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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.  

Living with a host family during your Spanish course

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Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Posted by
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Living with a host family during your spanish course

 Living with a host family during your Spanish course

Living with a local guest family during your Spanish course in Peru is an amazing experience and an important component of most study abroad programs. AMAUTA Spanish School also offers this home stay experience in Cusco and in Buenos Aires. AMAUTA works with a great group of experienced guest families in both Peru and Argentina, carefully selected and monitored by our staff. We are happy to say that 98% of our students found that the host family experience was great; they mention it was a valuable complement to their Spanish studies.

However, living abroad in a new country with a new culture  – especially when you do not speak the Spanish language – can also be daunting and it requires a good deal of flexibility from both you and your host.  We think the following list of TIPS will be helpful for you when you plan on  living with a host family during your Spanish Course in Cusco . Check it out and let us know! (more…)

Speed up your Spanish Conversations with locals in Peru

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Wednesday March 28, 2018 - Posted by
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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! 🙂

So let’s go to the animal/ flame case first. Here is our list of Words in Spanish with a multiple meaning so you can Speed Up your Conversations in Spanish with locals in Peru. (more…)

4 Incredible Destinations to Learn Spanish in Peru

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Monday March 06, 2017 - Posted by
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4 Incredible Destinations to Learn Spanish in Peru

4 Incredible Destinations to Learn Spanish in Peru

Peru is one of the best destinations to learn Spanish. This will be nothing new to you; probably you have already heard this before. But what if I told you that “Peru” alone is NOT the best destination to learn Spanish? There are actually 4 Incredible Destinations to Learn Spanish in Peru, and all of them are perfect for learning about Peru, taking Spanish classes and having a great time!

With AMAUTA Spanish School Peru, it is possible to experience all of them AND learn Spanish while exploring this beautiful country. Because AMAUTA offers Spanish classes in Peru on FOUR amazing locations to mix and match! (more…)

December Discounts on Spanish Courses

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Thursday November 24, 2016 - Posted by
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December Discounts on Spanish Courses

December Discounts on Spanish Courses

This Christmas 2016 brings irresistible Spanish Language Deals for the December Holidays! Save Money with these Special Spanish Discounts offered by AMAUTA Spanish School.

 

December Discounts on Spanish Courses

 

Check out these three AMAUTA GIFTS that offer attractive Deals and Packages to Step up your Spanish Skills this end of the Year!

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1 Week Of Spanish Classes in Peru FOR FREE: book 4 & get 5!

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Wednesday June 01, 2016 - Posted by
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1 WEEK OF SPANISH CLASSES IN PERU FOR FREE: BOOK 4 & GET 5

1 Week Of Spanish Classes in Peru FOR FREE: book 4 & get 5!

Our Spanish Immersion Courses in Cusco do not only offer you to improve your Spanish in a very short period of time. Taking on of our Spanish courses you will do more: our students truly LIVE and experience Peru and make Peruvian & and foreign friends while learning Spanish and exploring Peru.

For all last minute bookings, AMAUTA now offers ONE WEEK OF SPANISH CLASSES and student residence accommodation FOR FREE.

Book 4 and get 5 weeks for the incredible price of $ 1197.

So if you like to learn Spanish and if you love travel, adventure and culture, register now for this amazing experience at our top location Cusco. We are located in the city center of Cusco, at a 3 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas in a nice colonial building with the typical blue balconies. (more…)

What you need to know about Argentina “mate” drinking

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Wednesday March 23, 2016 - Posted by
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What you need to know about Argentina “mate” drinking

One thing you will notice during the first days of your Spanish course in Buenos Aires: you see many, many people drinking from beautifully shaped “tea cup” through a metal straw. This is the typical Argentine mate you might have heard of.

Mate is a hot drink prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate and hot water. It is served in a gourd, a mate or a “guampa” in (Argentine) Spanish, and they drink it with a metal straw, a ‘bombilla’.

Mate is a powerful antioxidant that contains many vitamins (A, B, C, E) and it has cholesterol-lowering properties.

The first time I tried it I thought it was very strong and bitter! Like when you are preparing tea but you left the teabag too long in your cup. However, after a few days I started to like actually like it. And the good thing is that it contains a lot of caffeine! Perfect! (more…)

How altitude in Cusco will affect your body

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Friday February 26, 2016 - Posted by
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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 are about to register for 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*. We do recommend all our students to rest upon arrival, and take it easy during the first days so your body can adjust to the altitude before their start their Spanish classes in Cusco. (more…)

Seven thoughts that crossed my mind during my first weeks in Buenos Aires

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Friday February 05, 2016 - Posted by
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Seven thoughts that crossed my mind during my first weeks in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an amazing city, full of surprises.
The seven thoughts and questions below came to my mind, during my first weeks as a student taking Spanish courses in Buenos Aires. I am curious to know: what were your first impressing of this big, stunning metropole in Argentina? How did you feel during the first days?

I can’t understand anyone. I thought they spoke Spanish in Argentina?!

Argentine Spanish or castellano is unlike any other Spanish dialects in South America. It has a very heavy Italian influence, because of the many Italians immigrants that arrived to Buenos Aires in the 19th and 20th centuries. (more…)

Peter’s experience with the Medical Spanish Program in Cusco

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Wednesday October 07, 2015 - Posted by
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Peter’s experience with the Medical Spanish Program in Cusco

After working for several years as a pediatrician in his native Ireland, Dr. Peter McCarthy decided to spend some time volunteering at a hospital in Lima. First, however, he needed to learn some Spanish and familiarize himself with the Peruvian health care system. Peter says that his experience at AMAUTA in Cusco was the perfect foundation for the work he is now doing in Lima. Here’s his story…

With no previous knowledge of Spanish, Peter began his studies at AMAUTA with two weeks of Spanish group classes in Cusco. In these classes he learned the basic building blocks of Spanish grammar, a foundation he would later build on as his course progressed. Interacting with professors and other students on a regular basis, he became more comfortable with using Spanish to discuss normal, every-day situations, problems, and questions. (more…)

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

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Thursday October 01, 2015 - Posted by
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7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try

7 Typical Argentine Snacks & Drinks You Must Try.

Argentina is known for its meat and its steaks, but that’s not all Argentina has to offer, as I quickly found out upon starting my Spanish course in Buenos Aires. There is much more! Here are some typical Argentine snacks and drinks you must try.

Alfajor

An alfajor is an amazing cookie. Alfajores come in different flavours and styles, but it basically consists of two cookies with dulce de leche trapped in between. Some are then covered in glaced sugar or chocolate. Argentina is world’s largest consumer of alfajores. (more…)