Jane (Canada)

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My initial plans to travel to Buenos Aires included finding a private Spanish tutor. I was very fortunate in having a friend recommend “Buenos Aires Spanish”, run by Fabiana.

All of the details: the number of hours per week, the homestay, the arrival and departure dates were all confirmed before leaving home. Money transactions were completed via Pay Pal, with the balance paid on the first day of class. All went very smoothly.

My sister, Wendy, and I each had one hour of instruction for one week, before we left for Uruguay for two weeks. Wendy returned to Canada and I to my room in Eva’s home and to classes in Fabiana’s studio. During the next month, we discussed Argentinian history and culture, the unique Lunfardo, and current events in the capitol. I previewed movies, which we then discussed from both a language and cultural viewpoint. I completed written, activities on verb usage (my main weakness) read short stories by Argentinian authors and filled a notebook with new vocabulary. The studio was a great place to have the classes, as all resources were at Fabiana’s fingertips: from websites to dictionaries, novels to magazines. It also gave me an opportunity to meet her husband Pablo and their daughter Julia and to learn the ritual of drinking Mate. Thanks to Fabiana’s many suggestions, I explored hidden corners of the city.

My home during the stay was with Eva, an energetic and charming hostess. Her apartment, right in the heart of Belgrano, had the advantage of being very close to a train line, making travel to the centre and to the bus terminal very accessible. I had a private room that included a half bath. Breakfast was ready every morning and there was plenty of space to store any food for other meals.

So, if your travel plans to Buenos Aires include studying Spanish, and decide to choose “Buenos Aires Spanish” you can be assured that the level of instruction will be of the highest quality.

Jane Humen,
Calgary, Canada