Getting ready for your trip to South America

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How to learn Spanish faster and be ready for your trip in Latin America

Clemens, from Germany, came to CASA Spanish in order to be able to travel around Latin America much more easily. This is why we think he had a successful Spanish experience during his trip.

In August of 2016, Clemens came to CASA Spanish through the recommendation of a friend to take one week of classes, but in the end ended up staying with us for 4 weeks. When he arrived he spoke very basic Spanish. Over his time in our Spanish School in Buenos Aires he formed his travel plans in Latin America. For three months he travelled through Peru, Chile and Bolivia and he told us he was able to travel around with ease and in each place he went he could speak to locals and make new friends.

But what’s Clemens’ secret to learning Spanish so quickly? Practice, practice and practice.

As well as living with a host family, what made his adaptation to the new sound of the language and the accent much easier was that Clemens from the first day asked us to speak in Spanish to him (slightly adjusted and speaking slowly of course) including when he still didn’t have sufficient vocabulary. At the beginning he spoke in English, but after a week he began to speak in Spanish, without worrying about small mistakes because ‘that’s why we’re all here at CASA’. His desire to learn the language and live in true immersion with his environment was incredible.

Today, 7 months after he returned to Germany he is back in Buenos Aires to work. He had various interviews which were all in Spanish and he soon found a job. His Spanish continues getting better day by day but he feels like it’s getting easier quicker than it did before. It’s for that reason that now he is taking part in out ‘resident program’ in CASA Spanish and we know that with time and spending time with Argentinians at work and in his day to day life he will soon be a true porteño. During the time that Clemens spent away from Argentina we stayed in contact with him (always in Spanish) and today we feel that a student hasn’t returned to Buenos Aires, but a friend.

The testimony of Clemens

Testimony of Clemens’ teacher, Rita

I met Clemens last year, he did three weeks at beginners level. Throughout his course he shared his classes with other students and he always got on with everyone. His performance with the language was excellent and his dedication was noted day in day out. It was a pleasure to have shared such fun and lovely moments with him.

Original Text: CASA Spanish – English Translate: Tom Trower

TripAdvisor certificate us!

CASA Spanish received the Trip Advisor Excellence Certificate

#ExcellenceCertificate #CertificadodeExcelencia

We are pleased to announce that travel website TripAdvisor has a 2017 Certificate of Excellence to CASA Spanish, thanks to having obtained excellent opinions steadily on TripAdvisor. The travelers gave their opinion on that platform and they are dazzled by the quality of our School. The whole team of CASA Spanish worked hard to achieve that quality and excellence.
Thanks Trip Advisor for this recognition but above all we thank all the students who chose us as their Spanish school in Buenos Aires, thanks to them, every day we renew our commitment to the best service we can offer. Their reviews strengthen our commitment and help to improve everything to make the study of the Spanish language the best of experiences.

This is a nice testimonial of our continuous strive to achieve students satisfaction. We are extremely proud of this achievement and are delighted that we have been recognised by Trip Advisor. We are still young as a company and will continue to make improvements for our students to ensure we cement our place as one the top Spanish Schools in Buenos Aires.

What our students said about us in TripAdvisor

Tyler from New Jersey, USA

I was studying in Buenos Aires with my university in April 2017 and I took Spanish lessons on the side with CASA. I absolutely recommend them!!! One of my biggest worries with a Spanish school was having to learn in a large group where I would not get a tailored experience. (I’d already been learning for a while, and did not want to start at a beginner level again.) CASA worked to assess my personal skills and weaknesses, and then assisted me accordingly. I had my individual Spanish sessions with Rita (who was awesome!) and saw a lot of Xavier around the office. These two are so welcoming and really made me feel at home in Buenos Aires. During breaks we shared mate (an Argentine beverage) and other snacks, and it felt like a cultural immersion experience blended with Spanish class. With this and their around the city experiences (i.e. Sunday BBQ or “asado,” tango classes) it really feels like a community in the city.
All and all, the people were amazing and I really feel like I learned a lot working with CASA. I would highly, highly recommend taking lessons here.

Elmar from Brazil

Estive na Casa Spanish por 5 semanas e só tenho elogios à escola. Em primeiro lugar, a localização é perfeita, em ponto central de Buenos Aires, o que permite explorar as principais atrações da cidade com facilidade após as aulas.
Xavier nos oferece um ambiente de total descontração, o que permite uma rápida integração entre os alunos das mais diversas nacionalidades. Ademais, Xavier está sempre interessado em nos fornecer dicas sobre Buenos Aires.
Minha professora Rita, sempre atenciosa, trata a todos com carinho e paciência.
Enfim, uma experiência altamente recomendável. Para quem estiver em busca por escola de espanhol em Buenos Aires, Casa Spanish é uma excelente escolha.
Em 2018, estarei de volta!

Amy from California, USA

My husband, 12 year old daughter and I took a week of Spanish classes while staying in Buenos Aires. Before arriving we had already been communicating with Xavier, who responded quickly to every email/question I had. Xavier was ready to help us with anything to make our stay in Buenos Aires comfortable and easy. Karen was our teacher, and she was excellent. Our daughter, who says language classes back home are boring, loved our class with Karen. She knew we needed to practice our conversation skills, and she made it fun!! I highly recommended this school!!

Anita from Hong Kong

I had 10 hours of private class with Fede last November. He speaks perfect English and was patient and flexible with my learning pace and needs.
Xavier, the owner, was great too. Apart from showing me options of what to o in BsAs, he found me a private salsa/tango teacher with classes conducted at his school. All added up to an unforgettable time in BsAs.
The tuition fee is reasonable and the school location is good. What more do you need?

Spanish Corner: “Break a Leg” Idiom and how to say it in Spanish

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Spanish Corner: Spanish-English Idioms and Expressions

In the theatre world, you must never say “Good luck”, but “Break a leg”. Do you know how to say this expression in Spanish?

You may use many expressions to wish success to someone on a show or performance, but avoid saying: “Good luck!”

It is well known that in theatre and even in sports, there is a very strong belief in superstition. Even in the case of the expression mentioned, which does not have a magic explanation, its use belongs to the rituals or beliefs and practices that have to be strictly respected.

From time immemorial and going through the Elizabethan theatre, different theories have been posed on the origin of the meaning of the expression “break a leg”, which has become a tradition.

or example, the posture of an actor, always retaining the line is one of the characteristics in a scene. During Elizabethan theatre performances, the audience approved or disapproved of what they saw by throwing objects to the stage. When spectators threw vegetables or garbage, they showed that did not like what they saw. Instead, they threw coins to the actors to show that they enjoyed the play. When the actors bent down to pick the coins up, they had to “break the line” and kneel to collect their payment, which clearly was understood as success.

Another explanation has to do with the curtains on the sides of the stage which are called “patas” in Spanish or “legs” in English. After the last act, and with the closing of the curtains, came the greetings of rigor. If the show had a good reception, the applause would last a long time and consequently, the curtains had to be opened and closed for the greetings of the actors many times, which would cause the “legs” to break, as a consequence of the “success” that the show had.

There is another expression that we use in Argentina when we wish success that, maybe to sound softer, includes a French word: “Mucha merde”, in Spanish “Mucha mierda” (“Lots of crap” in English).

Its origin is considered to go back also to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when the theatre entertainment was reserved to members of the higher class, who arrived at the theatre in carriages. These horse-drawn carriages parked in the doorstep to drop off their occupants, and the horses left “their mark” with the dung that accumulated in the street, the more crap (horse shit) there was, the higher the number of spectators that the show attracted, giving a glimpse of an eventual success.

If you are planning to travel to Latin America and Argentina and you expect to have the best experience there, make sure that when you board the plane to make that trip, nobody wishes you good luck, but: “Mucha merde!“