1. Try watching Spanish films and television
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5 ways to practice Spanish at home
Monday, February 29, 2016 11:03
Summer Holidays in Buenos Aires
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 12:22
The summer months of December to March in Buenos Aires are a perfect time to come and study Spanish with us at Expanish. Because the weather is hot and humid, many Porte├▒os choose to leave the city to spend some time at the coast but this is also a peak time for tourists visiting the city.┬á
Tips for practicing Spanish outside of the classroom
Monday, March 16, 2015 9:44
EXPLORE THE NIGHTLIFE ┬á
If there is ever a time to take advantage of the nightlife scene, it┬┤s when you’re trying to learn a new language. Speaking Spanish can be intimidating when you’re outside the classroom, but the social scene in Buenos Aires will help ease the transition. People are so welcoming and friendly here that almost everyone you meet will be willing to help coach you through a simple Spanish conversation.
A few glasses of Malbec doesn┬┤t hurt eitherÔÇŽ
Try Mundo Lingo, an event that caters to people looking to practice a different language, in order to guarantee a night filled with Spanish. Check out their Facebook page for the bar of the night.
One of the best ways to learn vocabulary is to go to a supermarket, an outdoor market, a fair, or any other type of shopping expedition. I guarantee that you’ll learn new vocabulary with each outing. Buenos Aires has a ton of open air markets where you can buy everything from fresh produce, to house products, to clothing. These places usually aren’t serve yourself, which means that you’ll have to practice your newfound vocabulary right then and there.
Restaurants are also a great opportunity to continue practicing Spanish outside of the classroom. Usually menus come filled with new vocabulary. If you’re lucky you’ll have a menu in English as well to help out, but I recommend looking at the Spanish menu and attempting to order in Spanish in order to practice both vocabulary and pronunciation.
San Telmo outdoor produce market on Saturdays and San Telmo Fair on Sundays (bonus if you try bargaining in Spanish).
JOIN A CLUB
Buenos Aires has many different options for clubs and sports teams around the city. Some are free and some you just have to pay a small monthly, weekly, or one time fee to join. There are a range of activities and you can get involved in anything from a club soccer team, a saturday morning aerobics class, or a photography club. These clubs are great opportunities to meet porte├▒os as well as practice your Spanish. There are also conversation clubs and meet ups where people get together to practice Spanish.
BA Ciudad (http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/) is a great resource. They offer a range of free classes throughout the city for all age groups.
One of the most authentic ways to practice Spanish outside the classroom is to volunteer. There are many options around the city that all cater to many different interests. At Expanish we offer eight different volunteer options, but if we don’t have what you’re looking for there is sure to be some other organization that does. Usually volunteering in Buenos Aires revolves around children, and there┬┤s no better way to practice Spanish in a comfortable and relaxed environment than while working with kids.
It may sound like obvious advice, but reading little articles can really help boost your Spanish. I find that if I wake up and read a bit in Spanish it puts my mind in Spanish mode. It┬┤s easy to wake up immediately check your phone, scroll through facebook, or respond to a quick text in English. I challenge you to pick up a book for 10-15 minutes in the morning a see what a difference it makes.
Bonus Challenge: Read out loud to yourself in order to practice both vocabulary and pronunciation without the pressure of class.
Here are a few options:
Kindle: Your Kindle has the unique option to highlight a word and it will give you the definition of said word. It does it all for you.
Newspaper: Take a quick peek at some events happening in Buenos Aires and also learn a few keys words to throw around in your next political discussion.
Magazines: There┬┤s nothing like reading a little Cosmo in Spanish to really help take you to the next level…No but seriously, reading a simple article about a topic that you’re already familiar with (i.e. celebrities, movies reviews, fashion advice etc.) can teach new vocabulary in a familiar setting.
Children┬┤s Books: This is probably the easiest way to learn new vocabulary, especially if you choose a book that you’re already familiar with.
Netflix: Make sure to take advantage of the fact that Netflix offers both subtitles and dubbing for many of their shows. Even just adding subtitles can help you associate Spanish words with their English definitions.
Movies: Watching movies in Spanish can drastically help expand vocabulary. Try going to the movie theater after you’ve watched a few movies in the comfort of your own home and have gotten a grasp of the speed of a typical movie. Often, subtitles can help a lot with basic understanding. Don┬┤t miss the Expanish Film Club: watching movies after class with a teacher to help is a great start!
Any extra effort made outside of the classroom is bound to help you continue to improve. It┬┤s all about those baby steps!
Suerte a todos! (Good luck everyone!)
English to Spanish Vocab Cheat-Sheet
Monday, December 29, 2014 6:35
ItÔÇÖs no secret that Spanish has a lot of endings, way more to memorize than in English. Thankfully there are some tricks to make learning some words a little easier. Note that this is different than learning verb endings which your teacher will help you grasp, memorize, and practice. Here, we can simply follow some patterns of similarity between English and Spanish.
-ly ┬á:: ┬á-mente
With common adverbs, if it ends in -ly in English, replace it for -mente.
e.g.: Rapidly/rapidamente, profusely/profusamente, horribly/horriblemente, terribly/terriblemente
-tion ┬á:: ┬á-ci├│n
With words ending in –tion, replace the ending for –ci├│n
e.g.: Relation/relaci├│n, imagination/imaginaci├│n, accommodation/accomadaci├│n, foundation/fundaci├│n, information/informaci├│n
-ity ┬á:: ┬á-dad
In words ending in –ity, replace it for -dad
e.g.: Quality/calidad, quantity/cantidad, city/ciudad, inferiority/inferioridad, spirituality/espiritualidad, negativity/negatividad
This is a general trick to help when you are stuck but it does not apply to all words in these forms. Nothing replaces actually studying to memorize words and learning hard and fast rules but I have definitely used these tricks to help out when I am speaking and just canÔÇÖt think of the word!
Esto funciona de Espa├▒ol a Ingl├ęs tambi├ęn! Cuando tengas dudas, simplemente reemplaza palabras que terminan con -mente a -ly, -ci├│n a -tion, y -dad a -ity.
Spring in Buenos Aires: Best time to visit the city!
Monday, October 6, 2014 12:22
Buenos Aires is beautiful in any season but in spring it seems to blossom, just┬álike the jacarand├í flowers in the streets. Between September and November the temperature can vary from 14C (57F) to 22C (72F) and it is undoubtedly the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful city. Porte├▒os are always complaining about the weather, but in spring they all seem to agree it is neither hot nor cold – and there are more sunny days than rainy days. The first day of spring in Argentina coincides with the national Student┬┤s Day, so every year all the youth are out in the streets, eating outdoors and partying at night. So, if you are planning to visit Buenos Aires in the Spring, here are some tips!
- Make some Argentine friends and go drink mate in the park. Mate is not only an infusion, but also an experience for the Argentine culture: People tend to sit in a circle on the grass and one of them is in charge of preparing the mate for the rest (in Argentina that’s called┬ácebar el mate). If you were to tell any Argentine that you would like to try some mate, they will most definetely be happy to let you try!
- Take a tour round the city by bike! The best places to ride are the Bosques de Palermo (where you can use the bike ways to see the lakes and the amazing Planetario), Puerto Madero (no cars allowed and many places to stop and have a snack) and Plaza Francia, one of the most beautiful places to go on sunny days. If you don┬┤t have a bike, there are many places to rent one in the city, at accesible costs. Remember that porte├▒os love the spring as well, so on the weekends these places may get a little bit crowded.
- Eat an┬áasado┬áoutdoors. Porte├▒os love organising┬áasados, and spring is the perfect time to eat a good┬áchoripan┬áin the sun. If you don┬┤t know anyone who is hosting an asado, there are ┬áexcellent parrillas in the city to try the best Argentine meat. You can also have a┬ádulce de leche┬áice cream for dessert!
- Enjoy spring nights. In winter, nights can get really cold, so when spring comes everyone feels like going out and having fun. Buenos Aires has amazing nightlife, restaurants and bars start to get busy around 10pm. Remember that in Buenos Aires night clubs open at about 1am till 6am, so get ready to experience a city that never sleeps!
Have you been in Buenos Aires in spring? Tell us about your experience!