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.
Romantic Key Phrases in Spanish
Valentine´s Day is just around the corner and for you all you Spanish language learners out there, and especially for our students learning Spanish in Peru, this is the perfect opportunity to practice this beautiful language to impress that special someone.
If you are lost on where to even begin, don´t worry. We have the perfect guide to help you learn a few Romantic Key Phrases in Spanish to flirt, or as they say in Spanish, coquetear.
First off, let´s start with some basics on how to introduce yourself.
Typical Argentine Music: 11 Songs in Spanish You Must Hear!
Susanne has been living and learning Spanish in Argentina for a couple of months and she loves the Argentine capital. “I have followed Spanish classes in Buenos Aires at AMAUTA and it has been amazing”, she says. “My Spanish has improved a lot. I love the location, and I love Buenos Aires. The city has so many things to offer and I love Argentine culture. In this blog, I will tell you more about Argentine culture and specifically, about Argentine music. Did you know that music is a great way to practise your Spanish skills? With Argentine accent of course. I really love Argentina music and I’m happy to share this list* of 11 Songs in Spanish you Must Hear with you!”
As strange as it may seem, Argentina is not all about food, but is about music as well! Throughout history, this country has produced some amazing musicians and artists. People are still playing songs from the “old” days in Argentina, when they created new ideas and opened up new worlds. It was similar to the influence that music has today, when musical styles like cumbia or pop music impact the public and their lifestyle. (more…)
What to do Weekend Trip to Uruguay
If you are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, make sure you program a day (or longer) for a visit to Uruguay. Especially Colonia del Sacramento, a charming colonial town, should be on top of your list. Colonia is located just an hour away by ferry from Buenos Aires. From here, you can take the bus to the Uruguayan capital city Montevideo, just three hours away.
So if you are looking for a nice tour on your What to do in Buenos Aires listing, make sure you do not forget Colonia nor Montevideo. Uruguayans are very friendly people, the landscape is beautiful and serene and the Uruguayan food (fresh from the sea) is amazing! Why miss the chance of seeing this magnificent country? A weekend trip to Uruguay can be easily arranged, for example at the administration of our Spanish School in Buenos Aires, and will be an unforgettable experience! Below, you will find an example itinerary of what to do in a weekend in Uruguay. (more…)
15 tips to getting a head start on your Spanish before arriving to Peru
Many people believe that it is difficult to practice Spanish without being in a Spanish-speaking country and without doing a formal Spanish course. However, that is an incorrect assumption. AMAUTA Spanish School has made this list with 15 study tips to getting a head start on your Spanish before arriving to Peru or Argentina for your Spanish immersion Program!
Get an app or program to start learning Spanish phrases.
There are countless apps and programs out there for people who want to learn a language in a more independent, convenient way. Depending on your preferences and goals, pick one of these apps and get started. (more…)
Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!
In Argentina, Halloween is called “Noche de Brujas” and even though the country is not known for extravagant Halloween celebrantions, people are still dressing up in Vampire and Zombie costumes. The capital city of Buenos Aires hosts many Halloween parties and events that are all about enjoying and celebrating this scary thrill. Buenos Aires holds a large number of foreigners residents – among them students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, volunteers and expats – and travellers! Most of them are more than interested in celebrating this international day and having some fun. We made a list of a few parties on this freaky Friday (and Thursday)!! Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!
Halloween and Cancion Criolla: celebrating October 31 in Peru!
So, do you celebrate Halloween in Peru? Yes and No! On the 31st of October, our students learning Spanish in Peru, can take part in two different kinds of celebrations in Peru: the typical Halloween celebration, as we know it from North America, and the ¨Día de la Canción Criolla¨.
Halloween, as it is celebrated in the US, is becoming more and more popular in Peru. We call it “Noche de Brujas”. It has not yet risen to this special kind of enthusiasm, where people plan out their night and even more importantly their costumes for weeks and decorate their houses with all kinds of creepy creatures – but we celebrate two crucial elements of US Halloween in Peru: Trick or Treating and of course: parties!
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.
Tango Dancing in La Catedral Buenos Aires.
Would you like to learn to dance the Tango as a real porteñ@! How? Read it here in this blog about Tango Dancing in Buenos Aires.
There are many reasons for visiting the stunning Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Learning Spanish (more about Spanish classes in Buenos Aires) is definitely one; but learn How to Dance Tango is definitely another good reason!
Buenos Aires has an enormous offer of tango shows, tango clubs and tango classes throughout the city. It does not really matter where you go, dancing the tango is always a lot of fun and the quality of tango dancing is, generally spoken, very high in in Buenos Aires.
Get Involved in Sports while Learning Spanish in Cusco!
After you’ve chosen Peru as the perfect destination for your Spanish Course in Cusco and you’ve registered for your classes at AMAUTA, you will start preparing your trip to Peru. Cusco is an amazing city and there is loads of info on the internet about what to do in Cusco.
If you are an active person who love sports, you might be interested in the sporting opportunities that Cusco offers. For all the athletes among us, we have prepared this list with a pretty big variety of sporting activities to get involved in while living in Cusco.
First, there is a large complex called “El Coliseo”. Here you can find many different sports to play. The Coliseo is located close to the center, just off the main avenue (Avenida de la Cultura) across from the University. If you are looking to play the most popular sports in Cusco, there is a field to play soccer and an indoor gym for volleyball. (more…)
Brush Up your Spanish – Spanish Course for Travelers in Peru
How to get the real travel experience!
Brush up your Spanish
If you are traveling in Peru – or: in Bolivia, Ecuador or Chile, and will be heading to Peru – this is your chance!
Come to Cusco and Brush Up your Spanish skills in our special course for Travelers!
This is the perfect way to get the real travel experience and make the most out of your travels in South-America!
Being Able to Speak Spanish makes a Huge Difference
Is your first question when interacting with local people always “Hablas inglés” or “Do you speak English”? Do you feel uncomfortable communicating with the local people when ordering a plate, asking for prices, hiring a guide or contracting a tour? What about negotiating with the taxi driver (because you know he is overcharging…)? Wouldn’t it be great to actually be able to express yourself stop relying on your travel mates that speak Spanish better than you?