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Choosing a Spanish course is probably going to be the first thing you look at when embarking on your quest to learn a new language. And while there are plenty of options to choose from, what you decide is going to depend on what your individual experience and what your goals are for the future! Are you wanting to learn Spanish to travel? Or are you wanting to make conversation? Have you taken Spanish lessons before, or is your experience limited yo what you've picked up on Duolingo? It's all relevant to what you decide to do!

For starters, if you're taking Spanish to travel, you might find yourself constrained by budget and time. That's why many travelers I've encountered around Latin America have generally opted for the intensive group classes option. These generally involve 15-20 hours a week in group, which allows you to practice interacting with other students and your teacher. These classes are basically your crash course, going over your important phrases that have to do with accommodation, food and transport, as well as the beginnings of the grammar that will become oh so important the more you delve into this new world of Spanish.

Travelers looking for that added extra ―or those limited to only one week of lessons― also often opt for the extra intense option, combining group classes with an additional of private lessons per day. This is a good way of getting that background basic knowledge and then having the teachers help to practice any parts of your lessons you are struggling with. 

Then again, if you're thinking at living in Buenos Aires and learning Spanish while working and exploring the city, you might want to take the more tranquil option ―this has certainly been my preference. Each day I take an hour and a halph of private lessons, giving me a total of 7.5 hours per week. In my opinion, this is also a great strategy for anyone beginning to progress to an intermediate level, since it allows you to practice your conversation more and focus on those frustrating tenses you can't quite get!

Whatever your decision, be sure to pick a good Spanish school for your studies with a teacher that matches your needs! 

By Aaron Hodges

Buenos Aires is a wild and wonderful place with plenty to see and do, whether you live here for a long time or you are just visiting! One of my favourite ways to explore the city when I first arrived was the multitude of walking tours available all around the place. These are a great way of getting your feet on the ground and exploring all the monuments, grand palaces and amazing architecture this city has to offer ―while also hearing about the diverse history of Buenos Aires.

These tours are often free (with a tip given to the guide at the end) and run each day. You'll probably want to start with the free walking tour of Microcentro, which usually starts at the Congress building and heads on through to Plaza de Mayo ―with a dozen or more stops along the way to hear all about the people who built the amazing buildings in downtown Buenos Aires. 

From there you cannot miss the free walking tour of Recoleta. Starting from Teatro Colón, this tour can take up to four hours, as the guides take you through the history of how this barrio came to become one of the richest parts of Buenos Aires. There are literal palaces all through this part of town and the tour ends in the famous Recoleta cemetery, where there are a ton of walking tours available! I haven't taken this trip yet, but I've heard it's the best way to learn all about the generations of wealthy porteños buried in the ground!

Finally, the last main walking tour you'll find is the free tour of La Boca ―the original port area of Buenos Aires. With a slightly less savoury reputation, this is definitely the best way to safely explore the rich history of La Boca and the neighbourhood's connection to the tango! Football fans will also get a taste of the porteño passion for the world sport, with the tour finishing at the famous La Boca  stadium.

Those are just a few of the tours on offer around Buenos Aires, but there are a ton of others for the savvy explorer. These three free options don't even touch of Palermo, another fantastic barrio you will no doubt want to explore as well. But of course, if you want to get the stories direct from the locals while walking in the streets, you'll need to knuckle down with your Spanish lessons so you can keep up with the conversation!

By Aaron Hodges 

By Aaron Hodges

There are so many places to study Spanish in the world, but Buenos Aires was one of the top locations of my list right from the start. Having already completed a couple of weeks in Guatemala, and a three week course in Tulum, Mexico, I had a pretty good idea of what I didn't want. While both those locations were stunning in their own way, I eventually decided they weren't such great places to actually live ―at least not until my Spanish gets a lot better! With most visitors only staying a week and most of the locals speaking only Spanish, an extended stay may become slightly lonely.

So I decided I would need a truly international city to live and study. The three cities that made the top of my list were Barcelona, Spain (because I love the beach and Europe), Santiago, Chile (because I like mountains), and of course, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Having been to each of these cities in the past, I Knew a little about them already, but I was sure to make my research before my final decision. The first thing I was told by multiple people was that Chilean Spanish is quite different and can be difficult to understand even for native Spanish speakers. Whether this is true or not I cannot say just yet (I'll have to visit them when I'm fluent), but the warning was enough for Santiago to take the bottom podium. 

A visit to Barcelona during the summer was also helpful in taking Spain itself off the list. I was unlucky enough to be in Barcelona during the heatwave of 2018. After experiencing temperatures upwards of 40C, I decided the city wasn't for me, although I'd love to visit again in the future!

That left Buenos Aires the default choice ―but of course it also has many positives that made the choice even easier. For starters, the city has a thriving expat community and friendly locals that are quick to invite you to drinks and to share mate (a local drink). With the economy struggling right now the currency is also favorable for overseas visitors, with the average pint costing between 2-3 USD at the bar, cheap accommodation, and great food. Plus the weather is reasonably mild (so far).

And with Argentina stretching from the deserts to the north, the jungles to the east, and the mountains and fiords to the south, there'll be plenty to do on your long weekends or weeks off! I'm even hoping to escape the city for a week on a ski trip sometime in the next month!

 

During National Holidays, the school will remain closed. Yet, the 50% of the time lost because of the holidays will be rescheduled. 

Segundo semestre 2019

8 y 9 de julio:

El 9 de julio es el Día de la Independencia. Estes año, se suma el 8 de julio para formar un fin de semana largo o turístico.

 

19 de agosto:

El 17 de agosto se conmemora al General José de San Martín. El feriado se traslada al 19 de agosto para formar un fin de semana largo o turístico.

 

14 de octubre: 

El 12 de octubre es el Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural. El feriado se traslada al 14 de octubre, y el fin de semana es fin de semana largo.

 

El 18 de noviembre se celebra el Día de la Soberanía Nacional. 

 

El 8 de diciembre se celebra el Día de la Inmaculada Concepción de la Virgen María.

El 25 de diciembre se celebra Navidad.

By Sarah Prather

Beyond the practical benefits of studying the local language (despite Argentina's thriving tourist industry one cannot always find an English speaker), taking Spanish classes yields a deeper understanding of its rich culture and the natives' unique way of thinking. Even at the most basic level, a traveler can enjoy deeper insight. I had taken a few Spanish classes before coming to Buenos Aires, and will never forget the first thing I learned about the language: "to be" does not translate directly. Spanish speakers distinguish between being in a permanent sense (ser), and being for a limited time or under mutable conditions (estar). This discovery absolutely fascinated me because no native English speaker I know (or speakers of other languages without that distinction, such as French) thinks to differentiate between the two: to us, a thing simply is or it is not. After all, Shakespeare's famous line is "To be or not to be" and not "To ser or to estar".

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