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10 reasons why Buenos Aires is the best place to learn Spanish

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Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant, pulsating and cosmopolitan cities in Latin America, and is attracting travelers from all over the world – thanks to its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, its broad spectrum of art and culture, renowned cuisine and exquisite wines. But why just visit Buenos Aires – why not learn Spanish here?

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There is no better place in the world to learn Spanish, and no matter if you are thinking about brushing up your Spanish skills, or starting at zero, Buenos Aires would be the ideal location. Why learn Spanish in Argentina’s capital, you ask? Here are ten reasons why Buenos Aires is the best place to learn Spanish:

1 Buenos Aires has something for everyone

Buenos Aires is one of the most diverse cities in South America, with dozens of neighborhoods to explore: San Telmo with its colonial architecture, Recoleta with its ornate buildings, lively Palermo, modern Puerto Madero and colorful La Boca, to name just a few.

If you are a fan of street art, you will love the many colorful murals around the city (you can even take a street art tour), and if you love football, you’ll appreciate the love for Boca Juniors or the River Plate team. Watching the Boca Juniors play in their Bombonera Stadium makes every football fan’s dream come true.

Architecture buffs will find interesting buildings around every corner, and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the city’s many green spaces. Buenos Aires truly has something for everyone.

The best thing about the city: it offers all these things at little cost! Buenos Aires is inexpensive, and prices for Spanish classes and homestays in Buenos Aires are very affordable.

2 Learn Spanish AND Tango

Tango, the dance that was created by the lower classes in Buenos Aires, has become one of the world’s most famous dances, practiced in cities all around the globe, and was even declared as “Intangible Heritage” by UNESCO. So why not learn Spanish and tango at the same time? There is no better place to take tango lessons than in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango, where there’s tango everywhere. You can enjoy it at night at a milonga (tango bar where locals dance), watch performances on the Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo or at the restaurants in El Caminito, and even parks have tango nights, like Parque Barrancas del Belgrano.

3 The Argentine accent

Argentine Spanish has a very distinct accent. ‘Playa’ (beach) becomes ‘plasha’ and ‘yo’ (I) become ‘sho’ – it is hard not to fall for this endearing accent, and learning Argentine Spanish gives you the advantage that you’ll know the unique expressions that only exist in Argentine Spanish and that you will be able to understand an accent that can be difficult to grasp.

4 Steak galore

Steak is one of Argentina’s most famed export goods, and equally as loved by Argentines as it is by carnivores around the world. In Argentina, beef is traditionally cooked over a charcoal flame, which, combined with the special conditions in which cattle are raised, is what makes Argentine beef so scrumptious. Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires means that you’ll be able to eat your way around the city’s most famous parrillas (steak houses).

5 Heritage and culture

Buenos Aires is a major art hub – discover its wealth of writers, painters and sculptures in museums and galleries across the city. An unmissable place is the MALBA Museum, which holds a remarkable collection of contemporary artworks from Latin American artists such as Xul Solar and Frida Kahlo. History aficionados will be thrilled to learn about Argentina’s tumultuous past which includes Eva Peron’s heritage, the military regime in the 1970s and the Great Depression of the early 2000s.

6 The best wine in South America

Just as Argentina’s steak, the country’s wines are also known well beyond its borders, and for good reason. Argentine wine have become so popular that it is now the 5th largest wine producing country in the world, but there are many smaller boutique wineries that don’t export their wines. When you spend some time in Buenos Aires, you’ll be able to sample some wines that you can’t get anywhere else in the world – and could there be a better way to do your homework than with a glass of Malbec?

7 The Porteños

Porteños, as people from Buenos Aires are referred to, are among the most welcoming people in Latin America which is why they are a reason to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires. Porteño means ‘person of the port’, and the term goes back to the first half of the 20th century, when hundreds of thousands of Spanish and Italian immigrants arrived on ships from Europe. Porteños are known to be blunt and direct, but also very friendly and welcoming to visitors. They will be happy to introduce you to the mate culture (a herbal infusion that could be called the ‘National drink of Argentina’) by passing the gourd over to you. Meeting locals will allow you to practice your Spanish – and there really is no better way than improving your conversational skills than chatting with native speakers.

8 Experience gaucho culture

When you take a Spanish class in Buenos Aires, you can experience Argentine gaucho culture first-hand every Sunday in Mataderos, a former gaucho village at the center of the Argentine cattle trade (Matadero means slaughterhouse in Spanish), on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Here, the famous Feria De Mataderos is held each week. During the folk market and crafts fair, you can buy artisan handcrafts, try local dishes and watch folk singers, dancers and gauchos on horsebacks.

9 The Paris of South America

Buenos Aires is nicknamed “The Paris of South America” for good reason: The city’s tree-lined streets, wide boulevard, vast parks and sidewalk cafes are reminiscent of European cities in a way that is remarkable! There is no other city in Latin America that features European-influenced architecture like Buenos Aires, and where the influence of European immigrants is as tangible as it is here. The grand Parisian-style buildings date back to the early 20th century, when, in its “Golden Era”, Argentina was one of the wealthiest countries in the world and looked to the sophisticated, prosperous European cities for inspiration. European architects who immigrated to Argentina back then gave Buenos Aires its distinct European look and feel. If you study here, you learn Spanish in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

10 A gateway to other destinations

Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires has the advantage that you’re only a short flight away from some of the most remarkable destinations in South America: Patagonia’s stunning natural beauty in the South, UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, or Argentina’s wine region around Mendoza, are well worth a trip after finishing your Spanish course in Buenos Aires. And that way, you get to put your newly acquired skills to use right away! Expanish even offers weekend excursions to Iguaza Falls, Uruguay, and other nearby destinations.

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Introduction to The Wine Guide in Argentina

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:25

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Argentina is the world’s 5th largest producer of wine and it exports its delicious wines to countries all over the world, keeping enough in the country itself to satisfy its local wine lovers.  Argentina has an extensive wine region that spreads from the foothills of the Andes Mountains through the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja, Salta, Neuquén, Catamarca, and the Rio Negro, ranging between the 22 and 42 degrees South latitude, where the climate and soil is dry and arid, and with a bit of man’s help, exceptional for producing wine.

If you are studying Spanish in Buenos Aires or planning on staying here for any amount of time, learning about, tasting, and exploring wines from Argentina is a must and will most definitely invite you into the local culture and the way of life in this southern Latin American country.


Look out for our : Guide to Argentine Wines:

Mendoza Wine Region

Alta Vista

Dona Paula

Norton

Trapiche

San Juan Wine Region

Callia

Finca Las Moras

Neuquén Wine Region

Bodega del fin del Mundo

Salta Wine Region

Michel Torino

La Rioja Wine Region

La Riojana

Rio Negro

Canale

Catamarca

Cabarnet de Los Andes
Look out for the last part of our wine guide where we will feature 3 delicious and high-priced wines from Argentina ~ for those special occasions!

$$$  Special Wines:
Dos Cielos – Blend – 2004 – Rio Negro
Alta Vista Alta – Malbec – 2003 – Mendoza
Viña El Cerno Antiguo Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon – Blend – 1997 – Mendoza

Combine your Argentine wine with delicious recipes from here!

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Students studying Spanish in Argentina know that drinking and driving is bad! But what about drinking and shopping…?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:41

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It is quite apparent that the people of Argentina enjoy drinking wine; most students taking Spanish classes in Argentina begin to notice this after only a few visits to local restaurants or bars, experiencing extensive wine lists and wines bottles occupying most tables. It is also appropriate to say that Argentines enjoy shopping; students taking Spanish classes in Argentina will also notice the amount of shops, boutiques, and malls in the city and the fact that they are always busy. During the next few Fridays, the city has taken these two loves and combined them to make the Wine Tour Urbano Palermo.

 

The Wine Tour Urbano Palermo celebrates the wines and fashion of Argentina while combining wine tasting with upper scale shopping. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can head down to Palermo to indulge in tasting local Argentine wines while shopping in local boutiques and clothing stores during after hours. Every fashion and interior design store on Malabia, between Honduras and El Salvador, will be opening its doors to visitors between the hours of 7pm-10pm. This may just be heaven for most Spanish immersion students in Buenos Aires!

 

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can look forward to September 19th when the event starts off. This night is devoted to the red wines, showcasing the Malbecs and Merlots of every winery. Studentsstudying Spanish in Argentina can then head back on October 17th for the Syrahs and Cabernets, and on November 21st, all wineries will present their best wines.

 

This is a fantastic event for students in Spanish immersion courses in Argentina to indulge in wine and fashion, walk among the Argentines of Buenos Aires, and practice their Spanish!! There will be two stands, one of Malabia and one of Honduras, where tickets will be sold on the day of the event for $45 pesos.

 

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Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires; Check out the Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition!

Thursday, September 4, 2008 12:56

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Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires no doubt acquire a taste for wine as finding great wine here is so easy and for the most part, not a costly habit. Bottles of wine can be bought in many places throughout the city, including grocery stores, kioskos (mini corner store), corner stores, restaurants and bars. Students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires should take advantage of the Argentine wines and spend sometime getting to know them.

If one had looked into the wine industry in Argentina 15 years ago, there would not have been to much to look at. Don’t mistake me, Argentina was producing wine, however, the wine seemed to only be circulating throughout Argentina, drank blissfully by its own residents. Spanish immersion students in Buenos Aires will notice that since then, the wine industry has changed, but most predominantly in the last 8 years; since the devalutation of the peso, exporting wine has become more economical as well as investing in vineyeards in Argentina. Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will haev a changce to see just how far the wine industry has come at this years Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition.

From 630pm until 12am, Sept 11-13, students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can head down to La Rural to discover, taste, and enjoy wines from throughout Argentina. More than 100 of Argentina’s bodegas (vineyards) will have representatives at La Rural, each showcasing wine from their own vineyards while giving the public information about the wine and offering wine tasters. This is a perfect way for students taking Spanish classes in Buenos Aires with Expanish to expand their Spanish skills in a fun filled event.

When not sampling wine, students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires can find out more about the specific wine regions, soils and terrains, tasting techniques, and cooking in Argentina. This is a great way to learn Spanish in Argentina as all representatives will be Spanish speaking adn would be happy to talk to the public about wine in Argentina.

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires can sign up for Vinos Bodegas Wine Exhibition, the largest wine exhibition in South America, right at the doors. Entrance is 35 pesos, including wine glass and free tasting throughout the event.

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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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