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.
Most people who want to speak Spanish start by taking Spanish classes in their home country. They will study the formal aspects of the Spanish language: conjugations, basic vocabulary, Spanish grammar…. But once these are learned, you may find yourself traveling to a Spanish-speaking country such as Peru and realize that the local slang can be almost as important! For the students taking Spanish classes in Peru, we have compiled this list with ten pieces of Peruvian slang or ‘jerga’. We think it will be handy during your experience learning Spanish in Peru. This is the Peruvian Slang you Must Know! (more…)
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?
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?
In a word, no. (more…)
In this article, we will recommend you the Best 5 Cusco Applications you will want to use while living in Peru. Or when preparing your trip to Peru. Because once registered for your Spanish course in Cusco you will start preparing yourself for your adventure and Spanish immersion experience in Peru.
Obviously this will involve a lot of reading about Cusco and about Peru. There are many, many good blogs and articles online to be found.
For instance, here is a good link about what to pack for your trip to Peru.
Or this one with important cultural tips you need to know.
And if you are interested in the culture of Cusco, there is this interesting Cusco culture blog.
But of course there are great apps too, that wil be very usefull before and during your stay in Cusco. Here is a list with The best 5 Cusco Applications that will make your phone your personal assistant before and during your stay in Cusco. These applications will make your packing easier, but also the Spanish learning process, your stay in Cusco and maybe further travel. And the best part? They are for free!
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.” Learning Spanish in Peru and living in Cusco, life surprises me every day. I never thought I would get so much out of this Spanish Immersion program in Peru. (more…)
“Volunteering in Peru and learning Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco was a great experience. There are lots of Spanish schools here in Cusco, that’s true. But no Spanish school in Cusco is like AMAUTA!
The whole AMAUTA Team, including the teachers, the administrative staff, and the housekeeping, are extremely nice and help you with anything! After six weeks of living with a host family, I moved to the apartments of the school. The rooms in the student residence are very nice and clean. I felt safe and at home. The volunteering was amazing. I felt welcome, and that I could truly do something for the kids. It was very nice.“
This is what Hendrik Schmid from Germany says about this experience learning Spanish in Peru and volunteering in Cusco. Hendrik worked at an after-school program on the outskirts of Cusco. We caught up with him to ask about his experience volunteering here with the kids in a poorer district of Cusco. (more…)
“Hola! Somos Matt y Chase y somos de Canada!
We have been learning Spanish at AMAUTA Cusco for just two weeks and it has really been a fantastic experience. We´re both good friends and teachers in Canada and we came to brush up on our Spanish-language abilities in Peru in the hope that one day we may be able to teach the language!
The Canadian education system actually helped us pay for our trip down to Peru, and it has been money well spent with the wonderful teachers of our Spanish Course in Peru at AMAUTA Spanish School.
“I did a week-long course before in Costa Rica and, although fun, the experience was not nearly as enjoyable as this one. The Spanish classes at AMAUTA were perfectly catered to our level and were fun and dynamic, and our apartment downtown was awesome.“
If you are interested in a special challenge in Peru this July, have a look at this: Spanish course in Peru and Rock climbing!
AMAUTA Spanish School Cusco now offers the possibility to combine your Spanish classes in Cusco with an exciting rock climbing course!
This intensive rock climbing course runs between 8:30 and 12:30 from Monday to Friday; the Spanish group classes will take place in afternoons at our school in Cusco.
The Spanish & Rock Climbing is a great opportunity to have fun while learning and enjoying an outdoor activity. During the climbing, you will learn about rappelling, climbing, belaying and much more. Each morning our guide will first teach you about safety methods and correct rock climbing practises
AMAUTA’s Student Guide to Inti Raymi Cusco
AMAUTA students in Peru have already experienced a large part of the “Fiestas de Cusco” during this month of June. However, the biggest and most important celebration of Cusco is still to come. Only a few days after Qoyllur Rit’i and Corpus Christi, on June 24th – the day that the sun is farthest away from the earth – Inti Raymi will be celebrated in Cusco. It is a traditional Inca festival when the people worship the sun and plead for its return. Below you will find some tips and tricks, be prepared to make the most out of this special day in Cusco.
About Tasty Fresh Peruvian Fruit Juices
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…)
Reviews AMAUTA Spanish School Cusco
Hola! Yo soy Sarah de los Estados Unidos.
I studied for six weeks at AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, and during my time here, my Spanish improved a lot. When I came here, 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, and I do feel like I learned so much from my teachers at AMAUTA—so many new words and 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. I also loved that my learning also took place out of the classroom because our teachers always did at least one outing a week where we got to go somewhere in the community in Cusco, like maybe a museum or a restaurant, and practice our Spanish and learn about the culture here in Peru. (more…)