Expanish is a really excellent establishment and I cannot recommend it enough. I spent four weeks taking classes and I learned more than I had in YEARS of high school and college Spanish back in the US. My professor, Sofia, was absolutely fantastic, and all the instructors and administrators are incredibly helpful and friendly. I found the classes were most productive and conducive to learning when they were at lower enrollment (~7 students) and tended to get slightly crowded at their largest (~12 students). However, our professor always mitigated this by breaking us into smaller group activities and finding ways to engage the whole class so no one gets left behind. I also found that the placement test was very accurate and put me in the perfect level: challenging, yet I could keep up daily. Gabriel, the school director, was also great at making himself available and making sure you were having a good experience and learning at the right level class. The 4 hour classes may sound long, but they are definitely what one needs to reinforce new material; the length really allows for a lot to be covered while still getting plenty of practice time. Our homework was never excessive and was always relevant. I truly felt that the teaching style, which focused on class engagement and participation rather than imitation and rote memorization, was some of the best language learning I've ever experienced.
The school building itself is also a great space for learning. It is very modern and spacious, with a student lounge and many classrooms. There are computers with internet access and snacks available as well.
Buenos Aires is a great place to practice what you've learned because people are very friendly and talkative, so you really get to put to use what you learn in the classroom. The location of the school is extremely convenient, by many bus stops and Subte stops. Additionally, there are great housing options near the school itself. I didn't personally experience the student housing, but rather chose to have Expanish place me with a host mom whose apartment was only right by multiple bus stops and a Subte station as well, making it convenient to get around the city and to school.
Finally, Expanish offers wonderful extracurricular activities, many of which are free, as well as help planning excursions outside of the city. I participated in tours, a dance class, cooking class, and took advantage of the discounts for travel and other activities so I was able to go to Mendoza and Iguazu as well as a dinner and tango show in Puerto Madero.
Expanish really has it all; whether you are new at Spanish or experienced, whether you want to stay for 2 weeks or multiple months, this is an awesome place to meet people from all over the world, learn Spanish, and get immersed in Buenos Aires and the beautiful country of Argentina. The staff is personable and supportive, and the experience in priceless. I highly recommend Expanish to everyone!
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