Spanish School Peru: AMAUTA

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Spanish School AMAUTA in Cusco, Peru is the best place to learn Spanish in Peru. We provide in-depth Spanish lessons and a cultural immersion experience for everyone. Our students step outside of the Spanish classroom to enjoy the Peruvian culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru. During or after your Spanish lesson, you can, volunteer in Peru where you will really get the chance to improve your Spanish language skills and give back to the Peruvian community.

Here at the AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep our Spanish alumni, current and future students, and anyone who is interested in Peruvian and Latin American culture, the most relevant information about what is happening in Peru. We´ll post fun articles about our Spanish School in Peru, Tips to learn Spanish, how to get the most out of your Spanish classes in Cusco, advice on how to prepare for your trip to Peru, life in Cusco, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian festivals, what to do in Cusco, and much more.

After reading our blog, you’ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru! Hasta pronto!

Why visit Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires?

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Waarom een bezoek aan Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires?

Why visit Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires? When you are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the countless places you can to go. A definite must is a visit to the famous Grand Café Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo. This big café was selected as one of the ten most beautiful cafes in the world! Many say that Café Tortoni is a touristic attraction, which it is. However, still many porteños enjoy their daily café cortado. After reading the following reasons, you know why you must visit Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires at least once during your stay in the beautiful Argentine capital.  (more…)

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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De beste vegetarische restaurants in Buenos Aires

Check out the best Vegetarian Restaurants in Buenos Aires. While learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, you’ll get overloaded with meat, meat and more meat. This is what Argentines are mostly known for and it’s definitely one of their specialties. In case you’re a vegetarian, you might be scared that there won’t be any other good food. FALSE! Being a vegetarian in Buenos Aires won’t limit you to (vegetable) empanadas and salads. Buenos Aires is the perfect place to eat delicious vegetarian meals and you might even get blown away by the great variety that some restaurants offer. The following list shows a top five of the best vegetarian restaurants in Buenos Aires. Have a look and try it out yourself while visiting the beautiful capital of Argentina! (more…)

Shopping in Buenos Aires: the best shopping tips

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Winkelen in Buenos Aires: de beste winkel tips

Buenos Aires is a small piece of heaven for those who love to shop. You can shop till you drop in the Argentine capital that has thousands of stores at your disposal.  Some prices compare with those in Europe or USA but others are definitely lower.

Not all our Spanish students have a big budget for shopping but no worry, here in Buenos Aires it is great fun to just visit the stores as they take you to the different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires making it a great way to explore the city of Buenos Aires. Every shop seem to have its own style and every neighborhood, its own kind of shops. So grap your Buenos Aires city map or open the Buenos Aires app on your smart phone and here we go. We’ll reveal some of the city’s nicest shopping secrets.


The Argentine Sign Language

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Getting to know and to live the Argentine culture might be one of the goals during your stay in Buenos Aires besides improving your Spanish language skills. There is one thing you need to know before immersing yourself in Argentine culture; Argentines use a lot of sign language while conversing. When studying Spanish in Argentina, you won’t just learn the Spanish spoken language, you will also learn to interpret the “sign language’. And if you end up staying in Argentina long enough, you might even start using it yourself. Knowing about sign language might help you make new friends or communicating with your host family.

Argentines use their hands continuously to express themselves. For every emotion there is a particular gesture. In this blog we will inform you about the most import signs.

How to Prepare and Drink Mate as the Argentines

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Hoe drink je en maak je Mate klaar zoals de Argentijnen

Mate is a very popular drink in Argentina and you will see people drinking mate as soon as you arrive to Buenos Aires for your Spanish classes. Even if you don’t live with a host family but elsewhere (at one of our students residences in Buenos Aires, or in a hostel), you will see local people drinking mate. Where? Everywhere! 

Argentine people LOVE and ADORE mate and will drink it everywhere: at work, at home, on the streets in Buenos Aires, in the parks, alone, or with friends or relatives.

So it’s time for you now, as a Spanish student in Buenos Aires, to learn more about this incredible important tradition for the local people. You will learn how to prepare and how to drink Mate as the Argentines. (more…)

Celebrating 50 years of Mafalda

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Celebrating 50 years of Mafalda

This month, the Argentine Mafalda celebrates her 50th birthday. Even after so many years she still looks like a 6 year old child. No, Mafalda is not a person with some rare genetic disease, she is a cartoon character.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Mafalda is one of the most emblematic figures of Argentine culture. The comic strip ran from 1964 to 1973 and still she is a well known character in Argentina. Up till today you will find short cartoons of her in the Clarín newspaper. Malfalda represents the Argentinian middle class and she cynically reflects on society and everyday life. The 6 year old girl is intelligent and a bit of a smartass at times. She hates eating soup but loves discussing complex matters. Even to a point that her parents don’t know how to answer her difficult questions. Often she uses her intelligence to manipulate her parents into letting her do what she wants. But always she is righteous and wants to help her friends and family.

5 typical Argentinian sweet treats you must try!

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5 typical argentinian sweet treats

As you might have noticed, Argentina has an enormous selection of cookies, sweets, cakes and desserts. To give you an overview of the best sweet treats to try, we created a top 5:

  1. Dulce de Leche
    Dulce de Leche literally means “candy of milk.” This sweet, brown paste is made from condensed milk, sugar and baking powder, which is all slowly cooked together until it becomes a caramel paste. This heavenly sweet paste is mostly used as a spread on cakes, cookies, pancakes, ice-cream and other desserts. I recommend trying Dulce de Leche Ice-cream in one of the many heladerias (ice-cream shops). If you are a real sugar lover, you should go for Dulce de Leche Tentación. Warning: many students have become addicted to this paste.
  2. Alfajores
    These cookies are simply delicious! They exist in many different sizes and forms, which is only more reason to try them all! (Not all at once though, if you want to avoid a stomach ache.) These sandwich cookies are filled with dulce de leche, jam or chocolate mousse. They are often dusted in powdered sugar or have a chocolate or meringue coating. The one pictured is an Alfajor de Maicena and these are the ones you see in most panaderías (bakeries). The other famous alfajor is the Marplatense, which is covered in chocolate. You can find these sweet galletitas (cookies) in every bakery, supermarket or kiosco, and there are even special alfajores shops, such as Havanna.
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Argentine food: about Empanadas, Noquis, Tartas, Asado and Mate

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Argentijns eten: over Empanadas, Noquis, Tartas, Asado and Mate

Argentina is very famous for his amazing meat.” That was about all I knew about Argentine food when I arrived to Buenos Aires for my Spanish course.

But while learning Spanish in Buenos Aires with homestay, I learnt much about Argentina cuisine.  To start with, I saw that

Argentine people eat four times a day, instead of three. The first meal of the day is ‘el desayuno’ (the breakfast). Breakfast in Argentina is smaller than the usual American or European breakfast. The typical Argentine breakfast is a cafe or a ‘mate’, the typical Argentine caffeine-rich kind of herb tea, with a medialuna (a croissant) or toast, served with mermelade or dulce the leche (caramel-like substance).

Argentine Spanish and 7 typical Argentine words

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Living and experiencing argentine

Argentine Spanish and 7 typical Argentine words

As I studied Spanish in Spain for almost a year before my stay in Buenos Aires, I speak Spanish with a “Spanish” accent.

When choosing where to do my internship, I chose Argentina. I had always been curious about the Argentine culture and I would be immersed in good, clear and slow Spanish, that’s what I thought. The moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I realized how wrong I was! I arrived to a country with a totally different “Spanish”, not clear, good and slow at all! As a way of surviving and out of interested – I started to analyze the Argentine Spanish most Argentine people are so proud off. And now I love it too!

One of the major causes of the different Spanish is the history of the country: except for the Spanish immigrants, in Argentina mainly Italian immigrants arrived, millions of them. And all those immigrants created their own “Spanish”, a kind of “Spatalian”. That’s how the Spanish language of the conquistadores was turned into that new language, with that typical ‘Argentine sound’.

Football Guide for Spanish students in Buenos Aires

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Voetbalgids voor Spaanse studenten in Buenos Aires

Some may think football (soccer) is a sport, but for the residents of Buenos Aires (Argentina), it is so much more than just a sport: it’s more of a religion!

Coming from a different country and just having arrived to Buenos Aires to start my Spanish courses at AMAUTA, I was taken to football game. All on a sudden I found myself in the middle of the die hard fans, being the only guy in the whole stadium not wearing the T-shirt of the Club! I have seen many football matches in my life, in different countries, but this experience was totally new. In Argentina the die-hard fans – called the Barra Brava – sang and partied for the entire 90 minutes of the game!

Of course not all people attend the games in the stadiums; many people watch from the television with the entire family. Throughout the week you can always find football games running on many channels.

Especially on Sundays millions of people enjoy the games happening. My local friends here told me that if a family member switches teams, this can cause rifts in the family, possibly even leading to divorce! And be careful not to make jokes about a team in front of a supporter; this could land you in some serious trouble as it’s likely to be taken seriously.