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Learning Spanish in BA

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I am interested in studying spanish in BA for about 2 months. Anyone has suggestion and experience of where I should go?

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When I first came to BA, it was to study Spanish, so I'll give you recommendations based on my own experience. I rented a furnished apartment in Palermo through the agency ByT Argentina. I used them 3 times total, and I think they're a good option for a newcomer. The agents are professional and English-speaking, the apts. look as the pictures promise, and you can rest assured that you will receive your deposit back in full (which is not always the case with private rentals through Craigslist.) I think the densely-populated area of Palermo (around Santa Fe/Scalabrini Ortiz) is a great place to settle in, since it's safe, everything you need is within walking distance, and non-Spanish-speakers can easily get by.

For Spanish classes, I opted for a private tutor, and have been very happy with the results. Since the lessons are designed around you and no one else, it's just a more effective way of learning. Plus, a caring tutor will also act as sort of a guide, able to help you with directions, excursion recommendations/reservations, translation services, etc. My tutor is Gabriela Ferrante (www.gabrielaferrante.com.ar), whom I found through the recommendations of other students on these travel forums. She is highly experienced and holds classes in different cafes around the city, which is a nice way to see new places and practice your Spanish in real-life settings.

Or, if you want to socialize and meet new people while you are here, you might want a group class. I've heard excellent things about the Spanish class at UBA (http://www.uba.ar/ingles/foreign/spanish.php.), and that both the cost and the quality of teaching are the best in the city. Many of the "private institutes" in this town are kind of rip-offs, though, so you might want to speak to former students before enrolling in one, or wait until you arrive and are able to see the school in person. Good luck!

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Thank you sooooo much for your suggestion. I've been searching online lately and am not confident about those so-called institutes or colleges for foreigners so your ideas are very valuable to me. Muchas gracias!

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Thank you sooooo much for your suggestion. I've been searching online lately and am not confident about those so-called institutes or colleges for foreigners so your ideas are very valuable to me. Muchas gracias!

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It´s too bad that you are unable to study Spanish where you live. Have you thought about learning definitive Spanish.....in Spain?

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