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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.  

How to celebrate Halloween in Buenos Aires

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Wednesday October 28, 2015 - Posted by
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Cómo celebrar Halloween en Buenos Aires

As in other countries, Halloween is celebrated in Buenos Aires on the 31st of October. Originally, it was celebrated only in Great-Britain, but after large groups of Irish and Scottish immigrants moved to the United States, it also became popular in America.

In Buenos Aires, Halloween (or Noche de Brujas in Spanish) is not particularly big. You won’t find kids trick-or-treating in Buenos Aires and you won’t see big cobwebs in all the stores. Though, there is a lot to do on Halloween night. Luckily, clubs and bars organise Halloween events so all of us that are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, can wear our favourite costume and party till dawn. (more…)

Tips for visiting Tigre, Buenos Aires.

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Monday October 19, 2015 - Posted by
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Tips for visiting Tigre, Buenos Aires.

Tigre is a small town in the province of Buenos Aires. It is located to the north of the city of Buenos Aires. Tigre is located next to the Paraná Delta. It is an important tourist attraction, a perfect daytrip. So I definitely recommend it to our Spanish students in Buenos Aires. Read this Quick Guide Tips to Visit Tigre and you will be fully prepared.

How to get to Tigre?

It is very easy to get to Tigre from the city of Buenos Aires by bus, train or even by boat. (more…)

Peter’s experience with the Medical Spanish Program in Cusco

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Wednesday October 07, 2015 - Posted by
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Peter’s experience with the Medical Spanish Program in Cusco

After working for several years as a pediatrician in his native Ireland, Dr. Peter McCarthy decided to spend some time volunteering at a hospital in Lima. First, however, he needed to learn some Spanish and familiarize himself with the Peruvian health care system. Peter says that his experience at AMAUTA in Cusco was the perfect foundation for the work he is now doing in Lima. Here’s his story…

With no previous knowledge of Spanish, Peter began his studies at AMAUTA with two weeks of Spanish group classes in Cusco. In these classes he learned the basic building blocks of Spanish grammar, a foundation he would later build on as his course progressed. Interacting with professors and other students on a regular basis, he became more comfortable with using Spanish to discuss normal, every-day situations, problems, and questions. (more…)

Peruvian Spanish: the Many Translations of the Word “Ok”

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Friday October 02, 2015 - Posted by
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Peruvian Spanish: the Many Translations of the Word “Ok”

Peruvian Spanish: the Many Translations of the Word “Ok” . During my first few days in Peru, I realized that I used the English word “Okay” quite frequently. It only took a few more days to realize, however, that its many uses and innuendos have little meaning in Peruvian Spanish. Thankfully, in the last few weeks, I’ve discovered some handy Spanish words to use in place of my generic “Okay.” Here’s a brief guide of some words you can use instead of “ok” while you’re studying Spanish in Cusco or travelling in Peru.” (more…)

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

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Thursday October 01, 2015 - Posted by
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7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try.

Argentina is known for its meat and its steaks, but that’s not all Argentina has to offer, as I quickly found out upon starting my Spanish course in Buenos Aires. There is much more! Here are some typical Argentine snacks and drinks you must try.

Alfajor

An alfajor is an amazing cookie. Alfajores come in different flavours and styles, but it basically consists of two cookies with dulce de leche trapped in between. Some are then covered in glaced sugar or chocolate. Argentina is world’s largest consumer of alfajores. (more…)