Today our blog was taken over by George who travelled with us to our incredible Spanish school in Buenos Aires.
Keep reading to find out how he got on!
“Hola. Una empanada, por favor”
“¿Qué tipo quieres?”
“…Ehhh… Sorry… Do you speak English?”
Thailand, Germany, and Australia are a few places that I have been but I knew the next adventure in my life would be somewhere in South America. I had a couple cities in mind but it only took me five minutes before I knew where I wanted to live. The culture and lifestyle of Buenos Aires was enticing and lured me in quickly. Some alluring aspects to Argentina were the mix of European and Latin American culture, together with the much-raved about aspects of the city itself (not to mention the rumors about how attractive the Argentine women were!).
After lots of research, I decided to take Spanish lessons with Apple Languages at their Plaza de Mayo school in the centre of Buenos Aires. My first day was like starting high school all over again. I was meeting so many people that I couldn’t remember all of their names. Everyone was in the same situation as myself; excited to be in Buenos Aires and experiencing something new.
First I wanted to study Spanish in Spain. Then suddenly I thought why not making an experience a bit further away? So changed my mind and went to Buenos Aires. There I took a Spanish course for 4 weeks.
I didn’t speak a word when I arrived. I had some basics, but that was all. I chose to live in a host family; there you have the possibility to speak the language the most. And it was just perfect! I had a lovely host mum and she really took care in speaking a lot with me. She was like my second family.
I studied Spanish only in High School, but not since then. So I thought it would be a great idea to take Spanish classes in South America. I decided to go to Argentina, because I wanted to experience the people and culture of Argentina. I was a bit nervous and very excited, curious about the people and culture.
I knew all of the stereotypes – Tango, soccer and meat eating. I have eaten a lot of meat, watched several Boca, River and Superclasico ‘futbol’ matches and have combined my Spanish course with Tango classes! In fact I spent one of my first afternoons in a Tango class organized by the school, dancing Tango with another student from the school. I was a bit unaccustomed to dancing so close and intimately, but it was funny, and obviously no problem once you got used to it!
Hi!.. In the beginning of January I decided to come down to South America to learn Spanish. I didn’t know which country.. I was looking for a place where I will would feel comfortable and where it would be easy to meet people and with lots to see and do… So, I booked a flight and in a couple of weeks I was in Argentina!
I’ve now been at the school for 9 weeks and it’s been simply great! The second week I was here, lots of us went to Iguazu Falls on a trip organized by the school. It was an amazing trip and the waterfalls were like nothing I had ever seen before!… right in the middle of a jungle and a really incredible sight.
I arrived to Buenos Aires 6 weeks ago, after a long journey from Japan, and when I got off the plane the only thing I could think was: I don’t know a word of Spanish!!
Luckily, I started my Spanish lessons that same Monday! At the beginning, I took group lessons, but I liked it so much that I decided to take additional individual lessons, plus volunteer work (arranged for me by the school). It was simply amazing how quickly I learnt the language!
At first, of course, I wasn’t able to understand a single word in Spanish but then bit by bit I started to understand more and more! It quickly became real fun to communicate with the locals, even with people who I’d never seen or talked to before! Argentinean people are really friendly, easygoing and always willing to give you a hand.
I arrived in Buenos Aires a week ago and started my Spanish course. I’m really happy with the home the school has chosen for me. All the people in the school are very friendly and kind. We had a great time, especially when we played football and visited the River Plate court field and the Chinese neighborhood. I’ve also eaten a lot of empanadas and bifes de chorizo in different restaurants!
Recoleta, where our Spanish Language School is located, is one of the most popular and premiere neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina. Recoleta is a fantastic area that becomes the greatest on weekends. It is a must for all tourists, and foreigners are very welcome; however, it is still undoubtedly an excellent place to meet locals while they enjoy the most important activities of their lives: drinking “mate” and dancing tango.
The whole area is surrounded by beautiful parks, all kind of shops (which have excellent prices), numerous restaurants and cafes, the cemetery and church in the middle next to the fine art museums and other cultural centers with varied programs.
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