Hola! Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish School blog!
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!
Did you know that 480 million people speak Spanish worldwide? This makes Spanish the second most widely spoken language worldwide, behind Mandarin (and followed by English). Spanish is also considered the most popular language for people to learn! According to science, it takes just 588 hours on average to learn Spanish (compared to 2,200 for Mandarin). So far so good. But here comes the bad news… Read on to understand How Not to Lose your Motivation when Learning Spanish.
So here comes the bad news.. ..Did you know that almost two-thirds of language learners give up during the first three months?
Have you always wanted to start learning the Spanish language? Practice your Spanish with Youtube! Spanish lessons on YouTube offer a wide selection of options. Choose from hundreds of channels with Spanish for beginner, intermediate or advanced Spanish learning.
We have compiled a list of 12 best YouTube channels to learn Spanish to make your life easier! The channels are not listed in any order of preference, so please try each of them out to see what works best for you!
All of these selections can be both a benefit and a downfall. (more…)
Did you just finish high school and are you uncertain about what to do next? Do you need a break from studying and want to explore the world?
There are many gap year programs to choose from and you might have some great gap year ideas. Keep reading and find out why Peru is the Perfect Destination for your Gap Year!
Peru is a diverse country with many different climates and environments. Go trekking in the Andean mountains or rafting, or quad riding (more…)
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…)
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…)
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!
If you’ve yet to embark upon a journey through South America (more…)
The idea of cultural relativism can be beneficial when traveling to a new country. Especially when you go with the goal of learning the Spanish language and be immersed in the local culture, being flexible is a helpful skill. If you are on a Cultural Spanish Language immersion program in Peru, you want to do so with an open mind.
However, in spite of our best intentions to appreciate a different way of doing things, our natural inclination can sometimes be to get annoyed by certain things or at least laugh at what we are experiencing. Without a doubt, this happens to Spanish students in Peru too; just, because some things are too funny. 🙂
One of the things our students always love about Peru during the time they are learning Spanish in Peru, is the great variety of vegetables and fruits, and the high quality of food in general. No wonder, as Peru is one of the booming cuisines worldwide for several years now.
Since the country has so many different landscapes and climates, there is a great variety of vegetation. The fruit stalls in the markets in Cusco are, therefore, a beautiful and colorful exposition.
Aguaymanto, Chiromoya, Tumbo and Tuna
Some of the beautiful Peruvian fruits, will not easily be found elsewhere. Typical Peruvian fruits are, for instance: aguaymanto (goldenberry), chirimoya, tumbo, and tuna (or cactus fruit). (more…)
Hola! Yo soy Sarah de los Estados Unidos.
I studied Spanish for six weeks at AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, and during my time here, my Spanish improved a lot. When I arrived in Peru, I tested into an intermediate level, but I don´t really know how much Spanish I truly knew. Now I am finishing with an advanced level. I feel that I learned so much from my teachers at AMAUTA—so many new Spanish words, Spanish phrases and and new tenses!
Out of the classroom
I loved how much variety I experienced in my Spanish classes. Every week I had two different teachers, and so I got to experience a bunch of different teaching styles. (more…)
If you’re learning Spanish in Cusco, for sure, you love to visit the many local cafes, bars, and restaurants in this lovely small town high up in the Andes. There are many to choose from. Some are more popular than others; some have a great view of the Plaza de Armas, others a bit cheaper, have delicious local Peruvian pastries and desserts… I was curious to know: what are the nicest cafes with the best coffee in Cusco? It took me actually while to find out. But now that I’m in my fifth week of Spanish studies at AMAUTA Peru, I think I know 🙂 . And I’m ready to tell you where to find the nicest cafes with the best coffee in Cusco!
When I first arrived in Cusco, I knew that Peru produces a lot of good coffee beans. (more…)