Reasons to study Spanish in Buenos Aires
If you’re considering learning Spanish, then Buenos Aires is a fantastic choice of place to study! This vibrant, exciting and passionate city in Argentina has plenty for you to enjoy and discover – read on to discover 5 of the best reasons why you should definitely go!
Spanish is one of the most useful languages to learn. It ranks as the second largest native language in the world after Mandarin Chinese. The number of Spanish speakers living in the United States is also increasing. The best way to learn a new language is by immersion. Íbero Spanish School Buenos Aires classes are taught entirely in Spanish but our instructors are fully bilingual, all our Íbero instructors will encourage you to interact daily with local Spanish speakers.
In Buenos Aires, as with the rest of Argentina, football is a way of life. Head to the national stadium to watch the drama unfold, and get swept along the frenzy of excitement, thrills and spills.
History & Politics
Buenos Aires has always been a dynamic city and place to learn even before it was founded, and it was founded twice! You can visit Museo del Bicentenario located in the historical military fort, el Fuerte de Buenos Aires or Zanjón de Granados, which is considered to be one of the most important urban archaeological sites in the city. Be sure to visit the Museo de la ESMA for photography exhibitions and films that tell the story of Guerra Sucia (the “dirty war”) when 30,000 citizens disappeared under military dictatorship in the ’70s and ’80s. San Telmo, a few blocks away for the university will also give you a glimpse of the past. You will discover why Evan Peron (EVITA) was, and is, such a national hero for some people and why a play by her name is popular all around the world. You can visit where Evita worked, where she lived and where she is buried today; at cementerio de Recoleta (the most visited cemetery in BA). Walk down the Avenida de Mayo from Plaza Congreso to the center of Plaza de Mayo. Learn about the military dictatorship watching the human rights activists “Madres de Plaza de Mayo” who have gathered and marched around the city square every Thursday since 1977!
Embrace the spirit of tango
The art of tango is just one of the many things Buenos Aires is renowned all over the world for. Jump into a ‘milonga’ or tango night – these take place all across the city, from refined and elegant social clubs for older dancers, to cool, clubs for younger novices.
Marvel at the culture
Buenos Aires is a hub for the diverse art of Buenos Aires and of course, Argentina – discover its wealth of writers, painters and sculptures in museums and galleries across the city. An unmissable place is the MALBA Museum, which holds an outstanding collection of artworks from Frida Kahlo, Xul Solar and many other Latin American artists.
Enjoy the delicious food
From sweet, creamy dulce de leche, the caramel syrup that can be found in everything from muffins, cakes to crepes in cafés across the city, to medialunas, the sweet, crispy Argentinian take on croissants, you’ll discover that there are few pleasures in life that can beat the simple joy of nursing a strong black coffee in a downtown Buenos Aires café while munching on some tasty treats, and watching the world go by…
As you surely know, Argentina is famous for its steak. The locals are particularly partial to “asado”, the short rib. La Farmacia is a great choice for dinner in a restaurant that is popular with the locals. This little gem is an intimate space built in an old pharmacy in the suburb of Flores. Try the picadas! While you’re in Buenos Aires, be sure to have an empanada and some ice cream – a few favorites of ours at Íbero Spanish School.
Tour the Tigre
While Buenos Aires is a hectic and fast-paced city, relief from the chaos and noise is at only 45 minutes away, on the subtropical delta plains of the Tigre river. Take a bus down and enjoy a wonderful day surrounded by beautiful flora and wildlife, and relax!
Porteños, the people of Buenos Aires are kind and friendly. They tend to be helpful and engaging with visitors from all nationalities. You’ll find that life in Buenos Aires is vibrant, stimulating and exciting. This bustling metropolis, the third largest city in Latin America, is home to almost 14 million people. Porteños have their own self-defined sense of style. In fact, Buenos Aires has been referred to as the “Paris of Latin America”, with a mix of European and Latin fashion.