Among all the cities that one could choose in order to stay and learn Spanish, Buenos Aires is just too good not to consider. The city is too big for you to get bored and it combines a lot of highlights for any kind of traveler. It’s an excellent location in order to start a trip through Latin America, with its beautiful weather, vibrant nightlife and reasonable prices. As well as this, it’s one of the most important cultural centres of the continent, hosting hundreds of music events every week and important art, theatre, cinema and music festivals now and then, and being home of multiple museums and art galleries. It has almost as many book shops as pubs, and the academic level is outstanding, which is a main requirement when choosing a place to study. Furthermore, Buenos Aires has a diverse gastronomic culture and wonderful wines. Last but no means least, many people can have a basic conversation in English, which is a great for beginners, especially for the shy ones.
To sum it up, staying and learning Spanish in Buenos Aires can be the ideal transition between living in a typical Western European country, Australia or the States, and travelling through chaotic and vibrant Latin America, making it a great place to introduce travelers to our language and culture.
So let’s summarize the main attractions of studying Spanish in Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires’ public University is known for its excellence and most Spanish instructors are trained there. Furthermore, Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to introduce extensively the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. Therefore its instructors offer both, training and experience. As well as this, the vast literary, musical and artistic scene that was born in Buenos Aires, along with its dense political and social history, makes it a worthwhile place for delving into an interesting culture.
Guaranteed fun I: where?
Buenos Aires is so big that if you ever get bored you just have to move to another neighbourhood, and there are, according to an old myth, one hundred. For a traveler, it’s not easy to choose where to live among the very different areas with their own attractions. So you have San Telmo, the old town with its narrow streets full of colonial houses, great nightlife, including clubs, pubs, restaurants and tango shows and also a beautiful Sunday market. The city centre, on the other hand, is home to the most famous historic buildings, and also to bohemian Corrientes Avenue, where there are a great amount of mainstream and underground theatres, cinemas and book shops. This is the best connected area in the city, so the most comfortable and easiest to move inside the city. Recoleta, the traditional neighbourhood of Buenos Aires’ aristocracy, hosts the most sumptuous houses, several good museums, some well known pubs and wonderful parks, where you can find a giant market on the weekends. Then there is Palermo, known for its quieter streets, well designed stores, high-quality restaurants and the biggest nightlife scene in the entire city.
Guaranteed fun II: what and when?
There isn’t one single day of the week in which you won’t have something interesting to do, no matter what you like doing. There are jazz, rock and classic music concerts from Monday to Sunday, as well as plays (both in big and underground theatres) and films. If you like dancing all night long you could also choose among (different types of) electronic music, salsa, samba, cumbia, reggae or rock, and you know in Buenos Aires the night is very long. For those seeking culture, you can find numerous art galleries and cultural centres with specific and regular events, such as art exhibitions, poetry readings, happenings, open mics, etc. And if you prefer shopping, then you should take a look at Buenos Aires’ clothes and jewerly designers, and you should definitely not miss our giant craft markets.
Eat & Drink
Argentinean meat speaks for itself, but Buenos Aires gastronomic offerings do not end there! The city has a diversity of restaurants where you can try meals from all over the world. Our specialities are Italian pizza and pasta, Peruvian food, and, of course, our traditional empanadas and other national meals, such as locro, humitas, tamales, etc.
To sum it up, there are many reasons to learn Spanish in Buenos Aires. Maybe El Pasaje Spanish School is one more.