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Anyone done Spanish + Tango lessons in BA?

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Is it worth booking Spanish + Tango in BA? Has anyone done this?
4 years ago, September 22nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #87009  
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Is it worth booking Spanish + Tango in BA? Has anyone done this? I understand you can arrange some Tango lessons once you're there so I'm not sure if it's worth booking them with Spanish lessons. I'm thinking of booking with Expanish. Any recommendations or advice appreciated! Reply to this

4 years ago, September 24th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #87134  
My friend did this and loved it.She is in Canada atm but I will ask her for info next time we chat. Reply to this

4 years ago, September 24th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #87171  
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Thanks, that would be great! Reply to this

4 years ago, September 26th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #87431  
Sorry I just spoke with her and she did Salsa lessons in Cali ,Colombia not Tango in BA.Male memory LOL Reply to this

4 years ago, September 27th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #87484  
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Haha, never mind! Thanks for checking. Reply to this

4 years ago, October 27th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #90989  
I studied Spanish at 2 different schools in BA, then again in Bolivia and then again in Colombia.

I put in a lot of research before choosing a school in BA, but neither of the ones I tried were right for me. It´s a very popular place to learn Spanish and I think there is a bit of a "formula" to the way many of the schools teach. I 1st went to a small one (which was more intense) but because it was small the group was very mixed, and as a complete beginner I was with 1 or 2 people who were fairly conversational. This simply did not work. So I tried a bigger school, where the group standard was a bit more consistent but the curriculum was poor. I didn´t learn a great deal but I enjoyed the school so I stayed, and I came out with some knowledge of grammar but very little else.

The I went to a school in Sucre, Bolivia, which was half the price I was paying in BA, for semi-private (not group), and the school seemed great. We got a little bored in Sucre and only stayed a couple of weeks but I´d recommend the school as good value for money.

However, it´s only now, studying in Colombia that I realise how much better classes can be. I´m going to probably the most reputable Universtiy in Colombia (EAFIT, Medellin) and the standard of the teaching is really good. There is still a curriculum but there´s less emphasis on grammar and more on conversation, which I think is really important. To be honest I think the grammar is quite easy to learn and you could almost do it in your own time using studyspanish.com or something. It´s the confidence to speak naturally and make mistakes which takes longer.

So, if money is tight there are cheaper place to do it (and Sucre is a lovely place, a little boring perhaps but that´s perfect if you want to study a lot). But if money is not a problem, BA is a great city to stay in for a while. Just be careful when selecting a school as I think it´s big business and the schools don´t need to be great to succeed.

I wasn´t sure whether to go to the University here as I could get private lessons for cheaper than my group ones at the Uni, but now I´m so glad I did. I finally feel like I´ve got a skilled teacher, which makes such a difference.

I haven´t been to Equador but I think Quito is probably a pretty good place to do it. I think they have a good accent and it´s cheap.

Good luck. By the way, I spent 3 months is BA and am heading back in about 2 months. It´s a very cool city and probably remains the one place in SA so far where I could live permantenly. Reply to this

4 years ago, October 28th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #91157  
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Thanks for the multitude of information, Dave! I am actually planning on spending a few weeks in Sucre. Was it Fox Academy you studied at there? Are you able to let me know which were the schools in BA that you tried out? I hadn't thought about the big business thing - food for thought.
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4 years ago, October 28th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #91161  
The small school I went to 1st, which I really didn´t get on with was called Elebaires, it was very highly reviewed online. The second I think was called Iberia, or something, like the airline. Anyway a good site for reviews of the schools by students is www.123teachme.com

In Sucre we went to a school called Bolivian Language School. It had a really nice vibe about it with communal areas and young teachers, who would come on nights out with the students n stuff. It was also $100 for 20 hours of semi-private (and I believe not much more for private, $6 or $7 an hour), while in BA I was paying up to $170 for 20 hours in a group. It was also super relaxed. If you woke up with a hangover and phoned in they would simply re-schedule the lesson for you, I don´t know anywhere else which would do that.

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4 years ago, October 28th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #91187  
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Thanks a lot, Dave, that's really useful. Sounds like you're having an amazing trip! Hope it carries on that way. Reply to this

4 years ago, October 28th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #91188  
No probs, good luck with yours.

Yeah, it´s been great. Just wish I´d written a blog or something. You forget so much! Reply to this

4 years ago, November 20th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #94185  
I know a place of tango , sabor a tango, in buenos aires, travell and see.
I stayed in Buenos Aires , amable buenos aires hostel , the best hostel in buenos aires.
if you need a place . this is a nice .
saludos enrique Reply to this

4 years ago, January 7th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #98756  
For tango, I really recommend Cochabamba 444 (it's the address) in San Telmo. It is small, authentic, no hype. The teacher on Fridays is really great. It's $10 pesos.

For Spanish lessons, Sofia Bohmer. I studied with her for almost a year. She offers private Spanish lessons in Palermo, or for a little bit more money, will come to your place. Her rates are very reasonable. She has lots of experience and also makes sure that you are not only learning Spanish but meeting other locals and expats. My experience in BA would not have been the same without her as my tutor and friend. http://sofiabohmer.wordpress.com Reply to this

4 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #100338  
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I give both tango and spanish lessons. I'm a particular teacher. If you want to take lessons please contact me. Bye. Reply to this

4 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #100375  
N Posts: 4
I took about 8 hours of private tango lessons while in Buenos Aires in Nov. 2008 with a couple. The husband was my dance partner and the wife was the teacher. They charged 40 US dollars per lesson. I think taking tango is worth it if you are really interested in studying it or have already been taking lessons previously. As a touristy thing for a lesson or 2, you aren't going to learn much as it is not something you can just pick up in a short period of time, even if you are a naturally good dancer. But if you just want to do it to say you did, of course there is no reason not to go for it and you might find it is something you want to continue learning after vacation is over. I used Virginia at buenosairestango.com and her email is batango@gmail.com. They do the lessons in a studio in their apartment in Montserrat. Reply to this

4 years ago, February 12th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #103464  
Hi emskibub

i just finished up a 6 week spanish/tago/vol. work at a spanish school in BA. it was really fun and was a shame that i had to leave! i was staying with a host family as well and the kids knew how to tango so i was able to practice all the time haha! when are you arriving in BA? i´d def recommend the place where i did it, its called amauta spanish school. i booked all my stuff through their website so i guess just look them up in google. i have to say ive been to 2 other spanish schools and this one was the most fun and at the same time the most productive. something to do with the phrase learning is easy when its fun? haha does that sound lame..

anyway hope you find the course thats right for you! BA is fantastic have a great time
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3 years ago, May 23rd 2010 No: 16 Msg: #111543  
I studied with Ñ de Español, and couldn't recommend its teachers more highly. it is great! I enjoyed studying one-on-one every day. I think that you'll find that its rates are extremely reasonable for private lessons.
www.eniedespaniol.com.ar
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3 years ago, June 8th 2010 No: 17 Msg: #112719  
Hi there,
I’ve just finished 4 weeks of Spanish classes at AMAUTA in Buenos Aires. It was a fantastic experience, feel so much more confident to speak Spanish now..
The school has a great vibe, fabulous teachers, and is in a nice area, Belgrano..
Check them out: www.amautaspanish.com Reply to this

3 years ago, July 13th 2010 No: 18 Msg: #115604  
tango is the most beautiful, beautiful dance, i loved it so much
i studied spanish at amauta spanish school in belgrano as well last year, and it was so amazing.
i took tango classes at the school but i also took tango classes from a private teacher in a studio and went to many milongas!!! i lived in BA for 3 months and it was fantastic!!! Reply to this

3 years ago, September 15th 2010 No: 19 Msg: #119179  
If one of you is still looking for spanish courses I can recommend "NICE". I did a 3-week-language course there in Buenos Aires. I enjoyed it very much- the staff was extremely friendly and my course was a group of 3 persons, all young people travelling or getting prepared for an internship in Buenos Aires. My teacher was very professional - demanding and fun at the same time.
What I liked most was the outdoor training where I learned to handle daily situations outside the classroom. And that I could live with locals - they organized also an accommodation for me. I had a great time there.
The school has a webpage: www.nice-spanish.com.
Good luck! Reply to this

3 years ago, October 7th 2010 No: 20 Msg: #120632  
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I took Spanish classes in BA at Amauta Spanish school. Here they had a lot of activities after the classes, for example dancing classes. It was a lot of fun and I would definetely recomend it to you!! Have fun there :D Reply to this

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