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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.
Typical Spanish words to use in Buenos Aires: Qué Buena Onda!!
When in Buenos Aires, our newly arrived Spanish students who registered for a Spanish course in Buenos Aires, encounter the typical accent of the Argentine people who live there: the Porteños and the Porteñas. Over the years, the city of Buenos Aires has developed its own language, filled with “strange” Spanish words and a lot of slang. Moreover, the Spanish speakers of Buenos Aires are known for their constant chatter. Therefore, to get fully integrated into the Argentine culture, you might want to know some of those typical Argentine words or expressions that are used in this multicultural city! The following is a list of the most important and most used typical words and phrases by the Argentine people in Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires: The Capital of Ice Cream
All our Spanish students know it, from their first day in the Argentine capital on: Buenos Aires is the capital of Ice Cream and a Haven for a Sweet Tooth!
Buenos Aires is famous for its gastronomy in general, and specially for the desserts, sweets and ice creams. And thus you will find loads of cafés, pastry shops and ice cream shops (heladerías) in this city. At most of these places, you will encounter the most delicious flavors. Buenos Aires is known for its high quality ice cream and it forms an important aspect of Argentine culture, since the Italian immigration during the 19th century. One of the favorite, typical Argentine flavors of many Spanish students at our school, is the famous “Dulce de leche”! This typical, (very) sweet ingredient is used in many cakes, pies, cookies and whatever sweet dish you can find in Argentina.
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.
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.