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1. Posted by mattTurner (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

Hi

I was hoping you might be able to help me out, I am finding it hard to get the info I need, some
of it is quite specific so any response will be appreciated!
I am heading off to south america in the middle of august to study spanish, and
I am hoping to go to Buenos Aires . I was wondering if any body can suggest a good college with
a good environment, where the night life is good etc; also anywhere in south america that is good too.

also these are quite specific;
where are there good beaches, is mar de la plata any good
how much is accommodation in Buenos Aires, im told that i can find a place for 150 dollar a month is this true?
how much should I expect on spending for a good college some 30 hrs courses are real expensive 1,267 for a month
Does anybody know if exspanish is a good college in Buenos Aires?

Thanks alot !
matt

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 5y
  • Best place to learn Spanish in South America (take it from me, I'm a linguist with an interest in these things) is the Universidad de Buenos Aires. More information and links in the Buenos Aires article in the Travel Guide. Reliable price quotes are on the institute's website, but I seem to recall they aren't that expensive. They dó ask some major commitment, though. It's a serious education, not a fun programme.
  • Argentine beaches are not all that terrific. In fact they suck pretty hard. However, when you're based in Buenos Aires, Punta del Este (Uruguay) is more or less around the corner. If for whatever reason you can't afford to go there, at least avoid Mar del Plata; head for Villa Gesell or Pinamar instead.
  • 150 bucks a month? Depends on what you mean by 'a place'. Unless the housing market collapsed again in the past 8 months due to the economy, this budget won't get you very far at all. Accommodation in Buenos Aires may not be as expensive as in the US, but it's far from cheap.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jul-2009, at 14:02 by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by mattTurner (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

cheers for the help bentivogli!
those names will come in handy!
matt

4. Posted by mattTurner (Budding Member 8 posts) 5y

I have just found a good site called compartodepto.com,
it is a listing for people renting and letting their flats in argentina, the prices range and
it looks like a good way of getting a good deal
hope this helps anybody in the same position as me!

5. Posted by bsastraveler (Budding Member 16 posts) 4y

Hi matt,

I glad to see that you gonna visit Buenos aires and stay there for a while!! You gonna a love it!
I am also studying in Buenos aires, but at university.
For your accommodation, it's possible to find good places at a reasonable price. But you will
have to share a flat. Some of my friends are doing it are very happy with it! Moreover it's a good experience, you gonna
met people from all around the world!

Enjoy your trip!!

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 880 posts) 4y

Fascinating...Argentinian Spanish is awful. I find it hard to listen to. If I were you , and wanted to learn decent Spanish, I'd go to Colombia, or Bolivia. I don't know what linguist Bentivogli is smoking....he has to be aware of the heavy Portuguese influence of the dialect in BsAs and he has to know that that region deals a heavily in modismos

BsAs is a lovely place, don't get me wrong...But their Spanish is atrocious....and Chile is not better...Even a Chilean would tell you that.

7. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 624 posts) 4y

Quoting Piecar

...Argentinian Spanish is awful......go to Colombia, or Bolivia. I don't know what linguist Bentivogli is smoking....he has to be aware of the heavy Portuguese influence of the dialect in BsAs and he has to know that that region deals a heavily in modismos

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8. Posted by Migue2010 (Budding Member 12 posts) 4y

What?Im Argentinian and our accent is the best and the way we speak spanish is so nice.. if you have any doubt ask to any spanish speaker( no argentinian)...and you will see!
Anyway mattTurner if you can here you will be welcome :) and your spanish will be the best!

9. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 880 posts) 4y

Oh I have spoken to other Spanish speakers. Of course you think your accent is good. And I have no doubt that your Spanish is perfect for where you are, and I mean no disrespect to your country or people...but, man. There are, I think, 17 land locked Latin American countries. I've been to 13 of them...and the accent there is, and only slightly edging Chile, the worst.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2010, at 00:34 by Piecar ]

10. Posted by senk (Budding Member 11 posts) 4y

Hi Matt,

If you are coming to south america id recomend you Colombia instead of argentina since weather will be greater there, beaches will be warm and you have both oceans (pacific and atlantic).

As for the accent, I, As a Venezuelan Like both Colombiand and argentinan accents. The ones I dont like are mexican, perubian or chile. but thats up to you --

I'd definitely tell you to come to Venezuela to learn Spanish since it's a beautiful place but right now it's too dangerous.

good luck