Ok here is the deal:
My wife and I (27)will be doing a RTW starting in June of 09'. We will be ending in SA, starting SA in Buenos Aires. I have a little background in Spanish and she has none. We would like to learn the language(I am VERY rusty), and would love some advice on a good school in Argentina, probably BA, but definitely open to taking one somewhere else if recommended. We are looking for maybe a weeklong course or something to give us a good working knowledge. We also plan on trying to do some studying beforehand so we won't be completely in the dark. Couple of Questions:
1. What is a good school to take lessons in Argentina, prefferably Buenos Aires?
2. What can you suggest for learning before hand? I have heard Rosetta stone is great, but super expensive.
3. Is there any type of CD, MP3, or something of the type that we could take with us on the RTW to learn along the way?
Please feel free to give any advice or recommendations, thanks alot for your help. Stouds
Learning Spanish in South America
Rosetta stone: utter waste of money. As to audio: audiobooks really help in the immersion process. See that you get a few simple ones. As a linguist, it is my professional opinion that most DIY courses are equally (in)effective. Most language learners don't accomplish anything without instruction and frequent practice with native speakers.
hi! i recommend Alem school, I took long term classes there but a friend of mine only had time to do a week and she did a crash course and loved it. you can ask for more info at their site, www.alemspanishschool.com
I disagree that the Rosetta stone programmes are a total waste of money - yes they are expensive but me & my boyfriend have just brought one & we are finding it incredibly helpful. We want to have a basic understanding of Spanish before we embark on our Central/South American trip in December. Obviously nothing compares to actually learning the language when we are out there which we will be doing through homestays & language courses but for a basic knowledge & understanding I would definitely recommend Rosetta Stone especially if your not a 'professional linguist' like some lucky people!
Everybody learns in different ways so its best to try out a number of methods before you find one that suits your way of learning - for me & my boyfriend who are not naturally good at languages Rosetta Stone has been incredibly beneficial & our confidence is growing by the day.
Good luck & have a great trip
hi there, i'm heading to SA at end of year and have been teaching myself spanish since feb through reading what i can like lonely planet guides to spanish that teach you basics to get by and how to pronouce the words and talking with friends who speak the language, first off though i downloaded a free spanish teaching podcast called coffee break spanish off itunes which is broken into short episodes and found that listening to that when i could i learnt a fair bit to, worked for me and i'm getting pretty good now i think, will learn the rest while i'm there.
good luck anyways.