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!

How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

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How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

How the Altitude in Cusco will affect your body when learning Spanish in Cusco

It is one of the Frequently Asked Questions for the AMAUTA course counsellors from students that have registered for one of our Spanish courses in Peru: how will the altitude in Cusco affect my body?

Will I get soroche, altitude sickness? Will I be bothered by the altitude? Will I be strong enough to live and learn Spanish in Cusco at 3400 meters above sea level? And what should I do to avoid soroche?

Fortunately, we can always confirm that the altitude is hardly ever a problem for our Spanish students*. (more…)

Learning Spanish for Adults: Four Foolproof Methods

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10Jan
: Learning Spanish for Adults: Four Foolproof Methods

Learning Spanish for Adults: Four Foolproof Methods

Learning Spanish is a rewarding challenge. It opens the doors to communication with 500 million speakers in 21 countries across the globe. Speaking another language is a hugely useful skill if you plan on traveling abroad, but studying Spanish also comes with a wide range of other unexpected benefits.

But if you’re looking at learning Spanish as an adult, you might feel that it’s more than an uphill battle. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?

Well, not exactly. Not only is it possible to become fluent in Spanish as an adult, but there is a range of ways of doing so – with some far more effective than others. Let’s find out exactly what they are. (more…)

11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley

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11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley, Peru

11 Must-Visit Sites & Things to Do in the Sacred Valley

Just an hour’s drive from Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru is named after its importance to the Inca, whose ruined citadels and former agricultural terraces are dotted along the valley’s course.

It’s an awe-inspiring place to visit, flanked by serrated mountains and lush with corn that grows beside the Río Urubamba that flows right along the valley floor. For any visitor to Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is an unmissable spot on your trip to Peru.

Avoid just passing through on the way to the epic Inca fortress of Machu Picchu and instead spend a few days exploring one of Peru’s largest and most dynamic artisan markets (more…)

Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

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27Nov
Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

Spanish for Travelers: 68 Essential Travel Phrases To Know

Heading on a trip to South America this year and want to make sure you don’t make yourself and those around you completely confused? Having a toolkit of invaluable travel sayings at your disposal will ensure your plans don’t go awry and it’s for that purpose we’ve put together this Spanish for travelers guide.

The 68 travel phrases have a particular focus on South America, where expressions sometimes have a distinctly different character than in Spain.

We’ve broken down these Spanish travel phrases into topic areas to ensure that, regardless of the situation, you’ve got a phrase at your disposal. If you want to go even further into learning Spanish ahead of your trip to South America (more…)

The Six most Unmissable Places to Learn Spanish in South America

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06Nov
The Six Most Unmissable Places to Learn Spanish in South America

The Six Most Unmissable Places to Learn Spanish in South America

One of the easiest ways to pick up a new language is by studying abroad, where you have every opportunity to put your new linguistic

skills to the test. Although Spain might seem like the obvious choice, the best place to learn Spanish is actually South America.

Not only are Spanish language classes affordable, local accents are comprehensible and you also get the chance to explore a new continent.

But it’s a big place to choose from, so that’s why we’ve put together this run down of the six most unmissable places to learn Spanish in South America.
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7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish

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26Sep
The 7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish If You Like to Travel

7 Extraordinary Benefits of Learning Spanish

Whether you’re looking to travel to Peru or other parts of South America or you’re just lining up your next challenge, studying a second language is a valuable thing to do. The benefits of learning Spanish, particularly if you have designs on travel, can’t be understated.

If you’re looking for more inspiration for why you should learn Spanish, read on as we take you through the seven main benefits of picking up this beautiful language up. Don’t  hesitate any  longer and start learning Spanish right away!

Studying Spanish makes travelling abroad a whole lot easier

If you’ve yet to embark upon a journey through South America (more…)

The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

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23Aug
The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

The best way to learn Spanish: 8 scientifically-backed methods

Is Spanish easy to learn? What’s the quickest way to learn Spanish? What is the best way to learn Spanish?

These are just some of the questions that you asked yourself – and the internet – when you first started learning Spanish. There are plenty of ways that you can study Spanish – and plenty of debate around their effectiveness. But which are actually work?

 

Is it possible to learn Spanish in a month?

Before we begin, let’s put to bed a question that touches the lips of a lot of first-time language learners: is it possible learn Spanish (or any other language) in a month? (more…)

Speed up your Spanish Conversations with locals in Peru

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28Mar
Speed up your Spanish Conversations with locals in Peru

Speed up your Spanish Conversations with locals in Peru

Our Spanish teaches in Cusco made a list with words in Spanish with a double or even multiple meaning. Many people learning Spanish in Peru struggle with those words, especially in daily conversations. Multiple meaning words can be quite a challenge: there are spelled and pronounced exactly the same but………the meaning is totally different.

With our list of words in Spanish with a double meaning, you don’t have to worry anymore about your conversations with the local Peruvians, or with your host mum in Cusco! No more embarrassing (or funny) situations because you “missed’ a small detail…. Like for example not being sure if you were talking about animals or flames! 🙂 (more…)

Spanish Lessons in Peru with fun fieldtrips

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11Mar
Spanish Lessons in Peru with fun fieldtrips

Spanish Lessons in Peru with fun fieldtrips

One of the things I enjoyed most during my Spanish lessons in Cusco (Peru), are the field trips. Learning Spanish in Peru is a great way to improve your Spanish quickly: during the four hours per day in small groups with my teacher, I spoken more Spanish than I’d ever done during my Spanish course home.

But the best opportunities to practice Spanish, to learn about Peruvian culture and to explore Cusco, were the field trips organized by AMAUTA. During one of those trips we went to the Qolwanpata Inca Park in Cusco. Here you can read my report of my Spanish lessons in Peru with fun field trips. (more…)

Spanish Immersion in Peru: exploring Cusco

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09Feb
Spanish Immersion in Peru: a visit to the Cusco Cemetry

Spanish Immersion in Peru: exploring Cusco

Reflections on a Field Trip to the Almudena Cemetery with our Spanish Teacher

A trip to a cemetery may not be everyone’s idea of an uplifting experience. I love cemeteries of all kinds, so when my the teacher of my Spanish Course in Cusco tells us that for our field trip today, we will be walking to the cemetery, I am curious, and, a little excited. I am imagining grey slabs of stones etched with dates and epitaphs, in rows, some new, some covered with moss. This would, itself, be interesting enough.

When we arrive, however, I can see why the Almudena Cemetery—Cementario General de Almudena—has been described as “the happiest place in Cusco.” (more…)