril – Rump
•    Nalga – Round
•    Vacío – Sirloin
•    Matambre – Flank
•    Chorizo – Sausage

In Argentina they like to prepare the meat by only seasoning it with salt, nothing more, so forget about your favorite marinade for now.

To show you really know what you are doing, prepare the coals by using paper, not lighter fluid.  Tend to the coals by fanning and adjusting them until they are red hot, should take about a half an hour.  The parilla (the barbeque grill) will be ready to go, so put the meat on.  The meat is slow cooked for an hour to an hour and a half.  During this time watch the meat and mingle with friends – the social aspect of an asado.  This is a great time to practice your Spanish conversational skills, learn new things about the Argentine culture, and most importantly have fun.  When the meat is done, cut it up and serve.

Want to learn Spanish in Argentina and learn the secrets of an asado, check out our programs and activities!

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The All You Need Argentina Travel Guide – Part 1: Before Travel Check List

Friday, July 31, 2009 14:14

Categories - Argentina Travel Info - 6 Comments

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If you have made the decision to travel to Argentina you are about to embark on an experience that will open your eyes to a new country and culture, language, people, and way to live.  If you are coming to study Spanish, your experience will be even more intense, discovering what it is like to live in another culture and community, conversing daily with locals, and living just like an Argentines do.

Before you take of on this incredible experience, it is important to have everything in order so that your experience abroad goes as smoothly as possible. This will include the following:

Before Travel Check-List

  • Check that your passport has at least 6 months of validity left
  • Buy travel insurance for your total time abroad
  • Check to make sure you can receive a tourist visa upon entry in Argentina
  • Make sure you have all of your flight info, times, confirmation numbers
  • Make photocopies of every important document (passport, birth certificate, travel insurance, etc) and keep one copy and leave another copy with a loved one
  • Go to the doctor for a general check-up, and take/buy any prescriptions you may need when abroad
  • Sign up for online banking, as well either pre-pay your bills or sign up for online bill payments
  • Make sure all of your ‘loose-ends’ are tied up before coming abroad
  • Check the weather in Argentina and pack appropriate clothing
  • Bring an appropriate adapter for Argentina (or buy one here)
  • Only bring valuables if you absolutely must, otherwise leave them at home
  • Make sure that when you arrive you already have accommodation (Homestay, shared apartment, hotel, hostel, etc)
  • Take photos of your friends and family
  • If you take your camera or computer, make sure you have all the accessories or back-ups of anything that could break-down, etc

Look out for the next part of The All You Need Argentina Travel Guide: Visas & Embassies

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Preparing to study Spanish in Buenos Aires – 10 Pre-Travel Must-Do’s! (Part2)

Friday, June 19, 2009 9:35

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If you are planning on coming to Buenos Aires to study Spanish, there are a few must-do’s that will make your travel and transition into the beautiful city of Buenos Aires more successful.

1.    Enjoy all those things from home that you love before you leave. You will most likely not be able to enjoy them while you are abroad, of course you will find substitutes, so indulge while you are still at home!
2.    Take an address book with all the phone numbers, addresses, and email address’s, that you may need or want. While abroad this always comes in handy, and of course, leave some room in that address book in order to add new address’s and email’s of new people that you meet along the way.
3.    Make photocopies of every important document you have. You never know when you may misplace something, or god forbid, lose something, and it is always very helpful to have photocopies. Also, try to keep your photocopies in separate places or exchange them with friends; you carry theirs and they carry yours.
4.    Check out the address of your embassy in the city you are traveling to. This is always recommended by home countries to their residents that are traveling abroad.  If anything happens while abroad or you need any assistance, your home embassy will be happy to help.
5.    Be prepared, organized, and ready to have a lot of fun and experience a lot of new things. Traveling abroad, for any reason, is one of the most life changing and memorable experiences on can have, guaranteed to be talked about for years to come!

Ready to Study Spanish in Buenos Aires?

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Maktub; a little bit of the Mediterranean in Las Canitas

Thursday, May 7, 2009 7:22

Categories - Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Clubs - 1 Comment

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Buenos Aires is a food lover’s paradise; no matter where you are in the city or what time it is there is a restaurant that is open, busy with people, and serving great food. If you are in the mood for something a little different that your typical Argentine fare at a sit down restaurant, there is a Mediterranean hotspot waiting for you that offers quick and fabulous food for great prices and will leaving you wanting more, even while the smell of hummus is still on your breath.

 

As Buenos Aires becomes more and more international (and more students come to study Spanish!) so does its cuisine, and the taste buds of portenos continue to change, craving more and more ethnic styled food. Located in trendy Las Canitas, the small and cozy restaurant Maktub specializes in Mediterranean food and serves up some of the best food of its kind in the city. The restaurant itself is small and bright, features a delicious mound of meat cooking in the front window, daily Mediterranean snacks at the counter, a small kitchen, and a few bar styled tables outside. The owners will great you with a smiling face and a warm welcome and offer you a menu to place your order (eat-in, take-away, and delivery).

Some of the most popular dishes are:

  • Shawarma – wrapped pita with fresh salted meat, veggies, and a spicy sauce
  • Hummus -chickpea, lemon, and cilantro sauce
  • Falafel – fried chickpea balls
  • Labra – rice and spicy meet wrapped in leaves
  • Sfija Abierta – Arab empanada filled with meat, tomato, and cilantro
  • Baba Ganush – eggplant, tomato, and cilantro

 

Maktub offers impeccable food at affordable prices, a great location, and great service; when you are needing a break from studying spanish in Buenos Aires, need a taste of something new, and if you are in Las Canitas and looking for a quick delicious meal, day or night, this is the place.

 

http://www.maktub-delivery.com.ar/

San Benito de Palermo 1683

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Immerse Yourself with Tango and Mate!

Friday, March 6, 2009 12:47

Categories - Argentine Customs and Culture - 0 Comments

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Aside from Tango, one of Argentina’s biggest pastimes is drinking hot water infused with dried leaves of the mate herb. To drink mate, one fills a gourd three quarters full with mate leaves and then fills it up with hot water. You drink the beverage through a stainless steel straw called the bombilla. The mate herb is said to be good for skin texture and also the digestive system. It is really an infusion of stimulants and caffeine, which is why many Argentines drink mate instead of coffee. In Argentine culture, mate is usually shared amongst friends or family in social settings. Drinking yerba mate amongst Argentines is a great Spanish immersion experience for those coming here to learn the language. If you find mate to be somewhat bitter, many prefer to add sugar or honey to sweeten the taste, which is often compared to green tea.

Here at Expanish, both private and group Tango courses are offered for those students willing to learn the traditional dance. Also, it is very common to share mate during classes with your teachers and other students here at our school. The teachers are very quick to teach you the secrets of mate preparation. The combination of tango and mate are great educational Spanish experiences in themselves. There is nothing like learning a new language than immersing yourself fully in the culture of that language, which is why dancing tango and drinking mate are great places to start.

To find out more about studying Spanish with Expanish, click here!

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Spanish Immersion Experiences are Increasingly Important in Today’s World

Monday, February 2, 2009 11:26

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It can be hard to explain the appeal of traveling to certain people. Those who have been abroad, however, know how exciting it is to live in a foreign country, meet the people, and learn their culture and language. In fact, these immersion experiences are becoming an important pre-requisite to responsible citizenship in our increasingly global community. This is why many people are now electing to travel to Latin America and study Spanish, some already years into their professional careers.

Studying with Expanish in Buenos Aires, students are provided with all of the tools to get the most out of their immersion experiences. The Spanish classes are complimented with weekly excursions, activities and workshops organized by Expanish, encouraging the students to participate in the rich local culture whilst learning the language.

One reason so many students decide to study in Buenos Aires is the strong spirit and imagination of Argentina. These traits are reflected in the works of the nation’s greatest writers. Jorge Borges is perhaps Argentina’s most well-known literary figure, author to some of the best short stories, essays, and poetry in the Spanish language. Borge’s writing has influenced generation after generation of Spanish writers throughout the Americas. Ernesto Sabato is a similarly renowned author to have emerged from the rich, intellectual setting of Buenos Aires. Borge and Sabato are just two of the many prominent South American authors to have called Buenos Aires home – not to mention musicians, athletes, playwrights, etc. The city is, in many respects, a cultural hub to all of Latin America.

Studying with Expanish in Buenos Aires, students will find an important balance of in-and-out of the classroom experiences. The language school is dedicated to providing quality education and costumer support. Buenos Aires will provide everything else, a perfect setting to become immersed in Spanish language and join the international community. Don’t hesitate to visit our website, and begin planning your adventure to Buenos Aires today!

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