Argentina is a great place to learn Spanish! We admit, there may be a little bias in this article, but Argentina is, undoubtedly, one of the most enjoyable places to learn Spanish in the world. We’d bet money on it. Apart from the numerous high-quality Spanish language Schools (including our very own Expanish Spanish School), friendly people, relatively cheap prices, awesome steak and great climate. Argentina is bursting with fun and ‘alternative’ opportunities to learn AND practice your Spanish. Here are some of our suggestions….
1. Learn to Tango
One of Argentina’s most famous exports, the Tango is a dance of passion and mystery. It’s highly enjoyable to watch and even more enjoyable to dance. Take tango lessons at any of Buenos Aires’ many milongas or Spanish and Tango courses and not only will you pick up some impressive dance moves, but due to repetition in classes, you’ll gradually pick up the Spanish words that correspond with movements and general vocabulary spoken by your teacher and classmates.
2. Play football
If you’ve ever been to a football game in Argentina, you’ll know that Argentinians take their national sport to another level, not only on the terraces of La Bombonera (Boca Juniors’ famous ground) but in parks and amateur football pitches around the city. Joining the locals for a game is a great way to socialize with locals, and pick up local slang and football phrases.
3. Get a taxi
Anyone who’s taken one of Buenos Aires’ numerous yellow and black cabs will know that the city’s taxistas are a talkative bunch. From the moment you step in the door and give away the fact that you’re an extranjero, you’re likely to be engaged in the usual conversation.. where are you from? (¿donde sos?), are you on holiday? (¿Estas en vacaciones?), do you like Argentina? (¿Te gusta Argentina). Despite the fact that the same old questions can get a little tiring, the repetition is great for practicing your Spanish, enabling you to practice and improve on your answers every time.
Volunteering is a great way to do something worthwhile, whether it be for underprivileged children or community projects. It’s also a great way to learn more about Argentina in a social and historical context as well as practice your Spanish with your fellow volunteers and the groups you’re working with. Lots of Spanish schools offer Spanish and volunteer programs and Un Techo para mi pais is a great charity that runs weekends of house building in the Buenos Aires provinces.
5. Learn Pilates
Or Yoga, or any other exercise-based class you can think off. Pilates is very popular in Buenos Aires and you will find one-on-one classes are cheaper in Argentina than in the U.S. and Europe. Pilates is a great way to learn the names of body parts and movements through repetition with the added bonus of a total body workout!