Taking Spanish courses in Argentina and Uruguay
Spanish courses in Argentina
Many English speakers who study the Spanish language cannot find any difference between the Uruguayan variation of the Spanish and the Argentine Spanish; well they are very similar indeed. If you are not an Argentine or Uruguayan native it would be almost impossible to find the differences. There are few differences between the Spanish language spoken in Buenos Aires proper (Porteño) and the Spanish language spoken in Montevideo and the southern coast of Uruguay from Maldonado to Colonia and probably Soriano. It is almost impossible to tell the difference but there are a few telltales to be found:
- Uruguayans tend to use the particle “ta” very often. It is a contraction of “está” and
- can basically mean “OK”. Porteños do not have this.
- There are quite a few differences in vocabulary:
- Uruguayan Porteño English
- Championes Zapatillas Sneakers
- Bizcochos Facturas Pastries
- Trancar Cerrar con llave To lock
One of the most noticeable differences between Uruguayan and Argentine Spanish is the Argentine voceo and the Uruguayan Tu+ voceo form. As complicated as it sounds, Uruguayan people mix the form TU+ verb in the voceo conjugated form which is rather confusing for English speakers. For instance: In Spanish ¨You have to study more¨ is normally said as “Tu tienes que estudiar más”, in the Argentine voceo “Vos tenés que estudiar más” but the Uruguayan form would be” Tu tenés que estudiar más”As you see, the pronoun TU carries the voceo conjugated form of Tener (Vos tenés, Tu tienes, tu TENÉS). This can make it even more confusing for English speakers to learn Spanish in Uruguay. It would be better to stick with learning the Tu from, which is taught in most Spanish schools, but you will also learn Vos if you are taking Spanish courses in Argentina.
Íbero Spanish School is here to help you acquire the skill of speaking Spanish with the help of our excellent professors, small classes, and a variety of activities so you can utilize and practice your Spanish language skills with other students. Spanish instruction only begins in the classroom, but it is practicing lessons in real life that you learn another language. This is why Íbero offers activities where students from the school can practice what they learn with their professors as well as taking part in some of the things the city has to offer. Each week our activities coordinator plans outings to museums, trips to local restaurants and cafes and we invite students and their friends to come and practice their Spanish outside of the classroom. We also host weekly movie screenings of an Argentine film at the school; an excellent way to see movies made in Argentina with local actors as well as improve comprehension. In addition to our weekly activities, our school also partners with a volunteer organization. Students who choose to participate in volunteering find that they not only improve their Spanish, but learn more about the community through giving back.