13 May 2010
There can be no doubt about it, learning a language is best achieved when combined with something that interests you. As exciting as grappling with the intricacies of say the subjunctive tense might be, lets be honest, it feels a damn lot better to use what you already know, learn something interesting and in doing so, expand your Spanish.
Ghandi once said 'No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive'. Well it seems this spirit continues today with the fine Spanish schools of Buenos Aires. Here in the jewel fortress of the Río de la Plata schools are falling over each other in a race to create new interesting courses that combine culture with Spanish for us intermediate and advance students. In this blog I will touch upon some of the more interesting offerings currently being offered by schools here.
Most exciting, is a new course in the culture of Argentina by Elebaries Spanish school. The course costs US$75 and includes a healthy 16 hours of classes that cover much of what the Argentinian and Porteño identity is built upon. Subjects include: tango, lunfardo, historically important figures, Argentinian literature and Argentinian cinema. While super cheap, I have been reliably informed that the Maria Laura and her team have cut no corners.
The classes are specifically aimed at Intermediate and advanced Spanish students and the speakers will all be experts (of the Spanish teacher variety) in their subject of discussion. The course starts on the 17th of May at 18.30 down at the school on Avenida de Mayo. The event will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet other expats and Spanish students with a similar ability to you. You can book your place in this, what is sure to be a booked out, course by going to http://www.catchthelingo.com/learn-spanish-abroad/elebaires/courses#3724. Also you can find the exact location of the school here.
Away from elebaries, VOS Buenos Aires is by some considered to be almost an authority on teaching culture to foreign students. These good people, based in posh Recoleta run extra classes on culture and dance pretty much every week. You can check out their profile here. http://www.catchthelingo.com/learn-spanish-abroad/vos-club-cultural-del-espaol-en-buenos-aires
Finally Bue Spanish, located in the chilled-out district of Belgrano offer professionaly taught tango classes alongside their exceptionally well priced intensive course.. check them out here http://www.catchthelingo.com/learn-spanish-abroad/buespanish
So there you go folks, just because we are ignorant does't mean you have to be. We have laid the path of hope firmly before your eyes. You can't blame the fact that walking tours require exercise, bus tours are boring.or books are for people with too much time any more. Drop that Quilmes, leave the sofa and stop talking to the guy who works in the hostel...
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