Hola! Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!
At our Spanish Schools in Cusco and Buenos Aires, we provide the best Spanish courses and cultural immersion experiences for our students. We encourage our students to step outside of the Spanish classroom, to enjoy the local culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru and Argentina. During or after finishing your Spanish course, we greatly encourage participation in our volunteer program in Cusco or Buenos Aires, where you will really get the chance to practice and improve your Spanish language skills and give back to local community.
Here at our AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep you posted about what is happening out our Spanish schools, as well as what´s going on in and around the cities of Cusco and Buenos Aires. We´ll also post fun articles about Peruvian and Argentinian culture, cuisine, local fiestas, what to see in Cusco, & where to go in Buenos Aires, etc.
We´ll include advice about which weekend excursions to sign up for and which free cultural activities are available. And after reading our section of student reports, you´ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco and Buenos Aires.
Debbie Smets was only with us at AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, Peru for 3 weeks, but she accomplished a lot within her short time here. Debbie begin her time with us taking Spanish classes for one week along with some private, Peruvian music classes, and continued to take private Spanish lessons during her two weeks of volunteer work in Cusco to improve her speaking abilities. Debbie is from Belgium and before coming to Peru she collected a large amount of money from friends and family to give to her volunteer project. With this money she was able to buy a lot of much needed materials for this small after-school program, including: paper and books for origami, fun games like Twister and Jenga, puzzles, and wooden blocks.
The volunteer project was so grateful and they showed their appreciation by giving Debbie a cute bracelet and a very nice book about Peru. Debbie said the teacher and kids were so thankful. “The professor really appreciated my donations and also the kids are so happy because now they can play some other games.”
Time flies when you are having fun! It’s true! Six weeks of Spanish classes in Peru have flown by. At the end of July I arrived in Cusco for the first time. Impressed by the amazing views, the altitude, and the number of people I had to get used to this new city. Now, weeks later, it has become a genuine home to me. I got to know so many people; my classmates, my Spanish professors, the people working at AMAUTA Spanish School and even random people in the streets of Cusco. I got to know where to find cheap places to eat out, I learned which shops will try to rip me off and therefor to avoid. I experienced Cusco’s nightlife, the events happening at Plaza de Armas at an almost daily base, but most of all I learned the Spanish language!
Last week I took an exam. Above the exam was written nivel avanzado (advanced level). I was proud to read that I apparently have an advanced level of Spanish. For years I doubted to take Spanish classes. I once took an 8 class course at home. Not much came out of that. Now years later, I decided to really go for it. I started following at AMAUTA Spanish School. Four hours every day. Now, 120 hours of classes later, I learned all the grammatical rules. Of course my Spanish is not perfect yet. I need to work on my vocabulary and practice a lot more with all the Spanish grammar. But at least I know what the rules are.
Arriving in Buenos Aires as a Spanish student you might feel a bit lost and overwhelmed by this big city. Of course the AMAUTA Student Service Coordinator can help you out. No question is crazy enough for our staff in Argentina. Also the host mum of your host family can tell you more about the ins and outs of Buenos Aires. Or, if you are not living with a host family but in the student residence in Buenos Aires, your fellow students are always willing to answer your questions. Getting prepared also involves a lot of reading about Buenos Aires. This link: http://www.dosmanosargentina.com/travelargentina/travel-tips/ Once ready to get your volunteer project or Spanish classes in Buenos Aires started and explore the city on your own, there are a number of apps that will help you making your stay in Buenos Aires as pleasant as possible.
* BA Cómo llego:
This application shows how you can move from a to b with every possible way of transportation: train, bus, subway, car, bicycle and walking. Recommended!
* Buenos Aires City Guide (TripAdvisor)
This is an application that will guide you through Buenos Aires. You will find restaurants, attractions, hotels and more in this app. A great thing about this app is that it can also be used offline. It shows exactly where you are and if you are close to a good restaurant for instance.
AMAUTA Spanish School and its volunteers in Peru had the opportunity to take part in an anniversary celebration with one of our volunteer projects in Cusco. It was a big event with lots of typical dance, great Peruvian food, and wonderful people. The AMAUTA volunteers were treated as special guest and allowed to sit in some of the best seats. This project – a school – loves its volunteers as they help out in various areas, such as, physical education, art, English, and math. The volunteers also enjoyed watching the dances up-close and learned from this new cultural experience.
After signing up for your Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires it is time to start preparing your trip to Argentina. This is half the fun! Here are 5 usefull tips about how to best prepare your stay in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires.
1. Did you think you already knew quite some Spanish? Think again! Argentine Spanish is a bit different. The ‘sh’, ‘ll’ and ‘y’ are pronounced as ‘sh’ in “shop”. So instead of saying “yo me llamo” (my name is), Argentinans will say: Sho me shamo. It will be written the same though.